Aerosol Products

Permit Holder Guidelines -- Permit Holder Guideline #1

PERMIT TITLE: Aerosol Products

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2801.2

SCOPE: Need permit to make, store, or handle over 500 pounds of Level 2 or 3 aerosols.

FEE: $40.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

PERMIT EXPIRATION: One (1) Year from date issued

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) information for aerosol products display shall be kept on the premises at an approved location.
  2. When an active fire protective (alarm or suppression) system is provide, it is the owner or tenant responsibility to have an annual test performed and keep necessary documentation on site at all times.
  3. Cartons shall be identified on at least one side with the classification level of the aerosol products.
  4. Solid pile and palletized storage shall be arranged so the maximum travel distance to an aisle is 25 feet.
  5. Rack storage shall be arranged with a minimum aisle width of 8 feet between rows of racks and 8 feet between racks and adjacent solid pile or palletized storage. Where early suppression fast response sprinklers provide automatic sprinkler protection, the minimum aisle width shall be 4 feet.

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Special Amusement Buildings

Permit Holder Guidelines -- Permit Holder Guideline #2

PERMIT TITLE: Special Amusement Buildings

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 107.2

SCOPE: A permit is required to operate a special amusement building or portion of any building for entertainment purposes, regardless of occupant load. This type of facility includes temporary, permanent or mobile structures.

FEE: $150.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Event Duration (or Annual for permanent sites).

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. All special amusement buildings shall meet all requirements of assembly occupancies (including staff trained and drilled in emergency procedures).
  2. An approved sign noting the maximum occupancy load as approved by the Building Official shall be posted near the main entrance to assembly room.
  3. The "Certificate of Occupancy" issued by the Building Official shall be available for review by the Fire Officials.
  4. No overcrowding allowed. (Defined as exceeding the approved occupant load or crowding that blocks the means of egress).
  5. Exits shall not be secured from the egress side and shall be kept ready for ease of escape during occupancy.
  6. Fire protection equipment shall be maintained and inspected with a copy of the current inspection reports available on site.
  7. No storage of any kind (temporary or otherwise) is allowed to block exits, exit aisles or exit discharges. All aisles leading to the exits and from the exits to the public way are to remain unobstructed at all times. Parking shall not obstruct exit discharges.
  8. All exit signs shall be visible and all illuminated exit signs shall be illuminated at all times the building is occupied. All egress lighting shall illuminate when tested.
  9. When the design of egress path is designed to confuse; directional exit marking that becomes apparent in an emergency shall be provided.
  10. All decorative materials shall be either noncombustible or flame-resistant in accordance with both large and small scale flame test of NFPA 701. The interior finish of all structures shall be maintained as approved.

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Assembly & Educational Occupancies

Permit Holder Guidelines #3

PERMIT TITLE: Assembly & Educational Occupancies

CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 107.2

FEE: $75.00 (1-50 occupants), $115.00 (51-500 occupants), $150.00 (over 500 occupants)
(Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Requirements and Guidelines for Public Assembly & Educational Facilities

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued, unless operational.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. An approved sign noting the maximum occupancy load as approved by the Building Official shall be posted near the main entrance to assembly room. The “Certificate of Occupancy” issued by the Building Official shall be available for review by the Fire Officials.
  2. No overcrowding allowed. (Defined as exceeding the approved occupant load or crowding that blocks the means of egress.)
  3. A tracking system (hand counters or other method) that correctly reflects the number of people on the premises is to be maintained at all times.
  4. Exits shall not be secured from the egress side and must be kept ready for ease of escape when occupied.
  5. No storage of any kind (temporary or otherwise) is allowed to block exits, exit aisles or exit discharges. All aisles leading to the exits and from the exits to the public way are to remain unobstructed at all times. Parking shall not obstruct exit discharges.
  6. All exit signs shall be visible and all illuminated exit signs shall be illuminated at all times the building is occupied. All egress lighting shall illuminate when tested.
  7. All decorative materials shall be either noncombustible or flame-resistant in accordance with both large and small scale flame test of NFPA 701. The interior finish of all structures shall be maintained as approved.
  8. No open flame such as candles shall be used without first obtaining approval and a permit from the Fire Marshal’s office.
  9. Fireworks and Pyrotechnics shall not be used without first obtaining approval and a permit from the Fire Marshal’s office.
  10. All employees shall be trained on emergency evacuation procedures and fire extinguisher use, and shall participate in quarterly evacuation drills.
  11. All smoking materials shall be disposed of properly to prevent fires.

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Aviation Facilities, Aircraft Servicing, Repairs, or Fueling from Vehicles

Permit Holder Guidelines Permit Holder Guideline #4

PERMIT TITLE: Aviation Facilities, Aircraft Servicing, Maintenance, Repairs or Aircraft-Fueling from Vehicles

CODE SECTION:Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 1101.3

FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Need permit for aircraft servicing or repair and aircraft fuel-servicing vehicles.
(Need other permits to do hot work, or store fuel beyond aircraft or vehicle)

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, any special stipulations noted on the permit, as well as the following:

  1. Limit activities to approved areas (per building code and fire code official's inspection).
  2. "No Smoking, Open Flame or Ignition Sources" (including matches or lighters) shall be posted within 50 feet of aircraft fueling/refueling areas.
  3. Activities in area affected by a fuel spill shall be restricted to the mitigation of that spill until the hazard is removed or mitigated. Promptly report all spills to the Fire Marshal’s office.
  4. Periodically inspect fueling hose (daily, monthly); immediately make safe when faults found.
  5. Aircraft-fueling vehicles shall be attended and operated only by qualified persons. During fuel-transfer operations; a second qualified person shall participate.
  6. At least (1) 80 B: C rated fire extinguisher readily available during activity at long-term helipad area. Aircraft fuel-servicing vehicles shall have at least two 20 B: C rated fire extinguishers, with one readily accessible from either side. Number and rating (agent capacity) of fire extinguishers at stationary fuel-dispensing stations are based upon fueling system capacity.
  7. Aircraft operation area and related areas shall be kept free of combustible debris at all times.
  8. Copy of permit, MSDS for fuels and emergency contact information shall be readily available on site at all times.

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Battery Systems

Permit Holder Guideline #5

PERMIT TITLE: Battery Systems

CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 601.2

FEE:$75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Stationary lead acid battery system with over 50 gallons liquid capacity

PERMIT EXPIRATION:ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Vented (flooded) batteries shall be provided with safety venting caps, and approved method and materials to control and neutralize a electrolyte spill.
  2. Valve-regulated battery systems shall have self-sealing flame-arresting safety vents and:
    •  approved method and materials for neutralizing an electrolyte leak
    • a listed device or other approved method to preclude, detect and control thermal runaway
    • .where batteries are inside a cabinet, the cabinet shall: i.be vented to avoid more than 1% (by volume of cabinet) of hydrogen concentration
                ii.be within 10 feet of equipment they support when in occupied work areas
                iii.have exterior label about the voltage and current of the contained battery system
                 iv.interior signs about relevant electrical, chemical, and fire hazards.
  3. Both battery systems shall have approved signs on doors into rooms or building containing stationary lead-acid battery system. The signs shall state that the room contains lead-acid battery system, energized electrical circuits, and that the battery electrolyte solutions are corrosive liquids.

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Cellulose Nitrate Film

Permit Holder Guideline #6

PERMIT TITLE: Cellulose Nitrate Film

CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 107.2 & 306.2

FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE:A permit is required for the storage, use or to handle Cellulose Nitrate Film.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: One (1) Year from Date of Issue.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, NFPA 40, and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Nitrate films shall be kept in closed, individual metal cans, or DOT-approved containers; unless actually being worked on, used or examined.
  2. Cellulose nitrate film shall not be handled unless room has at least two remote exits with aisles at least 30 inches wide.
  3. Not more than 15 people shall work in any room at one time where nitrate film is handled.
  4. Tables and racks where nitrate film is stored or worked on shall be made of noncombustible materials or wood not less than one & one half inch at it’s smallest dimensions.
  5. In any room where nitrate film is stored or handled; artificial light shall be restricted to incandescent or fluorescent light.
  6. Artificial heat shall be restricted to steam or hot water only and not to exceed 15psi. for any room where nitrate film is used or handled.
  7. Cellulose nitrate film shall not used or handled in quantities greater than 50 lbs. unless the room is protected by an Extra Hazard Occupancy Sprinkler System.
  8. Nitrate film not in use shall be stored in an approved cabinet or vault per NFPA 40.
  9. Scrap nitrate film shall be collected at daily and stored under water in a metal container with a tight fitting cover.
  10. Every room where nitrate film is handled or stored shall be equipped with a water solution or portable water fire extinguisher.

Any nitrate film transported by public conveyance shall be in compliance with DOT shipping regulations and other applicable regulations.

 

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Procedures for Dust Explosions Hazards

Permit Holder Guideline #7

PERMIT TITLE: Procedures for Dust Explosion Hazards

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 1301.2

FEE: $225.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Permit required for operations involving combustible dusts*.

*Defined: Finely divided solid material which is 420 microns or less in diameter and when dispersed in the air in proper proportions; could be ignited by a flame, spark, or other source of ignition. Combustible dust will pass through a U.S. #40 standard sieve.

*Examples of where dust might be found include:Grain elevator, feed mills or operations in pulverizing aluminum, coal, spices or similar materials.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Smoking or the use of heating or other devices employing an open flame or the use of spark-producing equipment is prohibited in areas where combustible dust is generated, stored, manufactured, processed or handled.
  2. Accumulation of combustible dust shall be kept to a minimum in the interior of buildings. Accumulated combustible dust shall be collected by vacuum cleaning or other means that will not place combustible dust into suspension in air. Forced air or similar methods shall not be used to remove dust from surfaces.

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Combustible Fibers

Permit Holder Guideline #8

PERMIT TITLE: Combustible Fibers

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2901.3

FEE: $150.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: An operational permit is required for the storage and handling of combustible fibers in quantities greater than 100 cubic feet (2.8m3). Combustible fibers include readily combustible and free-burning materials in a fibrous or shredded form such as cloth, cotton, rags, wastepaper or like materials.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Ashes, waste, rubbish or sweepings shall not be placed in wood or other combustible receptacles and shall be removed daily from the structure.
  2. Grass or weeds shall not be allowed to accumulate at any point on the premises.
  3. A minimum clearance of 3 feet (914 mm) shall be maintained between automatic sprinklers and the top of piles.
  4. Loose combustible fibers, not in suitable bales or packages and whether housed or in the open, shall not be stored within 100 feet (30480 mm) of any structure (unless otherwise approved).
  5. Loose combustible fibers in quantities of not more than 100 cubic feet (3m3) located in a structure shall be stored in a metal or metal-lined bin equipped with a self-closing cover.
  6. Loose combustible fibers in quantities exceeding 100 cubic feet (3 m3) are limited to storage areas approved by city building (and/or zoning) code officials. A maximum of 2,500 cubic feet (70 m3) of loose combustible fibers shall be stored in a detached structure, with openings protected against entrance of sparks. The structure shall not be occupied for any other purpose.
  7. Bailed combustible fibers shall be limited to single blocks or piles not more than 25,000 cubic feet (700 m3) in volume; not including aisles or clearances. Blocks or piles of baled fiber shall be separated from adjacent storage by aisles not less than 5 feet (1524 mm) wide or by flash-fire barriers constructed of continuous sheets of noncombustible material extending from the floor to a minimum height of 1 foot (305 mm) above the highest point of the piles and projecting not less than 1 foot (305 mm) beyond the sides of the piles.
  8. Sisal and other fibers in bales bounded with combustible tie ropes, jute and other fibers that swell when wet, shall be stored to allow for expansion in any direction without affecting building walls, ceilings or columns. A minimum clearance of 3 feet (914 mm) shall be required between walls and sides of piles; except that where the storage compartment is not more than 30 feet (9144 mm) wide the minimum clearance at side walls shall be 1 foot (305 mm) provided that a center aisle not less than 5 feet (1524 mm) wide is maintained.

