Fire Department Fee Schedule

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Operational Permits Description Term 2018-19 Permit Fee
Aerosol Products Manufacture, store, or handle an aggregate quantity of Level 2 or 3 in excess of 500 lbs. 365 days $50
Amusement Building Operation of a Special Amusement Building 30 days $50
Aviation Facilities To use a Group H or S occupancy for aircraft servicing or repairs and aircraft fuel-servicing vehicles 365 days $50
Carnivals and Fairs Mandatory Permit to conduct a Carnival or Fair Single Event $50
Cellulose Nitrate Film To store, handle, or use cellulose nitrate film in a Group A 365 days $50
Combustible Dust-Producing Operations Mandatory Permit to operate a grain elevator, flour starch mill, feed mill, or a plant pulverizing aluminum, coal, cocoa, magnesium, spices, or sugar, or other operations producing combustible dusts as defined in Chapter 2 of the 2012 NC Fire Code 365 days $50
Combustible Fibers To store or handle combustible fibers in quantities of more than 100 cu. ft. 365 days $50
Compressed Gases To store, use, or handle at normal temperature and pressure of compressed gases over the amounts in Table 105.6.8 of the NC Fire Code 365 days $50
Covered Mall Buildings 1 Placement of retail fixtures and displays, concession equipment, displays of highly combustible goods and similar items in the mall (common areas) 30 days $50
2 Display of liquid- or gas-fired equipment in the mall. 30 days $50
3 Use of open-flame or flame-producing equipment in the mall. 7 days $50
Cryogenic Fluids To produce, store, transport on site, use, handle, or dispense cryogenic fluids in excess of Table 105.6.10 of the NC Fire Code 365 days $50 
Cutting and Welding To conduct cutting and welding operations within the district 365 days $50
Dry Cleaning Plants Engage in the business of dry cleaning (when flammable/hazardous solvents are used), or to change to a more hazardous cleaning solvent used in existing dry cleaning equipment. 365 days $50
Exhibits and Trade Shows Operate exhibits and trade shows 30 days $50

Operational Permit for the manufacture, storage, handling, sale or use of any quantity of explosives, explosive materials, fireworks, or pyrotechnic special effects within the scope of Chapter 33 of the NC Fire Code.

*Additional requirements including but not limited to insurance coverage and on-scene fire department personnel fees shall also apply

1 Blasting and/or storage of explosives 30 days $50

Display of Fireworks/Pyrotechnics

Single Event $50
Flammable/Combustible Liquids 1 To use or operate a pipeline 365 days $50
2 To store, handle, or use Class I liquids in excess of 5 gallons (inside) and more than 10 gallons (outside) of a building 365 days $50
3 To store, handle, or use Class II or Class IIIA liquids in excess of 25 gallons (inside) and more than 60 gallons (outside) of a building  365 days $50
4 To store, handle, or use Class IIIB liquids in tanks or pourable tanks for fueling 365 days $50
5 To remove Class I or II liquids from an underground storage tank used for fueling motor vehicles by any means other than the approved stationary on-site pumps 365 days $50
6 To operate tank vehicles, equipment, tanks, plants, terminals, wells, fuel-dispending stations, refineries, distilleries, and similar facilities where flammable and combustible liquids are produced, processed, transported, stored, dispensed, or used 365 days $50
  7 To temporarily place out-of-service (more than 90 days) an underground, protected above-ground, or above-ground flammable or combustible liquid tank 30 days (after 90 days) $50
  8 To change the type of contents stored in a flammable or combustible liquid tank to a material which poses a greater hazard than that for which the tank was design and constructed 30 days $50
  9 To manufacture, process, blend, or refine flammable or combustible liquids 365 days $50 
  10 To engage in the dispensing of liquid fuels into the fuel tanks of motor vehicles at commercial, industrial, governmental, or manufacturing establishments (Gas Station) 365 days $50 
  11 To utilize a site for the dispensing of liquid fuels from tank vehicles into the fuel tanks of motor vehicles, marine craft, and other special equipment at commercial, industrial, governmental or manufacturing establishments. 365 days $50 
Floor Finishing To finish or surface a floor exceeding 350 sq. ft. using Class I or Class II liquids Per site $50
Fruit and Crop Ripening To operate a fruit or crop ripening facility or conduct a fruit-ripening process using ethylene gas 365 days $50
Fumigation and Insecticidal Fogging Operating a business of fumigation or thermal insecticidal fogging and to maintain a room, vault, or chamber in which a toxic or flammable fumigant is used 365 days $50
Hazardous Materials To store, transport on site, dispense, use, or handle hazardous materials in excess of the amounts listed in Table 105.6.20 of the NC Fire Code. 365 days $50
HPM Facilities To store, handle, or use hazardous producing materials 365 days $50
High-Piled Storage To use a building or portion thereof as a high-piled storage area exceeding 500 sq. ft. 365 days $50
Hot Work Operations To conduct Hot Work Operations including cutting, welding, grinding, application of roof coverings with the use of open flame, or other operations determined by the Fire Marshal 60 days $50
Industrial Ovens To operate an industrial oven as regulated by Chapter 21 of the NC Fire Code 365 days $50
Lumber Yards and Woodworking Plants To store or process lumber exceeding 100,000 board feet 365 days $50
Liquid- or Gas-fueled Vehicles in Assembly Buildings To display, operate, or demonstrate liquid- or gas-fueled vehicles or equipment in assembly buildings 30 days $50
Magnesium To melt, cast, heat treat, or grind more than 10 pounds of magnesium 365 days $50
Miscellaneous Combustible Storage To store in any building or upon any premises in excess of 2,500 cubic feet gross volume 365 days $50
Open Burning Kindling or maintaining of an open fire on any public street, alley, road, or other public or private ground approved under NC Fire Code and Town Code (Chapter 7 Fire Prevention & Protection/Article IA Regulations of Open Burning/Sections 7.7-7.10) 1 day

