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  
 Unincorporated Hamilton County, Walden $10 Dependent on application
Lakesite, Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain, Soddy Daisy $5 Dependent on application

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 at:
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.  
Please call (423) 643-5970 for permit price.  A permit must be issued before burning is allowed.