Fire Permits

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Film Permits
Temporary Use Permits
Annual Permits

The City of Torrance Fire Department interacts with developers, architects and engineers to meet fire protection and hazardous materials requirements for building and developments. Please refer to "Plan Check" for more information.

Film Permits

 Please refer to the City Manager's page for forms and information how to obtain a filming permit.

If the Fire Department deems it necessary to have a Fire Watch, you must request overtime labor. To do so, please submit this form and send it to the Fire Prevention Office.


Temporary Use Permits

Temporary Fire Permits are required for any of the following items. Please call our office for information about fees.

Code Permit 

  • C1 Candles and open flames in assembly areas.  
  • C2 Carnivals and fairs.  
  • C10 Christmas tree lots.   
  • F2 Fireworks.   
  • G1 General Use.  
  • L2 Liquid-or gas-fueled vehicles or equipment in buildings.    
  • P1 Parade floats.        

Tents, Canopies and Temporary Membrane Structures  

  • T11 Any canopy greater than 400 sq. ft.  
  • T12 Tents greater than 200 sq. ft. to 1000 sq. ft.   
  • T13 Tents over 1000 sq. ft. 



Annual Permits

Annual Permits are required for any of the following items. After initial processing, the fee will appear on your business license renewal each year.


A1Aerosol products.
A2Aircraft refueling vehicles.
A3Aircraft repair hangar.
A5Automobile wrecking yard.
C3Cellulose nitrate film.
C4Cellulose nitrate storage.
C5Combustible fiber storage.
C6Combustible material storage.


C71Flammable, less than the exempt amount.
C72Flammable, greater than exempt amount.
C73Highly toxic and toxic, less than exempt amount.
C74Highly toxic and toxic, greater than exempt amounts.
C75Pyrophoric, less than exempt amount.
C76Pyrophoric, greater than the exempt amount.
C77Radioactive, less than exempt amount.
C78Radioactive, greater than the exempt amount.
C79Unstable reactive, less than the exempt amount.
C710Unstable reactive, greater than the exempt amount.
C711Corrosive, less than the exempt amount.
C712Corrosive, greater than the exempt amount.
C713Inert and simple asphyxiant 6000 cubic feet or greater
C714Irritant, greater than permit amount.
(N/A) Irritant greater than exempt amount
C716Other health hazard, greater than permit amount.
(N/A) Other health hazard, greater than exempt amount
C718Oxidizing (including oxygen) less than the exempt amount.
C719Oxidizing, (including oxygen) greater than the exempt amount.
C720Sensitizer, greater than permit amount.
(N/A) Senitizer, greater than exempt amount
C8Commercial rubbish-handling operation.
D1Dry cleaning plants.
D2Dust-producing operations.
D3Day care, Group E, Div. 3.
D4Day care, Large family, Group R, Div. 3. 
E1Explosives or blasting agents.
E2Group E, Div. 1 and 2. (Private schools).


F32Inside storage greater than exempt amounts.
F33Inside storage less than exempt amounts.
F34Outside storage greater than exempt amounts.
F341Outside storage less than exempt amount
F35Flammable liquids facilities-
F381Aboveground storage tank, (first tank)
F38XAdditional aboveground storage tanks
F4Fruit ripening.
(N/A) Fumigation or Thermal insecticidal fog
H1Hazardous materials.
H3High-piled combustible storage.
I21Group I, Div. 1.2. Outpatient medical care more than 5 patients.
I22Group I, Div. 2. Homes and ambulatory medical care facilities for more than 6.
I23Group I, Div. 1.1. Hospitals and sanitariums. Nurseries and non-ambulatory medical care for up to 100 patients.
I24Group I, Div. 1.1. Hospitals and sanitariums. Nurseries and non-ambulatory medical care for more 100 patients.
I25Group I, Div. 3. Mental facilities, jails, prisons, reformatories.
L1Liquefied petroleum gases. Store, use, handle or dispense LP-Gas in accordance with Article 82
L11Liquefied petroleum gases, up to 6000 pounds
L13Liquid petroleum gases, over 6000 pounds
L3Lumber yards.
M1Magnesium working.
M2Mall, covered.
N1New Business inspection and Issuance of Fire Clearance
O1Open burning.
O2Organic coatings.
O3Ovens, industrial baking or drying.


P21Assembly with an occupant load of 5000 or more. 
P22Assembly occupancy with an occupant load greater than 1000, but less than 5000
P23Movie theaters.
P24Clubs, lodges and recreation halls.
P26Restaurants and Drinking Establishments.
P27Bowling alleys and billiard parlors.
P28Dance studios and ballrooms.
P29Mortuaries and cemetery chapels.
P3Pyrotechnical special effects material.
R1Radioactive materials.
R2Refrigeration equipment.
R3Repair garages.-Service or repair of motor vehicles *
R4Group R, Div. 2.1, 2.2. Residential Care Facilities accommodating more than six clients.
S1Spraying and dipping.

T2Tire storage.
W1Welding and cutting operations.

*S-3 Repair Garages without welding or cutting operations
For H-4 Repair garages add W1 (welding and cutting)

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