 

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Compressed Gases

Permit Holder Guideline #9

PERMIT TITLE: Compressed Gases

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 3001.2

FEE: $150.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Need permit for storage, use and handling of compressed gases, such as any toxic, or over: 200 cu. ft. corrosive or flammable, 504 cu. ft. oxidizing (including oxygen), 6000 cu. ft. inert or asphyxiant, or 12000 cu. ft. air (inclusive of nitrogen or other inert gas with between 16 to 30% oxygen; with less than 16% deemed asphyxiant and over 30% as oxidizer). Partially full containers, cylinders or tanks containing residual gases shall be considered as full for the purposes of the controls required.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Cylinders should be stored in an upright position with the exception of those used in a horizontal position.
  2. Stationary and portable compressed gas containers, cylinders; & tanks shall be marked with the name of the gas and in accordance with NFPA 704. Markings shall be visible from any direction of approach.
  3. Compressed gas containers, cylinders; & tanks shall be secured against accidental dislodgement and against access by unauthorized personnel.
  4. Areas used for the storage, use and handling of compressed gas containers, cylinders, tanks and systems shall be secured against unauthorized entry and safeguarded in an approved manner.
  5. Compressed gas containers, cylinders, tanks and systems which could be exposed to physical damage shall be protected. Guard posts or other approved means shall be provided to protect compressed gas containers, cylinders, tanks and systems indoors and outdoors from vehicular damage.
  6. Compressed gas container, cylinder and tank valves not being used or serviced shall be protected from physical damage by means of protective caps, collars or similar devices.
  7. Compressed gas containers, cylinders and tanks designed for valve protection caps or other protective devices shall have the caps or devices attached. When outlet caps or plugs are installed, they shall be in place.

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Covered Mall Buildings

Permit Holder Guideline #10

PERMIT TITLE: Covered Mall Buildings

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 408.11

FEE: $150.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: The provisions shall govern the occupancy and maintenance of all structures and premises for precautions against fire and the spread of fire.

Covered Mall Buildings: A single building enclosing a number of tenants and occupants such as retail stores, drinking and dining establishments, entertainment and amusement facilities, passenger transportation terminals, offices, and other similar uses wherein two or more tenants have a main entrance into a mall area.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: One (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

Indoor Displays

  1. Fixtures and displays of goods for sale to the public shall be arranged so as to maintain free, immediate and unobstructed access to exits.
  2. The display of highly combustible goods, including but not limited to flammable or combustible liquids, liquefied flammable gases, oxidizing materials, pyroxylin plastics, and agricultural goods, in main exit access aisles, corridors, covered malls, or within 5 feet of entrances to exits and exterior exit doors is prohibited when a fire involving such goods would rapidly prevent or obstruct egress.
  3. Liquid or gas fueled vehicles, boats or other motorcraft shall not be located indoors except as follows:
    1. Batteries are disconnected.
    2. Fuel in fuel tanks does not exceed one quarter tank (1/4) or 5 gallons (whichever is less).
    3. Fuel tanks and fill opening are closed and sealed to prevent tampering.
    4. Vehicle, boat or other motorcraft equipment are not fueled or defueled within the building.
  4. Storage of combustibles materials in buildings shall be orderly. Storage shall be separated from heaters or heating devices by distance or shielding so that ignition cannot occur.
  5. Storage shall be maintained 2 feet or more below the ceiling in non-sprinkled areas of buildings or a minimum of 18 inches below sprinkler head deflectors in sprinkled areas of buildings.
  6. Combustibles materials shall not be stored in exits or exit enclosures.
  7. Combustibles materials shall not be stored in boiler rooms, mechanical rooms, or electrical equipment rooms.
  8. Required emergency evacuation drills shall be held quarterly for all employees to familiarize all occupants with the drill procedure.
  9. Fire safety plans shall include the following:
    1. The procedure for reporting a fire or other emergency.
    2. The life safety strategy and procedures for notifying, relocating or evacuating occupants.
    3. Site plans indicating the following:
      1. The occupancy assembly point.
      2. The location of fire hydrants.
      3. The normal routes of fire department vehicle access.
    4. Floor plans identifying the locations of the following:
      • Exits.
      • Primary evacuation routes.
      • Secondary evacuation routes.
      • Accessible egress routes.
      • Areas of refuge.
      • Manual fire alarm boxes.
      • Portable fire extinguishers.
      • Occupant use hose stations.
      • Fire alarm annunciators and controls.
    5. A list of major fire hazards associated with the normal use and occupancy of the premises, including maintenance and housekeeping procedures.
    6. Identification and assignment of personnel responsible for maintenance and equipment installed to prevent or control fires.
    7. Identification and assignment of personnel responsible for maintenance, housekeeping and controlling fuel hazard sources.
  10. A lease plan shall be prepared for each covered mall building. The plan shall include the following information in addition to that required by Fire Safety Plans.
    1. Each occupancy, including identification of tenant.
    2. Exits from each tenant space.
    3. Fire protection features, including the following:
      • Fire department connections.
      • Fire command center.
      • Smoke management system controls.
      • Elevators and elevator controls.
      • Hose valves outlets.
      • Sprinkler and standpipe control valves.
      • Automatic fire extinguishing systems areas.
      • Automatic fire detectors zones.
      • Fire barriers.
    4. The lease plan shall be submitted to the fire code official for approval, and shall be maintained on site for immediate reference by responding fire service personnel.
    5. Unoccupied tenant space shall be kept free from storage, combustible storage waste and be broom swept clean.
    6. Covered malls buildings exceeding 50,000 square feet shall be provided with standby power system which is capable of operating the emergency voice/alarm communication.

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Permit Holder Guideline #11

PERMIT TITLE: Cryogenic Fluids

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code): 5501.2

FEE: $150.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Shall obtain a permit to produce, store, use, handle, or dispense cryogenic fluids (boils below -130 F at 14.7 psi) in excess of the amounts listed on Table A below. Permits are not needed for vehicles equipped for and using cryogenic fluids as a fuel for propelling the vehicle or for refrigerating the lading.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: One (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Mark containers and post NFPA 704 sign at entry to areas with hazardous materials.
  2. Have MSDS and site/floor plan (noting locations of hazardous materials, controls, spill response gear and items/areas of special concern) readily available on site and current copy filed with fire official.
  3. Containers, piping, valves and other appurtenances to be protected from damage and tampering; appropriately marked as to contents and function.
  4. Keep containers over 10 feet from air intakes, building exits, or combustible materials.
  5. No containers shall be within 10 feet of air intakes, building exits or combustible materials.
  6. Containers and systems to have pressure release valves, easy for inspection and maintenance.
  7. Promptly remove, replace or repair leaking, damaged or corroded containers or systems.
  8. Areas with controls or potentially hazardous contact to persons to be adequately lighted.

Table A:

TypeInside a BuildingOutside of Building
Flammable:1 gallon60 gallons
Oxidizer (includes oxygen)10 gallon50 gallons
Inert60 gallon500 gallons
Physical or health hazard,(not indicated above)Any amountAny amount

 

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Permit Holder Guideline #12

PERMIT TITLE: Dry Cleaning

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 1201.2

FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: The use and storage of solvents used in dry cleaning system operations.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Dry cleaning solvents shall be classified according to their flash points.
  2. Classification of dry cleaning plants and systems shall be classified based on the solvents used.
  3. Staff shall be trained for equipment or chemical emergencies.
  4. Dry cleaning by immersion and agitation in open vessels are prohibited.
  5. No solvent shall be used with a flash point below machine’s design or listing.
  6. Maximum 1 gallon solvents with flash point below 100 F/ 38 C at each work station; dispensed by approved safety can for spotting and pre-treating.
  7. A minimum of two 2-A:10B:C portable fire extinguishers shall be provided near the doors inside dry cleaning rooms containing Type II, Type III-A and Type III-B dry cleaning systems.

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Permit Holder Guideline #13

PERMIT TITLE: Exhibits and Trade Shows

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 107.2

FEE: $40.00 to $150.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: An operational permit is required to operate exhibits and trade shows in public assembly occupancies or occupancies that are outside of their normal use group.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: During the times of the event only (operational).

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. A copy of certificate of insurance, with a face value of a minimum of one million dollars showing the City of Richmond as “additional insured” and the Fire Marshal as the certificate holder, when event is being held in a facility outside of its normal use group (non-typical use group of a facility).
  2. When venue has an approved current Assembly permit; no Exhibit and Trade Shows permits are required (non-typical use group is not included).
  3. An approved sign noting the maximum occupancy load as approved by the Building Official shall be posted near the main entrance to assembly room. The “Certificate of Occupancy” issued by the Building Official shall be available for review by the Fire Officials.
  4. No overcrowding shall be allowed. (Defined as exceeding the approved occupant load or crowding that blocks the means of egress.)
  5. A tracking system (hand counters or other method) that correctly reflects the number of people on the premises is to be maintained at all times.
  6. Entrance doors in all buildings open to the general public shall not be secured from the egress side during periods that the building is open to the general public.
  7. No storage of any kind (temporary or otherwise) is allowed to block exits, exit aisles or exit discharges. All aisles leading to the exits and from the exits to the public way are to remain unobstructed at all times. Parking shall not obstruct exit discharges.
  8. All exits signs shall be visible and all illuminated exit signs shall be illuminated at all times the building is occupied. All egress lighting shall work as designed.
  9. All decorative material and vegetation shall be either noncombustible or flame-resistant in accordance with both large and small-scale flame test of NFPA 701. The interior finish of all structures shall be maintained as approved.
  10. No open flame (such as candles) shall be used without first obtaining approval and/or permit from the Fire Marshal’s office.
  11. All exhibits or trade shows are required to supply the Fire Marshal’s office a set of floor plans to be approved and signed at least 15 days prior to event. All floor plans shall be drawn to scale and include the following information:
    1. Name and date of event and expected capacity
    2. Number of spaces being used
    3. Dimensions and size of exhibits
    4. Exits
    5. Aisles and aisles widths
    6. Registration Areas
    7. Service Areas
    8. Entrances units (headers, kiosks, turnstiles, etc.) and dimensions
    9. Vehicles (interior vehicle display permit maybe required)
    10. Covered exhibits (canopies, tents, enclosed or partially enclosed structures)
    11. Cooking devices and demonstrations (permit maybe required when cooking devices are not protected with an approved hood suppression system).
    12. Stages and Seating Areas
  12. All fire protection equipment ( including exit doors, stairwells, fire department cabinets and connections, pull stations, strobe lights, sprinkler system and fire extinguishers) shall not be hidden or obstructed at any time.
  13. The use of compressed flammable gases (acetylene, hydrogen, propane and butane) inside facility is prohibited (unless approved by the Fire Marshal office) while occupied by the general public.
  14. The use of cutting and welding equipment as part of an exhibit shall require approval and a permit from the Fire Marshal’s office.
  15. All combustible waste shall be stored in non-combustible containers and removed from the premises at least once a day.
  16. The use of any hazardous materials in exhibits requires the approval of the Fire Marshal and a request accompanied by the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) shall be submitted to the Fire Marshal’s office at least 21 days prior to event.
  17. All cooking (as part of the event or supporting the event) shall be governed by the VSFPC and subject to a pre-event inspection by the fire code official.

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Permit Holder Guideline #14

PERMIT TITLE:Explosives and Blasting

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 5601.2

FEE: (Check payable to the City of Richmond): $125.00 to store explosives from 1 day to 1 year, or for small blast with no concern for damage beyond blast area; $400.00 to blast where damage concerns beyond site. An additional $25.00 is due for each witnessed blast after initial event. Contact us for other details if event other than during normal work hours.

