Houston Fire Department

Forms and Permits

Houston Fire Department's Permit Office
1002 Washington
Houston, Texas 77002


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TIER II Reports

Tier2 Reports for the current calendar year are now available for online submission through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Tier II Chemical Reporting Program Website at https://www.tceq.texas.gov/permitting/tier2

The Houston Fire Department has access to this database, therefore submission to TCEQ fulfills the reporting requirement to the local fire department within the City of Houston.

Home Day Care Inspection
The City seeks to ensure the health and safety of children and workers at child care homes.  Rule 747.4907 of the Texas Administrative Code authorizes local governments to pass regulations relating to fire inspections of child care homes; therefore, City Council passed Ordinance #2011-0392 amending Chapter 10 of the Code of Ordinance. The Fire Department may inspect each licensed child-care home and each registered child-care home at least once every 12 months.

For additional information please contact the Fire Marshals at 832-394-6900.

Permits Available

  • Aerosol Products
  • Apparatus Access / Control Gates
  • Aviation Facilities
  • Carnival / Fair / Exhibitions
  • Battery Systems
  • Cellulose Nitrate Film use or storage
  • Combustible Dust Producing Operations
  • Combustible Fibers
  • Compressed Gases
  • Covered Mall Buildings
  • Cryogenic Fluids
  • Dry Cleaning Plants
  • Explosives / Fireworks / Pyrotechnics
  • Fire Alarms (Installation Permit Only)
  • Fire depository, Key Boxes
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids
  • Floor Finishing
  • Fruit & Crop Ripening
  • Fumigation & thermal Insecticidal Fogging
  • Hazardous Materials
  • High Piled Storage
  • Hot Work Operations
  • Industrial Ovens
  • Lumber Yards & Woodworking Plants
  • Liquid or Gas Fueled Vehicles or Equipment in Assembly Buildings
  • LP - Gas
  • Magnesium
  • Misc. Combustible Storage
  • Open Burning
  • Open Flames and Candles
  • Organic Coatings
  • Places of Assembly
  • Pyroxylin Plastics
  • Motor Vehicle Fuel-Dispensing Stations
  • Rooftop Heliports
  • Spraying or Dipping
  • Storage of Scrap Tires & Tire Byproducts
  • Temporary Membrane Structures, Tents & Canopies
  • Tire-rebuilding Plants
  • Waste Handling
  • Asphalt Kettles & Roof Torching Operations
  • Wood Products

Fire Alarms and Sprinkler Systems

Inspection, Test and Maintenance" (ITM) tags and labels for Fire Alarm systems, Sprinkler Systems and Extinguishing systems - information may be obtained from the The State of Texas Fire Marshal's website at: https://www.tdi.state.tx.us/fire/fmli.html

False Fire Alarms 

The City desires to reduce the number of false fire alarm notifications by encouraging the proper design, installation, operation and maintenance of the alarm systems. An annual Fire Alarm Permit and False Fire Alarm Fees were enacted July 1, 2002. 

For fee schedules, go to www.houstoncityfees.org

Classification of Alarm System:

Group A- an alarm system with no more than 10 alarm actuating devices.

Group B- an alarm system with not less than 11 or more than 100 alarm actuating devices; and

Group C- an alarm system with 101 or more alarm actuating devices.

False Response Fire Alarm Fees:
$402.55 for each false fire alarm response by the fire department in excess of the following, during each permit period:

Group A- five false fire alarms

Group B- fifteen false fire alarms

be mailed to the permit holder, or person in control if there is no valid permit. Fees are due within thirty days following the date that the city places the false alarm confirmation notice in the mail, unless a hearing has been requested.  If not paid within 90 days, a 30 % penalty is assessed.

If the permit holder, or the person in control if there is no valid alarm permit, may request a hearing within 30 days following the date that the city places the false alarm confirmation notice in the mail. The sole purpose of the hearing is to ascertain whether or not the disputed alarm was false. The requests for hearing shall specify facts and have documents and records attached that prove the alarm was not false.

Violations: When an act is prohibited or is made or declared to be unlawful or an offense or misdemeanor or the doing of any act is required or the failure to do anything or act is prohibited the violation of the provision shall be and constitute a misdemeanor punishable, upon conviction, by a fine of not less that $250 nor more than $2000. Each violation shall constitute and be punishable as a separate offense.

In addition to prohibiting or requiring certain conduct of individuals, it is the intent to also hold a corporation, partnership, association, limited partnership, limited liability corporation or other such entity criminally responsible for acts or omissions performed by an agent acting on its behalf.

Revocation of permit:
Failure to make payment in full to the city of any fees due within 30 days of the date the city has mailed a notice to the permit holder that the fees are due and owing or within 15 days following the date of mailing of the decision notice where an appeal has been timely filed; or

The permit holder accrues more that twice the number of false fire alarms for the applicable group during the permit period; or

Or the existence of any fact or circumstances that would be a basis for denial of an application for issuance or renewal of a permit, or the permit was otherwise obtained or issued in error.

APPEALS: A person may appeal the denial or revocation of a permit by delivering a written request for an appeal to the Fire Chief (1002 Washington, Houston, TX 77007) not more than 15 days after the first d ate of mailing written notice of denial or revocation. The notice of denial or revocation shall be sent to the permit holder or applicant by certified mail, return receipt requested, addressed to the permit holder or applicant at the alarm site address, or to such other address specified by them in writing to the fire department.

General Information
Permit term - permits are issued for a year and expire a year from date of issue.

  • Permits are not transferable
  • City Ordinance exempts Single Family Residential Dwellings from obtaining a Fire Alarm. 
  • False alarms occurring during a three-month period commencing on the date of the first operation of a newly installed alarm system, provided a permit has been purchased, the permit holder shall not be charged the fee nor shall the false alarm count against the number of allowable false alarms.
  • For more information contact the Fire Department Fire Alarm office at 1002 Washington, Houston , TX 77007 or call 832.394.8811

Hazardous Material Permits

If the permit is for a hazardous material or activity an additional form must be completed. Affidavit must be notarized.

Forms for application purposes:

When required by inspection personnel a hazardous materials inventory statement may be required. A hazardous materials inventory statement is no longer required for permit applications.