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Chief Linda Hale
Fire Marshal's Office
Ph: 703-737-8600
Effective May 1, 2014, open burning is prohibited through September 30, 2014. 

The regulation on open burning is based upon air quality standards developed by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and is enforced locally by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office. The DEQ has included Loudoun County in the Northern Virginia area which has extended the open burning ban from May through September of each year.  These changes were adopted by the Board of Supervisors in February 2011.  Open burning regulations vary based upon the time of the year.  To learn more about the open burning regulations select a time period below.  Questions can be directed to the Fire Marshal's Office at 703-737-8600 during normal business hours.


Fire Marshal Disclaimer: The Loudoun County Fire Marshal may impose regulations, at any time, based upon a complaint, atmospheric or other environmental circumstances, or to restrict or extinguish any fire that is otherwise permitted according to these guidelines.

Violations and Penalty: Violations of the open burning regulations may result in being charged with and convicted of a Class 1 Misdemeanor. In addition, the responsible party may be held liable for all damages and the costs of firefighting operations. Questions can be directed to the Fire Marshal's Office at 703-737-8600 during normal business hours.



Open Burning Prohibited May 1 - September 31

On a year round basis, open burning is always prohibited in the town limits of Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, Round Hill, and subdivisions ("urban or built up areas") throughout the county. Similarly, open burning is prohibited countywide (towns included) during the period of May 1 through September 30 of each year unless approved by the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office.

  • The burning of construction debris, plastics, tires, tar based materials, oil or petroleum based products, hazardous materials, chemicals, animal carcasses, and similar materials or waste is prohibited countywide (towns included).
  • Burning of household trash, garbage, refuse, household waste, commercial waste, construction waste, combustible liquid, debris waste, hazardous waste, impregnated lumber, junk, rubber, plastics, stumps, tires, tar based materials, oil or petroleum based products, products of salvage operations, chemicals, animal carcasses and similar materials is prohibited.
  • Open burning 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.
  • Campfires, no larger than three feet in diameter by two feet in height and used for cooking purposes, are exempt from these prohibitions, provided they are no closer than 50 feet from a structure.
  • Portable fire pits and chimneas are allowed and are not considered open burning if operated within manufacturer's specifications.

Loudoun County allows specific open burning from October through February and limited open burning from February through April.  Refer to the appropriate sections below for more details.



Open Burning Permitted October 1 - February 14

Open burning is permitted for the burning of leaves, trees, brush, yard and garden trimmings generated onsite, where street side trash service is not available for this purpose.  Bonfires are allowed provided that they consist of seasoned wood, piled neatly, no more than five feet in diameter by five feet in height. 

Open burning is allowed under the following conditions:
  • When not otherwise prohibited as outlined in the Open Burning Prohibited section.
  • All such open burning must be reported to the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Emergency Communications Center (ECC) at 703-777-0637 prior to ignition and when the fire is extinguished.
  • Open burning may be no closer than 50 feet from a structure.
  • Fires shall be attended by competent persons 18 years of age or older, at all times, with provisions for control available.
  • If at any time the fire is not attended and/or a means of extinguishment not immediately available, it must be fully extinguished.

For agricultural purposes, such as clearing a field or fence row, for materials, generated onsite.  The burning may be no closer than 1,000 feet from an occupied structure and may not pose a hazard to highways and airfields.

Questions may be directed to the Fire Marshal's Office at 703-737-8600.



Open Burning is Allowed Between 4:00pm and 12:00am

The Department of Forestry (DOF) mandates and enforces the "4:00 p.m. burning law" effective February 15 through midnight April 30 of each year during which time frame open fires are prohibited between midnight and 4:00 p.m. countywide (towns included). The DOF will be the primary point of contact for enforcement of the 4p.m. open burning laws.  This provision covers routine complaints and calls for assistance related to actual or suspected open burning violations.

  • All such open burning must be reported to the Loudoun County Fire-Rescue Emergency Communications Center (ECC) at 703-777-0637 prior to ignition and when the fire is extinguished.
  • All fires must be actively attended by a responsible and competent person, 18 years or older, at all times, with means to control and extinguish the fire and may not be added to after midnight.
  • If at any time the fire is not attended and/or a means of extinguishment not immediately available, it must be fully extinguished.
  • Legally set fires are allowed to smolder between midnight and 4:00 p.m. provided they are appropriately attended with means for extinguishment, and no additional fuel load is added during this time frame.
  • Open air fires for leaves, trees, brush, yard and garden trimmings generated on site are allowed between 4 p.m. and midnight, except in the town limits of Leesburg, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, Round Hill, and subdivisions ("urban or built up areas") throughout the county.
  • Legally set open air fires are subject to all local regulations.

Questions may be directed to the Fire Marshal's Office at 703-737-8600 during normal business hours.




Development Related Burning


All burning related to land clearing operations by contractors or land owners for development purposes shall be approved by the Fire Marshal's Office. Such burning of trees, stumps and brush will likely require a permit from the State Air Pollution Control Board.

  • Burning of products generated by land clearing operations shall be approved by the Fire Marshal and shall also comply with provisions of the Virginia State Air Pollution control Board (9 VAC 5-40-5600) and shall not be within 1,000 feet from an occupied structure.
  • The use of warming barrels at a construction site is permitted as approved by the Fire Marshal’s Office so long as they contain clean lumber, and are done in a barrel or similar container that is screened or covered to prevent flying embers and may be no closer than 15 feet from a structure.
  • Agricultural burning, such as clearing of a field or fence row, is limited to materials generated on site. The burning may be no closer than 50 feet from a structure and 1,000 feet from an occupied structure, unless prior permission has been given by the occupant and may not pose a hazard to highways and airfields.

Open Burning Permit

A link to the application for an Open Burning Permit is below. The fee is $120. An operational permit is required to operate a special incineration device as defined by the State Air Pollution Control Board.


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