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Explosives

As required by the Code of Virginia §27-97, the State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) issues permits for the storage, use, and sale of explosives in areas with no local enforcement. This includes investigation of complaints.

Permits are renewed annually at a fee of $250 for all explosive USE permits and $150 for explosive STORAGE. Written verification that the applicant is bonded is required to properly obtain a USE permit. Explosives and detonators are required to be in separate permitted magazines.

In those localities where the State Fire Marshal’s Office has enforcement authority, a separate application to use explosives is required for each city or county in which the applicant plans or intends to USE explosives. If an applicant operates in multiple jurisdictions, multiple applications and permits are required. An application fee of $250 is required for each separate USE permit. Photocopies of applications are acceptable.

If a locality has a fire official, then the permit has to be obtained from the local fire official.

You may download permit applications from this site or call the State Fire Marshal’s Office at (804) 371-0220 for applications or questions regarding the explosive permit process.

For more information on explosives permits, firework displays, blaster certification and/or background clearance cards, contact:

  • State Fire Marshal,
  • John Cullinane, 804-371-7270,
  • Steven Sites, 540-317-7670,
  • Or call our general office number: 804-371-0220

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Last Updated: Thursday, October 27, 2016