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Burning Permits

A written burning permit must be obtained prior to any outside burning within the City of Saco. Burning permits can be picked up from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Central Fire Station. Permits are considered valid for the date of issue until 9 am the following day. Fires will not be allowed on a class four or class five day.

By law, the only things that can be burned are brush, leaves and clean wood. All other materials must be brought to the transfer station out on the Foss Road.

Burning Permit Conditions
  • Burning piles are to be kept reasonably small, and attended at all times.
  • Permitted fires that generate any complaints will be investigated by the fire department, and potentially extinguished. There is to be no burning of the following materials:
  • Flammable or combustible liquids
  • Construction I demolition debris (i.e. plastics, rubber, styrofoam, metals, chemicals)
  • Paper / cardboard
  • Wood boxes
  • Manufactured wood materials
  • Tires
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wire insulation
  • Rubbish / refuse / garbage
  • Human or animal waste
  • Animal remains
Any violation of these conditions may result in revocation of permit(s), and/or court action.

The permit holder is ultimately responsible for the following of permit conditions and restrictions.