Zoning codes deal with social order and regulate how land is used – what type of uses are allowed on properties in various locations within a community. For example, a zoning code might not allow a bar or nightclub to be located near a school or senior housing development. Individual communities develop their own, local zoning code, and these codes can vary a great deal from one city to the next.
The International Fire Code and the International Building Code deal with life safety: They both provide minimum safeguards for people at home, at school and in the workplace. They regulate how buildings are constructed and used on properties. The IFC and IBC are part of the International Codes, or I-Codes, published by the International Code Council. All I-Codes are model codes and standards used to design, build and maintain pro safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures.
Most communities in Colorado have adopted the IFC and IBC. In fact, the I-Codes are utilized by jurisdictions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. While many jurisdictions approve local amendments (modifications) in their I-Codes, these codes are almost identical in every community.
The code provisions are intended to protect public health and safety while avoiding both unnecessary costs and preferential treatment of specific materials or methods of construction. By having known, consistent codes throughout a region, construction professionals can save time and money on their projects.
The Loveland Fire Rescue Authority encompasses the Loveland Rural Fire Protection District, so any information, resources, and procedures found on this Web site, apply to the residents and businesses of the Rural District, also.
The recently passed US tax legislation includes an important incentive to significantly improve the life safety in existing buildings – both commercial and residential. Included in the legislation are two provisions to incentivize the retrofitting of fire sprinklers in buildings.
Cost Recover Section 13201 allows fire sprinklers to be fully expensed. That means the property owner can immediately write off the full cost of the sprinklers system; this is in both commercial and residential buildings. Small Business Section 179 Expensing adds fire protection as an eligible expenditure to the tax code. Previously, qualified small businesses were allowed to fully expense purchases such as computers and other equipment up to an annual cap of $500,000; the cap was increase to $1 million annual deduction and includes the fire protection. This is for commercial buildings only.
Spearheading the fire-sprinkler initiative was Jim Langevin, who represents the district where The Station nightclub occurred in 2003 in West Warwick, RI. The fire, caused by pyrotechnics that ignited unapproved sound insulation on the ceiling and walls, killed 100 people and injured 230. Fire experts agree that most, if not all, of the deaths could have been prevented if the building had been equipped with a fire-sprinkler system.
More information is available from your Congressional representative, licensed fire sprinkler contractors, and the National Fire Sprinkler Association website. You may also contact the LFRA Community Safety Division.
LFRA does not provide radon testing, and does not have tests to distribute to the public. Discounted radon tests can be obtained from Colorado’s Department of Public Health & Environment. Radon tests are also available at hardware and retail department stores. Consumer Reports gives advice about selecting radon kits, as well.
When Planning and Building drawings are reviewed, LFRA issues comments and corrections based on requirements from the International Fire Code. These are called Conditions of Approval and it is an industry standard. It means, “We approve this project for a permit, provided these conditions are met.” Examples of Conditions could be that all doors other than the main entrance are required to have panic hardware and all doors must swing outward. These Conditions are like a map that provides direction to the general contractor, in order to make sure the building is built to IFC, NFPA, and IBC requirements. LFRA issues the Conditions of Approval along with the building permit and any redlined drawings. It is imperative that the general contractor read and comply with all Conditions of Approval and any redlined comments on the drawings. By meeting all the Conditions, the contractor will be prepared for LFRA’s inspections.
- City of Loveland Building Division: (970) 962-2346
- Larimer County Building Department: (970) 498-7700
- Town of Johnstown Building Department: (970) 587-4664
These documents are available from the applicable Building Division once the permit has received all final inspections and all Conditions of Approval have been met. The contractor or owner can bring the permit card to building officials with all required engineered letters to have a staff member verify completion. Once all inspections are approved and conditions are met a Certificate of Occupancy or Letter of Completion can be issued at your request.
Call (970) 962-2537 at least 48 hours in advance of when you want the inspection. Make sure you’ve met all permit Conditions of Approval (written requirements for design and construction) and look at any redlined drawings, prior to scheduling the inspection.
Click here to download the LFRA Fee Estimator Worksheet, or call the Community Safety Division at (970) 962-2537 for an estimate.
Please note that these are estimates only and not cost quotes, as the project valuation can change, fee schedules may change, etc. It is the responsibility of the applicant or contractor to confirm the actual permit fees with CSD, if desired, prior to payment and issuance of permit.
There are numerous variables that come into play when determining if a building needs fire sprinklers or a fire alarm, or other fire protection systems. Some of these variables are size of building, occupancy group, occupancy use, type of construction, available fire flow and emergency vehicle access to the building. Your design professional will complete a Code Analysis based on requirements from the International Fire Code and International Building Code. This Code Analysis, typically completed during the Planning and Building permit processes, provides the information necessary to determine what fire-protection systems, if any, are required by the IFC.
