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Last Updated: 2010-01-11

Cryogenic Fluids

Permit Holder Guideline #11

PERMIT TITLE: Cryogenic Fluids

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

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:

Type Inside a Building Outside of Building
Flammable: 1 gallon 60 gallons
Oxidizer (includes oxygen) 10 gallon 50 gallons
Inert 60 gallon 500 gallons
Physical or health hazard,(not indicated above) Any amount Any amount

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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