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Fueled Vehicles / Equipment in Public Assembly Buildings

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.

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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