- City of Loveland Planning Department: (970) 962-2523
- Larimer County Planning Department: (970) 498-7679
- Town of Johnstown Planning and Zoning: (970) 587-4664
Most of the time, yes. If you’re thinking about moving your business into an existing building or constructing a new building, your first step is to contact the appropriate Planning and Zoning department to see if the property is zoned for your use. You may be required to obtain Planning approval prior to getting your building permit. You also might need a liquor license, utility service, sign permit, sales tax license or other approvals.
The International Building Code specifies that building permits are required to “construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, demolish, or change the occupancy of a building or structure, or to erect, install, enlarge, alter, repair, remove, convert or replace any electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing system” regulated by the IBC (2012 IBC, Section 105.1). If you have questions, call the appropriate Building Division.
LFRA is currently enforcing the 2012 IFC and locally adopted amendments.
It is an International Fire Code that is adopted and enforced all over the world to ensure that structures in which we live, work and play meet recognized minimum standards for protection against fire, explosion or dangerous conditions in new and existing buildings, structures and premises, and to provide safety for firefighters and other emergency responders.
A Knox-Box is a specially designed key-storage box or vault that is used to gain access to many of the commercial occupancies within our fire district. All Knox-Boxes in our fire district are keyed to a unique key design made specifically for LFRA by the Knox Corporation. Keys to access the Knox-Boxes in Loveland are electronically secured and monitored. Most fire agencies in the United Stated utilize Knox-Boxes.
The adopted Fire Code in LFRA’s jurisdiction requires Knox-boxes on all commercial occupancy structures which have a monitored fire alarm and/or fire sprinkler system. Click to download information on ordering a Knox Box.
The City of Loveland and the State of Colorado have restrictions on the types of fireworks that are considered to be legal. There are also laws in place that regulate the use of legal fireworks. These laws can vary from one jurisdiction to another, so be sure to check with your local law enforcement or other applicable city or county government agencies. Permissible (legal) fireworks include items such as sparklers, fountains, smoke balls, items with crackle and strobe effects, wheels and spinners, and various novelty items. These types of fireworks are allowed to be sold (with permit only) and used within the Loveland city limits and within unincorporated Larimer County, however, there are age restrictions to consider. Fireworks are not to be possessed or used by children under the age of 16 without direct adult supervision.
Non-permissible (illegal) fireworks are those which explode and/or leave the ground, such as firecrackers, bottle rockets, Roman Candles, aerials, missiles, and other similar items. These items are not permissible for either sale or use within the State of Colorado, with the exception of commercial-grade pyrotechnics used by licensed and permitted pyrotechnics technicians for public and private displays. Permits for these displays must be obtained from the applicable local government agencies.
The City of Loveland has established a hotline for citizens to call for information related to the City’s 4th of July Festival and fireworks show, as well as information about how to report the use of illegal fireworks. The hotline number is (970) 962-2110.
A permit is not required to have a recreational fire as long as wood-burning appliances include a screen or spark arrestor design feature, and do not exceed three feet in diameter. The appliance cannot be within 15 feet of a combustible object, including a house or fence. Only burning clean, dry wood is allowed, and a non-impaired, responsible adult shall monitor the burning until the fire is extinguished, and shall provide means for rapid extinguisher such as water, a portable fire extinguisher, or a shovel and dirt. Burning is not allowed with burn restrictions have been enacted by the Larimer County Commissioners. For a complete list of regulations, click here.
Bonfires are prohibited without a valid permit. A permit is issued by LFRA for 1-3 hours, and the permit must be applied for at least 48 hours in advance. Permit fee is a minimum of $350. For more information about a bonfire permit, please download the regulations, or call 970-962-2497.
Burn permits ensure the use of open burning is done legally and in a coordinated manner with the Fire Departments. Most open burning in Larimer County requires a permit and can be obtained through the Larimer County Website. Every burn permit requires calling dispatch centers so that fire engines will not be dispatched unnecessarily to investigate the smoke produced from the burn. Click to download more information about Burn Permits or Open Burning Regulations.
Although we do not solicit donations to LFRA, many people or organizations have felt compelled to give graciously as a way of saying “thanks”, and we accept those donations with gratitude. If you have a specific intention for the donation, please indicate so. Otherwise, we use the donations for various purposes, such as the purchase and support of fire and life safety equipment, and education materials which are distributed at no cost to members of our community. We have used donations to purchase smoke alarm batteries and carbon monoxide and smoke alarms to distribute to low-income families. Larger donations left through wills and estates have allowed us to purchase valuable rescue equipment and firefighter safety equipment that was otherwise not budgeted. For more information on how to donate, please see our Donations page.
