Fire Permits

How to Obtain a Fire Permit

Fire Codes and various City Ordinances require the acquisition of a Fire Permit before some activities are allowed. Permits are used by local, state, and federal agencies to assure that a potentially dangerous or very important activity is conducted according to life and safety codes and standards. The Fire Department permits generally require a preplanning meeting or submittal, and an on-site inspection of the activity by a Fire Department Inspector.

Fire Department permits in the City fall into two areas of enforcement: the Fire Prevention Bureau and the Hazardous Materials Bureau. The fees required for permits are based on the administrative cost for reviewing, issuing, and inspecting. Every year the Newark City Council reviews and adopts the Master Fee Schedule which is used to determine the cost of the various permits issued by the City Departments. The following is a list of some of the activities that require a fire permit:

  • Fireworks (selling of Safe and Sane Fireworks or public display)
  • Tents and Air Supported Structures (more than 200 Square Feet)
  • Canopies (more than 400 Square Feet)
  • Hazardous Materials Facilities or Piping Systems
  • Tanks and Tank Systems (installation, removal, testing and monitoring)
  • Hazardous Materials Site Reviews
  • Asphalt Kettles and Tar Roofing Operations
  • Bonfires and Cooking Fires (not in an approved barbecue apparatus)
  • Installation of Fire Protection and Fire Alarm Systems

You may obtain a fire permit by coming to Building Inspection Counter (1st floor), 37101 Newark Blvd, Newark, CA 94560 or by calling (510) 578-4218 and request a Fire Permit Application. If your permit requires the submittal of plans, calculations or specification sheets, please provide three copies of all submittals with your completed application.