Annual Permit

Chapter 1, Section 105.6 of the California Fire Code authorizes an annual permit for every building or structure, facility, or portion thereof that conducts activities, which produce conditions hazardous to life or property.  The Annual Permit is issued to business owners.

Permits are not transferable and any change in occupancy, operation, tenancy or ownership shall require that a new permit be issued.



Santa Monica Fire Inspectors will inspect the property and determine whether your business requires an Annual Permit to conduct business activities. Santa Monica requires permits for the following:     

  • Acute Care Hospital
  • Ambulatory Surgical Center
  • Approved Production Facility
  • Convalescent Hospital
  • Day Care
  • Place of Public Assembly  
  • Pre-School
  • Private School
  • Public School
  • Residential Care Facility
  • Aircraft Refueling
  • Aircraft Repair Facility
  • Approved Candles or Open Flame in Public Assembly
  • Combustible Dust Production 
  • High-piled Combustible Stock
  • Hot Work - Welding/Cutting
  • Industrial Oven
  • Propane Heater(s)
  • Spraying or Dipping Flammable/Combustible Finishes
  • Tire Storage      

Once fees are paid, the Annual Permit will be issued.  No operation or activity requiring a permit will be performed until an Annual Permit is received.



As a business owner, you need to renew your Annual Permit if you continue to conduct the same business activities during succeeding years. If you discontinue a permitted activity, you are required to inform Fire Prevention that the activity has been discontinued.

  • After Fire Prevention receives the permit renewal payment, the permit will be issued.

Annually, a fire inspector will conduct an inspection of the property to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and any condition(s) imposed. During the inspection, it will be determined whether the business requires additional fire permits to conduct current business activities. If additional fire permits are required, Fire Prevention will mail out the additional permit invoice letter to the business owner.



Applications shall be submitted 15 business days in advance of the expiration date to ensure sufficient time for processing. Please note that Fire Prevention has moved to two expiration dates:

  • May 1st
  • November 1st

Please allow a minimum of 3-4 days for your application to be processed. Renewals not submitted by the deadline may be subject to additional fees. 



All applicable fees must be paid before a permit will be issued.  Santa Monica Fire accepts checks and credit card. Payment should be remitted to the City of Santa Monica at the mailing address below.

Fax: 310.395.3395
Mail: Fire Prevention
Santa Monica Fire
333 W. Olympic Dr., 2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Monday-Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm
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1685 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90401