(No charge for verified religious functions)

Open Flames and Candles Operational Permit to use open flames or candles in connection with assembly areas, dining areas of restaurants, or drinking establishments. 365 days $50
 Organic Coatings For any organic-coating manufacturing operation producing more than 1 gallon of an organic coating in one day 365 days $50
Places of Assembly Operate a place of assembly 365 days $50
Private Fire Hydrants Removal from service, use operation of private fire hydrants (per hydrant) 365 days $50
Pyroxylin Plastics To store or handle more than 25 pounds of cellulose nitrate plastics 365 days $50 
Refrigeration Equipment To operate a mechanical refrigeration unit or system 365 days $50 
 Repair Garages To operate a repair garage and automotive, marine, and fleet motor fuel-dispensing facility  365 days  $50 
 Rooftop Heliports To operate a rooftop heliport  365 days  $50 
Spraying or Dipping Operations To conduct a spraying or dipping operation utilizing flammable or combustible liquids or the application of combustible powders regulated by Chapter 15 of the NC Fire Code. 365 days $50
Storage of Scrap Tires and Tire Byproducts To establish, conduct or maintain storage of scrap tires and tire byproducts that exceed 2500 cubic feet of total volume of scrap tires and for indoor storage of tires and tire byproducts.  365 days $50
Temporary Membrane Structures, Tents and Canopies

Permit to erect and operate an air-supported temporary membrane structure or a tent having an area in excess of 400 square feet  (See exceptions in the 2012 NC Fire Code section 105.6.43)

Note: Any modifications made after initial permit is issued shall require a new permit

90 days $50 per tent
 Tire Rebuilding Plants To operate and maintain a tire rebuilding plant 365 days $50
 Waste Handling  To operate wrecking yards, junk yards and waste material-handling facilities 365 days $50 
 Wood Products To store chips, hogged material, lumber or plywood in excess of 200 cubic feet 365 days $50
Construction Permits Description Term 2018-19 Permit Fee

Note: All permit fees include plan review

Note: Plans that are not code-compliant after second review will incur an additional $100.00 per review fee

Beginning work or maintaining an operation requiring any permits adopted by the Town of Chapel Hill without obtaining the proper permit(s) shall double the permit fee.

A stop work order shall be issued until payment is receive and permit issued.

