Fire Prevention Bureau

​From fire sprinkler requirements to outdoor warming fires, evacuation guidelines for independent living facilities to fire lane requirements, the Fire Prevention Bureau has key information about the fire code.

Click on the dropdown boxes below to find links to fire code interpretations and regulations. You'll also find details about tank installation and removal guidelines, and everything you need to know about tent requirements.  

 

 

Fire Code Interpretations<div class="ExternalClass0D7D409B2F604C59BDC94B7B49354ADB"><h2><strong style="color:#444444;">Click on the links below to access and print Fire Code interpretations and other documents:</strong></h2><p> </p><p><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Communications%20Paths%20for%20Central%20Station%20Service.pdf">Communications Paths for Central Station Service</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Entry%20Gates.pdf">Entry Gates</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation-Escape%20Room%20Exiting.pdf">Escape Room Exiting</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Evacuation%20Guidelines%20for%20Independent%20Living.pdf">Evacuation Guidelines for Independent Living</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Fire%20Phones.pdf">Fire Phones and Repeaters</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Fire%20Sprinkler%20Service%20in%20Vacant%20Buildings.pdf">Fire Sprinkler Service in Vacant Buildings</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Fire%20Sprinklers%20in%20Unfinished%20Spaces.pdf">Fire Sprinklers in Unfinished Spaces</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Fire%20Sprinkler%20Upgrade%20in%20Storage%20Occupancies.pdf">Fire Sprinkler Upgrade in Storage Occupancies</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Frequency%20of%20Kitchen%20Hood%20System%20Service.pdf">Frequency of Kitchen Hood System Service</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Location%20of%20Fire%20Department%20Connections.pdf">Location of Fire Department Connections (FDC)</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Non-required%20Fire%20and%20Life-Safety%20Systems%20.pdf">Non-Required Fire and Life Safety Systems</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Outdoor%20Warming%20Fires.pdf">Outdoor Warming Fires</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Use%20of%20Outdoor%20Grills.pdf">Use of Outdoor Grills</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Use%20of%20Candles.pdf">Use of Candles</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Use%20of%20Carpet%20in%20Stairways.pdf">Use of Carpet in Stairways</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Use%20of%20Electric%20Space%20Heaters.pdf">Use of Electric Space Heaters</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Use%20of%20Portable%20Outdoor%20Heaters.pdf">Use of Portable Outdoor Heaters</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Use%20of%20Stairways%20for%20Storage.pdf">Use of Stairways for Storage</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation-Sprinklers%20in%20Electrical%20Rooms.pdf">Sprinklers in Electrical Rooms</a><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Interpretation%20-%20Standpipe%20Hose%20Valves%20in%20High-Rise%20Buildings.pdf">Standpipe Hose Valves in High-Rise Buildings</a><br></p><br></div>

 

 

Fire Code Regulations<div class="ExternalClassB35941100D034D99A4D78F4D83569FEC"><h2 class="ExternalClass9E61C37783CE4B1BB757D40B2005C6BC"><span style="color:#444444;">​<strong>Click on the links below to access and print Fire Code Regulation documents:</strong></span></h2><p class="ExternalClass9E61C37783CE4B1BB757D40B2005C6BC"> </p><div class="ExternalClass9E61C37783CE4B1BB757D40B2005C6BC"><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Requirements%20for%20Ethanol%20Blended%20Fuels.pdf">Blending of Ethanol Mix Fuels</a></div><div class="ExternalClass9E61C37783CE4B1BB757D40B2005C6BC"><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Construction%20Site%20Guidelines.pdf">CFD Construction Site Guidelines</a></div><div class="ExternalClass9E61C37783CE4B1BB757D40B2005C6BC"><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/City%20of%20Charlotte%20ordinance%20for%20Fire%20Flow%20and%20Water%20Demand,%20Hydrants,%20FDC%27s,%20and%20Self-Service%20Fueling%20Stations.pdf">City of Charlotte Local Fire Ordinances</a><br><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/FPB22501SpecificationsforMarkingFireLanesonPrivateProperty.pdf">Fire Lane Regulations</a></div></div><div class="ExternalClassB35941100D034D99A4D78F4D83569FEC"> </div><div class="ExternalClassB35941100D034D99A4D78F4D83569FEC"><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/FPB22502OfficialFireLaneSignsandMarkings.pdf">Fire Lane Regulations -  Markings</a></div><div class="ExternalClassB35941100D034D99A4D78F4D83569FEC"><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/Haz%20Mat%20Placard%20Guidelines.pdf">Hazardous Material Placard Guidelines</a><br><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/FPB232KnoxBoxes.pdf">Knox Key Box Requirements</a><br><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/Recreational%20Fire%20Guidleines.pdf">Recreational Fires</a><br><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/Stair%20Identification%20Requirements.pdf">Stairway Identification Requirements</a><br><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/Typical%20Stair%20Enclosure%20Sign.pdf">Stairway Enclosure Sign (typical) </a><br><br></div>

Tank Installation Requirements

Plans-Submittal Requirements

The installation of either below-ground or above-ground tanks shall require the submittal of plans to Mecklenburg County's Land Use and Environmental Services Administration (LUESA). This is necessary since several trades (building, electrical, fire, etc.) may be involved in the review process. Work shall NOT proceed on any new installation until such plans are submitted and approved by all applicable trades.

