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Last Updated: 2010-01-11

Rooftop Heliport

Permit Holder Guideline #37

PERMIT TITLE: Rooftop heliport

CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 1101.3

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

SCOPE: Permit required for operating a rooftop heliport. Other permits are needed if fuel is stored beyond aircraft or vehicle. Contact us if refueling on roof.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

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

  1. Limit activities to approved areas (per building code and fire code official's inspection).
  2. Submit copy of site plan and building floor plans approved by building official and documentation that rooftop helicopter operations approved by the FAA. Please include information as to the number and largest helicopter capable of using this heliport.
  3. The touchdown area shall be surrounded on all sides by a clear area having a minimum average width at roof level of 15 feet but no width less than 5 feet.
  4. Landing area shall be maintained so as to confine flammable or Class II combustible liquid spills to the landing area and provisions shall be made to drain such spillage away from exits. Activities in area affected by a fuel spill shall be restricted to the mitigation of that spill until the hazard is removed or mitigated. Promptly report all spills to the Fire Marshal’s office.
  5. All portions of the heli-stop and heliport shall be within 150 feet of a 2.5 inch standpipe outlet (an approved location readily usable for firefighting on that facility).
  6. At least (1) 80-B: C rated extinguisher readily available during activity at long-term helipad area.
  7. Aircraft operation area and related areas shall be kept free of combustible debris at all times.
  8. Copy of permit, MSDS for fuels, and emergency contact information shall be readily available on site during activities. Please submit copy of emergency provisions and procedures including during weather with lightning nearby.
  9. Contact us for additional requirements if plan to refuel, service or store helicopters on roof or in the building.

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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