Fire Safety Operational Permit Inspection
Frequently Asked Questions
1. HOW DOES IT WORK:
2. PAYMENT QUESTIONS:
3. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE:
What is the Fire
Safety Operation Permit (FSOP) how will it
affect my business?
The FSOP was established in 2007 to provide
public safety personnel in Mesa with current
business owner contact information, as well as
to identify the operations or processes being
conducted at your business. The goal is to minimize
potential damage or loss of revenue to your business
through quick contact with your business
representative in the event of an emergency at your
business. 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, a self: inspection checklist,
safety training materials, other documents or
items to help you maintain your safe successful
will you determine what type of fee I will pay?
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. Additional inspection fees are as follows:
Low Risk Facilities: no additional fee
Facilities: additional $150.00
High Risk Facilities: additional $250.00
High Risk Facilities 12,000 square feet additional $200.00
The risk of a business is
determined by many factors including the size
complexity of the structure, the occupant load,
occupant age, special processes or hazardous
material use, other factors. The Fire Department
determines the risk classification for your
will I be notified of when my fee is due?
The Fire Safety Operational Permit must be
renewed annually, so businesses can expect to
receive an invoice each year for this permit. High medium risk businesses are also billed for any
fire inspections they receive.
a fire inspector still come to my business?
High risk facilities are scheduled to receive a
biannual fire inspection. Medium risk
facilities will be inspected tri-annually (every 3
years). Low risk facilities are currently not
scheduled for regular inspections, but may still be
inspected by a Fire Inspector on a case-by-case
have to make an appointment for the inspector to
come out perform an inspection?
No. As part of the Fire Safety Operational Permit
program we will be contacting you to schedule an
inspection of your business. If we have not
contacted you would like to request an
inspection please call 480-644-2622 we will
process your request.
I will be
opening a new business; will I have to pay the fee?
Yes. You will be required to obtain the $15
annual Fire Safety Operational Permit. Also, any
businesses that require a fire inspection prior to
opening will be required to pay the associated fire
If I own
multiple businesses, will I be charged for them all
at the same time?
If you would like to streamline the billing for
multiple locations, please contact 480-644-2632.
changing the type /or size of the business. Will
the fee increase?
The fee for each business is based on the
occupancy type of the business, occupant load,
square footage, so the fee may increase/decrease
depending upon the change. If you change any of
these you need to contact the development
Sustainability Department for assistance.
is moving down the street, do I have to pay another
Yes. You will have to complete a new Fire Safety
Operational Permit application for the new location.
Each permit is valid for the original business
address for which it was issued.
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.
business is a high risk over 12,000 square feet; do
I pay the $450 the $15?
Yes, the $15.00 fee is for the Fire Safety
Operational Permit. The $450.00 fee is for the
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
business may be required to obtain.
to sell my business in xx months, do I have to pay
the whole year?
Yes. The $15 Fire Safety Operational Permit fee
cannot be prorated. The permit is good for one year
from date of issuance.
What are the
You will receive an invoice in the mail with a
return envelope. You may either return the
invoice with a check in the return envelope, or pay
at Customer Service. Payments can be made in
person at one of the two business office:
- 55 N. Center Street (Municipal Building)
- 6935 E. Decatur Street (East Mesa Service
Office hours are 7:00am to 6:00pm,
Monday through Thursday, except for City holidays.
We accept cash, checks money orders in our
business offices. Currently we do not offer
payment by phone or on-line.
corporate office pays all of my bills. Can you mail
the bill to them?
Yes. We can mail the bill to your corporate
office. If you need a bill address change contact
our office at 480-644-2622, or you may enter the new
billing address on the questionnaire we send each
Can I pay
at the time of my inspection?
No, Fire Inspectors will not be able to accept
any form of payment. See payment methods above.
I run a
business out of my house. Will I have to pay the
No. Home based businesses will not pay, unless
the home is being used as a residential care
I have more than one business location in Mesa? Do I
pay the whole fee for each location or can I get
some kind of discount?
Each business is charged separately, no discounts
selling my business does the permit transfer
Anytime a business changes ownership or location
a new Fire Safety Operational Permit must be
obtained the $15 fee paid.
I have two
businesses at the same address (different suites or
buildings) do I have to pay the fee for both?
If the same business, for example, an insurance
company, is occupying multiple suites or buildings
at the same location, then only one Fire Safety
Operational Permit is needed. If you own two
different businesses, for example, a florist a
hair salon, at the same location, a separate permit
will be needed for each.
I only sublease
this space, who is responsible for paying the fee?
The current tenant is responsible for ensuring
the fees are paid.
24-hour security; do I still need to provide you
with contact information?
Yes, we still need the pertinent business
information, including important contacts. In an
emergency, responders may initially utilize security
personnel for access; however, they may still need a
business representative to respond.
measures will be taken to ensure my phone numbers 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 Mesaâ€™s
Information Services Division is vigilant in
ensuring that its computer systems are secure. Your
business information will be used primarily to
assist emergency responders; however, some
information such as business activities
operations may be shared with other City of Mesa
departments such as the development Sustainability
Department Zoning, etc.
type of additional fire service will be offered to
me as a part of this fee?
Having accurate information regarding the type of
business, occupant load, any hazardous
conditions within your business will help the Mesa
Fire Police Departments in determining the
appropriate level of response in an emergency
situation. This could potentially reduce or limit
your business's losses during an emergency.
I post the Fire Safety Operational Permit?
The Fire Safety Operational Permit must be posted
in a conspicuous space.
Why is it important for the Fire Department to
have a phone number to call me?
The Mesa Fire 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.
What if I change
my phone number?
If any of the emergency contacts change, notify
the Mesa Fire Department immediately at
I lost my
permit. Can I get a replacement is there a
Currently, there is no charge for the replacement
of the FSOP Permit. Contact the Fire
Prevention Office at 480-644-2622, for a
for the permit have not received it, what do I
Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing. If you
have not received the Fire Safety Operational Permit
after the allotted time please call at 480-644-2622.
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