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Last Updated: 2010-01-11

Dry Cleaning

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.

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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