Fire Prevention is responsible for the enforcement of life safety codes, through annual building inspections of businesses, public assemblies, and other facilities as mandated by the State of Georgia; issuance of 14 life safety related permits (to include but not limited to public assembly permits, burn permits, day care permits, beer and wine permits); plan review for suppression/detection systems and hydrant placement, and provides fire and life safety education classes to the community.

Fire Prevention also investigates fires for cause and origin and responds to customer inquiries and complaints. The division is also involved with numerous fire and life safety initiatives that improve the safety of our citizens. The programs include the following: Free Home Safety Survey, Residential Carbon Monoxide Checks, School Fire Safety Education, Juvenile Fire Setter Program, and free smoke alarms (and installation).

 

Columbus City Ordinance (Sec. 13-167.6 - Open buring prohibited; exceptions.)

No person shall cause, allow, or permit the open burning of any material including, but not limited to, garbage, junk, leaves, rubbish/trash, construction, or demolition waste within Columbus, Georgia, except for the following reasons:

    1. Recreation purposes or for cooking food for immediate human consumption;
    2. Operation of devices using an open flame including, but not limited to, tar kettles, blow torches, welding torches, and portable heaters, and air curtain destructors;
    3. Fires set for the purpose of training public fire-fighting personnel when authorized by the appropriate government entity and the guidelines set forth by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are strictly observed;
    4. Open burning shall be permitted on construction sites or for land clearing activities if an approved air curtain destructor as defined by the Department of Natural Resources is used and is in compliance with their regulations for use of said equipment. Prior to operating said device, a permit must be obtained from the Columbus Fire Department's Fire Prevention Division;
    5. In addition to meeting the above provisions, open burning allowed under this section shall comply with the rules and regulations set forth by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division, "Rules and Regulations for Solid Waste Managment" and "Rules and Regulations of Air Quality Control."


2012 International Fire Code General Requirements

307.3 Extinguishment authority.  When open burning creates or adds to hazardous situation, or a required permit for open burning has not been obtained, the fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment of the open burning operation.

307.4.2 Recreational Fires. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet (7620mm) of a structure or combustible material. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet (7620mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

307.4.3 Portable outdoor fireplaces. Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacture’s instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet (3048mm) of a structure or combustible material.

307.5 Attendance. Open burning, bonfires, recreational fires and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.


Permits and Associated Fees

Alcohol Permit

$200.00

Blasting Permit (30 day)

$100.00

Blasting Permit (12 month)

$250.00

Burn Permit

$150.00

Daycare Permit

$200.00

Fire Alarm Plan Review (0-29,999 sqft)

$150.00

Fire Alarm Plan Review (30,000+ sqft)

$250.00

Fire Reports

$5.00

Consumer Fireworks

$500.00

Fireworks Displays (Proximate/Non-proximate)

$100.00

Non-explosive Fireworks

$100.00

Pyrotech Fireworks

$100.00

Hydrant Plan Review

$100.00

Flow Test (for hydrants)

$150.00

Personal Care Home Permit (small)

$100.00

Personal Care Home Permit (large 7+)

$200.00

Public Assembly Permit

$100.00

Sprinkler Plan Review (0 - 29,999 sqft)

$150.00

Sprinkler Plan Review (30,000+ sqft)

$250.00

Tank Permit

$150.00

Tent Permit

$50.00