Open Burning Regulations

York County open burning information includes permit and non-permit open burning requirements. The department often receives inquiries regarding open burning for bonfires, recreational fires and fire in outdoor fireplaces, chimineas and fire/barbecue pits. For more information view the Bonfire, Recreational Fires Chimineas Outdoor Fireplace Burning Requirements (PDF).

Non-Permit Burning


Open burning is permitted for the disposal of leaves located on the premises of private property by the residents of such property, provided the following conditions are met, view the Leaf Burning Regulations (PDF).

Permit Required Burning


A burning permit is required for all other open burning within York County. Open burning by permit may be permissible for the disposal of debris/waste resulting from the development or modification of roads and highways, parking areas, railroad tracks, pipelines, power and communication lines, buildings or building areas, sanitary landfills, and/or from any other clearing operation which may be approved by an authorized representative of the Department of Fire and Life Safety, provided the following conditions are met:
The Application for Open Burning Permit (PDF) may be filled out online, printed and mailed to:
York County Department of Fire and Life Safety
Attn: Open Burning Permits
P.O. Box 532
Yorktown, VA 23690

You may deliver the Application for Open Burning Permit Monday through Friday 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., except holidays to Fire Administration (Public Safety Building) located at:
301 Goodwin Neck Road
Yorktown, VA 23692