SCOPE: Need permit to manufacture, store, handle, sell, or use explosives (See Permit Holder Guideline 21A and 21C for fireworks and special effects)

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Operational or ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Apply for permit at least 10 days before event (with fee and 1 - 5 below). Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, other applicable regulations, and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Person in charge of blasting shall not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs which impair sensory or motor skills, shall be at least 21 years of age and shall demonstrate knowledge of all safety precautions.
  2. Provide site plan showing explosive storage, blast area, nearby structures, railroads and utilities including underground). No use or store explosives within 100 feet of any place of habitation.
  3. Provide Certificate of Insurance listing the City of Richmond as "additional insured" (minimum value of $3 million dollars; with insurance company licensed in Virginia).
  4. Document from property owner authorizing and stating reason for explosive activity.
  5. Information on explosive materials, how to be used, and expected affects beyond blast area.
  6. Notify this office at least one work day before event, do not detonate until approved.
  7. Secure storage and blast area from unauthorized personnel, post warning signs and sound alarm before detonating.
  8. Use appropriate measuring devices and record affects of blast, provide copy of blast records to the Fire Marshal’s office within 60 days after event.

 

 

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Permit Holder Guideline #15(A)

PERMIT TITLE: Fireworks (*see PHG #15B for indoor / close proximity*)

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 5608.2.1

SCOPE: Need permit before discharging any fireworks within the City of Richmond

FEE: $150.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Duration of event.

REQUIREMENTS: Apply for permit at least 15 days before event (with permit fee and 1- 4 below). All fireworks must be electronically ignited only (no hand firing). The manufacture of fireworks within the city is prohibited. Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, stipulations noted on permit, and the following:

  1. Submit site plan showing fireworks area(s), (note distance to) structures, roads, woods, parking and audience area; description (including size) of fireworks, mortars, and ground or special displays. Include expected firing plan and transport vehicle description.
  2. Provide Certificate of Insurance covering use of fireworks, listing the City of Richmond as "additional insured" (minimum face value of $3 million dollars, with an insurance company licensed in State of Virginia).
  3. Submit copy of contract between customer (sponsor) and contractor (fireworks company); including time, date, location of event, authorization from property owner (if not sponsor) and who will provide the materials and services to satisfy fireworks regulations.
  4. Submit name, contact information and qualifications of contractor and technician (person responsible for fireworks activity, to be on site during event) and a copy of this, with technician's and customer's (or agent) original signatures agreeing to comply with all regulations.
  5. Comply with NFPA 1123, 1126, and 1124, including appendix and references.
  6. Fire official may require demonstration of any fireworks (hours or days before the show, on an approved site with secured safety zone, at expense of customer or contractor). Fire official may require meeting of parties on site, days before event.
  7. Keep unauthorized personnel safely away from fireworks (no smoking nearby).
  8. For every 100 shells, every 100 square feet of ground effects, or parts thereof, there shall be at least one 2.5 gallon pressurized water extinguisher ready in or near the display area.
  9. Allow fire official to inspect mortars before loading. Mortars must be stable and in good condition. All aerial shells to be loaded, in individual mortars, at least 1 hour before scheduled discharge time; with wiring and all fireworks preparations completed at least 30 minutes before scheduled discharge time.
    *ALL AERIAL SHELLS TO BE ELECTRONICALLY IGNITED (no hand firing).
    Maximum of 40 shells per ignition. All to be as listed and described in application package (see # 1); need fire official approval for changes.
  10. At least one adequate adult security staff shall be required for every 100 feet of "Safety Zone" perimeter that is not secured by approved physical barriers; in place before wiring of fireworks and maintained until area deemed safe afterwards.
  11. Contractor and sponsor shall be available to fire official days and at least an hour before the event, to resolve all concerns before the fireworks will be allowed.
  12. At least 15 minute safety, cool-off period after end of fireworks discharge. Late firings will not be allowed. All fireworks not discharged shall be properly removed from the site and the City within 24 hours after the event (expiration of permit). Fireworks to have approved security until removed. Packaging and transport vehicle is to be labeled per applicable codes.
  13. If any injury or damages, within 1 week, both the contractor and the sponsor (customer) shall submit reports to the fire official, including description, names (and means of contact) of injured party, estimation of cause of damage and for repairs/treatments to resolve condition, plus how safety will be improved to avoid future similar incidents.
  14. Sites, events, or fireworks of special concern will be subject to additional requirements.
  15. Any cleanup needed, as a result of the pyrotechnic device discharge, shall be the responsibility of the sponsor, agent, contractor, and/or technician.
  16. Chain-fused rack maximums: 3 inch shell or less = 15 mortars, 4 inch shell = 12 mortars, 5-6 inch = 10 mortars, no chain-fused racks for shells over 6 inches.
  17. Separation from audience shall be 100 feet per inch of diameter of largest shell.
  18. All racks shall be perpendicular to audience.

NOTE: FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY REGULATION WILL BE CONSIDERED DUE CAUSE TO DENY OR REVOKE THE PERMIT OR STOP THE DISCHARGE OF FIREWORKS; AND MAY SUBJECT THE RESPONSIBLE PARTY TO LEGAL ACTION. VIOLATIONS OF THE FIRE CODE ARE CLASS 1 MISDEMEANOR, SUBJECT TO PENALTIES OF UP TO $2500 FOR EACH OFFENCE AND / OR UP TO A YEAR IN JAIL.

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Permit Holder Guideline #15B

PERMIT TITLE: Pyrotechnics before a Proximate Audience (*Indoor*)

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 5608.2.2

SCOPE: Pyrotechnics in the performance arts in conjunction with theatrical, musical or similar productions before a proximate audience, performers or support personnel.

FEE: $150.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

PERMIT EXPIRATION: During the event only (Operational).

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. The permit holder shall furnish a cue sheet with detonation times and plot plan showing all location of devices.
  2. The Fire Marshal's office shall be furnished with a certificate of insurance, with a face value of a minimum of one million dollars showing the City of Richmond as an "additional insured" and the Fire Marshal, 201 E. Franklin St, Richmond, VA, as the certificate holder. This is to be provided a minimum of 15 days prior to the event for validation. The insurance shall cover pyrotechnic operations and the insurance company shall be licensed to do business in the State of Virginia.
  3. Submit name, contact information and qualifications of contractor and technician (person responsible for pyrotechnic activity, to be on site during event) and a copy of this, with technician's and customer's (or agent) original signatures agreeing to comply with all regulations.
  4. The permit is issued upon completion of a live demonstration of each device that will be used during event. Times for live demonstration of device range between 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm unless prearranged at the time of application.
  5. All proximate audience displays shall comply with National Fire Protection Association Standards 1123 and 1126.
  6. All applications for proximate audience displays shall include plans indicating the required clearances for spectators and combustibles, crowd control measures, smoke control measures and requirements for standby personnel and equipment when required by fire code official.
  7. Persons in charge of pyrotechnics special effects operations shall be 21 years old, shall demonstrate knowledge of all safety precautions related to the handling, storage or use of pyrotechnic special effects materials and devices.
  8. The controller key shall be kept in the possession of technician, except when actually firing. A room for storage of all pyrotechnic devices and products shall be provided by the venue with a key to secure the assigned area.
  9. All devices shall be pre-loaded prior to the show. Recharges may be installed during planned intermissions.
  10. Use only products that are in labeled containers and never exceed the manufacturer’s maximum recommended load.
  11. Any misfires shall be handled in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  12. A minimum of two off-duty Fire Marshals (or more when deemed necessary for life safety issues) shall be employed by the promoter/venue, at the present current rate per hour, for a minimum of four hours each, to monitor the production.
  13. Each pyrotechnic device fired during a performance shall be separated from the audience by at least 15 ft. but not by less than twice the fallout radius of the device.

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Permit Holder Guideline #15C

PERMIT TITLE: Storage of Pyrotechnic Special Effects Materials

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 5601.2

FEE: $150.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: An operational permit is required to display fireworks, including proximate audience displays and pyrotechnic special effects in motion picture, television, theatrical and group entertainment productions.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: During the times of the event only (operational).

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  • Permit holder shall comply with all Federal, State and City of Richmond guidelines for handling, storage and use of pyrotechnic special effects materials.
  • The Fire Marshal's office shall be furnished with a certificate of insurance, with a face value of a minimum of one million dollars ($1,000,000) showing the City of Richmond as "additional insured" and the Fire Marshal, 201 E. Franklin St., Richmond, VA, as the certificate holder. The insurance shall cover pyrotechnic operations and the insurance company shall be licensed to do business in the State of Virginia.
  • All handling and storage pyrotechnic special effects materials shall comply with National Fire Protection Association Standards 1123, 1124 and 1126.
  • All pyrotechnic special effects materials shall be in properly labeled containers to include Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for each device.
  • Persons in charge of pyrotechnics special effects operations shall be 21 years old, shall demonstrate knowledge of all safety precautions related to the handling, storage or use of pyrotechnic special effects materials and devices.
  • All pyrotechnic special effects materials and devices shall be stored in accordance with regulations promulgated by the Department of the Treasury---Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
  • No smoking, matches, open flame or spark-producing devices shall be permitted within 50 feet of a pyrotechnic magazine.
  • Combustible materials shall not be stored within 50 feet (15m) of a magazine.
  • Secure storage of more than 5 pounds of low explosive fireworks contents, pyrotechnic, or similar materials in magazine monitored (by automated system or staff with police powers) to promptly alert city Emergency Communications upon unauthorized opening.

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Permit Holder Guideline #17

PERMIT TITLE: Flammable and Combustible Liquids - Storage, Handling, Use & Process

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 3401.4

SCOPE: Permit required to store, handle or use over 5 gallons of Flammable (Class I) liquid or 25 gallons of Combustible (Class II or IIIA) inside a building or over 10 gallons of Flammable or 60 gallons of Combustible liquids outside of a building.

EXCEPTIONS:Fuel in tanks connected to and used by a vehicle or oil-burning equipment. (See Guidelines # 18A or #18B for removal or closure of underground/above ground tank.)

FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Submit site plan for exterior storage and building floorplan for interior storage, sample MSDSs with list of maximum expected quantity of each type of hazardous material, and brief description of how used and safety provisions (including emergency procedures and fire protection systems).
  2. All containers approved for contents, properly labeled, properly maintained, with proper disposal of empty containers and waste materials. Containers and piping subject to damage (from vehicular impact or otherwise) shall be adequately protected.
  3. Signs posted and maintained for NO SMOKING or open flames (& other advisories as need)
  4. Leaks will be reported immediately to the Fire Department by calling 911.
  5. Appropriate electrical bonding or grounding during liquid transfer.
  6. No flammable liquids in basement, keep flammable or combustible liquids more than 3 feet below ceiling or sprinklers. Stay in limit per control area or occupancy use per fire code (i.e.: excess beyond 10 gallons for routine maintenance or operations kept in approved liquid storage cabinets).
  7. Outdoor storage areas will be protected against tampering or trespassers where necessary and kept clear of weeds, debris and other unneeded combustible materials.
  8. Additional code concerns apply if using such liquids for cleaning, dispensing from stationary or mobile tanks, within piping system, bulk transfer, or other special operations.
  9. Additional permits might be required based upon details of operations and other materials.

 

 

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Permit Holder Guideline #18A

PERMIT TITLE: Underground Storage Tank Removal or Abandonment

CODE SECTION: Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 5704.2.13.1.4 & 5704.2.14.1(2015)

FEE: $45.00 fee for pre-permit inspection if seeking permission to leave the tank or piping in place.
$135.00 for each tank (Check payable to the City of Richmond)
$45.00 for any additional visits to re-inspect tank site after first scheduled visit.

SCOPE: Permit required to remove or abandon (including filling in place) an Underground Storage Tank (UST) used for combustible or flammable liquids.(See Permit Holder Guideline #18B for above ground tanks.)

