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:
List of the types of inspections with associated costs.
Type of Inspections
Fee
Inspection Tier 1: 0 - 999 square feet $50
Inspection Tier 2: 1,000 - 2,499 square feet $70
Inspection Tier 3: 2,500 - 9,999 square feet $110
Inspection Tier 4: 10,000 - 49,999 square feet $190
Inspection Tier 5: 50,000 - greater (99,999) square feet $325
Inspection Tier 6: 100,000 - 249,999 square feet $450
Inspection Tier 7: 250,000 - 499,999 square feet $600
Inspection Tier 8: 500,000 - above - square feet $750
Complaint Investigation, Life Safety (w/violation)  
                            First Offense (Per Calendar Year) $500
                            Second Offense (Per Calendar Year) $750
                            Third Offense/& subsequent offenses (Per Calendar year) $1000
Complaint Investigation, All Others (w/violation) $100
Commercial Cooking Hood Inspection $75 per hood
Commercial Cooking Hood Inspection Follow-ups $75 per hood
Follow-up Inspection Per Visit (Routines Only)  
                            1st Re-inspection $50
                            2nd Re-inspection $100
                            3rd Re-inspection  $200
Follow-up Inspections for Construction  Per Square Footage Tiers
Working Without a Permit  
                            First Offense (Per Calendar Year) $500
                            Second Offense (Per Calendar Year) $750
                            Third Offense/& subsequent offenses (Per Calendar year) $1000
List of permits and associated costs.
Types of Permits
Fee
Aerosol Products (105.6.1) $75
Amusement Buildings (105.6.2) $75
Aviation Facilities (105.6.3) $75
Blasting (Explosives) - 60-day Permit (105.6.15) $300
Bonfire (1-day; 105.6.32) $150
Carbon Dioxide Systems >100 lbs. (105.6.4) $75
Carnivals and Fairs (105.6.5) $150
Cellulose Nitrate Plastic (105.6.6) $150
Combustible Fibers/Dust (105.6.7 or 105.6.8) $75
Compressed Gases (105.6.9) $75
Construction Burning (30 days; 105.6.32) $300
Covered Mall Buildings (105.6.10) $150
Cryogenic Fluids (105.6.11) $75
Discharge of Fireworks/Pyrotechnics (1-day) (105.6.38) $175
Dry Cleaning Plants (105.6.13) $150
Exhibits and Trade Shows (105.6.14) $150
Flammable/Combustible Liquids (105.6.17) $150
Fumigation & Thermal Insecticide Fogging $150
Hazardous Materials (Up to 500 gals/lbs.) (Table 105.6.21) $150
Hazardous Materials (> 500 gals/lbs.) (Table 105.6.21) $350
High-Piled Combustible Stock >500 sq. ft. $75
Installation or Removal of (per site) and AGST or UGST Tank
$300
Liquid/Gas Fueled Vehicles/Equip. in Assembly (105.6.27) $150
Lumber Yards (105.6.26 >100K Board Ft.) $150
Magnesium >10 lbs. (105.6.28) $150
Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities (105.6.31) $150
Industrial Ovens (105.6.25) $150
Places of Assembly (105.6.36) $75
Repair Garage (105.6.41)  $150
Tent (30 days; 105.6.45 >800 sqft. closed >1800 sqft.open) $150 per tent
Tire Rebuilding Plant (105.6.46) $150
Welding and Cutting (365 days; 105.6.12) $75
Junk Yards/Waste Handling/Scrap Yards (105.6.47) $150