Town of West Hartford, CT
Hartford County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of West Hartford 9-12-1972 (Sec. 14-4 of the 1972 Code); amended in its entirety 2-26-2002. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire Department — See Ch. 12, Art. IV.
Alarms — See Ch. 44.
Buildings on unaccepted streets — See Ch. 58, Art. I, § 58-1.
Fire districts — See Ch. 58, Art. I, § 58-3.
Key boxes — See Ch. 110.
Building safety equipment — See Ch. 153.
Acceptance of streets — See Ch. 155, § 155-7.
No person shall, in any manner, obstruct the use of any fire hydrant or throw, deposit or cause to be deposited any snow, ice or building or other material upon or around the same within a radius of five feet from the center of any such hydrant.
A. 
Compliance with specifications required. Any owner of property who is required to install private fire hydrants as a condition of site plan approval or to enhance fire protection shall install private water main and hydrants which are fully in accordance with the specifications of the Metropolitan District Water Bureau (MDC). The hydrant shall be one for which the MDC can provide repair parts.
B. 
Maintenance service. Any person who owns fire hydrants in accordance with § 87-2A shall be required to annually subscribe to and pay for maintenance service which is available through the MDC. The owner of said hydrants shall keep the hydrants clear of all obstructions, snow and ice to assure maximum access for utilization by fire personnel during emergencies. The owner shall maintain a file of hydrant maintenance reports on site for inspection by representatives of the West Hartford Fire Department.
C. 
Repair of private fire hydrants. The Town of West Hartford may, at its option, order the repair of a defective hydrant on private property after notice by mail to the owner of the defect and may make the repair and bill the cost of such work to the owner if the owner fails to make the repair within two weeks of the mailing of the notice of defect. If emergency conditions require immediate repair of the defect, such repair may be effected by the West Hartford Fire Department and billed to the owner without prior notice to the owner.
D. 
Existing private hydrants. Any hydrant installed on private property prior to the effective date of this chapter shall be brought into compliance with this section when it becomes inoperable. Existing private fire hydrants shall be maintained in accordance with this section, except private fire hydrants with flows less than 500 gallons per minute may either be painted black or removed from the property.
E. 
Penalties for offenses. Any person who fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be fined for each day such violation continues, and each day there is a failure or neglect to comply with the above provisions shall be deemed a separate offense.
A. 
Compliance with certain specifications. Every water-based fire suppression system, whether or not the system is required by the Connecticut Fire Safety Code, shall be installed in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard as appropriate for the type of system and type of occupancy. The edition of the NFPA Standards referenced in this section shall be the same as referenced by the current edition of the Connecticut Fire Safety Code.
B. 
Maintenance.
(1) 
Every water-based fire suppression system shall be inspected, tested and maintained in accordance with NFPA Standard 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems.
(2) 
The owner shall maintain a file of inspection, test, and maintenance reports on site for inspection by representatives of the West Hartford Fire Department.
C. 
Penalties for offenses. Any person who fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be fined for each day such violation continues, and each day there is a failure or neglect to comply with the above provisions shall be deemed a separate offense.
A. 
Compliance with certain specifications. Every automatic fire detection and alarm system, whether or not the system is required by the Connecticut Fire Safety Code, shall be installed in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 72, National Fire Alarm Code. The edition of the NFPA Standards referenced in this section shall be the same as referenced by the current edition of the Connecticut Fire Safety Code.
B. 
Maintenance.
(1) 
Every automatic fire detection and alarm system shall be inspected, tested and maintained in accordance with NFPA Standard 72, National Fire Alarm Code.
(2) 
The owner shall maintain a file of inspection, test, and maintenance reports on site for inspection by representatives of the West Hartford Fire Department.
C. 
Penalties for offenses. Any person who fails to comply with the provisions of this section shall be fined for each day such violation continues, and each day there is a failure or neglect to comply with the above provisions shall be deemed a separate offense.
[Added 6-23-2009]
A. 
No building or structure subject to the Connecticut State Fire Safety Code and/or State Fire Prevention Code shall be constructed, used, occupied, enlarged, altered or repaired unless a permit has been granted for said activity by the Fire Marshal.
B. 
No person shall undertake any of the operations or activities described in § 87-6C of this chapter until such person shall have obtained a permit from the Fire Marshal. Said permit shall be valid for 12 months from the date of issue. No continuation, expansion, diminution or modification of said operations shall be undertaken without obtaining a permit from the Fire Marshal.
C. 
No person shall install, enlarge, alter, remove, repair or replace any fire protection system in any building or structure subject to the Connecticut State Fire Safety Code and/or State Fire Prevention Code until such person shall have obtained a permit from the Fire Marshal.
D. 
The permit(s) required pursuant to this section shall be required in addition to any other permits or licenses required by federal, state or local law.
A. 
The fee for plan reviews for new construction, renovations, additions or modernization of buildings or structures shall be at the following rates. For purposes of this subsection, "fast track" is an expedited plan review which will be conducted in one week or less, subject to staff availability.
(1) 
Fire plan review (not including R-3 Occupancies): 65% of the building permit fee or 100% for fast track review.
