These rules comprising Rule Chapter 69A-52, F.A.C., shall be known as the “Fees Rule Chapter.”
Specific Authority 633.01, 633.085(5) FS. Law Implemented 633.085(5) FS. History–New 6-18-91, Formerly 4A-52.001.
69A-52.002 Purpose and Scope.
Pursuant to Section 633.085(5), F.S., the following rules are adopted covering the schedule of fees charged for the costs of inspection and related administrative expenses incurred by the Division of State Fire Marshal. The fees shall be established at a level which will recover the costs which the State Fire Marshal incurs in fulfilling its legislative mandates.
Specific Authority 633.01, 633.085(5) FS. Law Implemented 633.085(5) FS. History–New 6-18-91, Formerly 4A-52.002.
The State Legislature mandates that the State Fire Marshal shall perform the following functions for which fees shall be charged:
(1) Inspect each state-owned building on a recurring basis, as defined in Rule 69A-3.009, F.A.C., and inspect high hazard state owned occupancies at least annually for compliance with applicable fire safety standards for state-owned buildings.
(2) Perform tests on all components of any electronic fire warning system, smoke detection system and any pressurized air handling unit.
(3) Inspect any new, renovated, alteration or change of occupancy of any existing state-owned or state-leased building.
(4) Review plans for all new construction, renovation, alteration, or change of occupancy of any existing state-owned or state-leased building.
Specific Authority 633.01, 633.085(5) FS. Law Implemented 633.01(1), 633.085 FS. History–New 6-18-91, Amended 9-6-01, Formerly 4A-52.003.
(1) Review of plans for all new construction, renovations, alterations, or changes of occupancy.
(a)1. The plans review fee for all new construction, renovations, alterations, or changes of occupancy for state-owned and state-leased buildings shall be computed by multiplying the estimated cost of construction by .0025.
2. If no construction cost is involved in a change of occupancy, the plans review fee will be calculated at the rate of $.02 per square foot of newly occupied space.
3. The minimum fee for each plan review is $100 per building.
(b)1. The plans review fees set forth in paragraph (1)(a) of this rule includes 3 inspections or site visits.
a. When applicable, one mandatory site visit to observe the inspection on the underground fire protection main. This site visit is to occur prior to cover-up; and
b. One optional inspection, conducted at the discretion of the State Fire Marshal’s Plans Review Section or Firesafety Inspection, to occur prior to close-in of the building. In considering whether to conduct an optional inspection, the section shall apply the following:
(I) The complexity of construction.
(II) Whether a fire alarm system has been installed.
(III) Whether a sprinkler system has been installed.
(IV) Whether other required fire protection systems have been installed, and
c. One mandatory inspection to occur prior to occupancy of the building.
2. The State Fire Marshal or his designee shall be the final authority as to when the building meets firesafety standards for occupancy.
(c) Additional inspections required as a result of code violations found during the final inspection shall be billed at the rate of $65 per hour, per inspector (portal to portal), plus expenses.
(d) Plans review fees shall be paid in full by the lessor, design professional, or state agency before the review process begins. All plans review fees are payable to “Department of Financial Services.”
(2) Firesafety inspections on existing buildings.
(a) The fee for recurring or annual firesafety inspections for state‑owned buildings is computed by multiplying the value of the building, as reported by the Division of Risk Management for coverage in the state’s property self‑insurance program, by .0002.
This fee includes any additional inspection or inspections that may be necessary to help insure compliance with the fire prevention code. The minimum fee for each inspection is $100 per building.
(b)1. The Division of State Fire Marshal shall bill annual fire inspection fees by September 1 of each year.
2. The bill for inspection fees sent to a state agency will cover fees for all space owned by that agency.
3. These fees may be paid in equal installments on September 1, December 1, March 1, and June 1 of each fiscal year.
4. All fire safety inspection fees are payable to “Department of Financial Services.”
Specific Authority 633.01, 633.085(5) FS. Law Implemented 633.01(1), 633.085(5) FS. History–New 6-18-91, Amended 10-20-93, 9-6-01, Formerly 4A-52.004.