United States Fire Administration
National Volunteer Fire Council
Are Recreational Fires & Portable Outdoor Fireplaces Allowed?
The City’s Fire Prevention Code, Title 15, Chapter 15.28, allows recreational fires and the use of portable outdoor fireplaces without a permit, if these guidelines are followed:
Plan Review Transmittal Form - Fire Dept
This form is to be included with any plans submitted for review to the Fire Department.
Juvenile Fire Setters
For years within the fire service, firefighters have had the obligation of speaking with youths that have started fires. There was a time when children who set fires or played with fire were often taken to the fire station for a stern lecture from a firefighter. More recently, trained members of the fire service have interviewed firesetters and their families using more sophisticated intervention strategies.
Business and Group Programs
Fire Extinguisher Training
The Fire Department offers fire extinguisher training to the business community or any other interested group. The class includes a videotaped instructional program, brief lecture, handouts, and an opportunity to extinguish a live fire. The class is available upon request and is highly recommended for all adults. A nominal fee is charged for each class to cover the cost of the program. Please contact the Fire Department at (630) 377-4458 for more information.
How do I schedule an engine to visit my block party?
The Fire Department is happy to participate, when requested, in all permitted block parties.
A fire engine will visit the block party, and the firefighters will answer questions, demonstrate various pieces of equipment, and open the apparatus for viewing. Please call 630-377-4458 to schedule a date and time. A minimum of 2 weeks noticed if preferred.
Residents should contact the Police Department at (630) 377-4435 first to obtain the proper permit.
Plan Submittal Requirements for Developers
The Fire Prevention Bureau reviews plans for fire code compliance for new construction, additions, and remodeling/alterations of all commercial buildings and certain multi-family dwellings in the City of St. Charles. Architectural plans are submitted to the Building and Code Enforcement Division to begin the permit process. All conditions stated in the plan review must be satisfied prior to final occupancy of the building/space.