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Air Quality Index: 49
Air Quality: Good
Highest Pollutant: Fine Particles
Burning Allowed: Yes
Air Quality Index
Air Quality
Highest Pollutant
Fine Particles
Burning Allowed

Burning Permits

Burning is allowed with a valid permit in Hamilton County from October 1st to April 30th of each year.  Burn permits are issued to individuals or businesses that are planning to burn less than two acres of brush in a burn season.  Burning is limited to clean, raw, untreated, non-manufactured wood or natural vegetation.

If you live in the UNINCORPORATED AREAS of Hamilton County and were affected by the April 12, 2020 storms, and have a large amount of brush to dispose of, you may apply for a Storm Debris Burn Permit.  The permit is free of charge and expires July 15, 2020.

We are not accepting applications for burn sites within City limits.  All municipalities are offering brush pick service.  Please contact your City’s Public Works Department for more information.



  • County Burn Permit $10

    For burning in Lakesite, Signal Mountain, Soddy Daisy, Walden, or unincorporated Hamilton County (anywhere without city taxes)

  • City Burn Permit $60

    Burning within the city limits of Chattanoooga, Collegedale, East Ridge, Red Bank, or Ridgeside

  • Controlled Burn Permit $500

    For individuals or businesses planning to burn more than two acres of material. The permit must be issued before burning is allowed.

Conditions to Burn

The required conditions to burn are below.  They are also provided on the burning permit issued by the Bureau.

1. The applicant hereby agrees to burn only vegetation and clean, raw, untreated, non-manufactured wood materials on approved burning days only.

2. Burning is only allowed in the months of October, November, December, January, February, March, and April subject to the following conditions.

3. Each day before you burn, call the information line after 8:30 a.m., or go online to to check the burning status.

4. Contact your local fire department each day prior to burning.

5. Only burn if conditions are favorable to burn without creating a nuisance from smoke and ash.

6. Burn piles shall not be larger than 12′ x 12′ x 12′.  Material to be burned is limited to 12 inches in diameter.

7. Do not burn paper, cardboard, OSB, plywood, engineered products, vinyl siding, insulation, treated or painted wood, PVC pipes, tires, stumps, roofing materials, sheet rock, plastics, household garbage, or any other obviously polluting material.

8. Burning is allowed between specific hours on approved burning days. (See permit for hours)  The fire shall be completely extinguished by the termination times. No smoldering is allowed after the termination times. Do not used dirt to try to extinguish the fire. 

9. The fire shall be attended at all times and the permit must be at the burn site and readily available for inspection.

10. The permit is valid for materials removed and/or generated from the burn site address.  The burning of  materials from off-site locations are prohibited.

11. This permit can be suspended or revoked at any time by the Director of the Air Pollution Control Bureau.

12. A Forestry Permit must also be obtained between October 15th and April 30th for any burning sites within the unincorporated areas of Hamilton County, Soddy Daisy city limits, and the Lakesite community which occurs within 500 feet of forests, woodlands or grasslands.  This permit is issued by the Tennessee Division of Forestry.  More information can be found online at

WARNING: Non-compliance with any of the above conditions could result in civil penalties up to $25,000 per day.

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