Commercial Permits & Inspections

General Information
The following information is being provided to help you navigate through the Fire District Permit and Inspection process.

Please be aware that the Fire District Permit and Inspection Process is completely independent of any city / county permitting process that may be required for your project. You must have Fire District AND city / county approval before you begin construction.

Please submit your plans to the Fire District at the same time you submit them to the city / county in order to allow concurrent plan reviews. This will save you time and allow you to begin construction sooner.

If you are not familiar with our Permit and Inspection requirements, we encourage you to review the Permit FAQ and Inspection FAQ prior to applying for a permit.

Permits
Information to Submit for a Permit:

  1. Application Form: The Fire Permit Application shall be filled out COMPLETELY and ACCURATELY.
    Application Form: Commercial Permit Application.pdf
  2. Submit two (2) sets of construction documents, as listed below, for review . Once the permit is approved one set will be returned to the permittee. This approved set will need to stay on the job site for use by our Inspectors until the final inspection and occupancy is approved.

Unless stated otherwise all construction plans, spec books and hydraulic calculations must be properly signed and sealed by the appropriate design professional.

New Building

  • Full civil plans.
  • Architectural plans.
  • Electrical plans.
  • Mechanical plans.
  • Structural plans will be required if the building has a true fire wall.
  • Spec book, if applicable.
  • Provide from St. Louis County Department of Revenue (314-615-4622) one approved address plat for this building. If this building is designed to have more than one tenant, please verify how each tenant space will be addressed.
  • Provide a copy of the site plan on a single CD disc for use by our firefighters to create a Pre-Incident Response Plan for this building. The file shall be one of the following formats: .DWG, .DXF, .VCD, .GCD, or .DW2.

Addition

  • Full civil plans.
  • Architectural plans.
  • Electrical plans.
  • Mechanical plans.
  • Structural plans will be required if the building has a true fire wall.
  • Spec book, if applicable.
  • Provide one copy of the site plan on a CD disc for use by our firefighters to create a Pre-Incident Response Plan for this building. The file shall be one of the following formats: .DWG, .DXF, .VCD, .GCD, or .DW2.

Alteration / Interior Finish

  • Architectural plans.
  • Electrical plans.
  • Mechanical plans.

Underground Fire Main

  • Detailed shop drawings.

Automatic Fire Sprinkler / Standpipe System

  • Detailed shop drawings.
  • Hydraulic calculations for each design area and standpipes.
  • Cut sheets on any special sprinklers.

Fire Alarm System

  • Detailed shop drawings.
  • Cut sheets for each component of the system.

Hood Fire Suppression System

  • System drawings including descriptions and dimensions of the hood and all cooking appliances / equipment located under the hood.
  • Kitchen floor plan showing location of the manual-pull and K-Class fire extinguisher.
  • Note: Pre-engineered systems plans do not need to be signed and sealed.

All Other Types of Fire Suppression Systems

  • Detailed shop drawings.
  • Cut sheets for each component of the system.

Permit FAQ

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Q. Who is responsible for obtaining the permit?
A. While the property owner is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the permit is obtained before work is started, he or she may assign the duty of obtaining the permit to the contractor, architect or other authorized agent.
Q. When can I start work?
A. The Fire District permit and city / county permit is required to be issued and on the job site when the work starts , except that footings and foundations may be installed (at the owner’s risk) before the Fire District permit is issued.
Q. Why do I need a fire permit when I have a building permit?
A. State statutes assign the responsibility of fire protection to Fire Protection Districts. Therefore, Fire Protection Districts are responsible for adopting and enforcing Fire Codes. Fire Permits enable Fire Protection Districts to perform inspections that ensure your home and property complies with the adopted Fire Codes for fire and life-safety.

To help insure the safety, health and welfare; and, in general, to secure safety to life and property from all hazards incident to the design, erection, repair, or use and occupancy of all buildings, structures or premises in the Monarch Fire Protection District, we have adopted Ordinance No. 31 The Fire Prevention Code.

