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Obtaining a Burning Permit by Phone

The following tips should be followed when it is safe to conduct a debris burn:

  • Check with local authorities to make sure there are no local restrictions on burning currently in place, especially in cities and towns that have their own burning permit system.
  • Notify your local fire department and neighbors to let them know your plans to burn
  • Do not burn on windy days
  • Stay abreast of changing weather conditions
  • Establish wide control lines down to bare mineral soil at least five feet wide around burn piles
  • Keep fire containment equipment on hand during the fire (e.g. rake, shovel, water)
  • Stay with the fire until it is completely out.

Summary
Burning permits focus attention on the safe use of fire. From October 15 through May 15, anyone starting an open-air fire within 500 feet of a forest, grassland, or woodland must by law secure a burning permit from the Division of Forestry. Permits are not required for burning in containers such as a metal barrel with a ½" mesh screen cover. Anyone needing to burn within an incorporated city should contact city authorities about any local burning ordinances. Many towns and cities have their own burning regulations that supersede the Division of Forestry’s burning permit program.

Details
Permits from the Division of Forestry are free of charge and may be obtained by calling the Division of Forestry phone number listed below for the county where the burning will be done.

Burning permits by phone are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays. Permits may be obtained in advance for weekends and holidays.

Permits issued by the Division of Forestry are also available online any day of the week from 8am - 11pm Central Time. Click here to obtain a permit online.

Permits will not be issued on days and in locations if it is considered unsafe to conduct a debris burn.

For information on what materials may NOT be burned in Tennessee, please visit Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Open Burning Guidelines by clicking here.  To report illegal burning, please call toll-free 1-888-891-TDEC.

Anderson (865) 494-9434
Bedford (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Benton (731) 584-7630
Bledsoe (423) 881-3585
Blount (865) 982-6264
Bradley (423) 478-0337
Campbell (423) 562-7838
Cannon (615) 765-7373
Carroll (731) 986-5550
Carter (423) 725-3281
Cheatham (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Chester (731) 989-5252
Claiborne (423) 869-8275
Clay 243 and 258 exchanges call 931-823-6538;
699 exchanges call 615-666-4111
Cocke (423) 623-1077
Coffee (877) 731-2221
Crockett (866) 468-4784
Cumberland (931) 788-5538 or (931) 484-4548
Davidson No debris burning allowed; visit nashfire.org for more information.
Decatur (731) 847-2254
Dekalb (W. of Caney Fork R.), (615) 597-4015
Dekalb (E. of Caney Fork R.), (931) 839-2328
Dickson (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Dyer (731) 285-4647
Fayette (901) 465-7349
Fentress (931) 879-7173
Franklin (931) 598-5535
Gibson (866) 570-3907
Giles (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Grainger (865) 767-2161
Greene (423) 638-7841
Grundy (931) 692-3732
Hamblen (423) 586-2497
Hamilton East: (423) 478-0337, West: (423) 332-3228
Hancock (423) 733-2923
Hardeman (731) 658-2213
Hardin (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Hawkins (423) 345-2147
Haywood (866) 570-4024
Henderson (731) 968-5724
Henry (731) 642-3808
Hickman (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Houston (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Humphreys (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Jackson (931) 621-3333
Jefferson (865) 475-3467
Johnson (423) 725-3281
Knox (865) 215-5900 Air Poll. Cont.
Lake (866) 468-4784
Lauderdale (731) 635-1105

Lawrence (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Lewis (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Lincoln (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Loudon (865) 986-8395
McMinn (423) 263-7181
McNairy (731) 645-5485
Macon (615) 666-4111
Madison No TDA permit needed, call local fire dept first
Marion (423) 942-3665
Marshall (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Maury (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Meigs (423) 745-5729
Monroe (423) 442-7401
Montgomery (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Moore (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Morgan (423) 346-6655
Obion (866) 570-3907
Overton (931) 823-6538
Perry (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Pickett (931) 864-3466
Polk (423) 338-8395 for Benton area, (423) 496-4339 for Ducktown area
Putnam (931) 839-2328
Rhea (423) 775-0151
Roane (865) 354-1054
Robertson (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Rutherford (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Scott (423) 569-4175 or (423) 627-2250
Sequatchie (423) 949-2925
Sevier (865) 429-7020
Shelby Municipal permit required; call local fire dept first
Smith (615) 683-6361
Stewart (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Sullivan (423) 239-5811
Sumner (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Tipton (866) 570-4165
Trousdale (615) 374-3601
Unicoi (423) 753-4011
Union (865) 278-3348
Van Buren (931) 946-2401
Warren (931) 635-2754
Washington (423) 753-4011
Wayne (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Weakley (731) 364-2541
White (931) 657-2410
Williamson (877) 350-BURN (2876)
Wilson (877) 350-BURN (2876)
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