Open Burning Regulations

Burning Season

No burning is permitted from May 1 through Sept. 30. 

Open burning/permitted 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.

Open Burning Rules

  • Fires must be constantly attended until extinguished and no longer smoldering.
  • Attendees must provide adequate fire extinguishing equipment to control the fire.
  • The Virginia Division of Forestry requires that any open burning from Feb. 15 through April 30 of each year, within 300 feet of woodland, brushland, or field containing dry grass or other combustible material leading to woodland, be done between the hours of 4 p.m. and midnight.

Burn Types

  1. Bonfires, Campfires and Recreational Fires
  2. Fire Pits
  3. Land Clearing and Property Maintenance
  4. Leaf Burning
  5. Tree and Garden Trimmings

Bonfires, campfires, and recreational fires are permitted under certain circumstances. View more information about conducting these types of fires.