Unlike any building departments in our jurisdiction, the Monarch Fire Protection District requires all of our Inspectors to be Missouri State Certified Fire Inspectors. This assures that we have the expertise to recognize potential fire hazards, and to help provide solutions to mitigate these hazards. Further, Monarch Fire Inspectors have expert knowledge regarding the principles of combustion and fire growth such as the combustion process – or how fire works, phases of fire, heat transfer, flame spread, factors affecting fire growth, fire resistance in construction, fire loads, fire containment in buildings, elimination of ignition sources and many other fire related matters.

Inspections:
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Inspection FAQ

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Q. When do I call for an Inspection?
A. There are two different times in the construction sequence when a Fire District Inspection will be required.

The first required inspection is a Rough or Framing Inspection. This Inspection needs to be conducted and approved before any underground fire main, sprinkler piping, walls and/or ceilings are insulated or covered. It is OK to cover one side of walls so long as all of the framing, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling work associated with this portion of your project has been completed and is still visible for inspection.

The second required Inspection is called a Final or Occupancy Inspection. This Inspection must be made when the permitted work is completed and approved before being furnished or occupied. Please be aware that you will need approval to occupy or use the area covered by your permit from both the Monarch Fire Protection District and the city and/or county code agencies involved with your project.

Due to the nature of commercial construction it is not uncommon to have separate inspections for both wall cover and ceiling cover. Also phase rough and final inspections are possible for projects. Please talk with the Fire Inspector assigned to your project about phase inspections.

If a plan approval letter was generated, all items listed on the letter must be resolved before calling for an inspection. A copy of the approved plans and a copy of the plan approval letter must be at the job site at the time of inspection.
Q. Do I need to have city and/or county inspection approval before calling for the Fire District Inspection?
A. The Fire District does not require anyone else’s approval, such as, electrical or plumbing Inspector approval, prior to being called for an Inspection. You can request a Fire District Inspection once the work is complete. However, please be aware that the Inspection order and sequence is important and required by some of the city / county code enforcement agencies located within the Fire District, so check with those agencies.
Q. Whom do I call to request an Inspection?
A. A request for inspection must be received at least one day in advance. Please call 314-514-0900 after the phone answers, dial 1, follow the directions and leave a voice mail message.
Q. What information do I give when I call to request an Inspection?
A. The following information is needed to schedule an inspection:

1) The day/date you need the inspection, e.g., Tues., July 11th;
2) The Monarch Fire Protection District permit number, e.g., 05-1234;
3) The address of the project and suite number, if applicable;
4) The type of inspection, e.g., wall or ceiling – rough, re-rough; final, re-final, etc.;
5) Your name and phone number; and
6) Any comments or instructions, such as, Go around to the rear door, etc.
Q. How soon after I call can I expect my Inspection?
A. The inspection will be scheduled for the next business day between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
Q. Can I request a specific time for my Inspection?
A. We are unable to schedule a specific time for most Inspections due to the volume of Inspections requested each day. However, You may request an AM (08:30 a.m. to Noon) or PM (Noon to 4:00 p.m.) inspection and we will make every attempt to meet the request.

If the inspection needs to be scheduled for a specific time due to the testing of a fire suppression and/or detection system, please leave this information on the Fire District Inspection request line.
Q. How do I cancel an Inspection after I made the request?
A. During normal business hours, please call 314-514-0900, dial 309. After normal business hours please call the Inspection Request line and leave a voice message.
Q. Must I be present when the Inspector comes?
A. Rough Inspections – we recommend that someone familiar with the project be on site for the Inspection so that any necessary corrections can be explained.

Final Inspections – in most case someone familiar with the project must be on site to shut off power to exit signs and emergency lighting and/or conduct other systems test.
Q. What needs to be on-site for the Inspection?
A. The Fire District approved plans any plan approval letter, if applicable, and permit card must be at the job site at the time of inspection. We will not be able to do the Inspection if the Fire District approved plans are not on site and a $55.00 extra Inspection fee will have to be paid before a re-inspection can be scheduled.
Q. If I need to talk to my Inspector, when can he/she be reached?
A. The Inspectors availability in the office varies day-by-day due to the Inspection requests. However, the best time to reach the Inspectors in the office is between 8:00 am and 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm. If your Inspector does not answer the phone, please leave a detailed message and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
Q. What do I do if I have a code related question during the day when an Inspector is not available?
A. Please call 314-514-0900, dial 309 and if no one is available leave a detailed voice message and an Inspector will call you back as soon as possible.
Q. How do I know if my Inspection was approved?
A. Please look at the Fire District Permit Card. The Inspector will either sign the card approving the Inspection or will leave detailed notes as to what corrections need to be made in order to obtain Inspection approval.
Q. What will happen if my inspection does not pass?
A. Once the needed corrections are made you will need to call the Inspection Request line to get a re-inspection.
Q. How will I know what corrections to make?
A. The Fire Inspector will write on the back of the Fire District permit card the violations found. The Fire Inspector in most cases will also leave a red self-adhesive “Not Approved” sticker on or near the violation with an explanation of the corrections needed.

