Ordinances and Fees

Questions pertaining to these fees should be directed to the Winston-Salem Fire Marshal's Office at 336-773-7961.

Pay Fire Department Fees and Fines


Fire Safety Fines

$200 Blocked Exits
$100 Unauthorized Storage
$100 Spraying Operation Not in Compliance
$100 Failure to test Fire Alarm System
  $50 Use of Unauthorized Heating Device
  $50 Street Address Numbers Not Visible
  $50 Failure to test Emergency Lighting
  $50 Extinguisher Refill/Maintenance

The following are some definitions, which should help clarify the types of Life Safety Code Violations.

Definitions of Life Safety Violations

Blocked Exits – ($200) Any obstruction in the required width of a means of egress. ("Means of Egress" is the continuous and unobstructed path of vertical and horizontal egress travel from any point in a building or structure to a public way, consisting of three separate and distinct parts: the exit access, the exit, and the exit discharge.)

Unauthorized Storage – ($100) The storage of flammable, combustible or hazardous liquids or materials improperly stored and/or without a permit. (This violation applies to facilities that are required to report under the Hazardous Chemicals Right-to-Know Act.)

Spraying Operation Not in Compliance – ($100) Spraying flammable or combustible finishes without a properly installed spray booth or approved spraying area.

Alarm System Not Tested – ($100) Failure to have required maintenance test conducted of fire alarm system(s), and to have required documentation of test(s).

Use of Unauthorized Heating Device – ($50) The use of non-listed heating appliances and/or used in an unapproved manner or location.

Street Address Numbers Not Visible – ($50) Failure to post street address numbers where visible from the street or primary emergency means of egress. Address numbers shall be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 4-inches (102mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5-inch (12.7mm).

Extinguisher Refill – ($50) Failure to properly maintain and service required portable fire extinguishers.

Emergency Lighting Not Tested – ($50) Failure to provide documentation on the following: 

Equipment Type of Test Frequency
Emergency generator (if applicable) 30 minute load test Monthly
Battery Pack Lighting 30 second test Monthly
Battery Pack Lighting 90 minute test Annually

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