(2) 
Mechanical plan review (fire protection systems): 100% of building permit fee or 135% for fast track review.
(3) 
Electrical plan review: 35% of building permit fee or 70% for fast track review.
B. 
The fee for field inspections, approval and acceptance of new construction, renovations, additions or modernization of multifamily residential (not including R-3 Occupancies) and commercial buildings or structures associated with the issuance of a certificate of occupancy shall be at the following rates:
Estimated Construction Cost
(From Building Permit Application)
Fee Formula
$1 to $500
$10.41
$501 to $2,000
$10.41 for the first $500 plus $0.26 for each additional $100 or fraction thereof up to and including $2,000
$2,001 to $25,000
$14.31 for the first $2,000 plus $1.04 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof up to and including $25,000
$25,001 to $50,000
$38.25 for the first $25,000 plus $0.78 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof up to and including $50,000
$50,001 to $100,000
$57.77 for the first $50,000 plus $0.52 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof up to and including $100,000
$100,001 to $500,000
$83.80 for the first $100,000 plus $0.46 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof up to and including $500,000
$500,001 to $1,000,000
$271.18 for the first $500,000 plus $0.42 for each additional $1,000
$1,000,001 and over
$479.38 for the first $1,000,000 plus $0.26 for each additional $1,000 or fraction thereof
Manufactured structures setup fee
$10.41 per section, with a minimum fee of $20.82 per permit
C. 
Any person engaged in any of the following operations and/or occupancies shall obtain periodic inspection thereof according to the schedule set forth in C.G.S. § 29-305, as that section may be amended or recodified from time to time. Single-use inspections shall be valid only for a one-time event at a single venue. Multi-use inspections shall be valid for 12 months from the date of issue and shall apply to multiple venues if the inspected configuration or process does not change. All inspections include both fire permit and fire inspection. The fee(s) for the annual permit required pursuant to § 87-5B, including such inspection(s), shall be as follows:
Operation Permit Fee Table
Operations and Materials
Permit Required
Permit Fee
Aircraft hangars
For servicing or repairing aircraft
$100 per year
Airport terminal buildings
For operation
$ 100 per year
Ambulatory health care occupancy
To operate a ambulatory health care occupancy
See occupancy Permit Fee Table
Ammonium nitrate
For storage
$250 per year
Apartment buildings and dormitories
To operate an apartment building or dormitory
See Occupancy Permit Fee Table
Automobile wrecking yards
To operate automobile wrecking yards
$100 per year
Battery system
To operate stationary lead-acid battery systems having an electrolyte capacity of more than 100 gallons (379 liters) in sprinklered buildings or 50 gallons (189 liters) in nonsprinklered buildings
$75 per year
Business occupancies
To operate a business occupancy
See Occupancy Permit Fee Table
Candles, open flames, and portable cooking
To use in connection with assembly areas, dining areas of restaurants, or drinking establishments
$30 - single use
$60 - multi-use
Cellulose nitrate film
For storage, handling, or use
$100 per year
Cleanrooms
For operation
$150 per year
Combustible material storage
To store more than 2,500 ft.3 (70.8 m3) gross volume
$250 per year
Commercial rubbish - handling operation
To operate
$150 per year
Consumer fireworks (1.4G)
For the sale, on-site handling, manufacture, and storage of consumer fireworks (1.4G)
$150 per year
Covered mall buildings
Annual requirement for facilities that utilize mall area for exhibits or displays with 4 conditions
$250 per year
Cutting and welding operation
For operations within a jurisdiction
$30 - single use
$60 - multi-use
Day-care occupancies
To operate a day-care occupancy
See Occupancy Permit Fee Table
Dry-cleaning plants
To engage in business of drycleaning or to change to a more hazardous cleaning solvent
$180 per year
Dust-producing operations
To operate a grain elevator, flour mill, starch mill, feed mill, or plant pulverizing aluminum, coal, cocoa, magnesium, spices, or sugar, etc.