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Q. What do I do if I don’t understand the required corrections?
A. Please call 314-514-0900, dial 309 to speak to the Inspector involved with your project.
Q. Will I have to pay any additional fees if I do not pass the Inspection?
A. An additional $55.00 inspection fees will only be charged when an inspection has been scheduled but cannot be conducted due to:

  • Building, or portion(s) of the building requiring access for the inspection, is locked or inaccessible,
  • Building or surrounding area is unsafe, as determined by the Fire Official,
  • Fire District approved plans, permit card and/or other construction documents are not on the work site,
  • Work is not complete enough for an inspection or corrections have not been made as noted, as determined by the Fire Official, or
  • The area to be inspected has been covered or concealed in any manner without first obtaining the approval of the Fire Official.

The fee for replacement of the Fire District Permit Card is $10.00.

Q. How can I pay for the additional fees and when will I get a re-inspection?
A. Any additional fees, exact cash or check, will need to be paid at the Fire Prevention Bureau office. No fees will ever be collected in the field. Once the fees are paid an Inspection can be scheduled as soon as the next business day. The owner or contractor must request a re-inspection as the inspection will NOT be automatically rescheduled.
Q. When can I move in furniture, fixtures, equipment, and/or supplies?
A. Items that can be moved in or installed at any time include:

  • Any furniture, fixtures and/or equipment that are permanently attached, wired or plumbed, such as movable systems furniture, ice makers, etc.
  • Shelves that have to be attached to the floor.
  • Walls or counters that are built into the building.

Items that must wait until certain life safety items are inspected and approved include:

  • Typical retail fixtures.
  • Movable desk, chairs, and file cabinets.
  • Restaurant small wares.
  • Supplies of any type.

Q. When can I occupy or use the area covered by the Fire District Permit?
A. Please be aware that you will need approval to occupy or use the area covered by your permit from both the Monarch Fire Protection District the city and/or county code agencies involved with your project.
Q. When can I request a final or occupancy inspection?
A. As soon as all of the work has been completed.
Q. If I contract with a builder for the construction, who is responsible to call for final inspections and occupancy approval?
A. While the property owner is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the final Inspection and occupancy approval are obtained, he or she may by contractual arrangement assign those duties to the contractor, architect or other authorized agent.

 

Forms & Guides

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Commercial forms and guides available.

  • Commercial Permt Application

Fees:
The following fees apply to commercial construction projects:

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY PAYMENTS WITH THE APPLICATION .

Permit fee . $105.00 plans review/processing fee plus $3.00 for each $1,000 of estimated construction cost.

Additional plan review fee . An additional $105.00 extra plan review fee shall be charged to review plans, which have already been reviewed, when they have been revised and are resubmitted. Except, when the revisions were made at the request of a public code enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the project.

Extra inspection fee . An additional $55.00 inspection fees will only be charged when an inspection has been scheduled but cannot be conducted due to:

  • Building, or portion(s) of the building requiring access for the inspection, is locked or inaccessible,
  • Building or surrounding area is unsafe, as determined by the Fire Official,
  • Fire District approved plans and/or other construction documents are not on the work site,
  • Work is not complete enough for an inspection or corrections have not been made as noted, as determined by the Fire Official, or
  • The area to be inspected has been covered or concealed in any manner without first obtaining the approval of the Fire Official

Permit card replacement . The fee for replacement of the Fire District Permit Card is $10.00.

Other fees may apply . See Ordinance 31 for a complete list of fees and explanations.

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