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Deputy Fire Marshal
Deputy Fire Marshal
102 Airport Rd.
PO Box 957
Anahuac, Texas 77514
The Chambers County Fire Marshal's Office conducts fire code plans reviews and inspections for public buildings, commercial establishments, and multi-family dwellings with four or more units in unincorporated Chambers County, and the cities of Anahuac, Beach City, Cove, and Old River-Winfree. The current adopted fire code is International Fire Code, 2015 Edition.
Permitting and Review Steps
1. Submit construction application and plans via the online portal at www.mygovernmentonline.org. Upload your construction plans to the portal, including adequate details and information, so that your project may be reviewed. Include the "Plans Review Information Sheet" with your plans upload (form above).
2. Your project must be reviewed for Health/Environmental, Drainage, and Fire Code;
3. Once approvals are complete, and appropriate fees have been paid, the permit will be issued and may be downloaded via the permitting portal. Fees may be paid online with credit cared or in-person at the Permit Office, 201 Airport Road, Anahuac, TX.
4. Commercial projects must be inspected by the Fire Marshal and issued a Certificate of Compliance upon completion, BEFORE the building is occupied.
Information Required to Complete Plans Reviews and Fire Permits:
Buildings and Structures
Adequate information must be included with construction plans in order to review for fire code compliance, or the review cannot be completed. Please include the following information and details on the plans:
If unable to determine from the information submitted whether a permit should be issued, the Fire Code Official may require the submission of additional information, drawings, specifications or documents.
Plans for construction or substantial improvement to buildings and facilities required to be designed by an architect or engineer, according to Texas statutes, shall be stamped and certified by an architect or engineer authorized to practice in the State of Texas.
Engineer required if:
Architect required if:
Site Plans Only
For projects needing a site plan review that do not involve structures, please submit and application and upload the site plan to the permitting portal.
Fire Alarm, Fire Sprinkler, Vent Hood Suppression, or Other Fire Systems
These require a separate permit and review process. Please submit them via the online permitting portal, and upload associated system drawings.
Fireworks and pyrotechnic displays required a review, approval, and permit. Please submit via the online permitting portal, and include associated site plans, indicating distances to the audience, buildings, and fireworks. Please include the "Fireworks or Pyrotechnic Display Information Sheet" with your online application upload.
Flammable or Combustible Liquid Storage Tanks
Please submit via the online permitting portal, and include a site plan indicating distances to buildings from the tank, distances to property lines, product used, tank type, and tank identification numbers as applicable.
Request for Final Inspection
When the construction of buildings or structures are complete, please fill out the“Request for Final Inspection (As-Built Certificate)” form and upload to the permit portal. Please note that in some cases the general contractor must complete the form, but in some cases an architect or engineer must complete and stamp the form (as noted near bottom of form). You may email the fire marshal at email@example.com when you are ready to schedule your final inspection.
If you would like to request a fire inspection related to a permitted project, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org as the inspections are included in your permit/fees.
If you would like to request a fire inspection for an existing business, daycare, foster home, hospital, etc., please follow the below steps to apply for the inspection and pay the appropriate fee.
Here are the instructions to apply for a fire inspection:
go to: www.mygovernmentonline.org
a free account.
the top left, under “Permits and Licensing”, choose “Apply Online”.
“Chambers County” as your jurisdiction.
“Permit” as Project Type.
applying for a permit, choose “Fire Inspection”.
We can then assign the fee and send an electronic invoice. Fees may be paid
online if desired.
Outdoor Burning in Texas
Generally, outdoor burning in Texas is controlled by State laws, which are enforceable by Texas Peace Officers: to include Sheriff Deputies and Fire Marshal Deputies.
Additional regulations on certain types of outdoor burning are enforced by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
General Chambers County Requirements for Outdoor Burning
If the outdoor burning causes an adverse effect on neighboring homes or businesses, the burn may be ordered to be stopped and an alternative, such as trench burning, or mulching, may have to be utilized.
Burning is NOT permitted during a County burn ban (issued during dry periods).
Burn only when the wind direction and weather conditions are such that smoke and other pollutants will not present a hazard to any public road, landing strip, or navigable water body (lake, river, stream, bay) or have an adverse effect on any off-site structure containing “sensitive receptors” (residence, business, farm building, greenhouse).
Begin burning no earlier than one hour after sunrise, end it the same day, and no later than one hour before sunset.
Under ALL circumstances, the burning must not create a nuisance or traffic hazard and the burning must comply with all applicable laws, rules, or ordinances.
General TCEQ Requirements for Outdoor Burning
TCEQ enforces their rules and regulations.Texas Peace officers are authorized to enforce only selected TCEQ Rules and refers other violations to TCEQ for prosecution.
Keep fires downwind, or at least 300 feet away, from any neighboring structure that contains sensitive receptors. This requirement may be waived with the prior written approval of whoever owns or rents the adjacent property and either resides or conducts business there.
If a burning situation does not fit an exception, but seems necessary, then a request for burning authorization can be made to the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Region 12 office at 713-767-3714.
You Must Still Comply
Even if the burn meets the general requirements for allowable outdoor burning or TCEQ qualifies the burn for an exception, you are still subject to not creating nuisance conditions for neighboring residences and business under penalty of the laws of the State of Texas.
How to Report Illegal Burning Outdoors
TCEQ Environmental Compliant Hotline 1-888-777-3186.
Submit a complaint via the online form on the agency website: https://www.tceq.texas.gov/compliance/complaints
If you would like to report suspected illegal burning, but it is not posing a present emergency or danger, you may call the Chambers County Fire Marshal's Office at 409-267-2445 (M-F, 8-5) or email at email@example.com.
Selected Texas Laws Related to Outdoor Burning
Violation of Clean Air Act/Burning Non-Approved Materials – Texas Water Code 7.177/Health and Safety Code 382.018[Burning prohibited items: plastics, carpets, furniture, tires, etc.]
Intentional or Knowing Emission of Air Contaminant and Knowing Endangerment – Texas Water Code 7.183[Placing another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death]
Consumer Fireworks Use
Consumer fireworks are legal in unincorporated areas of Chambers County, unless prohibited by a County Judge's Order pursuant to a declared drought or other emergency situation.
Fireworks Stand/Retail Sales
A permit is required from the state in order to operate a fireworks stand or retail fireworks sales site.
Link to TDI for more information: https://www.tdi.texas.gov/fire/fmlifirework.html
Phone: 512-676-6800 (press 51) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
A seasonal inspection by Chambers County Fire Marshal's Office is required to operate a fireworks stand or retail site. Instructions for applying online for the inspection.
Fireworks or Pyrotechnic Display Permits
A permit is required from Chambers County to conduct a fireworks or pyrotechnics display of Fireworks 1.3G, or a display of Fireworks 1.3G or 1.4G before a proximate audience. Permit applications may be submitted via www.mygovernmentonline.org
Other Fireworks Resources
404 Washington Avenue
Anahuac, Texas 77514
Phone: (409) 267-2400
Hours: Monday - Friday
8:00 AM-12:00 PM
1:00 PM-5:00 PM
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