Burning is allowed in Hamilton County between October 1 and April 30 with the appropriate permits. The burning status is determined by the predicted daily air quality. You can also find out the day's burning status by calling the Information Line at (423) 643-5971. For more information click here.
Burning permits cannot be issued until the permit application has been reviewed by Bureau personnel and an on-site inspection is made by the Fire Marshall, where appropriate, and Air Pollution Control personnel at the convenience of such inspectors. If a permit is issued, the applicant must sign and abide to the conditions listed on the permit. Non-compliance with any of the conditions is a violation of the law, and is punishable by a penalty of up to $25,000 per day.
The burning of garbage, treated lumber, paper and cardboard is NOT legal at any time. During the seasonal burning ban, no burning in barrels is allowed.
Is There A Fee?
Residents of Chattanooga are subject to a nonrefundable $50 inspection fee. Residents of Hamilton County are subject to a nonrefundable $5 inspection fee.
Burning is the number one complaint received by the Bureau. Many times, the person calling is experiencing breathing problems because a neighbor is burning. To issue a complaint call (423) 643-5970. We have someone on call 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. Please do not contact us online regarding burning complaints, as we may not receive the message in time to respond.
Alternatives to Burning
The APCB encourages Hamilton County citizens to find alternatives to burning. Burning leaves, brush and other vegetation produces smoke. Smoke contains a number of hazardous air pollutants, which increase levels of ozone and fine particle pollution. These pollutants cause health effects ranging from allergies to cancer.
PLAN AHEAD - Plan to clear and burn between October 1 and April 30.
PILE - Pile debris until the restrictions are lifted on October 1. Call 423-643-5970 beginning September 1 to apply for a permit.
PICKUP - Set brush and leaves at the curb for pick-up offered by these municipalities:
DROP OFF - Drop off at the City Landfill on Birchwood Pike. Call 311 for information on prices or click on this link http://www.chattanooga.gov/Public_Works/70_Landfills.htm.
RECYCLE - Recycle by chipping or grinding and reusing the chips as landfill or mulch, or drop off brush at the Wood Recycling Center. Mulch and compost are free for city residents. There is a small fee for non-city residents.
Brush Collection Sites
Wood Recycling Center - Dial 311 for information or (423) 425-63113925 N. Hawthorne Street
Turn off Amnicola Highway at the Police Services Center. Turn left on to N. Hawthorne and go to the end of the road.
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. except for the 2nd Saturday of each month.
City Landfill - 423-326-15669327 Birchwood PikeHarrison, TN
Take Hwy 58 north approximately 4 miles north of Harrison Bay. Turn left on Birchwood Pike. (Landmark is a store called "58" Mart. ) The landfill is one mile on the left.
Hours of operation:Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Obtaining a Burning Permit
Burning will only be allowed if the following conditions are met and the Bureau Director has issued a Seasonal Burning Permit:
Please allow 4 to 5 business days for your inspection after which a status on your application will be available.
If you agree to burn under these conditions, you may download an application beginning in September for a burning permit. To complete the application, PRINT IT, FILL IT OUT and MAIL IT to:
CHCAPCB - Burning Permits6125 Preservation DriveChattanooga, TN 37416
Our Bureau Investigator, John Schultz, will answer questions concerning burning. You may reach him at (423) 643-5988.