Emergency Burn Permit for Unincorporated Hamilton County

THE LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR AN EMERGENCY BURN PERMIT IS JUNE 26, 2024 BY 4:30 P.M.

The purpose of the Emergency Burn Permit is to help residents in the unincorporated areas of Hamilton County who were greatly impacted by the severe storms in May of 2024. These permits are reserved for those residents with significant damage which is creating a hindrance to property access.  Significant damage does not include small tree limbs or branches.

REASONS A PERMIT APPLICATION WILL BE DENIED:

 

  1. If your address is eligible for brush pick-up through your municipality. 

     

  2. The material is not brush and/or vegetation from the applicant’s property.

     

  3. Debris (brush/vegetation) is not a result of storm damage.

     

  4. The request is for cosmetic purposes and not for inconvenience, i.e. driveway blocked, entry to structure blocked, not enough area to pile the debris…etc.

     

  5. Debris is larger than 12 inches in diameter.

     

  6. The burn site is less than 100 feet from the nearest structure other than the applicant’s.

     

  7. The burn site is less than 50 feet from a wooden fence(s).

     

  8. Other reasons as determined by the Investigator.

What kind of damage qualifies for a storm permit?

This picture shows an example of damage that qualifies for a storm permit.
This is an example of damage that DOES qualify for an Emergency Burn Permit.
This is an example of damage that does NOT qualify for an Emergency Burn Permit.

If you are in unincorporated Hamilton County, and feel that your damage qualifies for an Emergency Burn Permit, fill out the application below.  An inspector will contact you about your application.  Please allow up to one (1) week for the inspection. 

Approved permits will be valid from day the actual permit is received through June 30, 2024 on approved burning days.

For questions or more information, please call (423) 643-5970.

Emergency Burn Permit June 2024

Emergency Burn Permit June 2024

Inspections are required before approval. IF approved, the permit will be valid from June 10, 2024 - June 30, 2024, on approved burning days.

If the burn site is within the city limits of Chattanooga, Collegedale, East Ridge, Lookout Mountain, Red Bank, Ridgeside, Signal Mountain, or Soddy Daisy, you DO NOT qualify for an emergency burn permit. These municipalities offer brush pickup service.

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Did you acquire storm damage in early May of 2024?
Do you have storm debris blocking entry to your home or on your house? Are you applying because the damage is creating an inconvenience to your daily life?
Do you live within the city limits of Chattanooga, Collegedale, East Ridge, Lookout Mountain, Red Bank, Ridgeside, Signal Mountain, and Soddy Daisy?
I have read the above reasons that an application could be denied and understand that this application is not a guarantee of approval.
If approved, I agree to abide by the burning rules and regulations listed on my burn permit