Residential 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/installation.

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:

A Fire Permit is required for: LP gas tanks in excess of 500-gallon water capacity; Gates across public or private driveways, access roadways and streets; private fire hydrants and water supplies for fire protection..

A Fire Permit is not required for: New houses; Residential storage sheds or misc. structures; Additions; Alterations / Interior Finishes, such as remodeling, basement finishes; Repair of damage, such as that caused by fire, explosion, water heater, roof or siding replacement; Open or screened porches and decks. A re-occupancy permit is NOT required from Monarch Fire District.

Information to Submit for a Permit:

  1. Application Form: The Fire Permit Application shall be filled out COMPLETELY and ACCURATELY.
    Residental Application Form [Download Here]
  2. Provide plans and specific information as listed for:
  • LP Tank: Provide two copies of the site plan showing the location of the tank and specific details on the tank and piping installation. LP Tanks are required to comply with Chapter 38 of the 2009 International Fire Code as adopted by Ordinance 31, and all appropriate sections of NFPA 58.
  • Gates: Provide two copies of the sire plan showing the location of the gate, specific details on the design and construction of the gate, and method of actuation (manual or electric). Gates are required to comply with Section 503.6 of Ordinance 31.
  • Private fire hydrants and water supplies for fire protection:Provide two copies of the site plan showing the location of the fure hydrants and specific details of the piping size, type, arrangement and restraint from movement. Fire hydrants and water supplies are required to comply with Section 507, Appendix B and Appendix C of the 2009 International Fire Code as adopted by Ordinance 31, and all appropriate sections of NFPA 24.

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Permit FAQ

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.
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 project 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, installation, repair, or use of fire protection systems in the Monarch Fire Protection District, we have adopted Ordinance No. 31 The Fire Prevention Code.

Unlike any city / county 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 evaluate the design and installation of all fire protection systems and devices, 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, elimination of ignition sources and many other fire related matters.

Inspections:

To Request an Inspection: Click Here

Inspection FAQ

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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:

  • The day/date you need the inspection, e.g., Tues., July 11th;
  • The Monarch Fire Protection District permit number, e.g., 05-1234;
  • The address of the project or the subdivision name and lot
    number;
  • The type of inspection, e.g., rough, re-rough, final, re-final, etc.;
  • Your name and phone number; and
  • 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.

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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. The Fire Inspectors will not go into an occupied residence alone. Therefore, either the homeowner or the contractor must be on-site at the time of the inspection.
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.
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.
Q. What do I do if I don’t understand the required corrections?
A. Please call the 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, 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.

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 occupy or use the area covered by the Fire District Permit?
A. You can use or occupy the area as soon as final inspection approval is obtained from both the Fire District and the city and/or county inspection agencies involved.
Q. When can I request a final 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 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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Residential forms and guides available.

  • Residental Permt Application

Fees:
The following fees apply to residential construction projects:

Permit fee : $105.00 Base Fee plus $3.00 per $1,000 of estimated cost of construction .

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
  • Other fees may apply. See Ordinance 31 (Click Here) for a complete list of fees and explanations.

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