Public access to the Air Pollution Control Bureau is closed. Permits are available online and through the mail.

Applications can be found by selecting the green "FORMS" tab.
Please contact us if you have any questions at 423.643.5970.
Thank you for support.

Chattanooga/Hamilton County

Air Pollution Control Bureau

Air Quality Index
Air Quality
Highest Pollutant
Burning Allowed?
Friday, April 3 - Sunday, April 5
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 423.643.5970

Information Line: 423.643.5971

Burn permit applications are accepted Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For after hours complaints, leave a message with your name and number for our on-call investigator.

Report a complaint here.


The Air Pollution Control Bureau, founded in 1969, strives to administer local air pollution control laws that are intended to achieve and maintain such levels of air quality as will protect human health and safety and to the greatest degree practicable, prevent injury to plant and animal life and property, and foster the comfort and convenience of the people.

Hamilton County has come a long way from the days when we were declared the Dirtiest City in the Nation.  Our air is cleaner than ever now,  but it is important that we continue to work towards meeting the federal requirements. Without the cooperation among government, industry, and a concerned citizenry, the progress Chattanooga has made would not have been possible.  Join us on the journey to keep unhealthy air quality in our past and to make healthy air quality the present and the future for generations to come.

We encourage everyone to reduce air pollution by reducing vehicle trips through carpooling, walking or riding a bike, or taking mass transit. Other steps citizens can take include fueling their vehicles after 6 p.m., not mowing their lawns on high pollution days, and choosing alternatives to burning brush (wood chipping, brush pick-up services).


Our Office

6125 Preservation Drive #140
Chattanooga, TN 37416

Phone: 423.643.5970
Info Line: 423.643.5971
Fax: 423.643.5972

Emergency Contact

If the complaint requires immediate attention, please call 423.643.5970 between 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you call after hours, please leave a message and our on-call investigator will contact you as soon as possible. Our investigator is on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.