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B.O.S.S. Fire Safety Self-Inspection Program

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December 17, 2019 at 01:37 PM

Be your own B.O.S.S.

Martin County Fire Rescue conducts fire and life safety inspections on an annual basis to ensure that businesses adhere to the requirements of the Florida Fire Prevention Code. As an additional option for certain types of businesses, MCFR has instituted the Business Occupant Safety Survey (B.O.S.S.) self-inspection program. 

About the Self-Inspection Program:

The B.O.S.S. self-inspection program alleviates the need for formal inspections by a fire inspector and is intended to equip small businesses and building owners with the critical knowledge they need to keep their employees, customers, and property fire safe under the requirements of the Florida Fire Prevention code.  

Additionally, this program aims to reduce the impact of government fees on small businesses in Martin County. Martin County Fire Rescue inspection fees range from $50 to $500 based upon the square footage of the occupancy. The B.O.S.S. program allows qualifying business types to save money by completing their own inspection. 

Business Type Eligibility:

The B.O.S.S. self-inspection program targets small, light hazard, commercial occupancies that do not normally have a high occupancy load. Light hazard occupancies are locations where there is a relatively low amount of combustible materials (including furnishings, decorations, and other content) within the occupied space.

These types occupancies may include: 

  • Ambulatory health care facilities serving five or fewer patients
  • Animal hospitals, kennels and pounds
  • Banks
  • Barber and beauty shops 
  • Car washes
  • Clinics or outpatient offices
  • Dry cleaners and laundromats 
  • Smaller educational occupancies (for students above the 12th grade)
  • Electronic data processing offices
  • Motor vehicle showrooms
  • Nail salons
  • Post offices
  • Print shops
  • Professional services (architects, attorneys, dentists, physicians, engineers, etc.)
  • Radio and television stations
  • Small retail shops

If a business falls into one of these classifications, it may be eligible to conduct its own fire safety self-inspection. Occupants may elect to complete the fire safety inspections more often; however, a reminder will be mailed and emailed to qualifying businesses every two years as a notification that a fire safety inspection is due.

If you want to verify if your specific business is eligible for the self-inspection program, please call (772) 288-5633.

How to conduct a self-inspection:

Eligible businesses may elect to participate in the self-inspection program by completing the following steps:

  1. Notify us of your intent to participate in the self-inspection program by calling our office.
  2. Watch each of the program how-to videos:
  3. Print and complete the B.O.S.S. Program Checklist.
  4. Mail the completed checklist and a check made payable to "Martin County Fire Rescue" to the following address. Use the table below to determine the correct payment amount based on the square footage of your business. 

Martin County Fire Prevention
800 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, Florida, 34994

B.O.S.S. Program: Reduced Fee Based on Business Square Footage

0 - 2,500 sq. ft.

$25

2,501 - 5,000 sq. ft.

$50

5,001 - 20,000 sq. ft.

$100

20,001 - 100,000 sq. ft

$150

Over 100,000 sq. ft

$250

 

Once your checklist and payment is received, Martin County Fire Prevention will review your submission. Businesses that fail to complete the process will be subject to a formal inspection with additional costs. Businesses that fail to correct violations or maintain a code compliant facility, will be subject to additional code enforcement activities and be removed from the self-inspection program.

The self-inspection program is not mandatory. Businesses may elect to opt out of the self-inspection program and request to schedule a standard, on-site fire inspection of your business by contacting us.

Martin County Fire Prevention
800 SE Monterey Road
Stuart, Florida, 34994
(772) 288-5633

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