Control Burn Guidelines

Burning Regulations - Virginia 4 p.m. Burn Ban effective February 15 to April 30

See County Code for the complete code on Control Burning in the County. Contact the county Fire Marshal's office at 540-483-3091, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm with any questions. Control Burn Notification Form for the County of Franklin(you will exit the Franklin County, VA website and connect to a 3rd party software when using this form)

Open air burning in the Town of Rocky Mount is prohibited. Any questions, contact the Town at 540-483-5243.

Request Fire Report

If you would like to obtain a Fire Report from our Fire Marshal's Office, please complete the online request Fire Report Request (you will exit the Franklin County, VA website and connect to a 3rd party software when using this form). You may also contact us at 540-483-3091. Fire Reports are $10.00

Smoke Detectors

Franklin County Public Safety wants to ensure that every home in the county has a working smoke detector. Smoke detector availability is limited; if available we will install them in the appropriate areas of your home free of charge. If you, a neighbor, or family members are without smoke detectors in your home and are a Franklin County VA resident who owns your home, complete the Smoke Detector Installation Form.(you will exit the Franklin County, VA website and connect to a 3rd party software when using this form) If you are a tenant in need of a smoke detector, please notify your landlord of this requirement as soon as possible. If you are a resident of the town of Rocky Mount VA, please contact the Town Managers office at 540-483-5243. Smoke Detectors Can Save Lives!

Fireworks Permits

Fireworks For Entertainment Form and Liability Form

Knox Box

The Knox Box Entry System Program is an effort by the Franklin County Public Safety to provide property owners within Franklin County, Virginia a secure system that provides rapid, nondestructive, emergency access to commercial buildings.

What is a Knox Box?

A Knox Box is a secure key vault that is installed on the exterior of a building near the main entrance. This box contains building keys to provide access for the fire department in emergency situations. The fire department maintains master keys for the Knox boxes in secure locations.

Is the Knox Box required?

Yes, for new commercial structures and on existing commercial buildings a Knox Box is not required to be installed in Franklin County, Virginia. However, commercial buildings where access is restricted can cause delays for the fire department to gain access either by forcible entry tactics or by waiting for a key holder. Many businesses in the area have had Knox Boxes installed on their buildings.

Where can I buy a Knox Box?

Knox Box devices may be purchased through the Knox box company at At the Knox box online store, the department name will be entered as Franklin Co Dept of Public Safety. Any questions, please contact our office at 540-483-3091.

Where do I install the Knox Box?

Knox Boxes shall be mounted as near as possible to the primary entry door and shall not be visually obstructed. This normally will be the main entrance door to the business. The box should not be located further than six (6) feet laterally from the door. The Knox Box should be installed no higher than five (5) feet or no lower than two (2) feet above the ground or walk area. The Knox Box for a gate shall be located on the gate or on a fence or wall within six (6) feet of the gate.

How do I secure my keys inside the box?

Keys to exterior doors, interior doors, electrical and mechanical rooms, and elevator keys are normally kept on one (1) ring inside the Knox Box. After the Knox Box is installed, the owner or their designee must contact the Franklin County Public Safety Fire Marshal’s Office at 540-483-3091 to schedule an appointment to secure the keys and lock the Knox box.