Protecting Lives & Property in Fort Collins, Timnath, LaPorte and Bellvue Areas

Frequently Asked Questions

Fire Hydrants

Sample answer

If an appliance is equipped with a spark arrestor or screen, it must be utilized to satisfy the listing for the appliance.  Permanently constructed pits will probably not have a spark arrestor… That’s ok.

  The pit must be 15’ away from nearby combustibles such as fences, sheds, structures (including decks) and shrubbery.

Burning for the purposes of pleasure, religious, ceremonial, or cooking are allowed in either portable outdoor fire appliances or permanently constructed fire pits without a permit.    Regardless of the size of the appliance or fire pit,  the fuel package cannot exceed 3 feet in diameter or 2 feet in height.  There is no stipulation concerning flame height.  The fuel must be clean dry wood or charcoal.  No trash or yard debris (weeds, grass clippings, leaves, etc…

The front door is the only door you may have a double key cylinder with a “This Door to Remain Unlocked When Building is Occupied” sign adjacent or above door with one inch letters that are in a contrasting color to background.

We are open Monday through Friday. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Our address is 102 Remington St, Fort Collins, Co 80524. Our offices are attached to the front of the parking garage at Mountain Av and Remington St. Our offices face Remington St. We are on the ground floor.

You should leave your house and call 911. Please do not leave a message at Fire Prevention as we may not get it in time to offer you the aid you need.

You should leave your house and call 911. Please do not leave a message at Fire Prevention as we may not get it in time to offer you the aid you need.

Once we approve your permit we will email you a copy of your permit. Make sure this permit is displayed with the tent. An FIC will come out to do an inspection of the tent on the inspection date you requested in your application.

All tents/air supported membrane structures greater than 400 square feet and all canopies greater than 800 square feet require a permit. You can find the tent permit application on our website pfafireprevention.org on the home page. Along with the application we require a site plan showing where the tent will be located in relation to buildings and roads for fire department access. We will also need a copy of the flame retardant certificate that belongs to the tent/canopy you will be using. The tent permit fee is $25.00. The application can be submitted online, and the site plan and flame retardant certificate can be faxed to 970-221-6635, emailed to hspurrier@poudre-fire.org, mailed to 102 Remington St, Fort Collins, Co 80524, or brought into our office at 102 Remington St. Payment can be mailed to our office, paid by credit card over the phone at 970-416-2891, or paid in person at our office. We require all parts of the application process to be at our office at least three business days before you want to erect your tent/canopy.

We do not give out the station numbers. If you are trying to schedule a tour or meeting at one of the stations you will need to talk to Susan Ferrari. She can be reached at 970-221-6574.

You will need to talk to Susan Ferrari. She can be reached at 970-221-6574.

You will need to talk to Susan Ferrari. She can be reached at 970-221-6574.

You will need to talk to Susan Ferrari. She can be reached at 970-221-6574.

We do not recharge fire extinguishers; however, there are several companies in the area who do. They can be found in the yellow pages of the phone book under “Fire Extinguishers.”

The requirements for PFA plan reviews are specific to the type of review being performed. If you are looking for a building review you will need to go to the city/county building department first. Once you get your building permit number from them, which they should give you when you submit to them, you are ready to apply for a review with PFA. We require two sets of plans, a copy of the building department application, a completely filled out PFA application, and payment of the plan review fee. This fee can be estimated on our website pfafireprevention.org under For Contractors, and then fee calculator. For building plans be sure to use the “Plan Review Fee Estimator.” Our office is at 102 Remington St, and plans can be either brought in to our office, or mailed to us at 102 Remington St, Fort Collins Co, 80524. The building departments are not responsible to get plans to us, so please be aware that you are responsible for getting plans and payment submitted to PFA.

If you are a system contractor then the process for review differs slightly. We still require two sets of plans, however we also require one set of cut sheets/calcs, plus a completely filled out PFA application, and payment of the plan review/permit fee. In order to estimate your fees go to pfafireprevention.org under For Contractors. For systems be sure to use the “Fire Protection System Review Fee Calculator.” System reviews have to be submitted by the licensed contractor who will be doing to work.

Go to pfafireprevention.org. Under “For Contractors” select the “Request a Final Building or Fire System Inspection” link. After you fill out and submit the application our inspector will be in contact with you to finalize your inspection time.

There are two likely options as to why we have not signed off on your plans. The first, and most common, is that you plans are still at our office. We cannot sign off on plans until they have been picked up from our office at 102 Remington St. The other option is that we have not seen your plans for review. It is the responsibility of the contractor/architect/business owner, whoever delivered the plans to the building department, to also make sure the fire department receives plans. We require two sets of plans, a completely filled out application, and payment of the plan review fee in order to review your plans. The building department does not deliver the plans to us. If you are ready to receive your building permit from the building department but have not turned in plans to us please understand we will do our best to get your plans reviewed within our benchmark, but cannot move them to the front of our review queue. We do strive to make sure that all approved plans picked up at our office are cleared with the building department immediately, however sometimes that does not happen so if you do have your plans from us and we still haven’t signed off please just give us a call at 970-416-2891 and we will fix it for you.