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Repair Garages and Services Stations

Permit Holder Guideline #36

PERMIT TITLE: Repair Garages and Services Stations

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2201.2

SCOPE: Automotive motor fuel-dispensing facilities, marine motor fuel-dispensing facilities, fleet vehicle motor fuel-dispensing facilities and repair garages shall be in accordance with Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Mechanical Code and the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. Such operations shall include both operations that are accessible to the public and private operations.

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

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued

REQUIREMENTS: Repair Garages for vehicles that use more than one type of fuel shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

Services Stations:

  1. Accurate inventory records shall be maintained on underground fuel storage tanks for indication of possible leakage from tanks and piping. The records shall be kept at the premises or made available for inspection by the fire official within 24 hours of written or verbal request and shall include records for each tank.
  2. Portable fire extinguisher in accordance with the section 906 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, having a minimum rating of 2-A: 20-B: C shall be provided and location such that an extinguisher is not more than 75 feet from pumps dispensers or storage tank fill-pipe opening.
  3. Warning signs shall be conspicuously posted within sight of each dispenser in the fuel-dispensing area and shall state the following:
    1. It is illegal and dangerous to fill unapproved containers with fuel.
    2. Smoking is prohibited.
    3. The engine shall be shut off during the refueling process.
    4. Portable containers shall not be filled while located inside the truck, passenger compartment, or truck bed of a vehicle.
  4. Fenced and diked area surrounding above-ground tanks shall be kept free from vegetation, debris and other material that is not necessary to the proper operation of the tank and piping system.
  5. Repair Garages:

  6. Cleaning of parts shall be conducted in listed and approved parts-cleaning machines.
  7. Waste oil, motor oil shall be stored in approved tanks or containers, which are allowed to be stored and dispensed from inside repair garages.
  8. Smoking shall not be permitted in repair garages except in approved locations.
  9. For vehicle powered by gaseous fuel, the fuel shutoff valves shall be closed prior to repairing any portion of the vehicle fuel system.
  10. Vehicle powered by gaseous fuels in which the fuel system has been damaged shall be inspected and evaluated for fuel system integrity prior to being brought into the repair garage. Test the entire fuel delivery system for leakage.
  11. The battery terminals shall be disconnected from the battery while repair operation being performed.
  12. Fire extinguishers shall be provided in accordance with section 906 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, with a minimum of 2-A: 20-B:C shall be provided in locations not more than 50 feet maximum travel distance to extinguishers.

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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