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Burning Permits

During burning season (October 1 - April 30)  burning is allowed in municipalities of Hamilton County and in the unincorporated communities, provided that the appropriate permit is obtained. These permits are issued to those individuals or businesses that are planning to burn less than two acres of material in a 12 month period. 

The annual, seasonal burning ban is in effect from May 1 - September 30 of each year.  No burning is allowed between these dates.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Air Pollution Control Bureau at (423) 643-5970.

Permit Applications

Directions:  To download an application for a burning permit please click below on the town where the burning will occur. This will open a .pdf of the application (including instructions and an application form). To read the .pdf file, you will need a copy of Adobe Reader. For a free download of the latest version of Adobe Reader, click here.

To apply for a permit:

  1. Print the .pdf file
  2. Fill out out the entire form (incomplete applications will not be processed)
  3. Mail the form, along with the appropriate fee (fees are listed in the instruction portion of the form) to:

CHCAPCB - Burning Permits
6125 Preservation Drive Ste 140
Chattanooga, TN 37416

Permits will not be issued until any required inspections are performed.  We accept cash, checks, or money orders.

Applications received prior to October 1 will be processed and permits, if approved, will be mailed no earlier than September 25.  Applications received after October 1 will be processed and permits, if approved, will be mailed out as they are processed.  If after two weeks you have not received your permit, please contact us at (423) 643-5970. 

If you have any questions, please call the Bureau at (423) 643-5970.

City Where Burning
Will Occur



Chattanooga, Collegedale, East Ridge,  Red Bank, Ridgeside



Lakesite, Lookout Mountain,             Signal Mountain, Soddy Daisy, Walden, Unincorporated Hamilton County


Dependent on application

Controlled Burning Permits
Controlled Burning Permits are issued to those individuals or businesses who are planning to burn more than two acres of material. There is a $400.00 fee, and a permit must be issued and the fee collected before burning is allowed. Click here for an application.

Please contact your local fire department prior to conducting any open burning.
(In the City of Chattanooga, notify the Chattanooga Fire Department dispatcher by calling 423-266-2753)

For industrial permits, click here.

For asbestos permits, call (423) 643-5980.