Operational permits are required under the 2018 International Fire Code, Section 105.6, as adopted by Harris County Commissioners Court. The operational permit, when issued, allows the applicant to legally conduct the operation or business permitted for a period of time. Each operational permit will be issued once an application has been completed appropriately, and all applicable documents have been uploaded. Some operational permits will not be issued until an inspection is passed however, the submission of an application for an operational permit does subject the operation or business to inspections from the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Applications will be completed electronically, and all required documentation shall be uploaded electronically. There shall be no paper submissions for operational permits. Once the application is received along with all required documentation, the Fire Code Official will conduct a review, and schedule an inspection if required. When the permit process is complete, and authorization is given, the applicant will be notified that the permit is issued, and the duration of the permit will be indicated for renewal.
All operational permit application will begin with generalized information requirements. This information will pertain to the business owner, operator, applicant, address, etc. Furthermore, all permit applications will require a written statement describing the operation or business to be permitted. Once the applicant completes the generalized information, a choice will be made for which type of permit will be needed. There are some businesses which will require multiple permits and an application will need to be completed for each type of operational permit. When a choice is made of which operational permit is being applied for, the applicant will be directed to additional questions as well as asked for documentation to be uploaded. The specifics for each type of permit is listed below. It should be noted that this standard is written to give generalized information about operational permits and upon review of any application, additional information may be requested prior to the approval of any permit.