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.

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.

Permit Applications will be available starting September 1st, 2014.

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.

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.