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Fire Inspections: FAQs, Fees, & Forms

Starting in July 2015 the Town of Chapel Hill's Office of the Fire Marshal (OFM) has charged businesses for fire code inspections. Since then, the OFM heard from businesses that the fees were somewhat complex to understand and the cost didn't seem to align with the time spent conducting these inspections. Taking that into consideration, OFM had now made changes to the fees for all inspections. 

2017-2018 Fire Inspection Fees

North Carolina mandates that every structure be inspected for fire code violations on a structured timeline. The fee includes initial inspection and one (1) re-inspection if all corrections are made. Subsequent re-inspections with corrections needed will assess additional fees. inspect new and existing businesses to ensure they meet the fire code.  These inspections are for both new and existing businesses; the inspection could be every one, two, or three years depending on the type of business.

Note: Identified violation(s) of the NC Fire Code, or condition(s) deemed detrimental to the life safety of the occupants that are not corrected shall be subject to re-inspection fee of $500.00/per violation. 

Note: Issuance of three (3) consecutive re-inspection fees without compliance, the owner, operator, or other responsible person shall be cited to court for violation of NC General Statute 14-68.

Tier 1: 0 - 999 sq. ft.                 $50
Tier 2: 1,000 - 2,499 sq. ft.       $75
Tier 3: 2,500 - 9,999 sq. ft.       $100
Tier 4: 10,000 - 49,999 sq. ft.   $200
Tier 5: 50,000 sq. ft. and above $300

Any inspection scheduled after 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday, weekends, or Town holidays will incur an additional inspection fee of $75 per hour. 

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For questions please contact:
Tommy Gregory
Fire Marshal, Town of Chapel Hill North Carolina
Phone: (919) 969-2007
Cell: (984) 209-2598
The Office of the Fire Marshall has created a checklist for businesses to use to ensure all required safety measures are in place. This primarily applies to restaurants, bars, music venues, clubs. Download the CHECKLIST here. 
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