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Fire Inspections

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Through the Town of Cary, Fire Department the Fire Marshal Division manages a program of new construction, state mandated inspections at commercial and multi-family occupancies, issuance of construction and operational permits. 

Inspections Schedule

The following is the state mandated inspections schedule as per Section 106 of the N.C. Fire Prevention Code (IFC). This schedule outlines the frequency with which all commercial structures must be inspected.

Once every year: Hazardous, Institutional, High Rise, Assemblies, and Residential occupancies except one and two family dwellings and only interior common areas of dwelling units of multi-family occupancies.

Once every two years: Industrial and Educational (except public schools which are inspected twice per year).

Once every three years: Business, mercantile, storage, churches and synagogues

Fire Permits

Per Section 105 of the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code (IFC), Cary's Fire Department issues mandated fire permits. The fees associated with these permits may vary dependent upon the hazards present. The hazards and fees can be seen on the Fee Schedule, pages 5-6.

Explosives, Blasting Agents, Fireworks and Ammunition

To manufacture, possess, store, sell, transport, or use explosive materials within the Town of Cary jurisdiction is prohibited unless prior approval and a permit has been issued. You may obtain explosives permits for site development by appointment only. Contact the Town of Cary Fire Marshal Division at (919) 469-4351 to schedule. The fee for a 30-day explosive permit is $100.

Aboveground/Underground Tank Installation and Removal

Aboveground/Underground tank installation and removal is prohibited within the jurisdiction of the Town of Cary unless prior approval and a permit have been issued. You may obtain tank installation and removal permits by appointment only. Contact the Town of Cary Fire Marshal Division at (919) 469-4351 to schedule. The permit fee is $100.

Fire Hydrant Flow Test

You may arrange for a Fire Hydrant Flow Test by contacting the Town of Cary Fire Marshal Division at (919) 469-4364 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. The fee for the flow test is $250, and the test can typically be completed within three business days.