Operational Permits

Operational Permits

The California Fire Code was adopted by Escondido Fire Department (Ordinance No. 2019-17) and the Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District (2019.116.1-5). The Escondido Fire Department enforces both fire code adoptions as it relates to permits to operate (Operational Permits) and Construction Permits.

Any property owner or authorized agent who conducts an operation or business shall make application to the Escondido Fire Department and obtain the required permit. A permit is official document or certificate issued by the Escondido Fire Department which authorizes performance of a specified activity. Multiple permits for the same location, depending on their use, may be required and can be consolidate into a single permit and each provision is listed on the permit.


  • Aerosol Products (1.)
  • Amusement Building
  • Aviation Facilities - aircraft servicing, repair, fuel serving vehicles (2.)
  • Carnivals and Fairs
  • Cellulose Nitrate Film (1.)
  • Combustible Fibers (1.)
  • Combustible Dust Producing Operations (Operations Producing Combustible Dusts) (1.)
  • Compressed Gases, Storage and Handling (1.)
  • Covered and Open Mall Buildings
  • Cryogenic Fluids (1.)
  • Cutting and Welding
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Exhibits and Trade Shows
  • Explosives
  • Fire Hydrants and Valves
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids (1.)
  • Floor Finishing (1.)
  • Fruit and Crop Ripening
  • Fumigation and Insecticidal Fogging
  • Hazardous Materials (1.)
  • Hazardous Production Facilities (HPM)
  • High-Piled Storage (1.)
  • Hot Work Operation (2.)
  • Industrial Ovens
  • Lumber Yards and Woodworking Plants (1.)
  • Liquid or Gas-Fueled Vehicles or Equipment in Assembly Buildings
  • LP-Gas Over 500 Gallons, Cargo Tankers that Transport LP-Gas (1.)
  • Magnesium (1.)
  • Miscellaneous Combustible Storage (1.)
  • Open Burning
  • Open Flames and Torches
  • Open Flames and Candles
  • Organic Coatings (1.)
  • Public Assembly
  • Private Fire Hydrants
  • Pyrotechnic Special Effects Material
  • Pyroxylin Plastics (1.)
  • Refrigeration Equipment
  • Repair Garages and Motor Fueling and Dispensing Facilities
  • Rooftop Heliports
  • Spraying or Dipping
  • Storage of Scrap Tires and Tire Byproducts (1.)
  • Temporary Membrane Structures and Tents
  • Tire-Rebuilding Plants
  • Waste Handling
  • Wood Products (1.)


  • Production Facilities (3.)
  • Pyrotechnics and Special Effects (3.)
  • Live Audiences (3.)


1.  Permit has additional requirements or exceptions.  Refer to California Fire Code Section 105.6.

2.  Additional permit may be required based upon work type and activity.

3.  Very specific occupancy use and the use of special effects.  Refer to California Fire Code Section 105.6.