EXCEPTION: For residential heating oil tanks less than 500 gallons see addendum.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) month from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Any tank not used for more than one year, or with indication of leakage, shall be removed. Tanks may be left in place with the prior approval of the Fire Marshal. Permits are written and issued on site, as Fire Prevention personnel witness completion of tank removal. If a permit is issued to anyone other than the land owner, the person receiving the permit shall ensure that the land owner receives at least one copy of said permit. Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on the permit, as well as the following:

  1. If applicant is seeking permission to abandon a tank in place, a pre-permit inspection shall be scheduled through the Fire Prevention office.
  2. Permit inspections shall be scheduled through the Fire Prevention office for tank removals, filling-in-place, or tank abandonment.
  3. All flammable liquid storage tanks shall be degassed prior to removal or cutting of tank. All removed tanks are to be disposed of properly. Tanks contents to be properly disposed or re-used. Destination for tank and liquid contents to be noted when applying for permit.
  4. Tanks which are not removed must be filled with an approved foam or flowable-fill cement. (see addendum). All above ground tank piping shall be removed, with remaining piping permanently capped or plugged below grade to prevent refilling. Record tank size, location and date of abandonment.

ADDENDUM - Abandonment of residential heating oil tanks 500 gallons or less:

  1. Owners may request to abandon residential heating oil tanks of 500 gallons or less by filling with an approved inert solid. Requests are subject to the approval of the Fire Marshal or his designee.
  2. Fees: $135.00 for each tank
  3. Other requirements above still apply (contents, sealing pipes below grade, etc.).

The Richmond Fire Marshal’s Office suggests that landowners contact the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (629 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23240; phone 804-648-4000 or 800-592-5482, https://www.deq.virginia.gov/) regarding regulations for commercial tanks, leaking tanks, and ground contamination concerns.

Permit will be revoked if violations occur. Permit does not allow holder to violate any code or safety regulation. Permit must be available on the site during permitted activity. Contact the Richmond Fire Marshal’s Office for more information.

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 804-646-6640.

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Permit Holder Guideline #18B

PERMIT TITLE: Above Ground Storage Tank Removal or Abandonment

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 5704.2.13.1.4 & 5704.2.14.1

FEE: $40.00 fee for pre-permit inspection if seeking permission to leave the tank or piping in place.
$45.00 for each above ground tank at the location.
$45.00 for any additional visits to re-inspect tank site.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) month from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Any tank leaking or not used for more than one year must be removed. Tanks may be left in place with the prior approval of the Fire Marshal. Permits are written and issued on site, as Fire Prevention personnel witness completion of tank removal. If a permit is issued to anyone other than the land owner, the person receiving the permit shall ensure that the land owner receives at least one copy of said permit. Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on the permit, as well as the following:

  1. Tank removal permit inspections shall be scheduled through the Fire Prevention office.
  2. All flammable liquid storage tanks shall be degassed prior to removal or cutting of the tank. Tank shall be cleaned of contents if allowed to remain inside building. All removed tanks are to be disposed of properly. Tank contents to be properly disposed of or reused. Destination of tank and liquid contents shall be noted when applying for permit.
  3. All tank piping shall be removed or emptied of contents and permanently capped or plugged where removal is impractical and remaining materials pose no hazards.
  4. Soil test shall be completed and results provided to the fire official if there is any evidence of a leak.
  5. See Permit Holder Guideline #25 if plans include the use of flame or spark producing equipment.

The Richmond Fire Marshal’s Office suggests that landowners contact the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (629 E. Main St., Richmond, VA 23240; phone 804-648-4000 or 800-592-5482, https://www.deq.virginia.gov/) regarding regulations for commercial tanks, leaking tanks, and ground contamination concerns.

Permit will be revoked if violations occur. Permit does not allow holder to violate any code or safety regulation. Permit must be available on the site during permitted activity. Contact the Richmond Fire Marshal’s Office for more information.

Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 804-646-6640.

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Permit Holder Guideline #19

PERMIT TITLE: Flammable Finishes / Floor Finishing

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 1501.2

FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Permit required for floor finishing or surface operations exceeding 350 square feet using Class I or II liquids (flash point below 140 degrees Fahrenheit).

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Operational

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Submit floor plan (showing vapor area, potential ignition sources, openings to adjoining internal areas and items/areas of concern), MSDS for liquids to be used, description of operation and safety provisions (including emergency procedures, after-hours contacts, and equipment) with document from the building's owner agreeing to such operations.
  2. No open flame or spark-producing devices shall be within 20 feet of spray space or vapor area (only approved electrical and heating devices allowed within spray or vapor area).
  3. HVAC systems (except approved ventilation) shall be off during and within 4 hours of operation.
  4. "No Smoking" signs shall be posted near spray space or vapor area and all safety procedures shall be enforced.
  5. The facility shall be closed to public during floor surfacing or finishing operations.
  6. Any accumulations of combustible residue shall be removed using non-sparking materials and immediately removed for proper disposal.
  7. At least (1) 4A-20-B: C rated portable fire extinguisher shall be located within 20 feet (towards the exit).
  8. Existing built-in fire protection to be maintained.

 

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Permit Holder Guideline #20

PERMIT TITLE: Procedures for Fruit and Crop Ripening

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2501.2

FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Need permit when ethylene gas is introduced into a room to promote the ripening of fruits, vegetables and other crops.

EXCEPTION: Mixtures of ethylene and one or more inert gases in concentrations which prevent the gas from reaching greater than 25 percent of the lower explosive limit (LEL) when released to the atmosphere.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Approved warning signs indication the danger involved and necessary precautions shall be posted on all doors and entrances to the premises.
  2. Ethylene gas shall be discharged only into approved rooms or enclosures designed and constructed for this purpose.
  3. Valves controlling discharge of ethylene shall provide positive and fail-closed control of flow and shall be set to limit the concentration of gas in air below 1,000 parts per million (ppm).
  4. Sources of ignition shall be controlled or protected.
  5. Electrical wiring and equipment, including lighting fixtures, shall be approved for use in Class I, Division 2, Group C hazardous (classified) locations.
  6. Containers, piping and equipment used to dispense ethylene shall be bonded and grounded to prevent the discharge of static sparks or arcs.
  7. Lighting shall be by approved electric lamps or fixtures only.
  8. Heating shall be by indirect means utilizing low-pressure steam, hot water or warm air.

    Exception: Electric or fuel-fire heaters approved for use in hazardous (classified) locations, installed and operated per the ICC Electrical Code, the International Mechanical Code, or the International Fuel Gas Code.

  9. Empty boxes, cartons, pallets and other combustible waste shall be removed from ripening rooms or enclosures and disposed of at regular intervals.

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Permit Holder Guideline #21

PERMIT TITLE: Fumigation – Insecticidal Fogging

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2601.2

FEE: $225.00 for warehouse/complex, $115.00 for limited area within building, $40.00 for one or two family detached home (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Need permit from this office to do fumigation or thermal insecticidal fogging within the City of Richmond (includes any use of gas, vapor, mist, fume or similar process hazardous to humans within an enclosed space, for pest control).

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Duration of activity for A, B, E, I, M, or R use occupancies; up to annual for F, H, S, or U use occupancies and special enclosures as approved.

REQUIREMENTS: Apply for permit at least 10 days before event (with fee and 1 - 5 below). Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Material Safety Data Sheet about fumigant.*
  2. Description of pest control process, including sealing of enclosed space to be affected, maintenance of existing fire protection systems, emergency procedures and after the event ventilation of affected rooms and adjoining enclosed spaces.*
  3. Sample of placard and emergency contact information. *
  4. Letter signed by owner (or person responsible for) of the building, requesting hazardous activity.*
  5. Certificate of insurance, when permit issued to party other than building owner and only tenant.
  6. Only people trained in use of fumigant allowed in affected area during event.
  7. PLACARD ALL ENTRANCES to affected areas before event (remove after area made safe).
  8. Notify the Department of Emergency Communications at 804-646-5106 and the Richmond Fire Marshal's office at 804-646-6640 at least 2 hours before event.
  9. Copy of the permit, MSDS and emergency contacts to be readily available on site during event.
  10. Open flames and other ignition sources shall be eliminated within affected area during event; only approved heat and electricity needed for fire protection system and special fans, may be on.
  11. Affected areas to be secured to prevent unauthorized entry during event with perimeter monitored by trained watch personnel (with #8 items: appropriate emergency rescue breathing apparatus and means to communicate emergency to city 911).
  12. Properly ventilate affected areas before un-securing or allowing others to occupy.

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Permit Holder Guideline #22

PERMIT TITLE: Hazardous Materials

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 5001.5

FEE: $115.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Need permit to store, transport on site, dispense, use or handle hazardous materials (unless covered under other permit).

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Submit a Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement, a Hazardous Materials Management Plan, and a written emergency plan; and have available on site.
  2. Materials shall be properly stored and marked, plus hazard identification sign at entry to area (NFPA 704). Material Safety Data Sheets (or reliable, quick electronic data) for all materials there shall be available on site.
  3. Approved 'No Smoking' signs (include symbol) shall be posted.
  4. Secure areas from unauthorized access, and separate incompatible materials.
  5. The area around outdoor storage shall be clear of combustible materials and vegetation for over 25 feet (30 feet for dispensing site).
  6. Safeguard containers from damage (including vehicular impact).
  7. Hazardous Materials in any quantity shall not be released into any sewer, storm drain, ditch, drainage canal, stream, river, lake or tidal waterway nor on the ground, sidewalk, street, and highway or into the atmosphere.
  8. Where a release of hazardous materials gas or vapor would cause immediate harm to persons or property, means of mitigating the dangerous effects shall be provided.
  9. Perform periodic audits to verify compliance with safety requirements.

Personnel responsible for the operation of areas where hazardous materials are used or stored shall be familiar with the chemical nature and the appropriate mitigating actions necessary in the event of a leak, spill or fire.

Building’s safety features required by building code shall be maintained. Inspection and discussion of complexities of hazards and code applications will address more details.

For internet access to the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (Chapter 50, Hazardous Materials): https://www2.iccsafe.org/states/Virginia/Fire_Prevention/fire_Frameset.html

Permit Holder Guideline #23

PERMIT TITLE: Hazardous Production Materials (HPM)

CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2701.5

FEE: $115.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Need permit to store, handle or use hazardous production materials.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Submit fire safety and evacuation plans, list of hazardous materials by quantities, site plan (noting locations of hazardous materials, and safety devices, including controls), how to contact key staff if emergency, and have copy available on site.
  2. Trained personnel shall continuously staff an Emergency Control Station, at an approved location outside the fabrication area.
  3. Record at least quarterly drills of on-site emergency response team(s).
  4. All containers of hazardous materials (including carts and trucks) shall be properly stored and marked, plus hazard identification sign at entry to area (NFPA 704). Material Safety Data Sheets (or reliable, quick electronic data) for all hazardous materials there shall be available on site.

Personnel responsible for the operation of areas where hazardous materials are used or stored shall be familiar with the chemical nature and the appropriate mitigating actions necessary in the event of a leak, spill or fire.

Building’s safety features required by building code shall be maintained. Inspection and discussion of complexities of hazards and code applications will address more details.

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Permit Holder Guideline #24

PERMIT TITLE: High-Piled Combustible Storage

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code)3201.2

SCOPE: Permit required for interior storage of combustible materials over 12 feet high or high-hazard commodities (such as tires, flammable liquids or Class 'A' plastics) over 8 feet high covering an area of more than 500 square feet.

FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Annual

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Submit floor plan showing type of storage material (include sample MSDS if hazardous), height, aisles and brief description of safety provisions and procedures.
  2. Minimum width of 44 inches for aisles if sprinkled; 96 inch width aisles if non-sprinkled or use mechancial stocking and accessible to public. Keep aisles clear when not restocking; maintain a minimum of 24 inches of clear aisles spacing during manual stocking and 44 inches of clear aisles spacing during mechanical stocking.
  3. Maintain a maximum 20 feet long dead-end aisles, except where less than 2.5 times aisle width.
  4. Keep pile dimension, height and flue spaces within fire code limits.
  5. Submit substantial changes in materials or arrangements; which require reevaluating protection and may require a new permit.
  6. Portable fire extinguishers shall be maintained per NFPA 10 (based on storage hazard levels).
  7. "No Smoking" signs shall be posted and this provision shall be enforced.

