Fire Marshal Billable Services & Fees


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Billable services provided by the Fire Marshal include, but are not limited to, issuing construction permits, plan review activities, inspection and witnessed testing of new, modified, and existing fire protection equipment and systems, building fire and occupancy inspections, Fire Prevention Code Permits (FPCP), and administering FOIA requests. Authority to charge the following fees originates form either Chapter 61 or Chapter 62 of the Fairfax County Code and §2.2-3704 of the Code of Virginia.


CONSTRUCTION PERMIT FEES

FEE CATEGORY
MINIMUM FEE
FPD Permit Fee  (Fire Alarm, Fire Lane, Fire Suppression, Sprinkler, Locks)
$90
DPWES Trade Permit Fee  (Low-voltage, Mechanical)
$90  (plus additional fees for mechanical permits)
FPD Permit Application
(PDF)

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PLANS REVIEW FEES

FEE CATEGORY
MINIMUM FEE
Regularly Scheduled Workdays (Excluding Holidays), 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Plans Review Fee - All Plan Types, All Review Time
$128 per hour per reviewer or $32 per quarter hour or part thereof per reviewer
After-hours/Overtime (Excluding Holidays):
Plans Review Fee - All Plan Types, All Review Time
$256 per hour per reviewer or $128 per half hour or part thereof per reviewer
NOTICE >> After-hours plans review services are not routinely available at this time. << NOTICE

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ACCEPTANCE TESTING FEES

Fees for acceptance inspections and witnessed testing required by the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC)

SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT TIME
FEE
Regularly Scheduled Workdays (Excluding Holidays):
Monday-Friday (5:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
$128 per hour per inspector or $32 per quarter hour or part thereof per inspector
After-hours/Overtime (Excluding Holidays):
Weekday Evenings (3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) and Weekends
$256 per hour per inspector or $128 per half hour or part thereof per inspector
NOTICE >> After-hours acceptance inspection and testing services are not routinely available at this time. << NOTICE
Notice: To avoid a reinspection fee, a minimum notice of 24 hours (one full business day) for test cancellation is required to cancel or reschedule any acceptance inspection/test appointment.

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CANCELLATION FEES & GUIDELINES

The following matrix is to serve as a guideline in determining when a reinspection fee is required for witnessed acceptance testing and retesting. For an acceptance inspection/test, this fee shall be charged every time a request is made before the work is clearly ready to be inspected and/or tested, or is not cancelled in time to save an unnecessary trip by inspectors. In the case of witnessed retesting of existing fire protection systems, this fee will be charged whenever an inspection/test is not cancelled more than 10 business days prior to the scheduled appointment. The reinspection fee shall based on the hours reserved to perform the test and will be charged at the rate of $128 per hour calculated on the quarter hour or part thereof, per required inspector. The reinspection fee will be invoiced to the responsible company/party.

DISPOSITION / SITUATION
STATUS OF WORK
TEST PERFORMED?
FEE ASSESSED?
Inspection/Test Cancelled More Than 24 Hours Prior to Appointment *
N/A No No
Inspection/Test Cancelled Less Than 24 Hours Prior to Appointment *
N/A No Yes
Contractor Shows - Other Associated Companies/Trades Not on Site
Cannot Start Inspection/Test No Yes
Inspector(s) Arrive - Nobody On Location to Facilitate Inspection/Test
Cannot Start Inspection/Test No Yes
Inspection/Test Cancelled While Inspector(s) On Location - Test Not Started
Not Ready to Inspect/Test No Yes
Regular Inspection/Test - Started But Not Completed Not Ready or Failed - Fault of Contractor Yes Yes
Regular Inspection/Test - Started But Not Completed Not Ready or Failed - No Fault of Contractor Yes No
Regular Inspection/Test - Started Substantially Compliant - Minor Deficiencies Yes No
Final Inspection Deficient Yes
Yes
Retesting of Existing Fire Protection Systems Only Inspection/test is not cancelled more than 10 business days prior to the to scheduled appointment No Yes
* 24 hours = 1 business day

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RETESTING FEES

Fees for the inspection and witnessed retesting of existing fire protection systems as required by the Fire Prevention Code (SFPC)

SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT TIME
FEE
Regularly Scheduled Workdays (Excluding Holidays):
Monday-Friday (5:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
$128 per hour per inspector or $32 per quarter hour or part thereof per inspector
After-hours/Overtime (Excluding Holidays):
Weekday Evenings (3:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.) and Weekends
$256 per hour per inspector or $128 per half hour or part thereof per inspector
NOTICE >> After-hours inspection and witnessed retesting testing services are not routinely available at this time. << NOTICE
Notice: To avoid a reinspection fee, a minimum of 10 business days is required to cancel or reschedule any retesting inspection/test appointment.

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INSPECTION FEES

INSPECTION ACTIVITY
FEE
Occupancy Inspections - All Use Groups
$128 per hour per inspector or $32 per quarter hour or part thereof per inspector
Fire Safety Inspections - State Regualted Care Facilities (SRCF)
$25 (Includes One Follow-up Inspection)
Fire Safety Inspections - Home Child Care Facilities
No Fee
Technical Inspection
$128 per hour per inspector or $32 per quarter hour or part thereof per inspector
Two or More Follow-up Inspections Resulting From Non-Compliance
$128 per hour per inspector or $32 per quarter hour or part thereof per inspector
After-hours/Overtime:
Holidays, Weekday Evenings (3:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.), and Weekends
$256 per hour per inspector or $128 per half hour or part thereof per inspector
NOTICE >> After-hours inspection services are not routinely available at this time. << NOTICE

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FAULTY FIRE ALARM INSPECTION FEES

A faulty or nuisance alarm is deemed to occur whenever the fire official or fire department officer in charge responding to a fire alarm call shall determine, after investigation, that faulty equipment initiated the alarm.

INSPECTION ACTIVITY
FEE
Faulty Fire Alarm Inspections, Follow-ups, and Reinspection
$128 per hour per inspector or $32 per quarter hour or part thereof per inspector

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FIRE PREVENTION CODE PERMIT FEES

Section 108 of the Fire Prevention Code requires operational permits for the following: Handling, storage, or use of substances, materials, or devices regulated by the Fire Prevention Code; Conducting processes which produce conditions hazardous to life or property; Establishing and operating place of assembly or similar occupancy such as a special amusement building, carnival, circus, fair, or festival. In Fairfax County and the towns of Clifton, Herndon, and Vienna, operational permits are known as "Fire Prevention Code Permits" (FPCP). FPCP requirements originate from Table 107.2 of the Fire Prevention Code (as amended by Fairfax County). The full list of Fire Prevention Code Permit requirements and fees is available in PDF format for your convenience and ease of reference.

Fire Prevention Code Permit Requirements & Fees (PDF)

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DOCUMENT & FOIA FEES

Fees for copies of any document and/or information available under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

SERVICE
FEE
Research
$20 per hour, each address
Copies, 8.5 x 11 and 8.5 x 14
35 Cents per page
Copies, Oversize (e.g., Construction Documents, Shop Drawings)
Actual Cost


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Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Office of the Fire Marshal
10700 Page Avenue
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Telephone: 703-246-4800
Fax: 703-691-0209
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