Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued a proclamation declaring a ban on burning in Hamilton County. Residents are not permitted to conduct any open-air burning.
The ban includes campfires, and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris. The ban will remain in effect until December 15.
A violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months, 29 days in jail.

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

Chattanooga, Collegedale, East Ridge, Red Bank, Ridgeside

$50 Yes
Lakesite, Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain, Soddy Daisy, Walden, Unincorporated Hamilton County $5 Dependent on application

Permits will not be issued until any required inspections are performed.  We accept cash, check, or money order.

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.  There is a $400.00 fee and a permit must be issued before burning is allowed.