Burning is allowed in Hamilton County between October 1 and April 30 with the appropriate permits. Seasonal burning was implemented to help Hamilton County continue to achieve federal air quality standards. Burning restrictions are proven methods of controlling air quality and they encourage residents and companies to utilize alternatives to burning: chipping, composting and recycling. The seasonal burn ban is from May 1 – September 30 each year.
Burning permits cannot be issued until the permit application has been reviewed by Bureau personnel and an on-site inspection is made, where appropriate. If a permit is issued, the applicant must sign and abide to the conditions listed on the permit. Non-compliance with any of the conditions is a violation of the law, and is punishable by a penalty of up to $25,000 per day.
What's Prohibited? - The burning of garbage, treated lumber, paper and cardboard is NOT legal at any time. During the seasonal burning ban, no burning in barrels is allowed.
Is There A Fee? - Residents burning within city limits are subject to a nonrefundable $50 processing fee. Residents of Hamilton County are subject to a nonrefundable $5 processing fee.
Complaints - Burning is the number one complaint received by the Bureau. Many times, the person calling is experiencing breathing problems because a neighbor is burning. To make a complaint, call (423) 643-5970. We have someone on call 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. If the complaint is after business hours, leave a message with your name and number and a Bureau representative will contact you as soon as possible.
The APCB encourages Hamilton County citizens to find alternatives to burning. Burning leaves, brush and other vegetation produces smoke. Smoke contains a number of hazardous air pollutants, which increase levels of ozone and fine particle pollution. These pollutants cause health effects ranging from allergies to cancer. The Bureau recommends residents:
Alternatives to Burning
The APCB encourages Hamilton County citizens to find alternatives to burning. Burning leaves, brush and other vegetation produces smoke. Smoke contains a number of hazardous air pollutants, which increase levels of ozone and fine particle pollution. These pollutants cause health effects ranging from allergies to cancer.
The Bureau recommends residents:
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Closed the second Saturday every month for Household Hazardous Waste Collection.
9327 Birchwood Pike
Harrison, TN 37341
Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays 7:30 a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Burning will only be allowed if the following conditions are met and the Bureau Director has issued a Seasonal Burning Permit:
Please allow 4 to 5 business days for your inspection after which a status on your application will be available.
If you agree to burn under these conditions, you may download an application beginning September 15th for a burning permit. To complete the application, fill it out, print it and mail it to:
CHCAPCB - Burning Permits
6125 Preservation Drive, Ste 140
Chattanooga, TN 37416
Our Bureau Investigator, John Schultz, will answer questions concerning burning. You may reach him at (423) 643-5988.