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Operational Permits

The use or storage of certain equipment or materials requires a fire department operational permit, also called a fire code permit.

Operational Permit Fee Schedule (PDF, page 2)

Operational Permit Application Form

Operations that Require an Operational Permit

The use of equipment, the conducting of operations or storage of materials identified below requires a permit application and fee be submitted to the fire department in order that the equipment, operation or storage can commence or continue in use.

Operation, Material, Event or StructurePermit Code
Aerosol Products: A permit is required for the manufacturing, storage or handling of more than 500 pounds (net weight) class 2 or class 3 aerosol product.A 1
Amusement Building: A permit is required to operate a special amusement building or portion of a building.A 2
Aviation Facility: A permit is required to service or repair of aircraft.A 3
Blasting, One Time: A permit is required to use explosives for construction or demolition.B 1
Bonfire, One Time: A permit is required for a bonfire. A bonfire is an intentional fire larger than 3 feet in diameter and 2 feet high.B 2
Bowling Alley Refinishing: A permit is required to refinish bowling lanes.B 3
Carnivals and Fairs: One permit required for each occurrence for these events held either outside or inside of a building.C 1
Combustible Dust-production Operations: A permit is required for operations similar to grain elevators, flour starch mills, or pulverizing aluminum, coal, cocoa, magnesium, spices, or sugar, or any other operation that produces combustible dust.C 3
Combustible Fibers: A permit is required for storage or handling of more than 100 cubic feet of combustible fibers.C 4
Combustible Gases: A permit is required to use, store or handle more than 200 cubic feet of flammable gas at normal temperature and pressure (NTP).C 5
Cryogenic Fluids: A permit is required for the production, use, handling, dispensing or storage of cryogenic fluids exceeding the amounts in Table 105.6.10 of the MSFC.C 7
Cutting and Welding: A permit is required for each occurrence.C 8
Exhibits and Trade Shows: A permit is required for each occurrence.E 1
Explosives: For each occurrence and annually for on going operations.E 2
Fireworks Display, Proximate Audience: A permit is required for the set-up and activation of class A or class B fire works where the audience is closer than allowed by NFPA Standard # 1123. The display is to comply with NFPA Standard # 1126.F 1
Fireworks Display, Outdoor: A permit is required for set-up and activation of fireworks other than consumer fireworks (class C).F 2
Flammable Liquids Use, Handling or Storage: A permit is for a single event, short term, 7 days or less.F 5
Fruit or Crop Ripening: A permit is required for the operation or process involving the use of ethylene gas.F 6
Fumigation or Thermal Insecticidal Fogging: Permit required for each occurrence.F 7
High-piled Storage: Permit is required for storage of combustible materials that exceed 12 feet in height or plastics or highly flammable materials higher than 6 feet and the storage area exceeds 500 square feet in area.H 3
Hot Works Operation: Permit is required where use of flame or welding is being done (Exception: work covered by a construction permit).H 4
Liquid or Gas Fueled Vehicles or Equipment in Assembly Buildings: Vehicles or mobile equipment, other than electric driven, in buildings of public assembly require a permit.L 1
Liquefied Petroleum, Temporary, One Time: Temporary use of LP (propane) gas requires a permit for each occurrence.L 2
LP Gas: Permit is required for each temporary use or as an annual permit for ongoing operations.L 4
Magnesium: A permit is required to melt, cast, heat-treat or grind more than 10 pounds of magnesium.M 1
Miscellaneous Combustible Storage: A permit is required to store more than 2,500 cubic feet of combustible empty packing cases, boxes, barrels or similar containers, rubber tires, rubber, cork or similar materials.M 2
Open Flame or Candles in Assembly Area: Permit is required for each occurrence.O 2
Open Flame or Torches in assembly Area: Permit is required for each occurrence.O 3
Pyrotechnic Special Effects or Flame Effects: Permit is required for each occurrence.P 2
Spraying or Dipping: A permit is required for operations that involve the application of flammable or combustible liquids or the application of combustible powder.S 1
Storage of Scrap Tires or Tire Products: A permit is required for storage of 2,500 cubic feet total volume of scrape tires or tire products and for indoor storage of scrape tires or tire products.S 2
Tank Vehicle Transporting Flammable Liquids: A permit is required for the transportation of flammable liquids in vehicles that are not regulated by the U. S. Department of Transportation.T 1
Temporary Assembly: A permit is required to use a portion of a building as an assembly occupancy when that portion of a building does not have a certificate of occupancy as an assembly occupancy. A permit is required when barriers may obstruct exiting from an outside planned event.T 2
Temporary Membrane Structures, Tents and Canopies: A permit is required for each temporary structure or tent that exceed 200 square feet in area and each canopy that exceeds 400 square feet in area.T 3

Also see:
Construction Permits
Fire Safety Permits

Last updated Nov. 26, 2013