Starting Monday, Aug. 30, residents of Habersham County will have new ways to request burn permits.
Habersham County Emergency Services said citizens have been calling 706-839-0579 and speaking with personnel to obtain their permit number. In the future, they can obtain a permit number by phone or text or by completing an online request.
When citizens call 1-844-844-2876 (BURN) they can receive a burn permit number by phone or text.
Online permits are available at georgiaburnpermits.com.
EMS officials remind citizens that a burn permit is required when a person, firm, corporation or association intends to burn hand-piled vegetation/yard debris. No household garbage or man-made refuse is allowed. Agriculture, silviculture and land-clearing burns for residential or commercial development does require notification to the county forest ranger, and a permit is required for these activities, as well.
For citizens in the city of Cornelia or Mt. Airy, please continue to call the Cornelia Fire Department at 706-778-8585 for your permits.
For citizens in Clarkesville, please continue to call the Clarkesville Fire Department at 706-754-2024 for your permits.
For agriculture, silviculture, and land-clearing burns for residential or commercial development, please continue to call the Georgia Forestry 1-877-652-2876.