Office of the Fire Marshal

The Office of the Fire Marshal is an essential pillar in coordinating and providing services for a safer community. We focus our efforts in the implementation of a comprehensive code enforcement program, an origin and cause investigation program, and a construction and development plans review program. The code enforcement program consists of permitting, inspections, and compliance of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and the Code of Hanover.

Fire Marshal Inspect a Burned StructureThe Office of the Fire Marshal is the primary agency tasked with the responsibility to implement an origin and cause investigation program which includes offenses such as fire, bombings, attempts or threats to commit such offenses, fires, and hazardous materials occurring in Hanover County and the Town of Ashland.

The plans review program is a coordinated effort with other Hanover County Community and Economic Development Departments to ensure new construction and developments are fire safe. Engineering, community development, and partnerships are at the foundation of any community risk reduction campaign. Other responsibilities include the oversight of the juvenile fire-setter program and assistance with public education and information programs.