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Inspections

Code Enforcement

A comprehensive program of fire code compliance is managed by using the International Fire Code, which has been adopted as the 2009 North Carolina Fire Code. Code enforcement efforts will be conducted by the Fire Marshal or Fire Inspector Captain and by way of our Company Inspection Program with the use of staffed fire crews from the operational section of the fire department.

Goals

  • To raise the public’s awareness of fire safety considerations
  • To identify fire hazards that must be eliminated for a safer environment
  • To develop records and reports of inspection information that will serve in public record
  • To verify proper functions and maintenance of installed fire protection systems and other building fire protection equipment and features.

To contact our Fire Inspections division, please call the Fire Marshal at 919-739-7411 or the Fire Inspection Captain at 919-739-7408.

Fire Department Connection Requirements

1. Commercial Buildings: The FDC shall be equipped with a signal five (5) inch thread-less Storz brand connection and shall have a 30-45 degree downward deflection. The Storz connection shall connect to the pipe outlet from the building using National Standard Thread. The FDC piping underground shall be equipped with a ball drip valve to enfire_dept 045sure there is no standing water in the connection and that the piping does not freeze.

2. The FDC shall be arranged to face a paved roadway, sidewalk or other approved area and shall be installed so that it will not interfere with access to the building when hoses are laid from the closest public hydrant to the FDC.

3. The FDC shall be arranged so that the connection is no more than (48) inches above the finished grade, sidewalk or location of the connection.

4. Where the FDC is subject to vehicle damage, the connection shall be protected per the fire code. (Ballard protection)

5. A sign with letters at least 6 inch in size shall be mounted on all fire department connections. (The sign shall have red letters on a white background.) Where the fire department connection does not serve the entire building a sign shall be provided indicating the portions of the building served.

6. Fire department connections shall be at least 10 feet away from all utilities (i.e. natural gas, LP gas, electrical meters and transformers).

7. Three (3) feet of clearance is required around the fire department connection This includes bushes, walls, retaining walls, and hot boxes unless attached.

8. All FDC connections shall be within 400 feet (hose lay) of a public fire hydrant.

To contact our Fire Inspections division, please call our Fire Marshal at 919-739-7411 or our Fire Inspection Captain at 919-739-7408.

TIER II Reporting

Hazardous Chemical Facilities covered by Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) requires that companies must submit an Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Form to the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), and the local fire department annually. Facilities must provide a Tier II form that documents chemicals. The Community Right-to-Know provisions help increase the public’s knowledge and access to information on chemicals at individual facilities, their uses, and releases into the environment. The Community working with facilities can use the information to improve chemical safety and protect public health and the environment.

Business
Tier II Fees:

  • Fifty dollars per Hazardous Substance
  • Ninety dollars per Extremely Hazardous Substance
  • Five thousand dollar maximum annual fee per reporting site (including corporations, etc.)

Exemptions from Fees:

  • Owners and operators of family farm enterprises
  • Local, state, and federal government facilities
  • Owners and operators of commercial fuel stations (for motor fuels offered for retail sale only)
  • Motor vehicle dealers as defined by G.S. 20-286(11)
  • Non-profit corporations

New Reporting Procedures:
Facilities required to submit annual Tier II reports:

  • Enter and submit your facility data using the E-Plan system as you have in the past (https://www.erplan.net)
  • Once your facility and chemical information has been validated the system will calculate the total fee and direct you to an online payment page.
  • NCEM will accept Visa, MasterCard, and electronic checks for TierII reporting fees.
  • Once the payment process has been successfully completed you will be directed back to E-Plan to finalize and submit your annual Tier II report.

The reporting timeline has not changed. The reporting period still remains as January 1st thru March 1st of each year. You have to report if you store or possess hazardous chemicals in quantities equal to or exceeding 55 gallons/500 pounds.

If you would like to know more about Tier II reporting and how it may affect you or even if you have a reportable quantity, please go to the following website: http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/lawsregs/epcraover.htm

Public
As a citizen you are afforded the right under the Community Right-to-Know Act to have access to the businesses in your area that report Tier II information. This way you will know what is being stored in your community.

If you have questions about e-plan, Tier II reporting, or if you are a citizen and want to request a Tier II report of a business you can contact the following people:

Goldsboro Fire Department Assistant Chief Eric Lancaster at elancaster@goldsboronc.gov
Wayne County Emergency Manager Mel Powers at mel.powers@waynegov.com
LEPC Chairperson Wes Thornton at wt@awsnc.com

Inspections

Fire code inspections are required for all places of business.  Periodic inspections will be conducted based on your type of business.  An examples below illustrate the minimum frequency rate of
inspections.

1 Year Inspections –

  • Assembly – Restaurants, clubs and places of entertainment
  • Hazardous – Hazardous materials, flammable liquids facilities
  • Institutional – Hospital, nursing homes, licensed care facilities, jails
  • High-Rise Buildings and Residential except one and two family dwellingVeterans 003s

2 Year Inspections –

  • Industrial Facilities
  • Educational Facilities – except public schools

3 Year Inspections –

  • Businesses
  • Mercantile, Storage Facilities
  • Churches and Synagogues

Common Fire Safety Inspection Points

A fire inspection should include checking for the following:

  • The means of egress as pertaining to life safety considerations
  • Fire protection systems – fire alarms that give early warning to occupants and fire suppression systems that control fire in the early stages
  • Heating systems as they affect the furnace, the fuel-supply and ignition systems, vents and chimney
  • Electrical systems – including electrical distribution, motors, extension cords, lamps, lighting fixtures, grounding and other related areas.
  • Mechanical systems – such as heating and air conditioning systems
  • Storage – where materials are being stored and how they are arranged in occupancies.  Recycling programs have had an impact on buildings not designed to house these used products until they are scheduled for pickup.

 Schedule An Inspection

Plans review and new construction inspections are conducted in close cooperation with the City of Goldsboro Building Inspections Department.  To schedule inspections of new construction and fire protection systems you must call the inspections department 919-580-4385 to schedule an appointment.

*A complete set of civil and architectural plans, specifications and calculations are required for review.  Plans may be submitted with the building inspections department submittal package.

Plans and inspections related to fire protection include:

  • Site Plan – fire lanes, fire hydrants, standpipes, fire department connection “FDC,” and fire alarm/sprinkler systems with appropriate calculations.  All plans are submitted and then permits will be granted once approval of said plans meet fire protection guidelines.
  • Automatic fire extinguishing systems or fire sprinklers including fire pumps and standpipes.
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Occupancy classification for the use of storage or hazardous materials.
  • Installation or removal of tanks for liquid motor fuels and LPG, LNG, CNG
  • High-piled combustible storage occupancies
  • Kitchen hood fire protection systems
  • Paint spray booths and associated systems
  • Special agent protection systems
  • Compressed gas or medical gas systems

To contact our Fire Inspections division, please call our Fire Marshal at 919-739-7411 or our Fire Inspection Captain at 919-739-7408.