Burn Permit Rules
Burn permits place 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. Online at http://www.burnsafetn.org/
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.
State law requires a permit for open air burning from October 15 through May 15. Permits are free. You may obtain a permit by calling your local Division of Forestry office in your county. If your debris pile is 8 x 8 feet or smaller you may obtain a permit on-line. Online permits and a list of county office phone numbers can be found at: The website also has tips on how to conduct your burning safely as well as other useful information. Be sure to check for other restrictions in your locale. Some counties and cities have restrictions that may prohibit outdoor burning.
Permits are free of charge and may be obtained by calling the phone number listed below for the county in which the burning will be done. Burning permits 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.
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"