RCFR will implement fire permits from January 1, 2022

Rutherford County, TN — Rutherford County Fire Rescue (RCFR) will begin issuing fire permits on January 1, 2022.

The permits will allow applicants to maintain, store or handle materials, conduct processes that produce conditions hazardous to life or property, install equipment used in these activities, or install or modify any fire protection system or equipment or other construction, equipment installation or modification in accordance with the provisions of the Rutherford County Fire Code (International Fire Code 2018).

“The implementation of fire permits greatly assists the Office of the Fire Marshal in its mission to increase and improve the safety of businesses, customers and visitors to Rutherford County businesses by ensuring that necessary plans are submitted for review and the necessary Fire Code inspections are carried out, ”said Fire Marshal Joshua Sanders. This also allows the Office of the Fire Marshal to obtain specific data on the types of fire protection equipment, fire alarm systems and hazardous operations that are carried out throughout the county, thus ensuring the safest environment possible. “

Sanders notes that permits issued by RCFR apply only to unincorporated areas in Rutherford County. “Cities may have their own licensing practices, so it is important to check their requirements with them,” he added.

Fire permit required in Rutherford County by category:


Fire sprinkler systems
Automatic fire extinguishing systems (hood removal, clean agent, etc.)
Radio coverage systems for emergency responders
Fire detection and alarm systems
Fire pumps and related equipment
Installation / modification / removal of tanks for flammable and combustible liquids
Doors and barricades across access roads to fire apparatus


Commercial open pit combustion
Explosives – Use / Storage / Manufacturing
Fire surveillance activities
Storage of flammable and combustible liquids (includes above ground tanks)
Storage of hazardous materials
Elevated storage
Liquid or gaseous fuel vehicles or equipment in assembly buildings
Use / storage / distribution of LPG
Mobile food preparation vehicles (catering trucks)
Mobile fuel distribution systems
Outdoor assembly events (over 1000 participants)
Private fire hydrants
Temporary membrane structures and tents
Vehicle repair garages

The adoption of this authorization system was approved by the county public safety committee in October 2021, was presented to the steering and budget committees in November and was finally approved by the entire county committee during the November 2021 meeting.

The permits will be available online on the County Cityworks portal in the very near future. A price list for the different types of permits will also be available on the portal.

For more information, please contact the RCFR Fire Marshal’s Office at 615-907-3600 Monday through Friday. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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