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Special Amusement Buildings

Permit Holder Guidelines -- Permit Holder Guideline #2

PERMIT TITLE: Special Amusement Buildings

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 107.2

SCOPE: A permit is required to operate a special amusement building or portion of any building for entertainment purposes, regardless of occupant load. This type of facility includes temporary, permanent or mobile structures.

FEE: $150.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

PERMIT EXPIRATION: Event Duration (or Annual for permanent sites).

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. All special amusement buildings shall meet all requirements of assembly occupancies (including staff trained and drilled in emergency procedures).
  2. An approved sign noting the maximum occupancy load as approved by the Building Official shall be posted near the main entrance to assembly room.
  3. The "Certificate of Occupancy" issued by the Building Official shall be available for review by the Fire Officials.
  4. No overcrowding allowed. (Defined as exceeding the approved occupant load or crowding that blocks the means of egress).
  5. Exits shall not be secured from the egress side and shall be kept ready for ease of escape during occupancy.
  6. Fire protection equipment shall be maintained and inspected with a copy of the current inspection reports available on site.
  7. No storage of any kind (temporary or otherwise) is allowed to block exits, exit aisles or exit discharges. All aisles leading to the exits and from the exits to the public way are to remain unobstructed at all times. Parking shall not obstruct exit discharges.
  8. All exit signs shall be visible and all illuminated exit signs shall be illuminated at all times the building is occupied. All egress lighting shall illuminate when tested.
  9. When the design of egress path is designed to confuse; directional exit marking that becomes apparent in an emergency shall be provided.
  10. All decorative materials shall be either noncombustible or flame-resistant in accordance with both large and small scale flame test of NFPA 701. The interior finish of all structures shall be maintained as approved.

Contact Information:

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