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
Within the city limits of:
East Ridge 
Red Bank 

$60 Yes
If the burn site is in:
Unincorporated Hamilton County
Lookout Mountain
Signal Mountain
Soddy Daisy
$10 Dependent
on application

If you are unsure which application you need, please call us at
423.643.5970 for verification. 

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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.  These permits have a $500 fee and the permit must be issued before burning is allowed.