Burn Permits

Tennessee’s 2019 Burn Permit Season starts early!! Burn permits will be required starting September 23rd.

October 15th to May 15th is wildfire season. Do you know what you can do to keep your home and family safe?

When it is safe to conduct a controlled burn, remember the following tips:

  • 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.

Need a burn permit? You have two options:

  • By phone: 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.
    • Washington County (423) 753-4011
    • Greene County (423) 638-7841
    • Sullivan County (423) 239-5811
  • Online: 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.