$250 per year
Educational occupancy
To operate an educational occupancy
See Occupancy Permit Fee Table
Exhibit and trade shows
For operation of all exhibits and trade shows held within a jurisdiction
$250 per event
Fairs - no rides
To conduct the events
$50 per event
Fire hydrants and water-control valves
To use a fire hydrant or operate a water-control valve intended for fire suppression purposes on private property
$30 - single use
$60 - multi-use
Flame effects
Use of flame effects before an audience
$180 per event
Health care facility
To operate a health care occupancy
See Occupancy Permit Fee Table
High-piled combustible storage
To use any building or portion thereof as a high-piled storage area exceeding 500 feet2 (46.45 m2)
$250 per year
Hot work operations
For hot work. For additional permit requirements for hot work operations, see 41.1.5
$30 - single use
$60 - multi-use
Hotels and bed and breakfast establishment
To operate a hotel, motel or bed and breakfast establishment
See Occupancy Permit Fee Table
Industrial occupancies
To operate an industrial occupancy
See Occupancy Permit Fee Table
Industrial ovens and furnaces
For operation of industrial ovens and furnaces covered by Chapter 51
$100 per year
Liquid- or gas-fueled vehicles
To display, compete, or demonstrate liquid- or gas-fueled vehicles or equipment in assembly buildings
$30 - single use
$60 - multi-use
Lumberyards and woodworking plants
For storage of lumber exceeding 100,000 board feet
$250 per year
Membrane structures, tents, and canopies - permanent
For construction, location, erection, or placement
$100 per structure
Membrane structures, tents, and canopies - temporary
To operate an air-supported temporary membrane structure or tent having an area in excess of 200 ft.2 (18.6 m2) or a canopy in excess of 400 ft.2 (37.2 m2)
Exception: Temporary membrane structures, tents, or canopy structures used exclusively for camping
$50 - single use
$100 - multi-use
Mercantile occupancies
To operate a mercantile occupancy
See Occupancy Permit Fee Table
Organic coatings
For operation and maintenance of a facility that manufactures organic coatings
$150 per year
Parade floats
To use a parade float for public performance, presentation, spectacle, entertainment, or parade
$10 per float
Places of assembly, including special amusement buildings
To operate a place of assembly
See Occupancy Permit Fee Table
Pyrotechnics before a proximate audience
For the display and use of pyrotechnic materials before a proximate audience
$150 per event
Refrigeration equipment
To operate a mechanical refrigeration unit or system
$50 per year
Repair garages and service stations
For operation of service stations and repair garages
$50 per year
Residential board and care occupancies
To operate a residential board and care occupancy
See Occupancy Permit Fee Table
Rocketry manufacturing
For the manufacturing of model rocket motors
$250 per year
Rooftop heliports
For operation of a rooftop heliport
$250 per year
Special outdoor events, carnivals, and fairs
For the location and operation of special outdoor events, carnivals, and fairs
$60 per event
Special structures and high-rise buildings
To operate special structures and high-rise buildings
See Occupancy Permit Fee Table
Storage occupancies
To operate a storage occupancy
See Occupancy Permit Fee Table
Tar kettles
For placement of a tar kettle, placement shall be obtained prior to the placement of a tar kettle
$30 - single use
$60 - multi-use
Tire-rebuilding plants
For operation and maintenance of a tire-rebuilding plant
$150 per year
Tire storage
To use an open area or portion thereof to store tires in excess of 1,000 ft.3 (28.3m3)
$150 per year
Torch-applied roofing operation
For the use of a torch for application of roofing materials
$30 - single use
$60 - multi-use
Wildland fire-prone areas
For use of hazardous areas within fire-prone areas
$x.00 per year
Wood products
To store chips, hogged material, lumber, or plywood in excess of 200 ft.3 (5.7 m3)
$150 per year
Occupancy Permit Fee Table
 
Occupancy Group 1 Annual Renewal A, E, H-1, I-1 & R
(Not Including R-3 Occupancies)
Occupancy Group 2 Biannual Renewal H-2, I-3, I-4, B - Medical & B - College
Occupancy Group 3 Triennial Renewal B, H-3, M, S-1
Occupancy Group 4 Quadrennial Renewal F-1, F-2, H-4, H-5, S-2 & U
0 - 3,000 sq. ft.
$60
$60
$60
$60
3,001 - 5,000 sq. ft.
$95
$95
$95
$95
5,001 - 7,500 sq. ft.
$125
$125
$125
$125
7,501 - 10,000 sq. ft.
$135
$135
$135
$135
10,001 - 12,500 sq. ft.
$150
$150
$150
$150
12,501 - 15,000 sq. ft.
$170
$170
$170
$170
15,001 - 17,500 sq. ft.
$180
$180
$180
$180
17,501 -20,000 sq. ft.
$190
$190
$190
$190
20,001 - 30,000 sq. ft.
$205
$205
$205
$205
30,001 - 40,000 sq. ft.
$230
$230
$230
$230
40,001 - 50,000 sq. ft.
$245
$245
$245
$245
50,001 - 60,000 sq. ft.
$260
$260
$260
$260
60,001 - 70,000 sq. ft.
$275
$275
$275
$275
70,001 - 100,000 sq. ft.
$285
$285
$285
$285
100,001 - 150,000 sq. ft.
$305
$305
$305
$305
150,001 - 200,000 sq. ft.
$340
$340
$340
$340
D. 
All permit fees established pursuant to this section are due when an application is submitted to the Fire Marshal.
A. 
Any person who commences any work which is subject to the permit requirements of § 87-5A or C without first obtaining a permit shall be required to pay a penalty of $500 in addition to the permit fee otherwise applicable. No such penalty shall be imposed upon a person who commences emergency repair work without a permit provided that a permit is sought promptly thereafter.
B. 
Any person who conducts any operation which is subject to the permit requirements of § 87-5B without first obtaining a permit shall be required to pay a penalty equal to the amount of the permit fee otherwise applicable. Said penalty shall be payable in addition to the required permit fee. No such penalty shall be imposed upon a person who commences emergency repair work without a permit provided that a permit is sought promptly thereafter.
Agencies of the Town of West Hartford and the West Hartford Board of Education shall be required to obtain all permits and/or inspections required pursuant to this chapter but all fees associated therewith shall be waived.