Local Open Burning Ordinance Approval for Localities

The Regulation for Open Burning includes a model local ordinance for local ordinances. The model rule provides an example for localities developing open burning ordinances. The model rule may be used without modification, or it may be made more stringent to address the jurisdiction’s needs; however, no ordinance can be approved that is less stringent than the regulation.

Once a locality has decided to finalize an ordinance, it must be submitted for approval. The request package should include a copy of a letter from the duly authorized representative of the county or city requesting approval by the State Air Pollution Control Board and a copy of the ordinance. Submit the request package to:

Mr. Michael G. Dowd
Director, Air Division
Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, Virginia 23218

The Office of Regulatory Affairs is responsible for reviewing local open burning ordinances. Staff is available to assist localities with the development of their ordinances. If you wish to have a preliminary review of the local ordinance prior to making an official request for approval, send the request for preliminary review to:

Ms. Cindy Berndt
Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs
Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, Virginia 23218

If you have questions or need additional information concerning the regulations or ordinance development please contact:

Mr. Gary Graham
Office of Regulatory Affairs
Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Email: Gary.Graham@deq.virginia.gov
Gary.Graham@deq.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 698-4103

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000


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