​​​​This is the city ordinance regarding fireworks in Virginia Beach.

Sec. 12-43.2. Fireworks and pyrotechnic displays unlawful; exceptions.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section it shall be unlawful for any person to transport, manufacture, assemble, store, sell, offer or display for sale, or to buy, use, possess, ignite or explode any firecracker, torpedo, sky rocket, sparkler, or other substance or device that contains any explosive or flammable compound or substance, and is intended or commonly known as fireworks, and which explodes, rises into the air or travels laterally, fires projectiles or discharges sparks into the air.

(b)The provision of this section shall not be applicable to (1) any organization or group of individuals which has been granted a permit by the fire official for the public or private display of fireworks or pyrotechnics, provided that such fireworks are stored, handled, transported and used in compliance with the terms and conditions of such permit; or (2) any federal, state or local government animal or fowl management agency agents acting within the scope of their lawful duties. Such agents shall provide the VBFMO with at least twenty-four (24) hours notice of intent to possibly employ pyrotechnic tactics.

(c)The fire marshal or any law enforcement officer shall be authorized to seize, take, remove or cause to be removed, at the expense of the owner, all fireworks offered or exposed for display or sale, stored or held in violation of this section.

(d)Violation of any provision of this section shall constitute a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Requirements for commercial shooters to operate in the City of Virginia Beach

  • ​All Fireworks shows requesting to shoot on any public beach within the City of Virginia Beach shall be denied. All proposed beach shows shall be moved to a display barge off shore.

  • Hand lighting of fireworks is prohibited in the City of Virginia Beach

  • Reloading of mortar tubes is prohibited.

  • A minimum of 1 x 4 lumber shall be used for 6” shells and below for rack bracing.

  • A minimum of 2 x 4 lumber shall be used for any shells above 6” for rack bracing.

  • Handling & disposal of damaged or unfired fireworks shall be per the manufacturer’s instructions and NFPA 1123 under the guidance of the AHJ representative on site.

  • All mortars shall be cleared of debris prior to loading any display shells.

  • Any defective mortar tubes found shall be removed from service.

  • Re-matching and firing of any shells post show shall be the discretion of the AHJ representative on site.

  • The 30 – 30 rule shall be applied during electrical storms. At that time all firework activity shall cease.

  • All operators shall have their Virginia Shooter’s card available on site for the AHJ representative.

  • Smoking materials, matches, lighters, or open flame devices shall not be permitted within 50’ of any area where fireworks or other pyrotechnic materials are present.

  • Preparation areas for display fireworks shall be secured from public access by at least 100’.

  • Post show inspection of mortar tubes shall be shall be a minimum wait time of 20 minutes.


The Fireworks and Pyrotechnic applications have been updated, please read all forms and include all necessary information prior to turning anything in for approval. No old applications will be approved, all paperwork will be returned to the applicant and a new updated form will need to be filled out. Please include in your application a site plan with marked distances indicating the setup area, shooting location, excess product storage areas, and any other pertinent areas. Applicants must also contact the Special Events and Film Office regarding any required applications and permits. If you have not done so, your application will be held until such time as all required paperwork and applications are complete. You can view their site by clicking here.

Fireworks Application

Pyrotechnic/Proximate Application

Flaming Effects Application​

Please understand that after July of 2014 there will be no shows that will be approved for setup and display on any public beach within the City of Virginia Beach. All shows that would normally take place on any beach shall be moved off shore on to an appropriate size barge for that show.

The Fire Marshal or their representative has the authority to revoke a fireworks permit at any time for safety violations