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Burn Permit

If you reside within the city limits and are wanting to conduct any type of outdoor burning, then you must call the Fire Department first at 615-325-5649 to submit your information and obtain permission, weather dependant.  The only materials that can be burned are vegetation, wood not chemically treated, cardboard, and paper.  IT IS ILLEGAL TO BURN ANY ITEMS PETROLEUM BASED (i.e. but not limited to: plastics, shingles, tires, vinyl siding, carpet, furniture). THE USE OF GASOLINE, DIESEL FUEL, OIL(S), KEROSENE OR OTHER ACCELERANTS TO START A FIRE IS PROHIBITED.  ALL ARE SUBJECT TO PROSECUTION.

What you need to know to burn outdoors:

  • water source close by (garden hose or buckets of water)

  • if smoke is staying low and blowing into nearby residences, you will be asked to extinguish the fire and burn at a later date.

  • remain at the burn site till the fire is out

  • have the house phone or cell phone handy in case the fire gets out of control

  • Portland Fire Dept has the right to not allow burning for any day because of weather conditions or other factors.

  • if a ban of more than one day is placed on outdoor burning, that order will be issued by the Mayor

If you reside outside the city limits then you are required to have a burn permit.  Read below.

Between October 15 and May 15, all residence outside a city limits in Sumner County are required to have a burn permit.  The permit is free of charge.  All you have to do is call the State Forestry Service at (877) 350-BURN (2876).

Click here to apply online for a burn permit

Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

If you will be burning on the weekend or during a holiday, call on Friday or the day before the holiday and the office will issue a multi day permit number.  After obtaining the permit number, you will need to call Sumner County Dispatch at 451-6070 to give them the permit number and location.  This will help prevent unnecessary dispatching of the fire departments.

Open Burn Ordinance