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Last Updated: 2010-01-11

Tire Rebuilding and Tire Storage

Permit Holder Guideline #41

PERMIT TITLE: Tire Rebuilding and Tire Storage.

CODE SECTION: (Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 2301.2 && 2501.2

FEE: $115.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE: An annual permit is required for the operation and maintenance of a tire rebuilding plant, or to establish, conduct or maintain over 2,500 cubic feet of scrap tires and tire by-products. (See permit #39 for tires storage.)

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

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. Constructrion - Tire rebuilding plant shall comply with the requirements of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code; as to construction, separation from other buildings or other portions of the same building and protection.
  2. Buffing operations shall be in a room; separated from the remainder of the building housing the tire rebuilding or tire recapping operations by a 1 hour fire barrier (unless otherwise approved by city building official).
    1. Buffing operations are equipped with an approved continuous automatic water spray system directed at the point of cutting action.
    2. Buffing machines are connected to particle collecting systems providing a minimum air movement of 1,500 cubic feet per minute in volume and 4,500 feet per minute in- line velocity.
    3. The collecting system shall discharge the rubber particles to an approved outdoor noncombustible or fire-resistive container, which is emptied at frequent intervals to prevent overflow.
  3. The buffing area shall be cleaned at frequent intervals to prevent the accumulation of rubber particles.
  4. Spray rooms and booths - See permit guide # 34 if spray or dip using combustibles medium.
  5. Open Burning - Open burning is prohibited in tire storage yards.
  6. Sources of heat - Cutting, welding or heating devices shall not be operated in tire storage yards.
  7. Smoking prohibited - Smoking is prohibited in tire storage yards, except in designated areas.
  8. Power lines - Tire storage piles shall not be located beneath electrical power lines having a voltage in excess of 750 volts or that supply power to fire emergency systems.
  9. Fire Safety Plan - The owner or individual in charge of the tire storage yard shall be required to prepare and submit to the fire code official a fire safety plan for review and approval. The fire safety plan shall include provisions for fire department vehicle access. At least one copy of the fire safety plan shall be prominently posted and maintained at the storage yard.
  10. Telephone number - The telephone number of the fire department and location of the nearest phone shall be posted conspicuously in attended locations. .
  11. Outdoor Storage

  12. Section 46.1-58 of the Richmond City Code prohibits outside storage of tires, tire pieces, or combustible byproducts. Such items may be outside for display and handling during business hours when staffed and supervised.
  13. Indoor Storage Arrangement

  14. Pile dimensions - Where tires are stored on-tread, the dimensions of the pile in the direction of the wheel hole shall not be more than 50 feet. Tires stored adjacent to or along one wall shall not extend more than 25 feet from that wall. Other piles shall not be more than 50 feet in width.

Contact Information:

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