Q: Are there burning guidelines in the City of Virginia
A: Yes, Please see our Open Burning section for further details.
Q: What types of things do I need to obtain a permit for?
A: A permit needs to be obtained for firework displays, tents over 900sqft, bonfires, pit burns, and vehicle displays. This is not an exhaustive list, for a complete list of permitable items please see our Permits section.
Q: Something has been spilled or dumped on my property, who is responsible for the cleanup?
A: The property owner is ultimately responsible for any hazardous materials dumped on site or into any waterway. The owner and/or other responsible parties will be held liable for any cleanup costs and damages.
Q: I had a small fire in my business, do I need to call anyone if I put it out?
A: Yes, all fires need to be reported to the Fire Department regardless of size or duration. Please contact our non-emergency number with the incident details and a unit will investigate the issue. The non-emergency number is 757-385-5000. Restaurants also need to notify the health department if any extinguishers have been discharged and/or if any kitchen suppression systems have been activated.
Q: What are some general annual fire system maintenance requirements?
A: Fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, and extinguishers all need to be serviced annually. Sprinkler systems may also require a quarterly inspection and a 5 year service in addition to any annual service. Automatic non water based suppression systems with a fusible link need to be serviced every 6 months. All paperwork and service tags should be available at all times. Private hydrants (blue bonnets) need to be serviced annually. Fire doors with a fusible link need to be serviced annually.
Q: Where can I dispose of my old fire extinguishers?
A: The city landfill household hazardous waste facility will take them along with the SPSA Suffolk facility. Extinguishers must be de-pressurized at the time of disposal.