Town of Putnam, CT
Windham County
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[Adopted 11-20-2017 STM]
The purpose of this fee schedule is to allow the Fire Marshal's office of the Town of Putnam to collect fees in connection with the Fire Marshal's fire inspection and plan review responsibilities under C.G.S. § 29-305; in addition, the responsibilities required by the State Fire Safety Code, the State Fire Prevention Code, the Connecticut General Statutes and/or the regulations promulgated by the State Fire Marshal's Office or the Department of Public Safety.
When the Fire Marshal's Office performs an inspection that requires official certification issued from the Office, a fee shall be charged for such inspection prior to the issuance of the certificate. The fees for such inspection noted below shall apply.
Type of Occupancy
Initial Fee
Renewal Fee1
Residential apartment buildings (three-family or more)
$20 per dwelling unit
(Fee shall not exceed $200)
$10 per dwelling unit
(Fee shall not exceed $100)
Residential rental unit (vacated)2, 3, 4, 5
$20
N/A
Real estate smoke/CO alarm inspection
$25
N/A
Day-care facilities
$50
$25
Educational
$100
$50
Nursing and convalescent homes
$100
$50
Institutional
$100
$50
Assembly use/liquor license
$100
$50
Residential board and care
Small (<16 residents)
$50
$25
Large (>16 residents)
$100
$50
Hotels
$100
$50
Business/mercantile
$50
$25
Bed-and-breakfast
$100
$50
Dormitories
$100
$50
Tents (1,200 square feet and larger)
$50
N/A
Carnival/fair
$50
N/A
Theater
$100
$50
Wood stove
$25
N/A
Gas piping pressure test (commercial, including residential three-family or more)
$25
$25
Fuel station pressure test
$25
N/A
Sprinkler pressure test
$25
N/A
NOTES:
1.
A renewal fee shall only apply for reinspections that are conducted within 60 days of the expiration of the previous inspection certificate. Any inspections done after the sixty-day grace period shall be assessed the initial inspection fee.
2.
No rental unit, once vacated, shall be reoccupied before the owner of the building containing such dwelling unit shall obtain from the Fire Marshal or his/her designee a permit for rental dwelling unit occupancy for the particular unit. After a rental unit has been vacated and cleaned, the property owner shall contact the Building Safety and Inspection office and request an inspection of the vacant unit.
3.
No such permit shall be issued until the Fire Marshal or his/her designee has inspected the dwelling unit and approved such unit meets the Connecticut State Fire Safety Code insofar as such conformity may be ascertained by a visual inspection and until a fee of $20 per dwelling unit has been paid to the Town of Putnam Fire Marshal.
4.
Any residential building equipped with a fire alarm system, a fire suppression system (sprinkler or otherwise), locked utility rooms, HVAC systems in locked rooms, or locked roof or basement access shall be required to install a rapid entry system used by the local fire department.
5.
Such permit shall not constitute any type of guarantee or warranty by the Town to any person as to the condition of the premise(s) and that the landlord/owner of said premise(s) shall remain fully liable for the condition of his/her premise(s).
Whenever any person, firm, business, or other entity submits a plan in connection with a building permit for review and/or approval from the Fire Marshal's Office, the fees for said review shall be based on the building square footage as set forth in the table below. The Fire Marshal's Office shall have 30 days to complete plan reviews up to 10,000 square feet and 45 days to complete plan reviews greater than 10,000 square feet. Authorization to release building permit shall be submitted in writing to the Town of Putnam Building Official in accordance with C.G.S. § 29-263.
A. 
Building plan review:
Building Size
(new construction or area to be renovated)
Fee
Up to 2,000 square feet
$50
2,000 to 4,999 square feet
$125
5,000 to 9,999 square feet
$250
10,000 to 24,999 square feet
$500
25,000 to 39,999 square feet
$750*
40,000 to 49,999 square feet
$1,000*
50,000 square feet and over
$1,500*
*
NOTE: Any building plans for buildings 25,000 square feet or greater may be required to have an independent plan review, as determined at the sole discretion of the Putnam Fire Marshal's Office. The independent plan review shall be conducted by a plan reviewer hired by the applicant and is subject to approval by the Fire Marshal's Office. The applicant shall pay all costs associated with the approved and contracted plan reviewer's independent review. The applicant shall submit the plan reviewer's written report, along with documentation that the reviewer's costs have been paid in full. A fee of 1/4 the amount listed above shall be assessed for a Fire Marshal's Office review of the written report and plans. The Fire Marshal's Office will have 10 days to review and upon approval shall submit authorization to release building permit, in writing, to the Town of Putnam Building Official in accordance with C.G.S. § 29-263.
B. 
Fire alarm system.
Building Size
(square footage of area being protected)
Fee
Up to 2,000 square feet
$50
2,000 to 4,999 square feet
$100
5,000 to 9,999 square feet
$200
10,000 to 24,999 square feet
$300
25,000 to 39,999 square feet
$400*
40,000 to 49,999 square feet
$500*
50,000 square feet and over
$700*
*
NOTE: Any building plans for buildings 25,000 square feet or greater may be required to have an independent plan review, as determined at the sole discretion of the Putnam Fire Marshal's Office. The independent plan review shall be conducted by a plan reviewer hired by the applicant and is subject to approval by the Fire Marshal's Office. The applicant shall pay all costs associated with the approved and contracted plan reviewer's independent review. The applicant shall submit the plan reviewer's written report, along with documentation that the reviewer's costs have been paid in full. A fee of 1/4 the amount listed above shall be assessed for a Fire Marshal's Office review of the written report and plans. The Fire Marshal's Office will have 10 days to review and upon approval shall submit authorization to release building permit, in writing, to the Town of Putnam Building Official in accordance with Connecticut General Statute 29-263.
