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Bonfires, Campfires and Warming Fires

Permitted open burning does not excuse you from consequences associated with damages or injuries.  All laws, ordinances, regulations must be complied with according to federal government, Commonwealth of Virginia and/or Chesterfield County.

Prohibited Burns

  • Toxic or hazardous materials or containers for such materials
  • Rubber tires, asphaltic material, crankcase oil, impregnated wood, or similar materials
  • Paper, used lumber or trade waste
  • Building and/or demolition material
  • Household/commercial trash or refuse


A written permit must be obtained from Chesterfield Fire & EMS, Fire and Life Safety Division. 

  • valid for day of bonfire only
  • application must be submitted at least 15 days before burn date
    • An application with all required permissions shall be submitted for each permit requested
  • only one bonfire shall be ignited at a time not exceeding 5’ x 5’
    • 50 feet from any structure
  • only clean wood or firewood is allowed to be used as fuel
  • if applicant is not owner of property owner written permission shall be obtained
    • principal is acceptable for school property

Recreational/Warming Fires

Recreational fires are allowed without permits if

  • fuel is clean wood only
  • 25 feet from a structure or combustible material
  • no larger than 3 feet and diameter and 2 feet in height.
  • written permit is recommended for bonfires

Bonfire Regulations  
Permit Application  

For more information about bonfires, campfires or warming fires, contact the Fire Marshal's Office or call 804-748-1426.