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Last Updated: 2010-01-11


Hot Works (Using Arc, Spark, or Flame Producing Devices)

Permit Holder Guideline #25

PERMIT TITLE: Hot Works (Using Arc, Spark, or Flame Producing Devices)

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2601.2

FEE: [A] $40.00 limited to approved site(s), [B] $75.00 includes city-wide, on another’s property or near combustibles (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: A permit is required for operations including cutting, welding, brazing, soldering grinding, thermal spraying, installations of torch-applied roof systems or other similar activities involving exposed arc, sparks or flame.

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. [B] A current certificate of insurance shall be on file in the Fire Marshal’s office. (Insurance to cover activity. City Fire Marshal’s office as certificate holder.)
  2. Submit written safety procedures for listed operation to the Fire Marshal’s office and have copy available for review at each job site.
  3. Only qualified operators, using approved equipment shall perform listed operations.
  4. Combustibles within six (6) inches of operation (in condition [B] 30 feet for hot ember or sparking tools) shall be protected by an approved method.
  5. Perform fire watch shall for at least 60 minutes [B]; 30 minutes [A].
  6. At least (1) 2A-20B: C fire extinguisher shall be within 30 feet of hot works operator(3A-40B: C for torch applied roof system). [B] Where combustibles are within 30 feet; a water hose connected to a water supply, if available within 100 feet, and flow-control nozzle within five (5) feet of operator (two 2 ½ gallon pressurized water extinguishers may be substituted with prior approval .
  7. [B] Post "CAUTION: Hot Works in Progress; Stay Clear" or similar sign at entrance to area when doing hot work in areas accessible to others.
  8. A copy of the permit shall be on job site for review; [B] and a list of all job sites to be available for review upon request.

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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