Isle of Wight County Department of Emergency Services
Office of the Fire Official
Located inside of DSD
The following will take you to a map depicting the County Development Services Districts DSD map that will help you determine if you are in a DSD area.
Open burning is permitted within the Development Service Districts (DSD’s) for the destruction of leaves and tree, yard, and garden trimmings located on the premises of private property by the residents of such property, provided that the following conditions are met:
- Burning shall not be conducted closer than 300 feet from any occupied building unless the occupants have given prior permission, other than a building located on the property on which the burning is conducted.
- The burning takes place on the premises of the private property in a small area cleared no larger than 5 feet in diameter
- No regularly scheduled public or private collection service for such trimmings is available at the adjacent street or public road
- Water, sand, dirt or fire extinguisher shall be available at the burn site in quantity sufficient to completely extinguish the fire. (A charged water hose, one that is connected to a water source, is preferred and rake(s) and shovel(s) should also be available to control burn pile)
- The material to be burned shall consist of brush, stumps, and similar debris waste and shall not include demolition material
- The burning shall be conducted at the greatest distance practicable for highways and roadways
- The burning shall not be allowed to smolder beyond the minimum period necessary for the destruction of the materials
- The burning shall be conducted only when the prevailing winds are away from any town or built-up area.
Open burning is prohibited by State Air Pollution Control Board regulations from May 1st until October 1st. State Forestry laws prohibit open burning before 4:00 pm between February 15th and April 30th (any authorized burning during this time may occur only between 4:00 and midnight).