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Tennessee Department of Agriculture,
Division of Forestry
Debris Burn Permit Application
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A free Debris Burn Permit may be applied for single day, individual burn piles through this website. Online permits can be obtained for leaf and/or brush piles. It is strongly advised to keep piles manageable and add debris over time versus creating too large of a pile. Each pile must be extinguished (no light or flame) by permit expiration.
For large scale broadcast burning applications such as forestry (understory, site prep), agricultural (crop stubble, field clearing), wildlife (habitat, warm season grasses), land clearing (dozer piles, windrows) or other burning, call (877) 350-BURN (2876) to request a permit from a Division of Forestry representative. Permits issued by phone can only be obtained during state business hours Monday thru Friday 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. in your local time zone.
Permits will be issued when the Division of Forestry determines conditions are safe for residents to burn debris. Permits are required by the Division between October 15 to May 15 where local municipal restrictions do not apply. Online permits are available from 8 AM to 11 PM CT.
Burning permits served through this website are authorized by the State Forester pursuant to T.C.A. 39-14-306.
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