Burn Ban in Effect

Burning is suspended until further notice due to the increased potential for wildfires from severely dry conditions and low humidity.

Chattanooga/Hamilton County

Air Pollution Control Bureau

Air Quality Index Forecast
Air Quality
Highest Pollutant
Fine Particles
Burning Allowed?
Nov. 27, 2023
No burning due to dry and windy conditions.
A burn ban is in effect until further notice.


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

Permit Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Phone: 423.643.5970

Information Line: 423.643.5971

6125 Preservation Dr. #140
Chattanooga, TN 37416

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).

After-Hours Contact

Emergency Contact

If the complaint requires immediate attention, please call 423.643.5970 and follow the prompts to be connected to our on-call investigator.

File an after-hours complaint here.