Enforcement of Fire Codes & Ordinances
The Gastonia Fire Department's Life Safety Division is responsible for enforcing the fire code in the City of Gastonia. Whether its inspecting existing commercial buildings, new construction, or plan reviews it falls under the respobsibility of the Fire Marshal's Office. We oversee two different types of permits: operational permits (generally for existing businesses) and construction permits. If you received an operational permit application via email after your fire inspection, then look below under the section titled OPERATONAL PERMITS for instruction on how to pay the permit. For construction permits and plan review, look directly below under the section titled FIRE DEPARTMENT CONSTRUCTION PERMITS.
Fire Department Construction Permits
If your project includes the installation or modification of fire alarm and detection systems, automatic sprinkler and standpipe systems, automatic fire suppression systems, spray paint booths (see automatic suppression requirements), blasting, underground/aboveground storage tank installation or removal, fire pumps, industrial ovens, pyrotehnics, or fireworks you need a permit from this office. Please see the below information on our new online City View portal, and also the submittal requirements below:
You can now submit permit applications, plans, and pay permit fees online via our new City View Portal. To do so go to https://devsvcs.cityofgastonia.com/. Note you must register for an account prior to submittal, and activate the account from a valid email address before using. When applying for an account when prompted to associate the account with a contractor and business license, select NO. When the account is confirmed, go to the above portal page, click apply for a fire permit, in the choose the application type select Fire, and then select the work item for what you are doing to complete the submittal application.
Please view the following video on registering for a City View portal account by clicking here. Please view the following video on applying for a City View Construction permit by clicking here.
If you elect to not use the City View online submittal system, you will need to download and fill out a permit application, and can pay the permit fees either by check, or money order. Look below for the permit applicaiton and list of fees:
Plan Review Submittal Requirements
Section 105 of the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code mandates operational permits. If you received a permit application via email after your fire inspection, or want to construct a tent that meets the scope of the fire code you can now pay permit fees online via our online portal City View. To do so go to https://devsvcs.cityofgastonia.com/. Note you must register for an account prior to submittal, and activate the account from a valid email address before using. When applying for an account when prompted to associate the account with a contractor and business license, select NO. When the account is confirmed, go to the above portal page, click apply for a fire permit, in the choose the application type select FIRE OPERATIONAL, and then select the items on the portal that match the permit application you received after your inspection. Continue to finish the prompts to submit the application. Once submitted, go to the shopping cart to pay the fee via credit card. Detailed instructions are also on the second page of the permit application you received via email after your fire inspection or tent submittal.
If you need help with your application, please review the step-by-step video for applying for operational permits by clicking here. If you need help with registering for an account view the following video on registering for a City View portal account by clicking here.
If you elect to not use the City View online system to pay your operational permit, you will need to pay the fees either by check or money order sent via mail to the address on the application, or via credit card by visisting the Garland Center located at: 150 South York Street Gastonia, NC 28052. If sending payment via mail make sure to send the permit application with it, if paying via credit card in person, bring the permit application with you.
Life Safety Confidence Testing Submittal
The Gastonia Fire Marshal's Office in an effort to streamline the process of obtaining prompt sprinkler, fire alarm, fire pump, and bi-annual hood suppression reports, has instituted a new mandatory form to be completed by the company that performs the service. Filling out the form for all sprinkler, fire alarm, fire pump, and kitchen hood suppression testing is mandatory. For more information go to: here.