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Open Flames - Candles in Assembly / Educational Facilities

Permit Holder Guideline #32B

PERMIT TITLE: Open Flames - Candles in Assembly / Educational Facilities

CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 308.3.2

FEE: $40.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: A person shall not utilize or allow to be utilized, an open flame in connection with a public meeting or gathering for purposes of deliberation, worship, entertainment, amusement, instruction, education, recreation, awaiting transportation or similar purpose in assembly or educational occupancies without first obtaining a permit.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from the date issued (annual or operational)

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. Candles shall not be located on or near decorative material or similar combustible material.
  2. Candles shall be prohibited in the following areas: in aisles, exits or where occupants stand.
  3. Hand held candles shall not be passed from one person to another while lighted.
  4. Where approved candles used in conjunction with theatrical performances are allowed to be used when adequate safety precautions have been taken in accordance with NFPA 160.
  5. The device or holder shall be designed so that it will return to the upright position after being tilted to an angle of 45 degrees from vertical.
  6. Only candles in approved protected glass globe enclosures shall be used.
  7. All decorative materials shall be treated for flame retardance.
  8. The device or holder shall be constructed to prevent the spillage of liquid fuel or wax at the rate of more than .25 teaspoon per minute when the device or holder is not in an upright position.
  9. The device or holder shall be designed so that it will return to the upright position after being tilted to an angle of 45 degrees from vertical.

Any violations of these guidelines and/or the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code shall result in permit revocation.

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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