RCFR Will Implement Fire Permitting Beginning 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 utilized in connection with such activities, or install or modify any fire protection systems or equipment or any other construction, equipment installation or modification in accordance with the provisions of Rutherford County’s fire code (2018 International Fire Code).

“The implementation of fire permitting greatly assists the Fire Marshal’s Office in its mission to increase and enhance the life safety of businesses, patrons, and visitors of Rutherford County businesses by ensuring that the necessary plans are submitted for review and the needed fire code inspections are performed,” explained Fire Marshal Joshua Sanders. “It also allows the Fire Marshal’s Office to obtain specific data on the types fire protection equipment, fire alarm systems, and hazardous operations that are being conducted throughout the County thereby ensuring the safest environment possible.”

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

Required fire permits in Rutherford County by category :


Fire Sprinkler Systems
Automatic Fire Extinguishing Systems (Hood suppression, clean agent, etc.)
Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems
Fire Alarm and Detection Systems
Fire Pumps and Related Equipment
Flammable & Combustible Liquid- Tank Installation/Modification/Removal
Gates and Barricades across Fire Apparatus Access Roads


Commercial Open Burning
Explosives- Use/Storage/Manufacture
Fire Watch Activities
Storage of Flammable & Combustible Liquids (includes above-ground tanks)
Hazardous Materials Storage
High Piled Storage
Liquid- or Gas-fueled Vehicles or Equipment in Assemble Buildings
Use/Storage/Dispensing of LP-Gas
Mobile Food Preparation Vehicles (Food Trucks)
Mobile Fuel-Dispensing Facilities
Outdoor Assembly Events (over 1000 attendees)
Private Fire Hydrants
Temporary Membrane Structures and Tents
Vehicle Repair Garages

Adoption of this permitting system was approved by the County’s Public Safety Committee in October 2021, was presented to the Steering and Budget Committees in November, and was ultimately approved by the full County Commission at the November 2021 meeting.

Permits will be available online through the County’s Cityworks portal in the very near future. A schedule of fees for the various types of permits will also be available on the portal.

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

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