How Do You Obtain a Burn Permit in Tennessee?


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Call the Division of Forestry in your county between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to get a free permit after describing the location and nature of the burning you plan to do. If you are burning individual brush piles smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet, you can obtain the permit online through the Online Outdoor Burning Permit Application website for the state of Tennessee.

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The burn permit is required anytime you are burning an open-air fire within 500 feet of any forest, wooded area or grassland. Burning is only legal from October 15 to May 15 each year, and weather conditions may prevent legal burning during that time. You also need to specify what you are burning to get your permit to ensure you do not burn something that is on the state's banned burn list.

If you are burning something within an incorporated city, contact local city authorities about getting a permit, because they may have different regulations and requirements. A permit is not required if you are burning debris using a metal container with a half-inch mesh screen cover outside of city boundaries.

Contact your neighbors and the local fire department once you have a permit and before you start burning anything to prevent any false fire alarms or phone calls. You are solely responsible for the fire, so make sure the fire is completely put out before leaving the area. Never leave a fire burning unsupervised.

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