Open Burning Regulations

Open Burning Regulations

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. Open burning regulations vary based upon the time of the year. To learn more about the open burning regulations during a select time period, see details below. 

  • February 15 to April 30 Open Burning Allowed Only Between 4:00 p.m. and 12 a.m.
  • May 1 to September 30 Open Burning Prohibited
  • October 1 to February 14 Open Burning Permitted under Normal Conditions. 
  • Development Related Burning (See below)

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.

  1. May 1 to September 30 -Prohibited
  2. October 1 to February 14 - Permitted
  3. February 15 to April 30 - Allowed  between 4:00 p.m. & 12:00 a.m.
  4. Development Related Burning

Open Burning Prohibited May 1 to September 30
On a year round basis, open burning is always prohibited in the town limits of Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, Round Hill, and subdivisions ("urban or built up areas") throughout the County and in the Town of Leesburg.

Similarly, open burning is prohibited countywide (towns included) during the period of May 1 through September 30 of each year.

  • 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.
  • Individuals interested in a permanent fire pit should contact the FMO for approval. Here are some basic guidelines:
    • Provide a sketch of the proposed fire pit location to include distances, to structures and other combustible materials (fence, shed, etc), and the dimensions and structure/construction of your fire pit. Fire pit is required to be at least 15 feet from any structure or combustible material.
    • The largest diameter that would be allowed is 36”.  Please be advised that a fire pit of 42” is large enough that it will be considered open burning and must comply with all the requirements of open burning.
    • All fire pits must continue to have a wire mesh cover to control sparks, mechanism to extinguish the fire, attended at all times, limited to clean seasoned wood, and shall not create a nuisance.

Open Burning Permit

Contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 703-737-8600 to obtain an Open Burning Permit Application Form. The fee is $120. An operational permit is required to operate a special incineration device as defined by the State Air Pollution Control Board.