The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) performs inspections throughout New York City to ensure that hazardous chemicals and compressed gases are properly stored. Inspections are performed to enforce regulations that protect the public and property exposed to fire caused by improperly stored chemicals. All entities which use, store, sell and / or otherwise handle potentially hazardous chemicals or compressed gases may be required to obtain a permit from FDNY. The necessity of a permit varies according to the use, type and amount of the hazardous chemical(s) at the premise.
A Certificate of Fitness must be obtained by any and all persons responsible for supervision of the use or storage of most hazardous chemicals. The Certificate is connected to a specific person and premise, so each site where hazardous chemicals are handled must possess its own permit and Certificate, even if operating under the same entity or persons.
Certificates are issued according to the type of chemical or compressed gas being handled. Most require separate exams. See the Certificate of Fitness Categories and Corresponding Study Materials link, below, for further information.
Some commonly used or stored chemicals include carbon dioxide for soda carbonation in restaurants, and flammable / combustible liquid in retail shops.
Chemicals inspections are provided by a District Office, which is divided into coverage areas.
See the Hazardous Chemicals Inspection Information link to contact your local office.
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: N/A