Business Assistance Team: Fire Marshal

Some businesses need to have a Fire Marshal permit to operate. A complete list of fire marshal permit requirements may be found in Chapter 1602 of the Codified Ordinances of Loudoun County. The most common and general classifications that do require a Fire Marshal permit are:

  • Dry Cleaning Plants
  • Educational Occupancy
  • Fireworks retailer, wholesaler or pyrotechnical display
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids
  • Hazardous Materials Use or Storage
  • Hot Work operations (welding, open flame devices)
  • Liquid or Gas Fueled Vehicles in an Assembly or Mercantile Building
  • LP Gas
  • Lumber Yards, Woodworking and Mulching Plants
  • Miscellaneous Combustible Storage greater than 2,500 cubic feet such as:
    • Barrels
    • Boxes
    • Cork
    • Empty packing cases
    • Rubber
    • Rubber tires
    • Similar combustible material
  • Places of Assembly (Occupancy of 50 more people)
  • Repair Garages and service stations
  • Salvage / Junk Yards
  • Spaying or Dipping operations such as automobile spray booths
  • Tents exceeding 900 square feet or 20 tents of any size

This list is provided as a guideline. For more information or to verify if a specific business or occupancy requires a Fire Marshal permit, please call the Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office at 703-737-8600. More information about the Fire Marshal's office is online at