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Permit Holder Guideline #25

PERMIT TITLE: Hot Works (Using Arc, Spark, or Flame Producing Devices)

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2601.2

FEE: [A] $40.00 limited to approved site(s), [B] $75.00 includes city-wide, on another’s property or near combustibles (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: A permit is required for operations including cutting, welding, brazing, soldering grinding, thermal spraying, installations of torch-applied roof systems or other similar activities involving exposed arc, sparks or flame.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. [B] A current certificate of insurance shall be on file in the Fire Marshal’s office. (Insurance to cover activity. City Fire Marshal’s office as certificate holder.)
  2. Submit written safety procedures for listed operation to the Fire Marshal’s office and have copy available for review at each job site.
  3. Only qualified operators, using approved equipment shall perform listed operations.
  4. Combustibles within six (6) inches of operation (in condition [B] 30 feet for hot ember or sparking tools) shall be protected by an approved method.
  5. Perform fire watch shall for at least 60 minutes [B]; 30 minutes [A].
  6. At least (1) 2A-20B: C fire extinguisher shall be within 30 feet of hot works operator(3A-40B: C for torch applied roof system). [B] Where combustibles are within 30 feet; a water hose connected to a water supply, if available within 100 feet, and flow-control nozzle within five (5) feet of operator (two 2 ½ gallon pressurized water extinguishers may be substituted with prior approval .
  7. [B] Post "CAUTION: Hot Works in Progress; Stay Clear" or similar sign at entrance to area when doing hot work in areas accessible to others.
  8. A copy of the permit shall be on job site for review; [B] and a list of all job sites to be available for review upon request.

 

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Permit Holder Guideline #26

PERMIT TITLE: Liquefied Petroleum Gases

CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 6101.2

FEE: $115.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: A permit is required to store or use liquefied petroleum gases. (No permit for the transportation in cargo tanker or for individual containers of 500 gallons or less for one or two family homes).

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, NFPA 58, and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Properly mark all containers and post “No Smoking” signs nearby.
  2. MSDS and site/floor plan (noting locations of LPG, if other hazardous materials or items/area of special concern, safety systems and controls) and emergency plan (including emergency contacts) readily available on site and current copy filed with fire official.
  3. Containers, piping, valves and other appurtenances shall be protected from damage and tampering; appropriately marked as to contents and function.
  4. Keep containers over 10 feet from air intakes, building exits or combustible materials and over 20 feet from motor vehicle fuel-dispenser.
  5. Do not refill portable containers lacking an overflow protection device (per NFPA 58).
  6. Promptly remove, replace, or repair leaking, damaged, or corroded containers or systems. Treat containers as if containing flammable gas until test verifies non-hazardous. Coordinate purging to atmosphere or removal of stationary tanks with this office.
  7. Inspect DOT cylinders refilled on site one year after manufactured and every 5 years.
  8. Have at least a 4A-40B: C rated portable fire extinguisher between 15 to 30 feet away.
  9. No storage of containers in basement, roofs or where concerns for open gas collection.
  10. LPG transport vehicles shall not be left unattended beyond approved areas.

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Permit Holder Guideline #27

PERMIT TITLE: Lumber / Wood

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2801.2

FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Need permit to store or process over 100,000 board feet of lumber, 200 cubic feet wood chips, 1000 combustible pallets, or similar materials.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Systematic cleaning of the entire plant, to prevent the accumulations of combustible dust and spilled combustible or flammable liquids.
  2. Post and enforce 'No Smoking' signs.
  3. Piles shall be stabilized. Lumber stacks not to exceed 25 feet high, 150 feet wide and 250 feet long; yet not exceed 150,000 cubic feet per pile. Chips or pallet piles at most 12 feet high, 50 feet wide, 150 feet long. Piles shall be separated from adjacent piles or other exposures by approved fire apparatus access roads of at least 20 feet wide. Where storage pile configurations could change because of changes in product operations and processing, the access plan shall be submitted for approval when required by the fire code official.
  4. Portable fire extinguishers with a minimum rating of 4-A:60-B:C shall be within 50 feet travel distance from any machine producing shaving or sawdust, on all vehicles, and at all processing equipment.
  5. The owner or operator shall develop an emergency plan for monitoring, controlling and extinguishing spot fire. The emergency plan shall be submitted to the fire code official for review and approval.
  6. Storage sites shall be level and on solid ground or other all-weather surface. Sites shall be thoroughly cleaned before transferring wood products to the site.
  7. Prevent ignition sources, such as sparks (by electrical bonding or avoiding metal items from entering) in the wood handling, processing equipment, or storage areas.

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Permit Holder Guideline #28

PERMIT TITLE: Fueled Vehicles/Equipment in Public Assembly Buildings

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 314.4

FEE: $40.00 (Operational), $115.00 (Annual) (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE:An operational permit is required to display, operate or demonstrate liquid-fueled or gas-fueled vehicles or equipment in public assembly buildings.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Operational or Annual ONE (1) year from the date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Liquid- or gas-fueled vehicles, boats or other motor craft shall not be located indoors except as follows:
    1. Batteries are disconnected (negative ground terminals).
    2. Fuel in vehicles fuel tanks not to exceed one-quarter (1/4) tank or 5 gallons (19L) whichever is the least); motorcycles shall have no more than 2.5 gallons of fuel.
    3. Fuel tanks and fill openings are closed and sealed to prevent tampering.
    4. Vehicles, boats or other motor craft equipment shall not be fueled or de-fueled within the building.
    5. Fueled equipment, including but not limited to motorcycles, mopeds, lawn-care equipment and portable cooking equipment shall not be stored, operated or repaired within a building.
  2. All fuel-powered vehicles not on display shall be removed from the interior of assembly building while facility is occupied by the general public.
  3. Vehicle power supplies shall not be re-connected except to remove from facility.
  4. No vehicles or equipment shall block fire lanes or fire protection equipment.
  5. All egress and exit doors and pathways shall not be obstructed at any time.
  6. All keys to vehicles shall be stored on site for accessibility at all times.
  7. Protective flame retardant or non flammable materials or containers shall be placed beneath vehicles to catch any leaking fluids: (vehicles leaking flammable liquids or gases shall be removed immediately).
  8. All fuel spills shall be cleaned up immediately.
  9. Compressed natural gas (CNG) or liquefied petroleum (LP) gas powered vehicles shall have quarter-turn valve or other shut valve on the outlet of CNG or LP-gas container shall be closed (remain closed while indoors) and the engine shall be operated until it stops.
  10. The hot lead (positive terminal) of CNG or LP-gas vehicles shall be disconnected.
  11. All vehicles shall be inspected for fuel levels by the Fire Marshal's office prior to entering the facility.

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Permit Holder Guideline #29

PERMIT TITLE: Magnesium

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 5901.2

FEE: $ 225.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: An operational permit is required to melt, cast, heat treat or grid more than 10 pounds (4.54 kg) of magnesium.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Submit floor plan (showing hazardous material areas, potential ignition sources and items/areas of concern), MSDS, description of operation and safety provisions (including emergency procedures and equipment).
  2. Indoor storage maximum 1000 cubic feet per pile with aisles width not be less than the height of piles or 4 feet, whichever is greater. Magnesium over 50 cubic feet per pile to have aisle (for fine scrap: over 50 feet wide or fire barrier) separating from combustible materials.
  3. Magnesium grinding, buffing, or wire-brushing to have approved dust safety process. Daily collect chips, turning and other fine magnesium, place in vented covered steel container and remove to an approved location.
  4. "No Smoking" signs shall be posted and enforcement of all safety procedures.
  5. Fire-extinguishing material shall be provided for every operator performing machining,grinding or other processing operation on magnesium as follows:
    1. Within 30 ft. a supply of extinguishing material in an approved container with a hand scoop or shovel for applying the material; or
    2. Within 75 ft. an approved portable fire extinguisher complying with NFPA 10
  6. Appropriate extinguishing materials, devices or systems shall be readily available within 30 feet of processing and staff trained in emergency procedures and use of extinguishers.
  7. Flammable solids shall not be stored in basements.

Also need Hazardous Materials permit if over 100 pounds of flammable solids (such as magnesium); contact us to discuss largest expected inventory of any hazardous material. A full inspection by our office is required before such permits are issued.

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Permit Holder Guideline #30

PERMIT TITLE: Miscellaneous Combustible Storage

CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 315.1

SCOPE: Permit required to store over 2500 cubic feet of combustible empty packing cases, boxes, barrels or similar containers, rubber tires, rubber, cork or similar combustible material.

FEE: $ 115.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Submit floor plans and site plans; showing locations of listed materials information on expected maximum amounts of materials and provisions for safety.
  2. Storage shall be orderly, not obstruct exits, and away from heat source to avoid ignition.
  3. Keep interior storage 2 feet below ceiling, or 18 inches below level of sprinkler heads. Storage shall not be placed in boiler, mechanical or electrical rooms.
  4. Outside storage maximum 20 feet high over 10 feet from lot line or other buildings on site. Combustible materials shall not be stored or displayed under non-sprinkled eaves, canopies or other projections or overhangs of sprinkled buildings.
  5. PROHIBIT outside storage of tires. Tires may be outside as essential for display or business activities (must store inside approved structure otherwise).
  6. Where outside storage exceeds 10,000 square feet, the following shall apply:
    1. Piles shall not exceed 300 feet (91440 mm) in width and 500 feet (152 m) in length.
    2. Separate piles by at least 20 feet wide fire vehicle emergency access aisles.
    3. Keep weeds, debris or parked vehicles over 10 feet from piles.
    4. The owner or operator shall develop an emergency plan for monitoring, controlling and extinguishing small fire (promptly reporting fire to 911).
  7. "No Smoking" signs shall be post and enforce for interior storage areas.
  8. Additional requirements may be based upon inspection and details of specific materials. Need other permits if have large amounts of combustible fibers, hazardous materials, wood or scrap tires (or tire by-products).

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Permit Holder Guideline #31A

PERMIT TITLE: Open Burning - (Silvicultural)

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 307.2

FEE: $40.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: For silvicultural, range, wildlife management practices, prevention or control of diseases or pests.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Operational

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Open burning may be allowed only after obtaining approval from the fire code official for an open burning fire.
  2. 2. Applications for open burning shall be submitted in writing at least ten days before the open fire burning event. Applications shall be submitted in the form of a letter addressed to the Fire Marshal and shall include the following information:
    • Information regarding the purpose of the proposed burning
    • The nature and quantities of material to be burned
    • The location of the burning site
    • The date when such burning will take place
    • On-site fire extinguishing equipment to be provided
  3. The location for any open burning shall not be less than 50 feet (15240 mm) from any structure or combustible materials and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet (15240 mm) of any structure.
  4. Adequate means to control or extinguish fire depends on nature of fire and site.
  5. Open burning that will be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited.
  6. All open burning shall be constantly attended until fire is extinguished.

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Permit Holder Guideline #31B

PERMIT TITLE: Open Burning - Bonfires

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 307.2

FEE: $40.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Need permit for Bonfire.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Operational

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. The property owner should apply in writing, at least ten days before the event, including the following information:
    • Reason for bonfire, expected audience (number, children vs. adults)
    • The nature and quantities of material to be burned
    • The location of the burning site, and date & times of bonfire
    • Persons in charge, noting safety gear and procedures
  2. The location for any open burning shall not be less than 50 feet (15240 mm) from any structure or combustible materials and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet (15240 mm) of any structure.
  3. Any open burning shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. Approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment, such as garden hoses, shall be available for immediate utilization.
  4. A bonfire shall not be more than 5 feet (1524mm) by 5 feet (1524mm) by 5 feet (1524mm) in dimension and shall not burn longer than 3 hours.
  5. Fuel for a bonfire shall consist only of seasoned dry firewood and shall be ignited with a small quantity of paper. The fire shall not be utilized for waste disposal purposes, and the fuel shall be chosen to minimize the generation of air contaminates.
  6. Open burning may need to cease if offensive or objectionable smoke or odor emissions, if atmospheric conditions or local circumstances pose unacceptable hazard.

