Fire Marshal, Fire Codes & Fire Permits
It is the responsibility of the Fire Marshal to enforce the Fire Code as adopted by the City Council. This enforcement is carried out through inspection of all businesses and multi-family dwellings. The Fire Marshal is also responsible for reviewing and approving all plans for new or changes to fire alarms and fire suppression sprinkler systems.
The City of Richland Hills operates under the 2018 International Fire Code and adopted Local Amendments from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).
The City of Richland Hills has adopted, by ordinance, the 2018 International Fire Code as the City's fire code. The following list makes up the rest of the codes and ordinances followed by the Richland Hills Fire Department:
- City of Richland Hills' Code of Ordinances, Chapter 38 Fire Prevention and Protection (PDF)
- North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Amendments to the 2018 International Fire Code
- 2018 Life Safety Code (NFPA 101)
Copies of the 2018 International Fire Code, the 2018 Life Safety Code, the NCTCOG Amendments and Chapter 38 of the City of Richland Hills' Code of Ordinances are available for review in the Fire Administration Office.
Permits are required for the installation or modification of any fire sprinkler system or fire alarm system installed in the City of Richland Hills. The City has adopted, by ordinance, the 2018 International Fire Code, 2018 International Building Code and the North Central Texas Council of Government (COG) Amendments to both of those codes.
Contractors are required to submit a minimum of two sets of paper plans and one set of electronic plans by CD or thumb drive.
Fire Permit Application
A Fire Permit Application (PDF) can be obtained at the Fire Administration office or downloaded online.
To obtain a permit please complete the Fire Permit Application (PDF) and submit the completed application with two paper copies of the plans, one electronic copy of the plans, and payment for the permit and plan review. Paper plans will be stamped and returned. The City has up to 10 business days in which to return submitted plans.
The permit fee is based on the valuation of the job being performed. View the Fee Schedule (PDF).