Fire Inspections & Permitting

The Mount Dora Fire Department's Fire Prevention Division serves as one of the department's public relations agents by the nature of its work, performing inspections and re-inspections within the community's businesses and multi-family complexes.

The department's goal is to prevent loss of life and property by providing inspections to businesses within the City of Mount Dora. Fire inspections are performed in accordance with the City of Mount Dora Fire Code, the Florida Fire Prevention Code, the National Fire Prevention Code, and any other applicable codes. The Fire Chief is designated as the authority having jurisdiction with regard to the fire and life safety code.

The fire inspection program is divided into two specific and necessary components.

New Construction
The building official serves the city as the fire marshal, providing oversight and regulation of all new construction. Staff within the Building and Fire Prevention Construction Department is certified to attend to all of the needs related to the fire and life safety inspection process involving new construction.

Existing Commercial


All commercial and business properties within the City of Mount Dora receive an annual fire inspection. It is the inherent responsibility of the Fire Department to assure that all places of public occupancy and assembly maintain compliance with the fire and life safety codes that are applicable to their specific and respective type of occupancy.

Areas of Inspection


Initial & Annual Inspections
  • 2A10BC fire extinguishers mounted on a wall in an open area, serviced annually by a licensed company
  • Business address clearly marked in a contrasting color, no smaller than 4 inches, on the building
  • Fire alarm system annually inspected by a licensed company
  • Fire sprinkler system annually inspected by a licensed company
  • No extension cords used to permanently power any equipment
  • Operational emergency lighting
  • Operational smoke detectors
  • Properly illuminated exit signs
  • Unlocked and unblocked exits

Common Violations
  • Missing approved and semiannually tagged hood systems for commercial cooking
  • Burned out bulbs in exit lights and emergency lights
  • No Class K fire extinguishers for commercial cooking areas
  • Dead batteries in smoke detectors, exit lights, and emergency lights
  • Electrical panels not labeled
  • Exit signs not posted
  • Fire extinguishers out of date
  • Fire extinguishers not mounted to wall
  • Missing ceiling tiles
  • Missing electrical plates
  • Obstructed exits
  • Use of extension cords without surge protectors
  • Wrong type of fire extinguishers

Crowd Management



The deadliest fires in US history have involved places of assembly. Of particular concern are indoor venues where the exits to the building were not immediately apparent to panicked patrons. The Station nightclub fire that occurred on February 20, 2003 killed 100 and injured over 200 others sparking nationwide awareness about the fire and life safety code issues in places of assembly. Florida has now enacted statutes to address this (Florida Fire Prevention Code 20.1.5.6).

Assembly occupancies between 50 and 250 people within the City of Mount Dora will need to provide a minimum of one trained crowd manager and an additional crowd manager for each additional 250 occupants. More information is available in the Crowd Manager Guidelines.

Please contact the Fire Department Inspection Division at (352) 735-7140 ext. 2103, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, to schedule your inspections or if you have any questions.

Permitting

The Fire Department permitting / registration process is designed to provide the reasonable measures of safety in connection with specific activities that are scheduled to occur within the City of Mount Dora. In order to receive a permit, an application and approval process must be initiated.

All applications should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the need for a permit. This provides ample time for review, inspection and processing.
Contact the Fire Department Inspection Division at (352) 735-7140 ext. 2103, between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, if you have any questions.