International Fire Code Permits
Required by Kirkland Fire Department
A limited number of permits are available without extensive review. Permits meeting certain qualifications may be applied and issued under one payment. Applicants must follow all conditions associated on the permit and the permit must be available on site at all times. Permits must be issued and paid for prior to the permitted activity taking place. Activities started prior to permit issuance are subject to double fees and civil fines. Permits are site specific and are intended to renew annually during a fire-safety inspection. Most permits are valid for one year with some exceptions.
Amusement Buildings – An operational permit is required to operate a special amusement building.
Carnivals, Fairs, Exhibits and Trade shows – An operational permit is required to conduct any of these activities. Other conditions requiring permit may also be required in addition to this basic permit. Events qualifying under the City’s Special Event Permitting will be reviewed and permitted under that category.
Open Flame or Gas Fired Equipment within a Mall – The display of liquid or gas fired equipment or the use of open flame or flame producing equipment within a mall requires an operational permit.
Cutting and welding –An operational permit is required to conduct cutting or welding operations within the jurisdiction.
Fumigation and Insecticidal fogging – An operational permit is required to operate a business of fumigation or fogging or for the storage of toxic or flammable fumigant.
Hot work – Any hot work not associated with a building permit. Including; public demonstrations, portable hot work equipment used within a structure, welding booths, application of roof coverings and hot work conducted in urban interface fire areas. In the case of welding associated permits only one permit is required. (Hot work or welding)
Open Flames – A permit is required to use an open flame within a structure classified as an assembly or dining occupancy or in any occupancy requiring a liquor license.
Spraying or Dipping – An operational permit is required to conduct spraying or dipping operations utilizing flammable or combustible liquids or combustible powders. Additional permits may be required for hazardous materials that exceed allowable amounts.
Oils and extractions – An operational permit is required for oil and essence extraction operations utilizing flammable or combustible liquids or gases. Additional permits may be required for hazardous materials that exceed allowable amounts.
Temporary membrane structures and tents – A permit is required to operate an air supported membrane structure or tent in excess of 400 square feet. Or a cluster of tents in excess of 700 square feet. Or a single tent over 700 square feet that does not have sides. Exception: tents used for recreational camping. Tents used as temporary housing shall be reviewed and permitted under that category.
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Gas Enrichment Systems – An operational permit is required to conduct operations that have the potential to create low oxygen environments within structures. Including, but not limited to; CO2 enhancement, CO2 generators or storage of more than 100 pounds of CO2.
Sparklers – The use of sparklers at specific events qualifying for expressive displays require a permit. There is no fee associated with this permit.
Bonfires - Any recreational fire exceeding 3 ft. around and 2 ft. high requires an operational permit by the land owner. Fires are limited to a maximum of 5 ft. x 5 ft. x 5 ft. and land clearing burns are not allowed in Kirkland.
Permits requiring Fire Department review
Permits requiring review must be submitted with a complete application including payment and all supporting documents related to the activity. Application shall be made no less than 28 days prior to the planned activity to ensure review. Activities started prior to issuance of a permit are subject to double fees, civil fines and may constitute criminal activity.
Hazardous Materials – A permit is required to store, transport on site, dispense, use or handle hazardous materials in excess of amounts listed in IFC table 105.6.20 A permit is also required to store, handle or use hazardous production materials at a production facility.
Aerosol Products – Manufacture, storage or handling of an aggregate amount in excess of 500 lbs. of level 2 or level 3 aerosol products requires a permit.
Combustible dust and fibers – Operations producing combustible fibers in excess of 100 cubic feet or operations producing combustible dust require a permit.
Compressed Gases - The use, storage or handling of compressed gases in excess of the amounts listed in table 105.6.8 requires a permit. These amounts vary depending on toxicity and reactivity, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau to verify listed amounts for specific types of gases.
Cryogenic fluids - The use, storage or handling of cryogenic fluids in excess of the amounts listed in table 105.6.10 requires a permit. These amounts vary depending on toxicity and reactivity, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau to verify listed amounts for specific types of cryogenic fluids.
LP Gas – An operational permit is required for the storage and use of LP gas in excess of 100 gallons aggregate.
Magnesium – An operational permit is required to melt, cast, heat treat or grind more than 10 lbs of magnesium.
Flammable/reactive metals – a permit is required to store or handle more than 50 lbs. aggregate of flammable metals including but not limited to magnesium and lithium.
Battery systems – A permit is required to store or use battery systems having a liquid capacity in excess of 50 gallons.
Explosives – A permit is required for the manufacture, storage, handling, sale, or use of any quantity of explosives, explosive materials, fireworks or pyrotechnic effects identified within the IFC. For legal exceptions contact the Fire Prevention bureau. Fireworks specific permits will be processed under that category.
Temporary housing – Temporary residential housing in structures (including tents) that are not designed for permanent habitation require a permit. Permits are valid for up to 90 days. Fees may be waived if housing is considered emergency housing.
Fireworks- Consumer fireworks are illegal to sell, purchase, use or possess within the City of Kirkland. Shows by a WA licensed pyrotechnician require a permit. The storage, loading, handling or production of fireworks also requires a permit. This permit is $100.00 and is valid for the event permitted.
Special Events – Events qualifying for the City’s Special Events Permit and Planning will have all permitted conditions collected under one permit issued by the department for the duration of that single event.
Underground storage tank removal – The removal or alteration of underground storage tanks requires a permit. Permits must be issued prior to final removal of any remaining stored product.
Exception: residential tanks on single family residential lots are exempt.
Permits may also be required for activities deemed hazardous by the Fire Marshal but not listed here.
All previously issued permits that have expired may be re-applied for within 30 days of expiration without additional review - if no changes have been made to applicant, quantities, locations, use or conditions.