The City of Durango’s and La Plata County’s adoption of the International Fire Code authorizes and requires the Fire Department to inspect all commercial properties subject to fire regulations. A fire prevention inspection program has been developed to meet this requirement. Inspections are divided into four categories: general, business license, liquor license, and medical marijuana licenses.
The goal of the Fire Prevention Bureau is for all businesses, operations, occupancies, and events of the City of Durango and La Plata County to be safe, successful and in accordance with the codes. Fire Inspections play a key part in meeting this goal. All Durango Fire & Rescue Authority Fire Inspectors perform business inspections as well as construction inspections as required by code.
The scope of these inspections is identifying fire hazards (i.e. electrical cords, combustible storage, blocked exits and hazardous conditions). Violations are written by the Fire Inspector and require a re-inspection to ensure compliance with the code requirements. Non-compliance may generate fees and legal action. The fee for re-inspection is $100.00 per re-inspection. On occasion it may be beneficial to the business owner to request that inspections occur before 7:30 am or after 4:30 pm. This can be accommodated but does require a payment of $38.50 per inspector per hour.
A business owner or developer may request a modification or variance waiver for a particular non-compliant scenario. An application form for this can be found in Appendix B. The applicant shall complete the application and submit it to the Fire Prevention. The inspector involved in the inspection shall submit their comments on the form and the completed application will then be submitted to the Fire Marshal for review. The Fire Marshal may grant or deny such request. If the business owner or developer would like to pursue this to the next level, both the City of Durango and La Plata County have a Board of Appeals to address these issues. Contact the City or County for fees and process.
Business Licenses are initiated at the Office of the City Clerk. A copy of the application is submitted to the fire department. The fire department will contact the applicant upon reception of the application to schedule the inspection. The applicant shall pay the fire department fee for the business license inspection prior to performing the inspection. The fee shall be paid at 104 Sheppard Drive. At this point, the inspection process shall perform as shown in the flow chart. Business license sign off requires correction of all violations identified during the inspections. On occasion the business license inspection will identify changes to the building or addition of processes that previously were not reviewed for code compliance. This may or may not require a fire code plan review.
Liquor Licenses are initiated at the Office of the City Clerk. A copy of the application is submitted to the fire department. The fire department will contact the applicant upon reception of the application to schedule the inspection. The applicant shall pay the fire department fee for the business license inspection prior to performing the inspection. The fee shall be paid at 104 Sheppard Drive. At this point, the inspection process shall perform as shown in the flow chart.
Medical Marijuana Dispensary and Grow Licenses require annual inspections. The fire department annual fee for these licenses must be paid prior to inspection. Once paid, the fire department will schedule the inspection. Sign off on the annual license requires correction to all violations identified in the inspection.
General/regular inspections are performed according to the flow chart .
All of the Fire Inspectors are certified through the International Code Council and take continuing education classes to maintain their skill level and certification. For any questions regarding the inspection program or violations, please contact us (970)382-6000 and ask for the Fire Prevention Bureau.