New Glenwood fire department fees OK’d |

New Glenwood fire department fees OK’d

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – City fire department fees, which are charged for everything from fire protection systems in new buildings to private fireworks displays, are going up for the first time in seven years.

Glenwood Springs City Council on Thursday approved a recommendation by fire chief Mike Piper to raise the fees, which were first established in 2004.

Council also agreed to a new process to make any future fee adjustments by resolution, rather than the more formal ordinance amendment process.

Piper said the fees are required for any construction activities involving the installation of fire protection systems, as well as for other potentially hazardous situations, such as fireworks or cooking and using heating elements under tents.

He said the Glenwood Springs Fire Department fees were the lowest of any fire department in Garfield, Eagle or Pitkin counties, prompting the request for an increase.

Fees for automatic fire protection and fire alarm systems will increase from $300 to $350 for buildings up to 15,000 square feet, and from $500 to $550 for buildings larger than that.

The fee for a “standpipe” system that’s not part of a combination fire sprinkler system will increase from $100 to $150 for buildings up to 15,000 square feet and from $175 to $225 for larger buildings.

Other fee changes (former fee in parentheses) will be as follows:

• Automatic fire protection system modification – $150 ($100)

• Fire alarm system modification – $150 ($100)

• Fire and/or jockey pump; includes plan review and test – $200 ($150)

• Water tanks/cistern for fire protection; includes plan review and two site inspections – $150 ($125)

• Permanent or temporary compressed gas installations; includes plan review and one site inspection – $100 ($75)

• Tents, canopies and other membrane structures under which cooking or heating units are to be used; includes one site inspection – $75 ($50)

• Kitchen hood fire suppression systems; includes plan review and on-site test – $200 ($150)

• Fireworks; includes one site inspection – $100 ($50)

• Bulk fuel tank installation and inspections $300 (no change)

In addition, a re-inspection fee of $50 per hour will be assessed, and any work done without a proper permit will be subject to double the normal fee.

There is no fee for open burn permits, however an application must be filed with the fire department before starting an open burn.

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