The Loveland Fire Rescue Authority offers a Ride-Along Program to encourage community awareness of the department’s operations as well as allied professional cooperation and networking. If you are wishing to participate in the ride-along program, please click here to submit a request form. You also must complete the required application and release forms. Please click here to download the application and release form.
Fire station tours can be arranged for any of our station locations. For children under the age of 10, we ask that there be one adult chaperone per four children.
Due to inadequate staffing, LFRA has a limited ability to provide public education. Many of the requests for public outreach may be handled by on duty fire crews. In the event of a 911 request for emergency service, the crew may not be able to provide or complete the presentation or tour. If you would like to continue to make a request, please click here to submit a request form , or call (970) 962-2537.
Please note, a minimum of two weeks advanced notice is requested for scheduling fire station tours.
We do not sell our patches. However, if you would like to trade patches, mail your patch to Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, 410 E. 5th Street, Loveland, CO 80537, and include your return address, and we will send you a patch in return.
If your smoke alarm is “chirping”, and you aren’t comfortable climbing a ladder, we would be happy to help. Call our non-emergency dispatch line at (970) 667-2151 to request assistance. We will send a crew to your home to assist at no charge.
Fire Station 2 and Fire Station 6 has a community meeting room (20 seats) available for non-profit organizations by appointment only. Two weeks minimum advanced notice is required for submitting your reservation request. Before submitting your request click here to review the Community Room Use Rules. After reviewing the Rules, click here to submit your request.
The Colorado Safe Haven law, passed in 2000, defines the emergency possession of certain abandoned children. The National Safe Haven Alliance states, “You can leave your baby, up to 3 days old, with a hospital worker at any hospital, or with a firefighter at any fire station in Colorado.”
To read the Colorado Safe Haven Law, click here.
To receive register for notifications and receive Emergency Alerts, commonly referred to as a reverse-911, click here for the Web site of the Larimer Emergency Telephone Authority.
To follow unfolding emergency events in Loveland, click here for the City of Loveland’s Emergency Communication links.
Due to inadequate staffing, LFRA has a limited ability to provide public education. Many of the requests for public outreach may be handled by on duty fire crews. In the event of a 911 request for emergency service, the crew may not be able to provide or complete the presentation or tour. If you would like to continue to make a request, please click here to submit a request form.
Loveland Fire Rescue Authority does not service, refill, or dispose of fire extinguishers.
If you have an extinguisher that needs to be serviced or re-filled, you will need to contact a qualified fire extinguisher technician, which you can find in the yellow pages or online by searching “fire extinguisher service”. Fire extinguishers in commercial occupancies must be annually inspected, serviced, and properly tagged by a qualified fire extinguisher technician.
Empty fire extinguishers can be dropped off for recycling at:
City of Loveland’s Recycling Center, 400 N. Wilson Ave. Loveland, CO. (970) 962-2529
Larimer County Landfill 5887 S Taft Hill Rd, Fort Collins, CO. (970) 498-5771
Click here to be taken to Car Seat Resources on this Web site.
Be sure to utilize both the child safety seat’s manual and the vehicle’s manual when installing the car seat. Most car seat manufacturers also have videos available on their websites to demonstrate how to properly install the various models of child safety seats.
To find installation information and installation videos, click here.
If you still need assistance, you can seek help to evaluate and correct installation issues. For a list of car seat installation resources in Larimer and Weld counties, click here.
To find out if you are eligible for a low-cost car seat from Safe Kids Larimer County, visit https://sklarimer.org/car-seat-resources/ or call (970) 495-7508.
It is normal for most children to have a mild interest in fire. Children exhibiting fireplay or firesetting behaviors may need education and intervention. The Loveland Fire Rescue Authority has a youth firesetting intervention program to help families experiencing issues with child fireplay and firesetting issues. For more information, please visit our Juvenile Fire-Setting Intervention page.
LFRA has partnered with BidNet as part of the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System and will post their bid opportunities to this site. As a vendor, you can register with the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System to see all current bids and opportunities. To receive automatic notification of future bid opportunities that match your company’s business, you can select automatic bid notification.
Loveland Fire Rescue Authority looks forward to providing you with more bid information and simplifying the entire bid, proposal, and quote processes for everyone involved. We appreciate your cooperation and welcome your participation. If you need help registering, please call the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System support department toll free at 1-800-835-4603.