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Seasonal burning for Hamilton County starts October 1

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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

With fall around the corner, the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau reminds Hamilton County residents that seasonal burning starts Thursday, October 1, 2015, with a valid permit. 

The season allows residents of Hamilton County, with a permit, to burn brush and vegetation on approved burning days until April 30, 2016, according to a news release.

Permit applications can be obtained by:

  • Request by phone at 423-643-5970
  • Download one at online
  • Apply in person at 6125 Preservation Drive, Ste 140, Chattanooga, TN 37416

Residents will be charged a processing fee to help cover the expenses of the program.  

Burning sites within city limits have a $50 fee and require an inspection, completed by a Chattanooga/Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau Investigator before receiving a permit.  

Burning sites outside of city limits have a $5 fee and usually do not require an inspection.  

“We urge citizens to use caution while burning with their permits on allowed burning days,” said Bob Colby, Director of the Air Pollution Control Bureau.  

All burning must be compliant with the regulations of seasonal burning.  

Burning in a barrel is illegal unless you have a valid permit and are burning appropriate materials during the burn season.

The seasonal burning ban was implemented in 2005 as part of an initiative to help Hamilton County, along with Meigs, Marion, Walker and Catoosa counties meet the federal health standards.

For more information, contact the Air Pollution Control Bureau at 423-643-5970 or visit the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau website .

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