Why does my fuel dispensing operation require an annual fire inspection and permit?
An operational permit is required for fuel dispensing operations, which present multiple hazards that an annual inspection helps to prevent or alleviate. Vehicle accidents involving fuel dispensing operations are frequent; pumps are hit by vehicles; hoses are pulled from pumps by vehicles driving off; tanks are overfilled, spilling flammable and combustible fuels onto the site; and fires are caused by smoking, sparks, and static electricity arcs. Annual inspections help to assure that hoses and pumps are in proper condition; that proper protective structures are in place to prevent vehicles from hitting pumps; that warning signs are in place; and that required fire protection devices, such as fire extinguishers, are in place and are maintained in proper working condition. The annual inspection and permitting also helps to assure that none of the fuel storage tanks are deteriorating and leaking fuel into the ground.

To meet the annual requirements, an Application for Registered Operation must be completely filled out, and submitted to the Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office along with the fee listed on the application. Once the Fire Inspector has completed your inspection and all violations, if any, have been corrected, you will be given a sticker with an individual number that is assigned to your facility, and the year that the sticker was awarded will be punched.

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1. What authority does the County have to conduct Fire Inspections?
2. Why does the County conduct Fire Inspections?
3. What is a Fire Code?
4. What Fire Code does the County enforce?
5. Why does the County charge a fee for conducting a fire inspection?
6. How often does the County conduct a fire/safety inspection?
7. A Fire Inspector found a violation of the Fire Code in my building; what must I do?
8. The Fire Inspector told me that a re-inspection is necessary, why?
9. If I fail to make corrections to a fire code violation, what happens?
10. Why am I being told I have to install a Fire Alarm System?
11. Why am I being told I have to install a Fire Sprinkler System?
12. Is my building is "Grandfathered" from having to meet current codes?
13. How is the occupant load for my building calculated?
14. My business is regulated or licensed by the State, and they use the Life Safety Code; why is the Fire Inspector telling me I have to comply with the County Fire Code?
15. I just started a business and moved into a new building; what do I have to do?
16. I want to install fuel tanks at my property; what must I do?
17. I believe I saw a fire code violation at a business I visited; what can I do about it?
18. What does the Inspector look for during an inspection?
19. What is an "Exit" Strategy, and why is it important?
20. Why does my mobile food vending truck require an annual fire inspection and permit?
21. Why does my fuel dispensing operation require an annual fire inspection and permit?