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Debris Burn Permits are Now Required

Tennesseans are being reminded to keep burn safety measures top of mind as the state heads into its fire season.

Starting October 15, debris burn permits for leaf and brush piles are required, and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry (TDF) is observing National Fire Prevention Week from October 8 to 14, 2023, to help with education and prevention.

Debris burn permits for leaf and brush piles are available at no charge via the MyTN mobile app or online at

Online permits may be obtained daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. in Eastern and Central time zones (based on your location) for any size leaf and/or brush burn pile, as well as prescribed fires and broadcast burning, such as for forestry, agricultural, or land clearing applications.

Those with limited internet access may call the Division of Forestry burn permit phone number at 877-350-BURN (2876) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central, starting October 13.

TDF advises to make sure to stay with your fire, establish a safe perimeter, and keep tools on hand to control the burn.

If you live inside city limits, check with your municipality for additional restrictions before you burn. The online permitting system is a streamlined and efficient process for residents to obtain burn permits.