The Sylvania Township trustees have recently adopted the new 2011 Ohio Fire Code for use within Sylvania.
With the adoption of this code, the Sylvania Township Fire Department will start requiring a permit and charging fees for certain activities. Permits will be needed and fees charged for tent and burn permits as well as for plan review for building construction, fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems and commercial kitchen hood suppression systems.
There have been charges for these types of permits for years at Zoning and Building Department and other fire departments.
The fire department must not only review the plans submitted for compliance to the fire code, they also must send an inspector to the site for inspections during construction and for the final inspection prior to occupancy of the area of work.
The fire department will be charging non-compliance fees for commercial building inspections.
The initial fire safety inspection each year is free. If fire code violations are found, a return inspection is then required. When the inspectors return, if the code violations are corrected, there is no charge, but, if the violations still exist, a $50 fee will be charged. When fire inspectors return again and the violations continue to exist, another fee is charged and the fire department will contact the prosecutor’s office to start legal action.
The fire department will be charging for malfunctioning fire alarm systems. After 3 responses to a malfunctioning fire alarm within a one year time period, any subsequent responses that are determined to be a system malfunction will be charged. The responsibility of maintaining the alarm system lies with the building owner.
Continual false alarms due to malfunctions unnecessarily puts the public and fire fighters in jeopardy from responding fire apparatus to these false alarms.
All charges are at the discretion of the Sylvania Township Fire Department.
The fee schedule and permit applications can be found at the fire department’s Web site: sylvaniatownshipfire.com