The Elizabethton Fire Department does not issue burn permits, but as a courtesy to City residents, we do allow open burning as long as a few simple rules are followed. EFD does reserve the right however, to deny any request, or to extinguish or cause to be extinguished, any open-burning that is being conducted regardless of if it meets the parameters of these guidelines.
Any open-burn that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited. If any complaint of smoke is received, the open-burn will be extinguished, regardless of if it is being conducted within the scope of these guidelines.
Any open-burning that takes place inside the City of Elizabethton has to meet the following guidelines:
- Burning may consist of any dry agricultural product (i.e. leaves, grass, or brush). No shingles, tires, copper wires, or household garbage may be burnt.
- Open-burning must take place a minimum of 50 feet from any structure.
- The open-burn must be constantly supervised until the fire is completely out.
- Have adequate means to control and extinguish the fire (i.e. garden hose, extinguisher, or heavy equipment).
- The weather conditions have to be suitable for burning (low wind).
- Must be able to call 911 quickly if unable to control fire.
***The Fire Marshall has the authority to issue a BURNING BAN anytime the condition requires it, and at anytime deny anyone from conducting an open-burn, if in his opinion, the conditions are not safe.
There is no need for individuals to obtain a burn permit from the State Forestry Service if they are burning inside the City limits. If you live in the county, you will need to call the TN State Forestry Service to be issued a burn permit. You can reach them by calling (423)725-3281. For more information about safe burning practices, when and what you can burn, or to obtain an online burn permit, please visit burnsafetn.org.
Fire Dept.: Use caution when burning brush