The Beverly Hills Fire Department (BHFD) works to provide direction on fire requirements at special events to ensure business, visitor, and community life safety.
BHFD reviews all special events, assessing the fire safety needs and dictates the occupancy load for all enclosed venues. Regulated items include, but are not limited to, the following: fire lanes and public safety access, tents and temporary membrane structures, special effects (hazers, fireworks, etc.), open flames (candles), occupant loads, exiting, egress, use of decorative materials and finishes, vehicle displays, BBQ, storage or use of propane or other fuel-type equipment and crowd management.
BHFD event requirements issued prior to and on-site must be adhered to. BHFD may revoke any issued permits if the event violates any conditions that may pose a life safety threat.
Step 1 – Verify if your event will need any type of special event permit.
Examples of special events or activities that may require special activity permits include, but are not limited to:
Step 2 – Complete the FPB 10 Public Assembly. The application shall include the following information listed below in order for event approval (ALL INFORMATION LISTED BELOW IS REQUIRED):
A separate Fire Code Permit Application is required for:
A separate Fire Department Tent Permit Application is required for:
Step 3 – Submit all application(s) and supporting documents to email@example.com. If online submittal cannot be accomplished, fax to (310)278-2449, or hand deliver to BHFD Headquarters at 445 N. Rexford Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Please allow 7-10 business days for review of application. Once reviewed and processed by the Fire Department, an email will be sent to the applicant to inform of approval/denial. The email will include any fire department conditions to permit and a copy of the permit. During this step, fees will be posted on each permit.
Step 4 – All permit fees shall be paid prior to event. To pay for permits online, an account must be set up on City Smart (CS). Please register here. If you already have an account, you may go directly to the payment page here.
Fire Permits and Fire Safety Officer fees are as follows:
*All fees must be paid prior to event. Exception: Fire Safety Officer (FSO) Standby will be invoiced after the event.
Under certain conditions a Fire Safety Officer (FSO) may be required for a special event. FSO fees are $156.00 with a 4-hour minimum. Events that may require FSO standby:
For more information on the special events permitting process, please contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 310-281-2703, Monday thru Friday from 8am-5pm.