Open Burning Season Starts January 15 and Ends May 1

If you already have an existing valid burn permit, you should have received a confirmation email with a link to update information as needed. You may activate your existing permit to burn on approved days.
A permit must be obtained from the local fire chief. Weather conditions can change rapidly, especially in the spring, and the fire department will determine on a daily basis when it is safe to conduct open burning. If winds kick up or other atmospheric conditions change suddenly, making it unsafe to burn, permits can be rescinded (cancelled).

Step 1: Click here to Read all Burning Regulations.

Step 2: Complete the Burn Permit Application.*

Step 3: Activate your valid Burn Permit when burning on allowed days.

* If you have already filled out a valid application and have read the regulations, proceed to “Step 3” to activate your permit for each day you wish to burn.

Open burning must be done:

  • By activating a valid burn permit on the day of burning.
  • Between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from January 15 to May 1.
  • At least 75 feet from all buildings.
  • As close as possible to the source of material being burned, according to Department of Environmental Protection regulations (310 CMR DEP 7.07).
  • When air quality is acceptable for burning. Call the MassDEP Air Quality Hotline at (800) 882-1497 or visit MassAir Online to find out if it is.

People conducting illegal burning, or who allow a fire to get out of control, may be held liable for costs of extinguishing a fire, fined, and even imprisoned (MGL c.48 s.13).

Do not leave your fire burning unattended. This is a reason to revoke your burning permit.

No burning will be allowed on “red flag” days announced on local weather reports.

If you are found in violation of these guidelines, your right to burn will be terminated.


The Annual Town Election for the Town of North Andover will be held on Tuesday March 26, 2019

The following are offices to be elected: 

Board of Selectmen – 3 Year Term – One Seat Open

  • Rosemary Connelly Smedile – Current Incumbent

North Andover School Committee – 3 Year Term- One Seat Open

  • Amy T. Mabley – Current Incumbent – Has Taken Out Papers

Nomination Papers are available at the Town Clerk’s Office at 120 Main Street.  

Nomination papers must be taken out no later than Noon on Friday, February 1, 2019 and returned by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.  
Fifty certified signatures are required to be on the ballot.  
Please contact Joyce Bradshaw, Town Clerk if you have any questions.  Candidate packets are available now.  


Massachusetts Police Accreditation Assessment Scheduled for North Andover Police Department – March 5, 2019

Chief Charles Gray is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission is scheduled to arrive on March 5, 2019, to begin a three-day assessment examining various aspects of the North Andover Police Department’s Policies and Procedures, Operations and Facility.

Verification by the Assessment Team that the Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain state Accreditation, a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession, by the profession.

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards.  In order to achieve accreditation status, the Department must continue to meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 60% of the optional standards.  
Achieving Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The North Andover Police Department previously received the award in 2010, 2013 and 2016.

Anyone interested in learning more about this program is invited to contact Chief Gray or the Department’s Accreditation Manager, Sergeant Gene Salois.


Curbside Christmas Tree Collection will begin WEDNESDAY, JAN 2. The Town’s DPW truck will be coming by one day each week to collect trees. This service will END FRIDAY, JAN 18. Place your tree curbside on the Sunday of each week to be sure you won’t be missed.
Please make sure that all of your decorations are removed, including the stand. (Don’t forget any lights, wires, screws or any other hazards). Trees with hazards will be left at the curb for you to dispose of. Also, remember to keep your tree freed from the snow.
Please note that this is for trees ONLY, the DPW cannot chip Christmas wreaths or garland.  
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Cyr Recycle Center Closing for the Season

Cyr Recycle Center on Sharpners Pond Road will be closing for the season.  We will be open on this Saturday December 22nd from 8am to 3pm, but will then close until spring.

Curbside Christmas tree pickup will commence January 2nd and continue through January 18th.

 As a reminder, please remove all decorations and lighting from the tee before placing it at the curb.

Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund gift card distribution

North Andover residents who live in the impacted area and still have a great financial need may come to North Andover Town Hall on Friday, December 21st between the hours of 8AM and 12PM to meet with a case manager to obtain a gift card. You must bring a valid driver's license. This is for North Andover residents only as Andover and Lawrence have their own distribution centers. If you have a great financial need and cannot make it to Town Hall on December 21st, you may contact the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council at 978-681-4905 to access additional resources.