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Last Updated: 2010-01-11

Miscellaneous Combustible Storage

Permit Holder Guideline #30

PERMIT TITLE: Miscellaneous Combustible Storage

CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 315.1

SCOPE: Permit required to store over 2500 cubic feet of combustible empty packing cases, boxes, barrels or similar containers, rubber tires, rubber, cork or similar combustible material.

FEE: $ 115.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

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 floor plans and site plans; showing locations of listed materials information on expected maximum amounts of materials and provisions for safety.
  2. Storage shall be orderly, not obstruct exits, and away from heat source to avoid ignition.
  3. Keep interior storage 2 feet below ceiling, or 18 inches below level of sprinkler heads. Storage shall not be placed in boiler, mechanical or electrical rooms.
  4. Outside storage maximum 20 feet high over 10 feet from lot line or other buildings on site. Combustible materials shall not be stored or displayed under non-sprinkled eaves, canopies or other projections or overhangs of sprinkled buildings.
  5. PROHIBIT outside storage of tires. Tires may be outside as essential for display or business activities (must store inside approved structure otherwise).
  6. Where outside storage exceeds 10,000 square feet, the following shall apply:
    1. Piles shall not exceed 300 feet (91440 mm) in width and 500 feet (152 m) in length.
    2. Separate piles by at least 20 feet wide fire vehicle emergency access aisles.
    3. Keep weeds, debris or parked vehicles over 10 feet from piles.
    4. The owner or operator shall develop an emergency plan for monitoring, controlling and extinguishing small fire (promptly reporting fire to 911).
  7. "No Smoking" signs shall be post and enforce for interior storage areas.
  8. Additional requirements may be based upon inspection and details of specific materials. Need other permits if have large amounts of combustible fibers, hazardous materials, wood or scrap tires (or tire by-products).

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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