Inspections & Permits - Central County Fire & Rescue

Inspections & Permits

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Apply For A Permit


Fire and emergency prevention save lives. The inspection and permit processes ensure the safety of everyone in our community by helping prevent emergency situations before they occur. Our dedicated team of professionals in the Fire Prevention Bureau provide critical behind-the-scenes support in fulfilling our mission of Working Together, Keeping You Safe.

With thousands of commercial businesses in the District, inspections help ensure our community is safe when outside their home at places such as restaurants, schools and shopping centers. Members of the Fire Prevention Bureau inspect these commercial buildings on annual basis. Inspectors are looking for dangers such as expired fire extinguishers, improperly stored hazardous materials or faulty wiring. If the inspectors find something that is an immediate danger such as a lack of access to hydrant water or a blocked exit, the problem must be remedied immediately. If it is a property maintenance problem, such as an expired extinguisher,  the occupant is allowed some time to remedy the issue before fines are imposed.

If you have any questions about the inspection or permit process please email us or call 636.970.9700.

Open Burn Permits

Central County Fire and Rescue issues permits for open burning. Our ordinances adopt the rules and regulations set forth by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Additionally, the Fire Marshal of Central County Fire and Rescue may ban burning within the district at any time if it is determined that a hazardous condition exists.

The following is a summary of regulations set forth by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that are upheld by Central County Fire and Rescue.

Please note, these regulations apply to all property located within CCFR’s fire district, regardless of whether it is within the City of St. Peters or unincorporated St. Charles county.

  • Open burning of household refuse is prohibited. Wastes that may not be burned include but are not limited to tires, rubber products, hazardous materials, Styrofoam, plastics, petroleum-based products, demolition waste, treated wood, and any asbestos containing material.
  • Open burning of trees, tree leaves, or brush is allowed only in areas outside of incorporated municipalities from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., from September 16 to April 14 of each calendar year. During this time, burning is still considered weather dependent.
  • Materials such as tires or used oil may not be used to start the fires or be burned in the fires.
  • Open burning of allowed materials is limited to a base of 16 square feet.
  • Campfires and other fires used solely for recreational purposes, ceremonial occasions or for outdoor noncommercial preparation of food are allowed in Missouri. Fires shall include only vegetative woody materials or untreated wood products.
  • Large bonfire and land clearing require projects permits from DNR (Department of Natural Resources).

Burn Permit Application

Fire Alarm Permit

All fire alarm permit applications must include two sets of documents signed and sealed by a Missouri licensed engineer (or NICET level 4) for review.

These documents must be designed in accordance with the 2013 edition of NFPA 72 and include:

  • Floor plan layout showing all rooms, location of all devices, appliances, and control equipment, and all rated walls, floors, and ceilings identified
  • Riser diagram
  • Sequence of operation input/output matrix
  • Equipment technical data sheets
  • Battery calculations and voltage drop calculations for notification appliance circuits

Plans may be submitted electronically, click here for details.

Fire Alarm Permit Application

Fire Prevention Site Plan Permit

This permit is required when a new or existing building addition is proposed. The Fire District looks for access by fire apparatus, adequate and proper placement of fire hydrants and location of all access points to the building.

Plans may be submitted electronically, click here for details.

Fire Prevention Site Plan Permit Application

Fire Prevention Construction Permit

The fire prevention construction permit ensures that new multi-family and commercial buildings are safe by checking items such as sprinklers, smoke detectors, fire alarms, types of construction, proposed use type and adequate exit access and egress. Two sets of plans that have been signed and sealed by a licensed Missouri architect or engineer are required for submission. The fee is calculated based on most current fee cost factor from the International Code Council.

All design documents and construction must comply with the 2015 International Fire, Building, and Mechanical codes. Two complete sets of construction drawings and specifications, including architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical sheets must besubmitted. Permit applications and documents must include the following:

  • Drawings signed and sealed by a Missouri licensed Engineer and/or Architect
  • Building address including suite if applicable
  • Occupancy class and construction type
  • Total square feet of building and project square footage
  • Occupancy load calculation and life safety/means of egress plan
  • All fire resistance rated construction, including existing construction, shall be shown
    within the project limits where the rating is required to satisfy code requirements

Plans may be submitted electronically, click here for details.

Fire Prevention Construction Permit Application

Fire Prevention Occupancy Permit

Once a building is finished and the tenant has moved in, but before opening for business, an occupancy permit is required. This ensures safety in the building for the business in case of an emergency after business hours. For example, the exits are checked to make sure they are easy to get to and not blocked and fire extinguisher placement is reviewed. This also allows CCFR to gather important contact information for the business. A completed application and submission fee of $50 is required upon application.

Occupancy Permit Application

Fire Sprinkler Permit

All sprinkler system permit applications must include two sets of documents for review. These documents must be signed and sealed by a Missouri licensed fire protection engineer and designed in accordance with the 2013 edition of NFPA 13. Submittal documents must include:

  • Floor plan layout including occupancy class of each area or room
  • Identify all rated walls, floors, and ceilings
  • Total area protected by each system on each floor
  • If work is an addition to an existing system, enough of the existing system must be indicated on the plans to make all conditions clear
  • Calculation of loads for sizing and details of sway bracing
  • Size, location, and piping arrangement of fire department connections. FDC must be unobstructed by landscaping, parking, etc., and within 150′ of a fire hydrant
  • Water flow test results must be from a test witnessed by a CCFR inspector
  • Hydraulic calculations must include a 10% safety margin

Plans may be submitted electronically, click here for details.

Fire Sprinkler Permit Application

Special Use Permit

A special use permit is used for a one-time temporary event where a large number of people will be present. These events may include a large craft fair, concert or public display of fireworks. CCFR checks to make sure there is an ability to escape in an emergency and that emergency responders can get in and out of the area safely with their equipment.

Special Use Permit