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Last Updated: 2010-01-11

Hazardous Materials

Permit Holder Guideline #22

PERMIT TITLE: Hazardous Materials

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2701.5

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 27, Hazardous Materials): https://www2.iccsafe.org/states/Virginia/Fire_Prevention/fire_Frameset.html

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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