Senate funds, enacts Sen. Dill bill to make Maine’s online burn permit system free

Posted: July 02, 2021 | Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Senator Dill

AUGUSTA – On Friday, a bill from Sen. Jim Dill, D-Old Town, was funded and enacted by the Maine Senate. LD 268, “An Act To Eliminate Online Burn Permit Fees for All Areas of the State,” would make Maine’s online burn permit system free for residents.

“Making our online burn permit system free will increase its use, help us prevent wildfires, and encourage safe burn practices,” said Sen. Dill. “I thank my colleagues in the Senate for supporting this common-sense measure.”

While anyone can still get a handwritten burn permit from their local fire department or forest rangers for free, it currently costs $7 to use the online system to obtain one. LD 268 would eliminate that fee.

The bill now goes to the desk of Gov. Janet Mills, who has 10 days to sign the bill into law, veto it, or allow it to become law without her signature.