Automatic & Manual Fire-Extinguishing Systems Installation, modification, or removal from service of a sprinkler, standpipe system, or other Kitchen Suppression or Alternate Automatic Extinguishing System
Sprinkler Systems    
Tier 1
0 - 999 sq. ft. $50
Tier 2 1,000 - 2,499 sq. ft.    $75
Tier 3    2,500 - 9,999 sq. ft.   $100 
Tier 4    10,000 - 49,999 sq. ft.   $200
Tier 5    50,000 or more sq. ft.   $300 
    Standpipe Systems   $300
    Automatic Extinguishing Systems   $50 
Battery Systems Installation of stationary storage battery systems having a liquid capacity of more than 50 gallons $200
Compressed Gas Systems Install, repair, abandon, remove, place out of service (temporarily), close, or substantially modify a compressed gas system when the amount of compressed gases in use or storage within the system exceeds the amounts listed in Table 105.6.8 of the 2012 NC Fire Code $200
Cryogenic Fluids Installation of or alteration to outdoor stationary cryogenic fluid storage system where the capacity exceeds the amount listed in Table 105.6.10 of the NC Fire Code $200
Fire Alarm and Detection Systems Installation of, or modification to fire alarm and detection systems and related equipment.
  New Construction     
 Tier 1 0 - 999 sq. ft.   $50
 Tier 2 1,000 - 2,499 sq. ft.    $75
 Tier 3 2,500 - 9,999 sq. ft.   $100
 Tier 4 10,000 - 49,999 sq. ft.   $200
 Tier 5 50,000 or more sq. ft.   $300
Fire and Life Safety Plan Review  Review proposed new and existing architectural/building plans to confirm fire and life safety compliance within the built environment    $125
Fire Pumps and Related Equipment Installation of, or modification to fire pumps and related fuel tanks, jockey pumps, controllers, and generators. (Permit required in addition to other Automatic Fire Extinguishing System Construction Permits) $100
Flammable and Combustible Liquid Facilities
1 Install, repair or modify a pipeline for the transportation of flammable or combustible liquids. $150
2 Install, construct or alter tank vehicles, equipment, tanks, plants, terminals, wells, fuel-dispensing stations, refineries, distilleries and similar facilities where flammable and combustible liquids are produced, transported, stored, dispensed, or used. $150
3 Install, alter, remove, abandon, or otherwise dispose of a flammable or combustible liquid tank. $150
Hazardous Materials Facilities Install, repair, abandon, place temporarily out of service, or close or substantially modify a storage facility or other area regulated by Chapter 27 when the hazardous materials in use or storage exceed the amounts listed in Table 105.6.20 of the 2012 NC Fire Code. $300
Industrial Ovens Installation of industrial ovens as described in Chapter 21 of the 2012 NC Fire Code. $300
Private Fire Hydrants To install, use or operate fire hydrants or valves intended for fire suppression purposes which are installed on water systems  and accessible to a fire apparatus access road that is open to or generally used by the public. $50
 Site/Land Development 1 - 50,000 sq. ft.    $75 
  >50,000 sq. ft.    $150 
Fire Inspection fees
  2018-19 Fee

NC mandates that every structure be inspected for fire code violations on a structured timeline.  Fee includes initial inspection and (1) re-inspection if all corrections are made.  Subsequent re-inspections with corrections needed will assess additional fees.


Note:  Identified violation(s) of the NC Fire Code, or condition(s) deemed detrimental to the life safety of the occupants, that are not corrected shall be subject to reinspection fee of $500.00/per violation.

Note:  Issuance of three (3) consecutive re-inspection fees without compliance, the owner, operator, or other responsible person shall be cited to court for violation of NC General Statute 14-68.

Tier 1: 0 - 999 sq. ft.  $50
Tier 2: 1,000 - 2,499 sq. ft.  $75
Tier 3: 2,500 - 9,999 sq. ft.  $100
Tier 4: 10,000 - 49,999 sq. ft.  $200
Tier 5: 50,000 sq. ft. and above  $300
 Any inspection scheduled after 5:00 pm Mon-Fri, weekends, or Town holidays will incur an additional inspection fee  $75 / hour


Other Fees and  Charges Description 2018-19 Fee
Fire Incident Report Copy of Fire Incident Report
(Copy provided at no charge to Owner/Occupant)
Local Fire Training Fee  Annual fee assessed to Durham Community College for use of the training facilities for student fire training  $2,132 
 Accidental Alarm Ordinance**** All fees pursuant to the Town Code for Accidental Alarm Management (Chapter 15, Article II)   
Fire Penalties
2018-19 Fee
Authorization to issue and receive settlement of Civil Penalties for any violation of NC Fire Code or Town Code as authorized by Town Ordinance. Specific penalty amounts are specified in Town Code. See Town Code
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