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Last Updated: 2010-01-11

Open Flames - Religious Ceremony Use in Assembly

Permit Holder Guideline #32

PERMIT TITLE: Open Flame Device - Religious Ceremony Use in Assembly

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 308.1.7

FEE: $40.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: A person shall not utilize or allow to be utilized, an open flame in connection with a public meeting or gathering for purposes of deliberation, worship, entertainment, amusement, instruction, education, recreation, awaiting transportation or similar purpose in assembly or educational occupancies without first obtaining a permit.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Annual at own site, Operational elsewhere

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. Open flame decorative devices shall comply with the following:
    1. An approved non-flammable container to hold product to be ignited.
  2. Open flames shall not be located on or near decorative material or similar combustible materials.
  3. Open flame devices shall not be used in a Group A occupancy; except for the following:
    1. Ceremonial or Religious purposes
    2. On stage or platform theatrical performances
    3. Candles on tables are securely supported on noncombustible bases and the flame is protected.
  4. No decorative material shall be placed over open flame.
  5. All decorative materials shall be flame retardant.
  6. An approved method of extinguishment readily available during ceremony.
  7. A dedicated firewatch shall be held during ceremony.
  8. When not in own facility, application shall be co-signed by hosting site agent.
  9. Any violations of these guidelines and/or the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code shall result in permit revocation.

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Contact Information:

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City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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