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Outdoor Burning

Open Burning Permit  A permit is required for open burning in accordance with Section 7-102 of the Sevierville Municipal Code. All open burning sites must be inspected prior to burning. Permits are granted with the conditions as listed. Permits are available Monday through Friday between 8-5. 

  • An adult (over 18 years of age) is present on site during the burn.  
  • Water or other extinguishing materials are available at the side.  
  • No gasoline, kerosene, diesel fuel, or flammable solids are to be used as an accelerant.  
  • Wind velocity does not exceed five (5) miles per hour.  
  • All burning must comply with State of Tennessee Air Quality Law, i.e., only untreated wood or wood waste may be burned. The issuance of the permit does not relieve the applicant of the necessity to obtain any required State permits.  
  • Complaints may void the permit and require extinguishment.  
  • Water required to control or extinguish the burn will be billed to the Permit Holder.  
  • Outside the City of Sevierville contact the TN forestry service 865-429-7020   15.1.2 Closely supervise all outdoor fires. Make sure the fire is out before leaving.

15.1.3 Supervise children around any fire outdoors, including campfires, fire pits, chimineas, and outdoor fireplaces. 15.1.4 Permitted open fires (such as bonfires or trash fires) need to be at least 50 feet (15 meters) from anything that can burn.   15.1.5 Permitted recreational fires (such as campfires or fire pits) need to be at least 25 feet (8 meters) away from anything that can burn.   15.1.6 Avoid burning on windy, dry days. When conditions are windy or dry, it is easy for open burning to spread out of control.   15.1.7 Where outdoor burning is allowed, never use gasoline or other flammable or combustible liquids.   15.1.8 When burning, have a hose, bucket of water, or shovel and dirt or sand nearby to extinguish the fire.

Contact Us

Fire Code Enforcement
120 Gary Wade Blvd.
Sevierville, TN 37862
Fax 865.453.5518

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Fire Marshal JC Green
Office 865.868.1709