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Open flames - Theatrical Use in Assembly/ Educational Facilities

Permit Holder Guideline #32A

PERMIT TITLE: Open Flames - Theatrical Use in Assembly / Educational Facilities

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 308.3.6

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.


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. No class I or class II liquids and LP-gas shall be used.
    2. Liquid or solid-fueled lighting devices containing more than 8 ounces of fuel must self-extinguish and not leak fuel at a rate of more than 0.25 teaspoon per minute if tipped over.
    3. Device or holder shall be designed to return to upright position after being tilted to an angle of 45 degrees from vertical.
    4. Device or holder shall be constructed to prevent the spillage of liquid fuel or wax at a rate of 0.25 teaspoon per minute when not in the upright position.
    5. Open flames shall not be located on or near decorative material or similar combustible materials.
  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. Where approved by the fire code official, open-flame devices used in conjunction with theatrical performances are allowed to be used when adequate safety precautions have been taken in accordance with NFPA 160.

Any violations of these guidelines and/or the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code shall result in permit revocation.

Contact Information:

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