Yes. Any firework that explodes, rises into the air, moves across the ground, or shoots projectiles into the air, is illegal to possess in Virginia. These devices include firecrackers, roman candles, pop bottle rockets, as well as shell devices used at public displays. Although it is fairly easy to obtain these items by going across state lines, possession and use of these devices is a Class 1 Misdemeanor in Virginia. Depending on the classification of the device, federal explosives charges could also be imposed for interstate transport. The Fire Marshal's Office recommends that only fireworks sold at retail stands in Loudoun County be used. Fireworks may not be used on public property, including streets and roads. These fireworks have been tested to ensure they are suitable for consumers and are on an approved list maintained by the Fire Marshal's Office. The application for the permit required for fireworks, fee schedule and instructions are available at Code Permit Applications. Note: Fireworks are covered on page two of the fee schedule.
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A zoning permit is required for most events unless they are listed as exempt activities. A building permit may also be required depending on the type of activities and structures planned for the event, such as inflatables, tents, and similar structures. See question number two for more about tents.
Requirements for submitting a zoning permit request, a permit application and relevant Zoning Ordinance language are online:
Please contact the Department of Building and Development at 703-777-0220 with any questions.
If the tent is greater than 900 square feet, you must contact the Fire Marshal's Office for a use permit at 703-737-8600. Information about Fire permit applications, fee schedule and instructions online:
If you are cooking or serving food, you must contact the Loudoun County Health Department at 703-777-0234. You may also download the Temporary Food Establishment/Vendor Application and Information Packet from www.loudoun.gov/food, which contains an application for a temporary food permit and instructions for completing the application.
Event organizers are not required to obtain temporary food permits, but vendors are required to do so. Event organizers are asked to provide a list to the Loudoun County Health Department of the vendors they expect to participate. The list of vendors can be compared to the applications that are received and if there are any discrepancies, many can be resolved prior to the event.
Place litter receptacles and recycling bins in high traffic areas, near food and beverage vending areas, restrooms, and at entry and exit points. A recycling bin should be placed next to each litter receptacle to ensure recyclables are not tossed in the trash. Recycling bins should be clearly marked to help prevent them from being used for trash. The Loudoun County Waste Management Division within the Department of General Services has Clear Stream" recycling bins available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis. Find out more event planning tips from the Waste Management Division.
Additional information including providers of waste collection / recycling services, vendors of recycling bins and litter receptacles, and local recycling drop-off center locations is also available by calling 703-777-0187.