Houston Fire Department

Permits and Forms for Businesses

 

The Houston Fire Department's Permit Office is located at 1002 Washington, Houston, Texas 77007 and may be reached during normal business hours at 832-394-8811


 

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TIER II Reports

 

 

 

Tier2 Submit for the Current Calendar Year is now available for free download through the Texas Department of State Health Services Tier II Chemical Reporting Program Website at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/tiertwo/

 

 


Toward the end of the State’s TIER II submittal, there is an option of attaching HFD’s email (hfdtier2@houstontx.gov )

 

 

 

This will send the form to the state and to HFD simultaneously.

 

 

 

The Houston Fire Department will only accept electronic TIER II Reports emailed to: hfdtier2@houstontx.gov

 

 

 

 

Home Day Care Inspection


The City seeks to ensure the health and safety of children and workers at child care homes.  Rule 747.4907 of the Texas Administrative Code authorizes local governments to pass regulations relating to fire inspections of child care homes; therefore, City Council passed Ordinance #2011-0392 amending Chapter 10 of the Code of Ordinance. The Fire Department may inspect each licensed child-care home and each registered child-care home at least once every 12 months.

 

 

For additional information please contact the Fire Marshals at 832-394-6900.

 

In Home Day Care Inspection Checklist >>>

 

In Home Day Care Inspection Application >>>

 

 

Permits Available

 

Aerosol Products

Apparatus Access / Control Gates

Aviation Facilities

Carnival / Fair / Exhibitions

Battery Systems

Cellulose Nitrate Film use or storage

Combustible Dust Producing Operations

Combustible Fibers

Compressed Gases

Covered Mall Buildings

Cryogenic Fluids

Dry Cleaning Plants

Explosives / Fireworks / Pyrotechnics

Fire Alarms (Installation Permit Only)

Fire depository, Key Boxes

Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Floor Finishing

Fruit & Crop Ripening

Fumigation & thermal Insecticidal Fogging

Hazardous Materials

High Piled Storage

Hot Work Operations

Industrial Ovens

Lumber Yards & Woodworking Plants

Liquid or Gas Fueled Vehicles or Equipment in Assembly Buildings

LP - Gas

Magnesium

Misc. Combustible Storage

Open Burning

Open Flames and Candles

Organic Coatings

Places of Assembly

Pyroxylin Plastics

Motor Vehicle Fuel-Dispensing Stations

Rooftop Heliports

Spraying or Dipping

Storage of Scrap Tires & Tire Byproducts

Temporary Membrane Structures, Tents & Canopies

Tire-rebuilding Plants

Waste Handling

Asphalt Kettles & Roof Torching Operations

Wood Products

 
Fire Alarms and Sprinkler Systems
 
 
False Fire Alarms
 

The City desires to reduce the number of false fire alarm notifications by encouraging the proper design, installation, operation and maintenance of the alarm systems. An annual Fire Alarm Permit and False Fire Alarm Fees were enacted July 1, 2002. 

 

 

 

Classification of Alarm System:

 

Group A- an alarm system with no more than 10 alarm actuating devices.

Group B- an alarm system with not less than 11 or more than 100 alarm actuating devices; and

Group C- an alarm system with 101 or more alarm actuating devices.

 

False Response Fire Alarm Fees:

 

$360.00 for each false fire alarm response by the fire department in excess of the following, during each permit period:

 

Group A- five false fire alarms

Group B- fifteen false fire alarms

Group C- thirty false fire alarms

 

A notice of each false alarm shall be mailed to the permit holder, or person in control if there is no valid permit. Fees are due within thirty days following the date that the city places the false alarm confirmation notice in the mail, unless a hearing has been requested.  If not paid within 60 days, a 30 % penalty is assessed.

 

If the permit holder, or the person in control if there is no valid alarm permit, may request a hearing within 30 days following the date that the city places the false alarm confirmation notice in the mail. The sole purpose of the hearing is to ascertain whether or not the disputed alarm was false. The requests for hearing shall specify facts and have documents and records attached that prove the alarm was not false.

 

Violations: When an act is prohibited or is made or declared to be unlawful or an offense or misdemeanor or the doing of any act is required or the failure to do anything or act is prohibited the violation of the provision shall be and constitute a misdemeanor punishable, upon conviction, by a fine of not less that $250 nor more than $2000. Each violation shall constitute and be punishable as a separate offense.

 

In addition to prohibiting or requiring certain conduct of individuals, it is the intent to also hold a corporation, partnership, association, limited partnership, limited liability corporation or other such entity criminally responsible for acts or omissions performed by an agent acting on its behalf.

 

Revocation of permit:


Failure to make payment in full to the city of any fees due within 30 days of the date the city has mailed a notice to the permit holder that the fees are due and owing or within 15 days following the date of mailing of the decision notice where an appeal has been timely filed; or


The permit holder accrues more that twice the number of false fire alarms for the applicable group during the permit period; or


Or the existence of any fact or circumstances that would be a basis for denial of an application for issuance or renewal of a permit, or the permit was otherwise obtained or issued in error.


APPEALS: A person may appeal the denial or revocation of a permit by delivering a written request for an appeal to the Fire Chief (1002 Washington, Houston, TX 77007) not more than 15 days after the first d ate of mailing written notice of denial or revocation. The notice of denial or revocation shall be sent to the permit holder or applicant by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the permit holder or applicant at the alarm site address, or to such other address specified by them in writing to the fire department.

 

General Information

  • Permit term - permits are issued for a year and expire a year from date of issue.
  • Permits are not transferable
  • City Ordinance exempts Single Family Residential Dwellings from obtaining a Fire Alarm. 
  • False alarms occurring during a three-month period commencing on the date of the first operation of a newly installed alarm system, provided a permit has been purchased, the permit holder shall not be charged the fee nor shall the false alarm count against the number of allowable false alarms.
  • For more information contact the Fire Department Fire Alarm office at 1002 Washington, Houston , TX 77007 or call 832-394-8811

 

Hazardous Material Permits: If the permit is for a hazardous material or activity an additional form must be completed. Affidavit must be notarized.

 

Forms for application purposes

 

Hazardous Materials Inventory Routing Forms Letter
Hazardous Materials Inventory Routing Forms

 

When required by inspection personnel a hazardous materials inventory statement may be required. A hazardous materials inventory statement is no longer required for permit applications.

Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement (.xls)
HMIS Instructions


TIER II Reports

 

 

Tier2 Submit for the Current Calendar Year is now available for free download through the Texas Department of State Health Services Tier II Chemical Reporting Program Website at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/tiertwo/

 

The Houston Fire Department will only accept electronic TIER II Reports by email to: hfdtier2@houstontx.gov