The Montrose Fire Protection District requires permits for various construction projects as well as hazardous operations and/or conditions. An application and all related documents must be submitted for review and permitting. Fees will be assessed at the end of the review process and payable when the permit is picked up. Submittal requirements have changed, so please read the descriptions and applications carefully. No work shall begin without the issuance of a permit or you will be subject to additional fees. In addition, fees are charged for copies of reports and photos as well as for requested emergency apparatus standby and required fire watch personnel.
All new construction, remodel, and tenant finish building plans require an evaluation by the Fire Prevention Bureau to check for compliance with applicable fire and life safety codes. Upon completion of the review and payment of the review fee, a letter will be submitted to the City or County Building Code Official with comments and/or exceptions.
All new installations or modifications to an existing fire alarm system in a commercial building require a permit. Installation and modifications are subject to the most current edition of NFPA 72. Submit your plans with the required application and supporting documentation for review and permitting prior to installation.
All new installations or modifications to an existing fire suppression system in commercial, Residential, or Dwelling units require a permit. Installation and modifications are subject to the most current edition of NFPA 13, 13R, and 13D. Submit your plans with the required application and supporting documentation for review and permitting prior to installation. In order to install or work on fire protection sprinkler systems in the Montrose Fire Protection District, the contractors/installers must hold all registrations/certifications as required by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control. Copies of these shall be submitted with the application packet.
A permit is required for the installation of underground fire lines. You must be a current registered contractor with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control to install or work on underground fire lines within the Montrose Fire Protection District. A copy of your certification shall be submitted with the application packet. Installation shall be to the most current edition of NFPA 24. The following check list will be used during inspection.
Underground piping from the water supply to the system riser and lead-in connection to system riser shall be completely flushed before any connection is made to fire protection system piping (NFPA 13:10.10.2). Flushing shall continue for sufficient time to ensure thorough cleaning, usually until the water runs clear, this is usually accomplished in a 5-minute flush. Be advised the City of Montrose chlorination flush does NOT replace the Fire Department’s required flush. Minimum flow rate shall be not less than one of the following:
Minimum Flow Rates (Preferred method)
Alternative Suppression Systems and other type installations not previously listed require permits to be installed in the Montrose Fire Protection District. This includes but is not limited to Commercial Kitchen Hood Suppression Systems, Paint Booths, Clean Agent Systems, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Equipment including Propane Exchange Cages, Above-ground Storage Tanks (AST), and Underground Storage Tanks (UST).
Commercial Kitchen Hood Systems: All commercial cooking appliances and domestic cooking appliances used for commercial purposes that produce grease vapor are required to have a kitchen hood & duct suppression system. A permit is required before installation.
Paint Booths: Paint booths, spray rooms, etc. are required to be protected with a fire suppression system. These systems need to be installed according to 2015 IFC Chapter 9 and 27.
Clean Agent Systems: Clean agent systems are required where traditional, water based, suppression systems can’t be used. A permit is required to install these systems. These systems are to be install according to the 2015 IFC and NFPA 2001
LPG and Propane Exchange Cages: Installation of commercial LPG Systems and Propane Exchange cages shall be installed according to 2015 IFC Chapter 53, 61, International Fuel Gas Code, and NFPA 58.
AST and UST: A permit is required to install Above-ground and Underground Storage Tanks. These tanks shall be installed according to 1015 IFC Chapter 57.
A permit must be obtained for the Sale or Public Display of fireworks within the Montrose Fire Protection District. (See submittal requirements on application)
A permit must be obtained prior to the installation or removal of flammable or combustible liquid storage tanks. Removal shall be in accordance with all local, state, and federal laws as well as 2015 IFC Chapter 57.
A permit is required for use of explosive and blasting agents within the Montrose Fire Protection District. Chapter 56 of the International Fire Code governs the use of explosives and will be used when issuing permits and inspecting blast sites. (See submittal requirements on application)