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Permit Holder Guideline #31C

PERMIT TITLE: Open Burning - Recreational Fires

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 307.2

FEE: None

SCOPE: Outdoor fire burning for pleasure, religious, or ceremonial purposes.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Operational

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Open burning may be allowed only after obtaining approval from the fire code official for a recreational fire.
  2. Applications for open burning shall be submitted in writing at least ten days before the open fire burning event. Applications shall be submitted in the form of a letter addressed to the Fire Marshal and shall include the following information:
    • Information regarding the purpose of the proposed burning
    • The nature and quantities of material to be burned
    • The location of the burning site
    • The date when such burning will take place
    • On-site fire extinguishing equipment to be provided
  3. The location for any open burning shall not be less than 50 feet (15240 mm) from any structure or combustible materials and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 50 feet (15240 mm) of any structure.
  4. At least one portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 4-A rating, two portable fire extinguishers with a minimum 2-A rating each, or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.
  5. Open burning that will be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited.
  6. All open burning shall be constantly attended until fire is extinguished.

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Permit Holder Guideline #31D

PERMIT TITLE: Open Pit Incinerator (Trench Burner)

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 307.2

FEE: $80.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Open burning for land clearing purposes.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Operational

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following

CONDITIONS FOR OPERATION OF OPEN PIT INCINERATOR (TRENCH BURNER)

  1. Personnel shall be in attendance at all times during burning operations.
  2. All open pit burning shall take place a minimum of 500 feet from any occupied structure excluding construction offices on the same property.
  3. Pit walls shall be essentially vertical and the pit shall have the following dimensions:
    1. Length - No longer than blower manifold
    2. Width - Eight (8) feet
    3. Depth - at least ten (10) feet
  4. The fan housing and manifold shall be assembled and maintained so as to prevent air leakage and the nozzle alignment shall provide a curtain of air in a plane aimed approximately two (2) to three (3) feet below the top of the pit edge opposite the manifold.
  5. At all times that there is a fire in the pit except for a twenty minute start-up period; the blower shall be run at a speed sufficient to create an air curtain of sufficient velocity to deflect combustion gases downward into the pit.
  6. Building and demolition materials, paper, used lumber, trade waste, crank case oil, plastic, impregnated wood and other materials producing dense smoke shall not be burned.
  7. Toxic or hazardous materials or containers for such materials shall not be burned.
  8. Materials containing friable or non-friable asbestos shall be separated and not burned in the pit.
  9. Materials containing friable or non-friable asbestos shall be separated and not burned in the pit.
  10. Sellable timber and pulpwood shall not be burned.
  11. Stumps to be burned shall be free of dirt.
  12. At no time shall the pit be filled in such a manner that material to be burned is above the level of the air curtain. Materials shall remain at least three (3) feet below the air curtain.
  13. Prior to removing ashes from the pit, they shall first be soaked with water. No fires or burning embers are allowed outside the pit. Ashes removed from the pit shall be disposed of in such a manner as to prevent their becoming airborne.
  14. Possession of this permit shall in no way limit the liability of the owner or operator for any damage that might result from the burning.
  15. A bulldozer, and/or water truck and an operator shall be on site at all times during burning.
  16. On notification from the State Air Pollution Control Board that an air pollution episode is in progress; all burning shall be stopped until further notice.

Violation of any of the above requirements may result in suspension of the permit.

 

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Permit Holder Guideline #32

PERMIT TITLE: Open Flame Device - Religious Ceremony Use in Assembly

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 308.1.7

FEE: $40.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: A person shall not utilize or allow to be utilized, an open flame in connection with a public meeting or gathering for purposes of deliberation, worship, entertainment, amusement, instruction, education, recreation, awaiting transportation or similar purpose in assembly or educational occupancies without first obtaining a permit.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Annual at own site, Operational elsewhere

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

Any violations of these guidelines and/or the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code shall result in permit revocation.

  1. Open flame decorative devices shall comply with the following:
    1. An approved non-flammable container to hold product to be ignited.
  2. Open flames shall not be located on or near decorative material or similar combustible materials.
  3. Open flame devices shall not be used in a Group A occupancy; except for the following:
    1. Ceremonial or Religious purposes
    2. On stage or platform theatrical performances
    3. Candles on tables are securely supported on noncombustible bases and the flame is protected.
  4. No decorative material shall be placed over open flame.
  5. All decorative materials shall be flame retardant.
  6. An approved method of extinguishment readily available during ceremony.
  7. A dedicated firewatch shall be held during ceremony.
  8. When not in own facility, application shall be co-signed by hosting site agent.

Any violations of these guidelines and/or the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code shall result in permit revocation.

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    Permit Holder Guideline #32A

    PERMIT TITLE: Open Flames - Theatrical Use in Assembly / Educational Facilities

    CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 308.2

    FEE: $40.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    SCOPE: A person shall not utilize or allow to be utilized, an open flame in connection with a public meeting or gathering for purposes of deliberation, worship, entertainment, amusement, instruction, education, recreation, awaiting transportation or similar purpose in assembly or educational occupancies without first obtaining a permit.

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: Operational

    REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

    1. Open flame decorative devices shall comply with the following:
      1. No class I or class II liquids and LP-gas shall be used.
      2. Liquid or solid-fueled lighting devices containing more than 8 ounces of fuel must self-extinguish and not leak fuel at a rate of more than 0.25 teaspoon per minute if tipped over.
      3. Device or holder shall be designed to return to upright position after being tilted to an angle of 45 degrees from vertical.
      4. Device or holder shall be constructed to prevent the spillage of liquid fuel or wax at a rate of 0.25 teaspoon per minute when not in the upright position.
      5. Open flames shall not be located on or near decorative material or similar combustible materials.
    2. Open flames shall not be located on or near decorative material or similar combustible materials.
    3. Open flame devices shall not be used in a Group A occupancy, except for the following:
      1. Ceremonial or Religious purposes
      2. On stage or platform theatrical performances
      3. Candles on tables are securely supported on noncombustible bases and the flame is protected.
    4. Where approved by the fire code official, open-flame devices used in conjunction with theatrical performances are allowed to be used when adequate safety precautions have been taken in accordance with NFPA 160.

    Any violations of these guidelines and/or the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code shall result in permit revocation.

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    Permit Holder Guideline #32B

    PERMIT TITLE: Open Flames - Candles in Assembly / Educational Facilities

    CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 308.3.2

    FEE: $40.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    SCOPE: A person shall not utilize or allow to be utilized, an open flame in connection with a public meeting or gathering for purposes of deliberation, worship, entertainment, amusement, instruction, education, recreation, awaiting transportation or similar purpose in assembly or educational occupancies without first obtaining a permit.

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from the date issued (annual or operational)

    REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

    1. Candles shall not be located on or near decorative material or similar combustible material.
    2. Candles shall be prohibited in the following areas: in aisles, exits or where occupants stand.
    3. Hand held candles shall not be passed from one person to another while lighted.
    4. Where approved candles used in conjunction with theatrical performances are allowed to be used when adequate safety precautions have been taken in accordance with NFPA 160.
    5. The device or holder shall be designed so that it will return to the upright position after being tilted to an angle of 45 degrees from vertical.
    6. Only candles in approved protected glass globe enclosures shall be used.
    7. All decorative materials shall be treated for flame retardance.
    8. The device or holder shall be constructed to prevent the spillage of liquid fuel or wax at the rate of more than .25 teaspoon per minute when the device or holder is not in an upright position.
    9. The device or holder shall be designed so that it will return to the upright position after being tilted to an angle of 45 degrees from vertical.

    Any violations of these guidelines and/or the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code shall result in permit revocation.

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    Permit Holder Guideline #32C

    PERMIT TITLE: Open Flames - Cooking Devices

    CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 308.3.1

    FEE: $40.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    SCOPE: A person shall not utilize or allow to be utilized, an open flame in connection with a public meeting or gathering for purposes of deliberation, worship, entertainment, amusement, instruction, education, recreation, awaiting transportation or similar purpose in assembly or educational occupancies without first obtaining a permit.

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: Operational or Annual - ONE (1) year from the date issued or at the end of the event

    REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

    1. Liquefied-petroleum-gas-fueled cooking devices shall not be permitted inside or located within 20 feet of structure.
    2. Portable open flame cooking device shall not have a water capacity of greater than 2.5 pounds.
    3. Butane fueled portable cooking devices and sterno containers only (indoor use).
    4. Open flames shall not be located on or near decorative material or similar combustible materials.
    5. Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not he operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.
    6. The preparation of flaming foods or beverages in places of assembly and drinking or dining establishments shall be in accordance with section 308.1.8
      1. A 1 ounce container; or a container not exceeding 1-quart capacity with a controlled pouring device that limit the flow to 1-ounce per serving.
      2. Containers shall be secured to prevent spillage; when not in use.
      3. Flaming foods or beverages shall not be transported or carried while burning.
    7. The following units are considered to be a minimal hazard and are typically approved for usage inside: Microwave Ovens, Crock Pots, Toasters, Popcorn Machines, Food Warmers, Hot Dog Rollers and Fry Top Griddle.
    8. The following units are considered to be open flame/high hazard devices and are typically approved for use with adequate separation from the public: Deep Fat Fryers, Open Burner Stoves or Ranges, and Char Broilers. Seating for food consumption shall be at least 20 feet from these high hazard devices.
    9. Each cooking site shall be equipped with one portable dry chemical fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 4A-20BC in good working order (minimal hazard devices); Class 'K' type fire extinguisher and 'ABC' type fire extinguishers (high hazard devices).
    10. All commercial cooking equipment including high hazards devices shall be protected by an approved automatic fire extinguisher hood suppression system when cooking produces grease laden vapors.
    11. All waste grease shall be stored in metal containers with tight-fitting lids until properly removed from the site.
    12. All special events with cooking functions shall be reviewed and approved by the Fire Marshal’s office and are to be inspected anytime during cooking operations.

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    Permit Holder Guideline #32D

    PERMIT TITLE: Open Flames - Paint Removal

    CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 308.1.3

    SCOPE: To use torch or open flame for removing paint from a structure.

    FEE: $40.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: Operational or Annual- ONE (1) year from date issued. Building's owner to perform work on their own property. All contractors performing work within city limits. Permit holder shall be the operator of permitted operation or on site during the duration of the operation.

    REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

    1. Torch or open flame may only be used on exterior surfaces. Operations will cease when wind speeds rise to over 10 miles per hour.
    2. A water hose shall be in place and ready for use within 5 feet of the torch operator. (If there is no water source available, the operator shall have at least one 4A rated, or two 2A rated portable fire extinguishers on site and ready for operation.)
    3. The contractor shall instruct all operators on the safe and efficient use of the particular device being used along with the risks associated with this type of operation (specifically the possibility of hidden fires in combustible structures). This instruction shall include, but not be limited to, the exact operation of the particular device and its' limitations and safety features. Additionally the contractor shall instruct the operator on telltale signs of hidden fires in structures and how to interrupt their progression. All of this instruction shall be documented and maintained in possession of the contractor for review.
    4. The contractor / operator shall inspect and discuss all safety concerns with the building’s owner and tenant. This discussion shall include all proper safety procedures currently in place, all risks relative to this type of operation and all details pertaining to the emergency action plan in place for the particular operation, including, but not limited to, the means to promptly report unwanted fires to 911 along with the exact conditions and situation (including address, injuries, or special circumstances). This requirement shall mandate that either a hard wired telephone line and/or a fully charged and operable cellular telephone be on site and readily accessible to both the operator(s) and/or the owners / tenants.
    5. All permit holders shall have on file with the Fire Marshal's office a copy of their current liability insurance policy (required to be at least twice the value of the building and not less than $1,000,000) along with a copy of all related safety procedures. Said insurance policy shall confirm coverage for paint burning operations on structures.
    6. A copy of this permit shall be at the job site at all times during the operation and available for official review.
    7. The operator / Contractor shall provide a firewatch during the entirety of the operation and extending for 2 hours after open flame operations have concluded. This firewatch shall include monitoring of the interior and / or other connected areas affected by the paint burning operation. A battery-powered smoke detector must be provided for 24 hours subsequent to the operation in all occupied buildings.

