Retail Store Rules and Regulations
Which FDNY rules and regulations impact my business?
It is important to ensure that your store is safe for both customers to shop, and for employees to work. There are some dangerous products that may be found in general retail stores, and the FDNY has safety rules for these types of products that you must obey.
We issue permits to ensure that any dangerous products at your store are stored properly, and we also issue Certificates of Fitness to ensure these products are safely handled. The amount and type of dangerous products in your store determines what type of permits or certificates you will need.
If your store has any of the following conditions, a Fire Department permit and a C-92 Certificate of Fitness are required:
- More than 5 gallons of highly flammable liquids. These liquids will create vapors that can easily burn at low temperatures with just a spark. Examples: nail polish removers, paint removal products, paint cleaning products, varnishes, lacquers, etc.
- More than 10 gallons of flammable liquids. Examples: windshield washer fluid, spray oil lubricant mineral spirits (e.g. WD-40).
- More than 20 gallons of oil-based paints.
- Air conditioners that are roof mounted, have more than five horsepower, are in your backyard, or are floor mounted require a permit from us.
- Fuel oil: If you use fuel oil for heating, you will need a permit.
If you have more than 1,280 fluid ounces of aerosol cans in your supply store (for example, 80 aerosol cans of 16 ounces), a permit and an A-49 Certificate of Fitness are required from us. Shaving cream, window cleaners, rug shampoos, hair sprays, deodorants, antiseptics, and spray paint are all examples of aerosol can products that you may need a permit and Certificate of Fitness to have in your store.
How do I Apply for a Certificate of Fitness for my business?
What are some common violations found in retail stores?
What do I do if I receive a notice of violation?
- A FDNY Notice of Violation is an official notice that your store is not in compliance with Fire Department Regulations. To remove it from your record, you must correct the unsafe condition and provide proof of the correction. For example, sending us a picture of the condition being corrected is one way of showing proof. If you have any question about your Notice of Violation, there is a phone number for you to call on the top right of the Notice of Violation. After you correct the condition, a Certificate of Correction must be completed within 35 days from the day the Notice of Violation originally was issued. You can find a copy of the Certificate of Correction here.
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