About FSOP Program: How are inspection fees determined?
Every business located within Mesa city limits, excluding home based businesses, will be required to pay the Fire Safety Operational Permit fee of $15.00 and effective July 1, 2016, a $2.00 technology fee will apply. Additional inspection fees are as follows:
Low Risk Facilities: no additional fee
Medium Risk Facilities: additional $153.00
High Risk Facilities: additional $255.00
High Risk Facilities > 12,000 square feet: additional $204.00
Re-Inspection (follow-up on-site) Medium or High Risk Facilities: additional $50.00 for the third and each subsequent re-inspection (follow-up on site).
The risk of an occupancy is determined by many factors including size, complexity of the structure, the occupant load, occupant age, special processes or hazardous material use, and other factors. The Mesa Fire and Medical Department determines the risk classification for your occupancy.
About FSOP: What is the Fire Inspection and Fire Safety Operational Permit (FSOP) Program and how will it affect my occupancy?
The FSOP was established in 2007 to provide public safety personnel in Mesa with current occupancy owner contact information, as well as to identify the operations or processes being conducted at your location. The goal is to minimize potential damage or loss of revenue to your occupancy through quick contact with your representative in the event of an emergency at your location. Identifying current operations at your facility also allows fire personnel the ability to respond with the appropriate resources to minimize damage caused by fire or other catastrophic events. Additionally, we use this annual application process as an opportunity to provide you other beneficial information, such as such as a self-inspection checklist, safety training materials, and other documents or items to help you maintain your business safely.
Contact Information: We have 24-hour security; do I still need to provide you with contact information?
Yes. We still need the pertinent occupancy information, including important contacts. In an emergency, responders may initially utilize security personnel for access; however, they may still need a representative for the location to respond.
Contact Information: What security measures will be taken to ensure my phone numbers and information will be kept safe, who will have access to my information?
All information obtained will be stored in our records management system. The City of Mesa Information Services Division is vigilant in ensuring that the computer system is secure. Your occupancy information will be used primarily to assist emergency responders; however, some information such as activities and operations may be shared with other City of Mesa departments such as the Development and Sustainability Department, Planning and Zoning, etc.
Fee: I am planning to sell my occupancy/facility in a few months, do I have to pay the whole year?
Yes. The Fire Safety Operational Permit fee cannot be prorated. The permit is good for one year from date of issuance.
Fee: I have two occupancies at the same address (different suites or buildings) do I have to pay the fee for both?
If the same occupancy, for example, an insurance company, is in multiple suites or buildings at the same location, then only one Fire Safety Operational Permit is needed. If you own two different occupancies, for example, a florist and a hair salon at the same location, a separate permit will be needed for each.
Fee: I only sublease this space, who is responsible for paying the fee?
The current occupancy that is subleasing the space is responsible for paying the associated fee.
Fee: I run a business out of my house. Will I have to pay the fee?
No. The fee does not apply to home based businesses, unless the home is being used as a residential care facility.
Fee: I will be opening a new occupancy; will I have to pay a fee?
Yes, all occupancies (excluding one and two family dwellings and home based businesses) in the City of Mesa are required to obtain the Fire Safety Operational Permit and each permit invoice will be assessed a $2.00 technology fee effective July 1, 2016). In addition, any occupancy that requires a fire inspection prior to opening will be required to pay the associated fire inspection fee.
Fee: If I own multiple occupancies, will I be charged for them all at the same time?
No, although you may request us to streamline the billing for multiple locations by calling 480-644-2632.
Fee: If my occupancy is a high risk over 12,000 square feet, do I pay the $459 and the $15
Yes, the $15.00 fee is for the Fire Safety Operational Permit. The $459.00 fee is for the inspection and effective July 1, 2016 a $2.00 technology fee will apply to the FSOP invoice.
Fee: Our occupancy is moving down the street, do I have to pay another fee
Yes, you will have to complete a new Fire Safety Operational Permit application for the new location. Each permit is valid only for the original occupancy address for which it was issued. Please notify FirePrevention@mesaaz.gov if your business changes locations or closes. Notification must include the date of the change or closure, new address if applicable, including the signature of the responsible party, and contact phone number.
Fee: What if I have more than one occupancy located in Mesa? Do I pay the whole fee for each location or can I get some kind of discount?
Each occupancy is billed separately and discounts are not available.
Fee: What type of additional fire service will be offered to me as a part of this fee?
Having accurate information regarding the type of occupancy, occupant load, and any hazardous conditions within your business, will help the Mesa Fire and Medical and Police Departments in determining the appropriate level of response in an emergency situation. This could potentially reduce or limit your losses in the occupancy during an emergency.
Inspection: Will a fire inspector still come to my business?
Yes, high-risk occupancies are scheduled to receive an annual fire inspection and medium-risk occupancies are inspected bi-annually (every two years). Low risk occupancies may receive a free Business Education Safety Training (BEST) visit from a trained volunteer with the Mesa Fire and Medical Department every three years.
Payment: Can I pay at the time of my inspection?
No. Fire Inspectors are unable to accept any form of payment. (See payment methods above)
Payment: My corporate office pays all of my bills. Can you mail the bill to them?
Yes, the bill can be mailed to your corporate office. If you need a bill address change, please notify FirePrevention@mesaaz.gov with the account number or physical address and new billing mailing information, or you may enter the new billing information on the Fire Safety Operational Permit application we send each year.
Payment: What are the payment methods?
You will receive an invoice in the mail with a return envelope You may either return the invoice with a check and the completed and signed Fire Safety Operational Permit applicationin the return envelope, or pay at Customer Service. If you pay at a customer service location be sure to leave the completed and signed application with the representative who takes your payment. Payments can be made in person at one of the two business offices:
55 N. Center Street (Municipal Building)
6935 E. Decatur Street (East Mesa Service Center)
Office hours are 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Thursday (excludes Fridays and City holidays).
We accept credit cards, cash, checks or money orders in our business offices. Currently, we do not offer payment by phone or on-line.
Permit: I am selling my occupancy/facility does the permit transfer ownership?
Anytime a business changes ownership or location, a new Fire Safety Operational Permit must be obtained and fee/s apply.
Permit: I lost my permit. Can I get a replacement and is there a charge?
Currently there is no charge for the replacement of the FSOP Permit. Contact the Fire Prevention Office at 480-644-2622 for a replacement.
Permit: I paid for the permit and have not received it, what should I do?
If you mailed or dropped off the payment and the completed signed application, and no previously billed inspection and/or permit fees are overdue, please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing and mailing. If you have not received the Fire Safety Operational Permit after that time contact 40-644-2622.
Permit: Is this an annual permit?
Yes, the Fire Safety Operational Permit is an annual permit. You will be required to send us your updated contact information annually and pay the invoice permit fee to receive the annual permit.
Permit: The state requires me to have an annual inspection before they will renew my license, will they accept this permit?
No, the City of Mesa Fire Safety Operational Permit is separate from any other licenses your occupancy may be required to obtain.
Permit: Where do I post the Fire Safety Operational Permit?
The Fire Safety Operational Permit must be posted in a conspicuous space at the front of the occupancy.
Phone Number: What if I change my phone number?
If any of the emergency contacts change, notify the Mesa Fire and Medical Department immediately at 480-644-2622.
Phone Number: Why is it important for the Fire Department to have a phone number to call me?
The Mesa Fire and Medical or Police Department may have to enter your building in a nonemergency situation, such as a fire alarm activation, burglar alarm, suspicious activity, smoke seen, etc.