    The public health official shall be contacted prior to commencement of the operation if there is any possibility the structure contains lead-based paint. In the event that lead based paint is present additional regulations may apply.

     

    Any violation of these guidelines; the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code; or occurrence of fire damage as a result of paint burning operations shall result in permit suspension. After suspension of the applicants permit and appropriate improvements said applicant may apply for a conditional permit from the Fire Marshal's Office after a 6 month period. If a conditional permit is issued it would directly address the applicant's deficiencies and require the appropriate corrections. These corrections shall include the hiring of an off duty fire official to be on site during all of the applicants subsequent paint burning operations to supervise these operations. Said fire official shall be hired at the current off duty pay rate (currently $27.00 per hour / 4 hour minimum) and shall be paid at conclusion of the operation by the applicant.

     

    A second violation of the above listed codes shall result in a permanent revocation of the applicants permit.

     

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    Permit Holder Guideline #33

    PERMIT TITLE: Organic Coatings

    CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2901.2

    FEE: $225.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    SCOPE: Permit required for any organic-coating manufacturing operation producing more than 1 gallon of an organic coating in one day.

    DEFINITION: Organic Coating is liquid mixture of binders such as alkyd, nitrocellulose, acrylic or oil and flammable and combustible solvents such as hydrocarbon, ester, ketone or alcohol, which, when spread in a thin film, convert to a durable protective and decorative finish.

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

    REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

    1. Open flames and direct-fired heating devices PROHIBITED in areas with flammable vapors. "No Smoking" signs shall be posted and enforced.
    2. Organic coatings initiators shall not be contaminated with foreign substances.
    3. Spray guns and related handling equipment used with organic peroxides shall be of a type manufactured for such use.
    4. Separate pressure vessels and inserts specifically for the application shall be used for the resin and for the organic peroxide and shall not be interchanged. Organic coatings pressure tank inserts shall be constructed of stainless steel or polyethylene.
    5. Residue control shall be maintained. Spill material shall be properly removed.
    6. Spraying operations shall be conducted in approved spray booths, see Permit Guide #38.
    7. Ground and electrically bond containers (including tanker vehicles) during fluid transfer. Empty flammable or combustible liquid containers shall be removed to outside.
    8. Handling shall be conducted in a manner that avoids shock and friction that produces decomposition and violent reaction hazards.
    9. Organic coatings shall not be mixed directly with accelerators or promoters.
    10. Only non-sparking tools shall be used in areas where organic coatings are stored, mixed or applied.
    11. Personnel working with organic coatings shall be specifically trained to work with these materials.

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    Permit Holder Guideline #35

    PERMIT TITLE: Pyroxylin (Cellulose Nitrate) Plastics

    CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 6501.2

    FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    SCOPE: The storage and handling of plastic substances, materials or compounds with cellulose nitrate as a base, by whatever name known, in the form of blocks, sheets, tubes or fabricated shapes shall require a permit.

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

    REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

    1. Cellulose nitrate (pyroxylin) plastic articles are allowed to be placed on tables not more than 3 feet (914 mm) wide and 10 feet (3048 mm) long. Tables shall be spaced at least 3 feet (914 mm) apart. Where articles are displayed on counters, they shall be arranged in a like manner.
    2. Spaces underneath tables shall be kept free from storage of any kind and accumulation of paper, refuse and other combustible material.
    3. Sales or display tables shall be so located that in the event of a fire at the table, the table will not interfere with free means of egress from the room in at least one direction.
    4. Lighting shall not be located directly above cellulose nitrate (pyroxylin) plastic material, unless provided with a suitable guard to prevent heated particles from falling.
    5. Raw nitrate (pyroxylin) plastic material in a Group F building shall be stored and handled in accordance with sections 6504.1.2 and 6504.1.4 through 6504.1.7 of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code.
    6. The manufacture or storage of articles of cellulose nitrate (pyroxylin) plastic in quantities exceeding 100 pounds (45 kg) shall be located in a building or portion thereof equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system in accordance with USBC, Part II, Existing Building Code, Section 1101, in compliance with the provisions located therin.
    7. Sources of ignition shall not be located in rooms in which cellulose nitrate (pyroxylin) plastic in excess of 25 pounds (11 kg) is handled or stored.
    8. Rooms in which cellulose nitrate (pyroxylin) plastic is handled or stored shall be heated by low-pressure steam or hot water radiators.

     

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    Permit Holder Guideline #36

    PERMIT TITLE: Repair Garages and Services Stations

    CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2301.2

    SCOPE: Automotive motor fuel-dispensing facilities, marine motor fuel-dispensing facilities, fleet vehicle motor fuel-dispensing facilities and repair garages shall be in accordance with Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Mechanical Code and the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. Such operations shall include both operations that are accessible to the public and private operations.

    FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued

    REQUIREMENTS: Repair Garages for vehicles that use more than one type of fuel shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

    Services Stations:

    1. Accurate inventory records shall be maintained on underground fuel storage tanks for indication of possible leakage from tanks and piping. The records shall be kept at the premises or made available for inspection by the fire official within 24 hours of written or verbal request and shall include records for each tank.
    2. Portable fire extinguisher in accordance with the section 906 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, having a minimum rating of 2-A: 20-B: C shall be provided and location such that an extinguisher is not more than 75 feet from pumps dispensers or storage tank fill-pipe opening.
    3. Warning signs shall be conspicuously posted within sight of each dispenser in the fuel-dispensing area and shall state the following:
      1. It is illegal and dangerous to fill unapproved containers with fuel.
      2. Smoking is prohibited.
      3. The engine shall be shut off during the refueling process.
      4. Portable containers shall not be filled while located inside the truck, passenger compartment, or truck bed of a vehicle.
    4. Fenced and diked area surrounding above-ground tanks shall be kept free from vegetation, debris and other material that is not necessary to the proper operation of the tank and piping system.

    Repair Garages:

    1. Cleaning of parts shall be conducted in listed and approved parts-cleaning machines.
    2. Waste oil, motor oil shall be stored in approved tanks or containers, which are allowed to be stored and dispensed from inside repair garages.
    3. Smoking shall not be permitted in repair garages except in approved locations.
    4. For vehicle powered by gaseous fuel, the fuel shutoff valves shall be closed prior to repairing any portion of the vehicle fuel system.
    5. Vehicle powered by gaseous fuels in which the fuel system has been damaged shall be inspected and evaluated for fuel system integrity prior to being brought into the repair garage. Test the entire fuel delivery system for leakage.
    6. The battery terminals shall be disconnected from the battery while repair operation being performed.
    7. Fire extinguishers shall be provided in accordance with section 906 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, with a minimum of 2-A: 20-B:C shall be provided in locations not more than 50 feet maximum travel distance to extinguishers.

     

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    Permit Holder Guideline #37

    PERMIT TITLE: Rooftop heliport

    CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 107.2

    FEE: $ 75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    SCOPE: Permit required for operating a rooftop heliport. Other permits are needed if fuel is stored beyond aircraft or vehicle. Contact us if refueling on roof.

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

    REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, any special stipulations noted on the permit, as well as the following:

    1. Limit activities to approved areas (per building code and fire code official's inspection).
    2. Submit copy of site plan and building floor plans approved by building official and documentation that rooftop helicopter operations approved by the FAA. Please include information as to the number and largest helicopter capable of using this heliport.
    3. The touchdown area shall be surrounded on all sides by a clear area having a minimum average width at roof level of 15 feet but no width less than 5 feet.
    4. Landing area shall be maintained so as to confine flammable or Class II combustible liquid spills to the landing area and provisions shall be made to drain such spillage away from exits. Activities in area affected by a fuel spill shall be restricted to the mitigation of that spill until the hazard is removed or mitigated. Promptly report all spills to the Fire Marshal’s office.
    5. All portions of the heli-stop and heliport shall be within 150 feet of a 2.5 inch standpipe outlet (an approved location readily usable for firefighting on that facility).
    6. At least (1) 80-B: C rated extinguisher readily available during activity at long-term helipad area.
    7. Aircraft operation area and related areas shall be kept free of combustible debris at all times.
    8. Copy of permit, MSDS for fuels, and emergency contact information shall be readily available on site during activities. Please submit copy of emergency provisions and procedures including during weather with lightning nearby.
    9. Contact us for additional requirements if plan to refuel, service or store helicopters on roof or in the building.

     

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    Permit Holder Guideline #38

    PERMIT TITLE: Spraying and Dipping

    CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 1501.2

    SCOPE:A permit to conduct a spraying or dipping operation utilizing flammable or combustible liquids, or the application of combustible powders.

    FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

    REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

    1. Submit description of operation (including maximum amount of hazardous materials, with MSDS for each), safety provisions, and floorplan showing location of operation (including size of tanks). Area to comply with building, electrical, and other applicable codes.
    2. Electrically ground metal in spray area (including work pieces). Electrically bond containers when transferring flammable mixture. Containers supplying spray nozzles shall be closed.
    3. Required exhaust or ventilation system to be on when spraying.
    4. Containers and piping to which a hose or flexible connection is attached shall have shut-off valve at the connection; and that keep valve closed when hose not in use. An approved relief valve shall be provided where flammable or combustible liquids are supplied to spray nozzles by positive displacement pumps.
    5. Post and enforce "No Smoking" signs. No open flames within 20 feet of spray area. Welding, cutting, and similar spark-producing operations shall not occur in or near spray areas or dipping or coating operations unless proper safety provided. Only non- sparking tools shall be used in areas where organic coatings are stored, mixed or applied.
    6. Protect against accumulation of vapors, self-ignition, and excessive heat where heat involved.
    7. Residue control shall be maintained. Spill material shall be properly removed. Spraying areas, including exhaust duct, to be kept free from accumulation of deposits of combustible residue. Cleaning tools to be of nonsparking materials. Used rags, filters, residue, and waste to be put in self-closing, non-combustible containers, emptied at the end of each shift (at least daily).
    8. Not use same spray area with materials susceptible to spontaneous heating and ignition, or otherwise react, without removing all deposits from area; including exhaust, and change filters.
    9. Portable fire extinguishers per NFPA 10 (appropriate for hazard). Maintain and periodically inspect and test fire protection devices and systems per code. Staff trained for emergencies.
    10. Handle organic peroxides to avoid shock and friction that produces decomposition and violent reaction hazards.
    11. Dip tanks and drain boards must be of non-combustible materials; their supports of heavy metal, reinforced concrete or masonry (all to comply with NFPA 34). Tanks over 150 gallons or 10 square feet liquid surface area to have trapped overflow pipe to outside, and an automatic fire- extinguishing system or automatically closing cover (capable of manual operation). Tanks over 500 gallons shall automatically drain quickly if fire (with ability for manual operation at safe location), to an approved outside location. Conveyor systems shall automatically stop if fire.
    12. Electrostatic apparatus and devices used for paint-spraying or pain-detearing operations shall:
      1. Have sign noting sparking distance and to keep items twice that distance away.
      2. Sign designating process zone as dangerous for fire and accidents, identifying grounding requirements for all conductive materials in spray area (including persons), area restricted to qualify personnel only.
      3. Interlock hand electrostatic equipment so cannot operate unless ventilation system on.
      4. Automatically disconnect the power supply to the high-voltage transformer and signal the operator when any of the following occur:
        1. Ventilation fan stops or fails
        2. Stoppage of conveyor carrying articles past the high-voltage grid
        3. Occurance of a ground or an imminent ground at any point of the high-voltage system
        4. Reduction of clearance less than twice the sparking distance
    13. Additional permits may be required to handle or store hazardous materials, or to use torch or arc to cut or weld and similar "hot work". An inspection of your facility is required before these permit applications will be processed.

