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Chesterfield, VA 23832

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Blasting Regulations - 90 Day Permit

Blasting Application 


  • Blasters shall be certified by the State of Virginia.
  • Blasting mats and backfill shall be used.
  • Blasting shall be done during daylight hours only.
  • There shall be no blasting during thunderstorms.
  • The permit shall be on site when blasting.
  • Magazines shall not be located on site where there is blasting.


  • Warning signs shall be posted as required. 
  • Warning signs shall be at least 4' x 4' in bright contrasting colors, letters as large as possible reading "Danger Blasting".


  • Seismograph readings and pre-blast surveys are required when determined by the fire official.
  • The fire official shall be provided with a copy of all blasting reports, seismograph readings and pre- blast surveys upon request.


  • Any damage that is done as a result of blasting shall be reported to the Fire and Life Safety Division
    • Day - 804-748-1426
    • Night - 804-748-6240
    • or 911
  • Blasting operation shall comply with the provisions of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, county ordinances and nationally recognized standards applicable to handling, storage and use of explosives or blasting agents.


  • All fees shall be paid prior to the permit being issued. 
    • There is a $65.00 fee for the initial permit for each site and a $35.00 fee for a 30-day extension for each site. 
    • All requests for extension shall be in writing before the expiration of the original permit. 
    • Fees shall be paid by check only, payable to Treasurer, Chesterfield County.
  • To blast within 300 feet of any structure, minimum insurance required is $2,000,000.00.  
    • The blaster and developer may share this minimum insurance requirement. 
  • To blast 300 feet or more from a structure, the minimum insurance required is $1,000,000.00. 
  • Should blasting occur on Chesterfield County property, minimum insurance required is $2,000,000.00. 
    • The blaster and the general contractor may share this minimum insurance requirement. 
  • Chesterfield County shall be named in addition as insured on the blaster's and general contractor's certificate or proof of insurance. 

The minimum amount of insurance required will be based on the above criteria and a site visit by the fire official.  Should there be any deviation the County Attorney will be consulted before an amount of insurance is determined.

Failure to comply with the above conditions may constitute a violation of the law, which could result in possible legal action.