Fire and emergency prevention save lives. The Central County Fire & Rescue (CCFR) permit process ensures the safety of everyone in our community by helping prevent emergency situations.
If you have any questions about the permit process please email us or call 636.970.9700.
Commercial burn permits are mainly for land clearing. They ensure that:
- There are low smoke emissions from the burn
- No inappropriate materials are being burned
- Only natural vegetation is being burned
These permits require prior approval from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. There is a $2,500 deposit for a commercial burn permit. First time violation of a burn permit is $500; second violation results in the forfeiture of the remaining deposits.
Residential burns permits are for the burning of natural vegetation. These burns can only take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and must be at least 50 feet away from the building. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources specifically prohibits the burning of leaves.
Bonfires or recreational fires within the boundaries of CCFR are required to have a permit from the CCFR Fire Marshal.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.