Permits and Fees

The inspections program provides comprehensive enforcement of fire and life safety codes and regulations. Code enforcement helps prevent and/or reduce the loss of life or injury due to fire in commercial structures. The Durham Fire Department inspects properties for fire code violations and works to regulate the design and implementation of building features and fire protection systems.

For invoicing and payment inquiries, contact Fire Recovery USA (FRUSA) at 888-650-5320, ext. 117, or email.

Billing for Inspections and Permits
A partnership between the Durham Fire Department and California-based Fire Recovery USA (FRUSA) allows Fire Inspectors to utilize an automated inspection program. Inspectors use iPads to send billing and inspection reports out immediately by email.

Invoices and receipts will be emailed from Fire Recovery USA.

For online payments call Fire Recovery USA at 1 (888) 640-7222, ext. 112.

Business owners without email addresses will still receive their bills through traditional mail
 
Fee Schedule
All owners or tenants of buildings in the City of Durham requiring inspection by the Durham City Fire Marshal are subject to the following inspection fee schedule:
Type of Inspections
Fee
Complaint Investigation, Life Safety
$500
Complaint Investigation, All Others
$75
Commercial Cooking Hood Inspection
$50
Follow-Up Inspection Per Visit (Re-Inspection Fee)
$65
Inspection Tier 1: 0-999 square feet
$45
Inspection Tier 2: 1,000-2,499 square feet
$65
Inspection Tier 3: 2,500-9,999 square feet
$100
Inspection Tier 4: 10,000-49,999 square feet
$170
Inspection Tier 5: 50,000 or more square feet
$300
Work Without A Permit
$500
Types of Permits
Fee
Airports, Heliports, and Helistops
$75
Blasting (explosives) 60 Day Permit
$250
Blasting (explosives 30 Day Extension
$75
Bonfire (1 Day)
$75
Bowling Pin and Alley Resurfacing and Refinishing
$75
Cellulose Nitrate Plastic (Pyrocylin)
$150
Combustible Fibers
$75
Compressed Gases
$75
Construction Burning (30 Days)
$250
Construction Burning - 15 Day Extension
$75
Crude Oil Production
$75
Cryogenic Fluids
$75
Discharge of Fireworks (1 day)
$150
Dry Cleaning Plants
$75
Erection of Tents and Air Supported Structures (60 Days)
$75
Flammable Finishes
$150
Fumigation and Thermal Insecticide Fogging
$75
General Permit (90 Days)
$75
Hazardous materials Class A: 1-55 Gallons or 1-500 Pounds
$75
Hazardous Materials Class B: 56-550 Gallons or 501-5,000 Pounds
$150
Hazardous Materials Class C: 551-5,000 Gallons or 5,001-50,000 Pounds
$250
Hazardous Materials Class D: Over 5,000 Gallons or Over 50,000 Pounds
$325
High Piled Combustible Stock
$75
Installation or Removal of (per site) and AGST or UGST Tank
$250
Kiosk Displays, Booth, Concession EQT (365 Days)
$75
Liquefied Natural gas (LNG)
$75
Liquefied Petroleum Gas
$75
Lumber Storage
$150
Magnesium $150
Mall Displays (Auto, Boat, Gas Powered EQT) (365 Days)
$75
Mechanical Refrigeration
$75
Motion Picture Projections
$75
Ovens $75
Places of Assembly (more than 50)
$75
Repair Garage (Less than 5,000 square feet)
$75
Repair Garage (More than 5,000 square feet)
$150
Short Term After Hours: 1 time (60 Days)
$75
Tent and Assembly (60 Days)
$150
Tent and Assembly After Hours: 1 time (60 Days)
$150
Tire Rebuilding Plant
$150
Welding and Cutting (365 Days)
$75
Wrecking Yards, Junk Yards, Waste Handling Plants
$75
All Other Required Permits
$75