Note: Plans shall include all related tank equipment (pumps/dispensers, wiring methods, etc.).

Site Inspections

Installations will require several site visits by the area fire inspector to ensure compliance with all applicable provisions of the fire code. Once the inspection and approval process by our office is warranted, you may contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 704-336-2101 to arrange for your site inspections. The approved plans shall be on site for the inspector's reference.

 

 

Tank Installation Regulations<div class="ExternalClassF291C13967B947D28947E5E5AACECD21"><p>Click on the link below to view and print CFD regulations for below- and above-ground tanks.</p><p><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/CFD%20Regulations%20for%20Installation%20of%20Above%20and%20Below%20Ground%20Tanks.pdf">CFD Regulations for Installation of Above- and Below-Ground Tanks​</a></p></div>

Tank Removal and Safeguarding Requirements

The removal of below-ground or above-ground tanks previously used for the storage of hazardous materials require that a Tank Removal Permit be applied for and obtained from our office, prior to the start of the project. The forms below will assist you in this process. Refer to the Permit User Fee Schedule below for the removal permit fee for the current fiscal year.

Process:

Contact our office at 704-336-2101 for scheduling a tank removal/abandonment site inspection. The Tank Removal Application must be completed and mailed to our office, along with a check payable to City of Charlotte, in order for us to process your application. The guidelines established in the "Permitting and Safeguarding Tanks" document below must be followed during the duration of the project, or a Stop Work Order may be issued on the site.

 

 

Tank Removal and Safeguarding Documents<div class="ExternalClassCB81D6886ACB4B6DB6DF788D0D7BBEBE"><h2><span style="color:#444444;">​<strong>Click on the links below to view and print the required documents. </strong></span></h2><p> </p><p><strong><em>Please note: </em>The Tank Removal Application must be completed and mailed to our office, along with a check payable to City of Charlotte, in order for us to process your application. </strong><br><br>The guidelines established in the "Permitting and Safeguarding Tanks" document below must be followed during the duration of the project, or a Stop Work Order may be issued on the site.  <br><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/Permitting%20and%20safeguarding%20tanks.pdf">Permitting and Safeguarding Tanks</a><br><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/Tank%20Removal%20and%20Safeguarding%20Permit%20Application.pdf">Tank Removal and Safeguarding Permit Application</a><br><br><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/FY16%20USER%20FEE%20SCHEDULE.pdf">FY '16 User Fee Schedule</a><br><br></p><br></div>

Tent Guidelines and Permitting Requirements

Guidelines:

The "Tent Guidelines and Permitting Requirements" document below contains information and provisions of the 2012 North Carolina Fire Code. There are some other guidelines as they relate to vehicle display inside tents, etc. so consult with you inspector for more information.

Permitting Requirements:

Effective September 18, 2013: You MUST download and complete the permit application below, and mail it along with a check payable to "City of Charlotte" and a site and tent diagram to the address indicated, prior to the tent inspection. For more than one tent, you will need to pay for two permits in order to be issued a Multiple Tent Permit. The fee for a tent permit is $135, and a Multiple Tent Permit is $270. 

Mail all documents to:

Dale Carter
Charlotte Fire Department-FPB Office
500 Dalton Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28206.


You may also email the documents to Ms. Carter at pcarter@charlottenc.gov.

Note: For tents or canopies erected for more than six days, you must contact Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Administration (LUESA) at 704-336-3830 for additional requirements and/or permits.

Site Inspections:

Provide a name, contact number, and a date and time when someone will be on site for the inspection by the Fire Department. There must be a representative on site for the inspection.

 

 

Tent Guidelines<div class="ExternalClass251B40EA2380480CA84595ECE65F38A1"><h2>​<strong style="color:darkred;">Click on the links below to view and print required documents. </strong></h2><p> </p><p><strong><em>Please note:</em></strong> You <em><strong>MUST</strong></em> download and complete the permit application below, and mail it along with a check payable to "City of Charlotte" and a site and tent diagram to the address indicated, <em><strong>prior</strong></em> to the tent inspection. </p><p><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/Tent%20Guidelines%20and%20Permitting%20Requirements,%20Rev.%208-6-14.pdf">Tent Guidelines and Permitting Requirements</a></p><p><a href="/Fire/KeepingYouSafe/FirePreventionBureau/Fire%20Prevention%20DocumentsForms/Tent%20Permit%20Application%20rev.%20November%202015.pdf">Tent Permit Application</a></p></div>