Open Burning Restriction Areas
In accordance with Hanover County Code, Chapter 9, Public Safety, Article III, Division I: In addition to any seasonal burn restrictions that may be implemented, areas in Hanover County where open burning is restricted at all times include:
- Properties in the Urban Service Area
- Properties Zoned R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4, R-5, R-6, RS
- Anywhere in the Town of Ashland (in accordance with Ashland Code of Ordinances, Section 7-2)
Maps that depict these areas are available:
Open Burning Restriction Area Map–View Map Inset
(Map magnification can be adjusted in Acrobat Reader)
If you are unable to determine if your property meets any of these criteria from these maps, please visit the Hanover County GIS web page at www.hanovercountygis.org/
- Click on "View Map" and then click on the "Enter New Hanover GIS Map" link.
- Use the "Search" tab to find and map your property.
- Use the "Layers" tab to turn the "Urban Service Area" and "Zoning" data layers on to determine if your property has burn restrictions.
4pm Burning Law
Outdoor Fires Unlawful Before 4:00 pm,
February 15 – April 30
Virginia's 4:00 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect on February 15.
The 4:00 p.m. Burning Law comes into effect each spring and is different
from the burning bans, which are invoked only during periods of
extreme fire danger. Debris burning continues to be the leading
cause of forest fires in Virginia.
Briefly, the 4:00 p.m. Burning Law states: from February 15 through
April 30 of each year, no burning before 4:00 p.m. is permitted, if
the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields
containing dry grass or other flammable material.
Since forest fuels cure during the winter months, the danger of
fire is higher in early spring than in summer when the forest and
grasses are green with new growth. The 4:00 p.m. Burning Law is an
effective tool in the prevention of forest fires.
For more information about Hanover's regulations, call the Fire
Marshal at 804-365-6195.