Burn Permits

How to obtain a Burn Permit

About our burn ordinance:
The City of Athens abides by all state burning laws. Further, the City does not permit the burning of leaves, tires or rubber products, vinyl siding, shingles, plastic, paper products including cardboard, asphalt roofing materials, demolition debris, building or construction materials, paint or aerosol cans, copper or electrical wires, or household trash.

Other restrictions include burning after dark without approval of the on-duty shift supervisor.

Burn projects larger than 10 cubic yards will only be permitted by forced air pit burning.

You must obtain permission prior to any outdoor burning taking place.  


To obtain a burn permit please contact:

Email: burnpermits@athenstn.gov
When composing email please include your name, contact information, address of burn site, and the nature of what you intend to burn.

Or call

Fire Department Headquarters: 423-744-2789

“We also encourage everyone to use common sense when it comes to barbecuing with charcoal grills, smokers, and the use of outdoor fire pits.”