Loudoun County Code Enforcement Division ensures the safety of citizens and the conservation of property through education and the enforcement of the Loudoun County Fire Prevention Code. The fire prevention and life safety inspection program which is intended to identify and correct fire and related hazards primarily in public assembly buildings (i.e. churches and night clubs), school, restaurants, theaters, and large tents. Inspections are also completed in extremely hazardous substance (EHS) facilities, commercial blasting, and multi-family occupancies. The program also conducts fire safety and emergency response plans review, and site plans review. The Fire Prevention Code includes but is not limited to permits, fireworks, and open burning regulations.
The Loudoun County Fire Prevention Code determines when a permit is required and the required fee schedule. Permits are valid for the designated period on the issued permit. Permits may not be transferred to a different facility or owner and must be renewed upon expiration.
The Fire Prevention Code has been revised and many of the code references have changed. We will be capturing all activities that require a permit but only charging for the highest amount. Exception: fees for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), explosives, and fireworks are cumulative. Therefore, please provide the description and reference number for all of the activities that require a permit use.
Once the application is received it will be processed and assigned to an Inspector. Please allow 10 business days’ notice prior to an Inspector scheduling or inspecting your facility or property. Upon satisfactory findings, they will issue the permit.
Site Plans Review
The Fire Marshal’s office works with Building and Development to provide reviews of site plans and fire lane identification to ensure compliance with the fire code.
All persons who handle, use or store explosives shall be familiar with and comply with local, state, and federal laws, ordinances, codes, and standard rules.
The Fire Marshal's Office has compiled the following information to assist property owners with property damage that may occur from blasting fly-rock. Fly-rock is rock or debris that leaves the permitted blasting site as a result of a blast and does not include dust.
- If you feel your home or property is unsafe or unstable, please safely exit the structure and immediately call 911.
- If your property is safe to inhabit, contact the Loudoun County Emergency Communication Center (ECC) at (703) 777-0637, please state why you are calling and request to speak with a Fire Marshal or you may complete the Blasting Complaint form. Our goal is to response to all complaints within 24 hours.
- Blasting Complaint Procedures (PDF) Opens a New Window.
- Any vendor seeking to have an aerial fireworks display should complete the appropriate permit application found under the Permit Applications tab.
- View information on public fireworks displays, approved vendors, and approved fireworks.
A message from the Chief Fire Marshal on Cold Spark Pyrotechnic Devices (PDF)