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Air Quality FAQs

What do I need to know about Open Burning?

  1. It is never legal to burn household trash, furniture, plastics, coated wire
    coated wire, treated lumber, grass clippings, or leaves.
  2. Materials containing rubber, grease and asphalt or made from petroleum, such as tires, cars and auto parts, plastics or plastic- coated wire
  3. Fires cannot obscure visibility for roadways, railroad tracks or air fields
  4. Burning is not the only way to dispose of natural vegetation. Consider composting and chipping.
  5. Open burning is not allowed when air pollution warnings, alerts or emergencies are in effect. If you have a concern or question about what can or cannot be burned, please contact the department at 865-215-5900

Are there other restrictions that I need to know about?

  • Due to the occasional ban or restriction on open burning in Knox County, you must call the numbers on your permit to check the current status of open burning in Knox County. Even with a permit, there are days in which all burning can be restricted in Knox County due to Ozone Action Days, Weather, or other such reasons the Director of Air Quality may see fit.  

 I want to learn more about Open Burning.

  • Click here for more information about Open Burning

I want to file a complaint or report of suspicious activities regarding open burning, odors, or dust?

  • Contact Knox Co Air Quality at 865-215-5900.

I want to Demo or Renovate a structure that may have Asbestos. What do I need to do?

 Can I eliminate mold in my house?

  • There is no practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment; the only way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.

How do we know if it’s OK to let the kids play/do sports outside?

I want to learn more about pollution?

  • Click here for the Background of Air Pollution 

Is there other ways I can follow the local Air Quality program?

  • Yes, actually you can now follow us on Facebook. Search us out and Like us under “Knox County Air Quality”

Air Quality

Main Office
Suite 242
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917

865-215-5900 phone
865-215-5902 fax
865-215-2497 tdd
Air Info Line
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Department Email