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 chimeneas ARE ALLOWED and are not considered open burning if operated within the 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, structures, and other combustible materials (fence, shed, etc), and the dimensions and structure/construction of your fire pit. The firepit 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, a 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.
Contact Chief Linda Hale at 703-737-8600 for more information.