POL Government Elected Officials Auditor Mary Hull Caballero Charter, Code & Policies City Code & Charter Online Code & Charter Title 31 Fire Regulations Chapter 31.40 Special Use Permits
31.40.020 Activities Requiring Temporary Permits.

(Amended by Ordinance No. 181956, effective June 25, 2008.)


A.   Temporary permits and associated fees are required for:


1.   Festivals, celebrations and special events of a temporary nature where occupant load of 500 or more people as calculated by the Fire Marshal, in an assembly building without fixed seating


2.   Gatherings of 50 or more people for civic, social, recreational or religious functions in structures not approved for assembly use


3.   Use of tents or membrane structures with sides and/or fencing on greater than 75% of the perimeter with a calculated occupant load of 50 or more


4.   Gatherings of 50 or more people that are fenced on four sides


5.   Trade shows with gatherings of fewer than 500 people when, in the opinion of the Fire Marshal, conditions warrant additional safety precautions


6.   Display of four or more motorized vehicles in a building when not associated with a permitted event


7.   Theatrical firearms, use of blanks or use of open flame associated with a live performance


8.   Storage or use of liquid propane (LP) gas in excess of 17 ounces


9.   Temporary use of LP gas within buildings in excess of the amounts allowed by this Title


10.   Storage or use of LP gas in outdoor markets with gatherings of 50 or more people


11.   Use of lasers that require a Federal variance


12.   Pyrotechnic special effects, other than fireworks


13.   Public fireworks display


14.   Retail sales of fireworks


15.   Blasting


16.   Transportation of explosives


17.   When cutting or welding is performed in restricted areas, including:


a.   Where the sprinkler system is impaired


b.   Where there exists the potential of an explosive atmosphere, such as locations where flammable gasses, liquids or vapors are present


c.   Areas with readily ignitable materials, such as storage of large quantities of bulk sulfur, baled paper, cotton, lint, dust or loose combustible materials


d.   On board ships at dock or ships under construction or repair


e.   At other locations as specified by the Fire Marshal


18.   To place and use roofing kettles on any surface above grade.


19.   To conduct a spraying or dipping operation using flammable or combustible liquids or the application of

combustible powders regulated by the Fire Code outside of a permitted spray booth or room.


B.   Annual Permits.


1.   An annual permit and associated fee is required for permanent installation of 90 days or more of LP gas

containers greater than 25 gallons WC or 100 lbs.


2.   Any commercial occupancy that allows fire performance art shall obtain an annual permit.


3.   Any assembly occupancy with an occupant load of 500 or greater and a maximum floor space of 20,000 square feet may apply for an annual permit for up to four pre-approved floor plans. The floor plan(s) must include detailed information regarding exiting, stage set-up and set-up of fixtures and furnishings. If approved, the annual permit may substitute for individual permits providing there is no deviation from the approved plan.



a.   Any exiting, stage or floor plan that deviates from a pre-approved plan requires an individual permit with associated fee.


b.   Any plan that includes booths or vendors requires an individual permit with associated fee.


c.   Any annual permit may, at the discretion of the Fire Marshal, be revoked for cause.