Burning Permits

Burning is allowed in Hamilton County from October 1 to April 30 of each year with a valid permit.  These permits are issued to those individuals or businesses that are planning to burn a total amount of allowed material equivalent to two acres or less in a burn season.  Allowed material is vegetation and clean, raw, untreated, non-manufactured wood.

If you will be burning in:    

Location Permit Fee Inspection Required
If you live within the city limits of:
East Ridge 
$60 Yes

If you live within the city limits of:
Red Bank 

$50 Yes 

If you live in an area that is outside of any city limits, (you do not pay any city taxes), then you will need to use this application. 
Unincorporated Hamilton County

If you live in the city limits of:
Walden or Soddy Daisy

$10 Dependent
on application

If you live within the city limits of:
Lookout Mountain
Signal Mountain

$5 Dependent
on application
If you are unsure which application you need, please call us at (423) 643-5970 for verification. 

Permits will not be issued until any required inspections are performed.  We accept cash, check, or money order.  We do not accept credit/debit cards.

Applications can be submitted to our office by mail or in person:
Air Pollution Control Bureau
6125 Preservation Drive, STE 140
Chattanooga, TN 37416-3740

The 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.


Controlled Burning Permits
Controlled Burning Permits are issued to those individuals or businesses planning to burn more than two acres of material.  
Please call (423) 643-5970 for permit price.  A permit must be issued before burning is allowed.