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    Permit Holder Guideline #39

    PERMIT TITLE: Tires.

    CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 3401.2

    FEE: $115.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    SCOPE: Storage, handling tires or tire by-products over 2,500 cubic feet, or tire rebuilding.

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

    REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

    1. NO OUTSIDE TIRE STORAGE. Tires, and parts thereof, may be outside only for display or handling needs during business activities.
    2. Storage to be orderly. When indoors, not within 2 feet of ceiling nor obstruct an exit.
    3. Post “NO SMOKING” sign and enforce within 10 feet where storing over 10 tires.
    4. At least a 2A-20BC rated portable fire extinguisher to be within 40 feet.
    5. Tires stored adjacent to or along one wall shall not extend more than 25 feet from that wall. Other piles shall not be more than 50 feet in width. Tires not to be stacked over 8 feet high, unless on non-combustible racks in sprinklered area. No storage within 10 feet of lot line or 15 feet from a building not part of this business (over 25 feet if residential with combustible exterior).
    6. Submit site plan showing surrounding buildings, topographic and construction features (including on-site surface drains, if any); plus an emergency action plan, including procedures to minimize fire run-off hazards.
    7. Submit copy of tire disposal procedure.
    8. Tire buffing area to be frequently cleaned, put debris in fire-resistant container until removed from premises.

     

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    Permit Holder Guideline #40

    PERMIT TITLE: Tents and Membrane Structures

    CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 3103.4

    FEE: $40.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    SCOPE: Any temporary tents, canopies, air-supported, air-inflated and tensioned membrane structures.

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: Operational: A period not to exceed 180 days within a 12 month period on a single location.

    REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

    1. Tents and membrane structures shall not be located within 20 feet of lot lines, other structures, parked vehicles or internal combustion engines.
    2. All tent fabric shall meet the flame resistance requirements; documented by permanently attached labels and/or certificates of compliance with NFPA 701 and flame resistance is effective for the period of the permit.
    3. Exit signs and emergency egress lighting may be required if:
      • Event is being held after dark
      • Utilization of side panels
      • Occupancy load of 50 or more persons
      • Travel distance to an exit from all points within structure shall not exceed 100 feet

      All exit signs shall be illuminated at all times that structures are occupied. Backup power shall be provided for exit signs, egress lighting and exit discharge lighting. Exit signs shall be an approved self-luminous type.

    4. All combustible materials such as hay, straw, shavings or similar materials shall not be located within any structure containing assembly occupancy. Combustible materials or vegetation within 20 feet of structure shall be maintained clear. Combustible trash shall be removed at least once a day from structure while it is occupied by the general public.
    5. There shall be a minimum clearance of 3 feet between fabric envelope and all contents located inside tent or membrane structure.
    6. All fire extinguishers shall not exceed 75 feet travel distance and have a minimum rating of 2-A, and shall be provided for all tents or structures.
    7. Smoking shall not be permitted in tents or membrane structures.
    8. No cooking or open flame shall be located in (or within 20 feet) a tent used for assembly.

     

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    Permit Holder Guideline #41

    PERMIT TITLE: Tire Rebuilding and Tire Storage.

    CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 3401.2 && 3201.2

    FEE: $115.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    SCOPE: An annual permit is required for the operation and maintenance of a tire rebuilding plant, or to establish, conduct or maintain over 2,500 cubic feet of scrap tires and tire by-products. (See permit #39 for tires storage.)

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued (annual).

    REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

    Outdoor Storage

    Indoor Storage Arrangement

    1. Construction - Tire rebuilding plant shall comply with the requirements of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code; as to construction, separation from other buildings or other portions of the same building and protection.
    2. Buffing operations shall be in a room; separated from the remainder of the building housing the tire rebuilding or tire recapping operations by a 1 hour fire barrier (unless otherwise approved by city building official).
      1. Exceptions:
      2. Buffing operations are equipped with an approved continuous automatic water spray system directed at the point of cutting action.
      3. Buffing machines are connected to particle collecting systems providing a minimum air movement of 1,500 cubic feet per minute in volume and 4,500 feet per minute in- line velocity.
      4. The collecting system shall discharge the rubber particles to an approved outdoor noncombustible or fire-resistive container, which is emptied at frequent intervals to prevent overflow.
    3. The buffing area shall be cleaned at frequent intervals to prevent the accumulation of rubber particles.
    4. Spray rooms and booths - See permit guide # 34 if spray or dip using combustibles medium.
    5. Open Burning - Open burning is prohibited in tire storage yards.
    6. Sources of heat - Cutting, welding or heating devices shall not be operated in tire storage yards.
    7. Smoking prohibited - Smoking is prohibited in tire storage yards, except in designated areas.
    8. Power lines - Tire storage piles shall not be located beneath electrical power lines having a voltage in excess of 750 volts or that supply power to fire emergency systems.
    9. Fire Safety Plan - The owner or individual in charge of the tire storage yard shall be required to prepare and submit to the fire code official a fire safety plan for review and approval. The fire safety plan shall include provisions for fire department vehicle access. At least one copy of the fire safety plan shall be prominently posted and maintained at the storage yard.
    10. Telephone number - The telephone number of the fire department and location of the nearest phone shall be posted conspicuously in attended locations. .

         Outdoor Storage

         11. Section 46.1-58 of the Richmond City Code prohibits outside storage of tires, tire pieces, or combustible byproducts.         Such items may be outside for display and handling during business hours when staffed and supervised.

         Indoor Storage Arrangement

         12. Pile dimensions - Where tires are stored on-tread, the dimensions of the pile in the direction of the wheel hole shall not be more than 50 feet. Tires stored adjacent to or along one wall shall not extend more than 25 feet from that wall. Other piles shall not be more than 50 feet in width.

     

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    Permit Holder Guideline #42

    PERMIT TITLE: Waste Material Handling Facility - Junk Yards

    CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 107.2

    FEE: $105.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    SCOPE: A permit is required to operate wrecking yard, junk yard or waste material-handling facility.

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from the date issued (annual)

    REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

    1. Permit applicant to submit site plan showing structures, lot lines, fences (and other barriers), topography, accumulation areas (describing type of material, such as if combustible loose fibers vs. equipment with mixture of mostly metal with some combustible components), fire vehicle access routes, hydrants, water-ways, drainage, and similar information relevant to risk management of fire or environmental emergencies.
    2. Site operator shall submit emergency contingency plan, including descriptions of resources available on site and those which can arrive within an hour; plus names and phone numbers for after-hours emergency response.
    3. Combustible waste material shall be properly contained when beyond areas approved for extensive accumulated storage.
    4. Control weeds, grass, vines or other growth to minimize fire risk within 15 feet from combustible storage or combustible structures.
    5. Outside storage of combustible materials shall not exceed 10 feet above nor below nearby surrounding area’s average grade level.
    6. Surface area of each accumulation of combustible materials shall not exceed 300 feet in length or width.
    7. An approved fire vehicle access route shall be within 150 feet of all areas of combustible accumulations, plus between such accumulations and lot line.
    8. A fire hydrant, capable of 1,000 gallons per minute flow, shall be along fire vehicle access route within 400 feet of any area of combustible accumulation over 100,000 cubic feet. At least 700 feet of approved 2.5” diameter firefighter hose to be available for each hydrant.

    See Permit Guide #25 before using torch or other 'Hot Work'.

     

    Outside storage of tires is prohibited by the city code #46.1-64. Contact us and see Permit Holder Guideline #39 if plan to have many tires. (other than mounted on vehicles).

     

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    Permit Holder Guideline #43

    PERMIT TITLE: Wood Products

    CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2801.2

    FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

    SCOPE: An operational permit is required to store wood chips, hogged material, lumber or plywood in excess of 200 cubic feet (6 cubic meters).

    PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

    REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

    1. A permit shall constitute permission to store or handle materials or to conduct processes in accordance with the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code., and shall not be construed as authority to omit or amend any of the provisions of this code. Permits shall remain in effect until revoked or for such period as specified on the permit. Permits are not transferable. Before a permit is issued, the fire official shall make such inspections or tests as are necessary to assure that the use and activities for which application is made comply with the code.
    2. Open Yards. Open yards required by the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code shall be maintained around structures.
    3. Dust Control. Equipment or machinery located inside buildings which generates or emits combustible dust shall be provided with an approved dust collection and exhaust system. Equipment or systems that are used to collect, process or convey combustible dusts shall be provided with an approved explosion control system.
    4. Explosion Venting. Where a dust explosion hazard exists in equipment rooms, buildings or other enclosures, such areas shall be provided with explosion (deflagration) venting or an approved explosion suppression system. Exception: Manual waste removal when approved.
    5. Housekeeping. Provisions shall be made for a systematic and thorough cleaning of the entire plant at sufficient intervals to prevent the accumulations of combustible dust and spilled combustible or flammable liquids.
    6. Metal Scrap. Provision shall be made for separately collecting and disposing of any metal scrap so that such scrap will not enter the wood handling or processing equipment.
    7. Protect combustibles (such as wood) from ignition sources.
    8. Hot work shall comply with City of Richmond Permit Holder Guideline #25.
    9. Static electricity shall be prevented from accumulating on machines and equipment subject to static electricity buildup by permanent grounding and bonding wires or other approved means.
    10. Post and enforce "No Smoking" signs in areas of combustible (wood) work or storage.
    11. Fire apparatus access roads shall allow a fire truck, under all weather conditions, within 150 feet of the exterior of any building or storage stack.
    12. Where storage pile configurations could change because of changes in product operations and processing, the access plan shall be submitted for approval when required by the fire code official.
    13. Portable fire extinguishers shall be provided for extra-high hazards. Portable fire extinguishers with a minimum rating of 4-A:60-B:C shall be provided on all vehicles and equipment operation on piles and at all processing equipment.
    14. Plant operations of plywood, veneer and composite board mills shall comply with Permit Holder Guideline #27.
    15. Cold decks shall not exceed 500 feet (152.4 m) in length, 300 feet (91440 mm) in width and 20 feet (6096 mm) in height. Cold decks shall be separated from adjacent cold decks or other exposures by a minimum of 100 feet (30480 mm). Exception: The size of cold decks shall be determined by the fire code official where the decks are protected by special fire protection.
    16. Log and pole piles shall be stabilized by approved means.
    17. The storage of wood chips and hogged materials associated with timber and lumber production facilities shall comply with Permit Holder Guideline #27.
    18. Piles shall not exceed 60 feet (18288 mm) in height, 300 feet (91440 mm) in width and 500 feet (152 m) in length. Piles shall be separated from adjacent piles or other exposures by approved fire apparatus access roads.
    19. The owner or operator shall develop an emergency plan for monitoring, controlling and extinguishing spot fire. These plans shall be submitted to the fire code official for review and approval.
    20. The storage and processing of wood chips, hogged materials, fines, compost and raw product produced from yard waste, debris and recycling facilities shall comply with this section.
    21. Storage sites shall be level and on solid ground or other all-weather surface. Sites shall be thoroughly cleaned before transferring wood products to the site.
    22. Piles shall not exceed 25 feet in height, 150 feet in width and 250 feet in length.
    23. Control the storage, accumulation and handling of combustible materials and vegetation.
    24. Static piles shall be monitored by an approved means to measure temperatures within the static piles. Internal pile temperatures shall be monitored and recorded weekly. Records shall be kept on file at the facility and made available for inspection. An operational plan indicating procedures and schedules for the inspection, monitoring and restricting of excessive internal temperatures in static piles shall be submitted to the fire code official for review and approval.
    25. Approved material-handling equipment shall be available for moving wood chips, hogged material, wood fines and raw product during fire-fighting operations.
    26. Exterior storage of finished lumber products shall comply with Permit Holder Guideline #27.

     

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