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Last Updated: 2010-01-11

Flammable Finishes / Floor Finishing

Permit Holder Guideline #19

PERMIT TITLE: Flammable Finishes / Floor Finishing

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 1501.2

FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: Permit required for floor finishing or surface operations exceeding 350 square feet using Class I or II liquids (flash point below 140 degrees Fahrenheit).


REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Submit floor plan (showing vapor area, potential ignition sources, openings to adjoining internal areas and items/areas of concern), MSDS for liquids to be used, description of operation and safety provisions (including emergency procedures, after-hours contacts, and equipment) with document from the building's owner agreeing to such operations.
  2. No open flame or spark-producing devices shall be within 20 feet of spray space or vapor area (only approved electrical and heating devices allowed within spray or vapor area).
  3. HVAC systems (except approved ventilation) shall be off during and within 4 hours of operation.
  4. "No Smoking" signs shall be posted near spray space or vapor area and all safety procedures shall be enforced.
  5. The facility shall be closed to public during floor surfacing or finishing operations.
  6. Any accumulations of combustible residue shall be removed using non-sparking materials and immediately removed for proper disposal.
  7. At least (1) 4A-20-B: C rated portable fire extinguisher shall be located within 20 feet (towards the exit).
  8. Existing built-in fire protection to be maintained.

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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