Northwest Fire District

Operational Permits

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Maintaining Safety in Your Business

Operational permits are based on fire code and are required for conducting an operation, a business or event; or pertaining to processes and materials used on a regular basis. In most cases, operational permits must be renewed annually or for a prescribed period. In either case, a renewal fee must be provided and an on-site inspection will be done.

All state licensed facilities must obtain operational permits. Those facilities include hospitals, assisted living facilities, medical and behavioral health facilities, commercial day care centers and juvenile and foster group homes.

Operational permits are typically considered annual permits that are effective for 12 months from the date of issue (unless otherwise stated on the permit). Once you have a permit in place, we will automatically contact you to renew it in subsequent years. Please contact us if there are any changes that would affect the status of your permit.

Our goal is create a safer community and reduce the impact of fire, loss and injury through fire engineering, fire inspections, education and fire code enforcement. We work to create a partnership with business and property owners.  By working cooperatively, we can find solutions and create a safe environment to work and play.

Below are some examples of Operational Permits inspections Performed:

  • State Licensed Facilities
  • Tents and Membrane Structures
  • Seasonal Sales (Christmas Tree, Pumpkins, Valentines, Fireworks etc sale lots)
  • Fireworks/Pyrotechnic Displays
  • Special Events

Site plans and aerial photographs of the special events, tents, seasonal sales and fireworks display shall be required.

The Northwest Fire District Prevention and Safety Fee Schedule outlines specific fees for plan reviews, inspections, construction permits, operational permits and variance requests.

Please contact us at 887-1010 extension 5000 with questions, concerns or comments. We look forward to hearing from you.

Burn Permits


The Northwest Fire District does not issue Burn Permits, however, general information on burn permits and recreational burns can be found here.

Burn Permits

Burn Permits

For open burn regulations, The Northwest Fire District follows Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) guidelines as well as our adopted fire code. Burn permits within the District are granted by PDEQ; they can be reached at (520)740-3340 or www.deq.pima.gov/air/OpenBurning.htm.

Open Burn Guide


A quick reference guide that defines when District residents or business owners need a permit and when a burn is illegal.

 

Outdoor Fire Regulations


A breakdown of outdoor fire regulations can be found here.

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Burn Permit Documents

Outdoor Fire and Open Burn Guide

 Acceptable
(with restrictions**)
Permit Required by PDEQIllegal Burn
Residential OccupanciesOutdoor fires with total fuel area less than 3 feet wide and 2 feet high used for:
- only cooking food
- providing warmth for human beings
- the branding of animals
- the heating of orchards
- the proper disposal of flags
- a religious ceremony
Outdoor fire with a total fuel area greater than 3 feet wide and 2 feet high

•Burning of debris, waste, cut vegetation removal
Burning of garbage or materials considered dangerous or hazardous (i.e.: plastics, synthetics, aerosol cans, household wares etc.)

•Bonfires – large fire usually associated with a crowd
Commercial OccupanciesTraining - Live Fire•Burn by air curtain
•Agricultural crop burning
•Prescribed burns
•Debris, cut vegetation burns

Outdoor Fire Regulations

A breakdown of the outdoor fire regulations
A. Outdoor fires that are illegal:

– Burning of garbage or materials considered dangerous or hazardous (ie: plastics, synthetics, aerosol cans, etcÛ) as the smoke released can cause severe health problems and release unsafe chemicals into the air.

B. Outdoor fires that require a permit:

– Vegetative materials, but not including household waste or prohibited material.

C. Outdoor fires that do not require a permit include those with a total fuel area less than 3 feet wide and 2 feet high used for:

– only cooking food
– providing warmth for human beings
– the branding of animals
– the heating of orchards
– the proper disposal of flags
– a religious ceremony

Outdoor fires that do not require a permit are guided by fire code to ensure the safety of our residents. The NWFD Fire Code that addresses recreational burns is contained below:

Recreational fires shall be in accordance with the NWFD Fire Code Section 307.
  • Definition. Recreational Fire is the burning of materials other than rubbish where fuel being burned is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbecue grill or barbecue pit and with a total fuel area of 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking or similar purposes.
  • Section 307.4.2 Recreational fires. Recreational fires shall not be conducted within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
  • Section 307.5 Attendance. Open burning or recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher 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.