C. 
Sprinkler system/active fire protection system.
Building Size
(square footage of are being protected)
Fee
Up to 2,000 square feet
$50
2,000 to 4,999 square feet
$100
5,000 to 9,999 square feet
$200
10,000 to 24,999 square feet
$300
25,000 to 39,999 square feet
$400*
40,000 to 49,999 square feet
$500*
50,000 square feet and over
$700*
*
NOTE: Any building plans for buildings 25,000 square feet or greater may be required to have an independent plan review, as determined at the sole discretion of the Putnam Fire Marshal's Office. The independent plan review shall be conducted by a plan reviewer hired by the applicant and is subject to approval by the Fire Marshal's Office. The applicant shall pay all costs associated with the approved and contracted plan reviewer's independent review. The applicant shall submit the plan reviewer's written report, along with documentation that the reviewer's costs have been paid in full. A fee of 1/4 the amount listed above shall be assessed for a Fire Marshal's Office review of the written report and plans. The Fire Marshal's Office will have 10 days to review and upon approval shall submit authorization to release building permit, in writing, to the Town of Putnam Building Official in accordance with Connecticut General Statute 29-263.
D. 
Food service hood system.
(1) 
Per hood system: $50.
E. 
Modifications, alterations or additions to existing fire alarm and/or sprinkler/active fire protection systems will be assessed at 1/2 the fee listed above.
F. 
Resubmittal fee for rejected plans: 1/2 base fee.
Approval to install, operate or conduct an operation listed below shall require a permit be issued for the Fire Marshal's Office prior to such action. When the Fire Marshal's Office issues a permit to install, operate or conduct an operation, the fees listed below shall apply.
Permit
Fee
Retail fireworks/sparkler vendor (annual)
$50
Retail fireworks/sparkler vendor (thirty-day)
$50
Private fireworks display*
$100
Fireworks/explosives storage
$100
Pyrotechnic/special effects
$50
Underground flammable/combustible
Storage tank removal
Under 1,000 gallon capacity
$25
Over 1,000 gallon capacity
$50
Commercial fuel tank installation
$50
Propane filling station (Annual)
$25
Propane exchange retail operation (Annual)
$25
Open burning permit
Seven-day permit
No fee
Thirty-day permit
No fee
Blasting permits
$60 (per CGS)
Missed (no-show) inspection fee
$25
Return check fee (per Town of Putnam policy)
NOTE:
*
For private firework displays, one Fire Marshal and two certified firefighters with proper extinguishing equipment shall be on site from the time the pyrotechnics arrive until the show is over. The Fire Marshal cost shall be a rate of $45 per hour. The two firefighters shall be at a rate of $100 per hour combined.
All requests for copies of reports will be charged a fee in accordance with the Town of Putnam policies and the Freedom of Information Act.
A. 
No permit or required certificate shall be issued to any party until the fee for such permit or certificate has been submitted with the appropriate application.
B. 
The Mayor may take all enforcement action necessary to secure payment of the delinquent unpaid fees, including the authorization of the Town Attorney to bring action for payment in a court of law.
C. 
All fees shall be made payable by check only made out to the "Town of Putnam."
D. 
Any person who fails to comply with the provisions of this Code or violates any condition attached to a permit or fails to carry out a order made pursuant to this Code shall be fined $25 per day.
A. 
Government, public education, and nonprofit organizations are exempt fees listed in this document but are still subject to the required permits and inspections.
B. 
The Selectman, upon written request from the applicant and with approval from the Fire Marshal's Office, may waive any fees listed in this document for the good of the Town of Putnam.
A. 
Cost of signage: N/A.
B. 
Any building deemed as a hazardous condition to firefighters by the local Fire Marshal shall be required to display a twenty-four-inch by twenty-four-inch sign complying with the Fire Department's marking system. The cost of such signage and mounting shall be paid for by the property owner and mounted on the front exterior of such building in plain sight for as to be visible for Fire Department personnel. See Appendix A.
C. 
Appendix A. Vacant building marking system.
(1) 
Two-foot by two foot sign with white background and solid red markings.
(2) 
Basic marking.
(a) 
Large red X: no entry permitted under fire conditions.
(b) 
Slash: limited entry permitted under fire conditions.
(c) 
Open box: entry is permitted under fire conditions.
(3) 
Descriptive marking.
(a) 
FO: Floor open (with floor number).
[1] 
Example: FO 1 (hole in the first floor).
(b) 
RO: Roof open.
(c) 
SO: Stair open.
[1] 
Example: SO 1-2 (stair between floors 1 and 2).
(d) 
WO: Wall open or unstable (with building side).
[1] 
Example: WO C (wall open, rear).
(e) 
HC: hoarding condition.