Permits, Planning, and Codes

Assembly & Event Planning

Find large assembly and event planning guidelines here. 
Indoor Assembly common concerns and tips
Outdoor Assembly common concerns

Blasting Permit Blasting permits can be obtained in person in our office at 1930 Promise Road. Please call 605-394-5233 for answers and regulations about blasting.

Fire & Building Codes and Permits We have adopted the 2003 International Fire Code with local amendments in the City of Rapid City Code of Ordinances Chapter 8.24 

Local ammendments to the International Residential Code, Building Code, Electrical Code, and Gas Code are in Chapter 15 at the link above.

These building and fire codes reference National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards which can be viewed online here.

Building Permits and Reviews are submitted to the Building Services Division of the Community Planning and Development Services.

Fire Sprinkler and Fire Alarm plans may be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For large files, use transfer.rcgov.org and “drop-off” files to the attention of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may call 605-394-5233 or email us and we will send a “drop-off request” link to you via email for the large file transfer.

Fire Lanes Fire Lane Ordinance

Fires

Recreational or backyard fire use Recreational fires on private property are allowed in city limits when the grasslands fire danger is not Very High or Extreme. View today's fire danger here. Examples are fires in a fire pit, chimnea, or other outdoor wood stove. Learn more about enjoying fire responsibly here.

Open Burning Permit (Agricultural and Bonfire) The Operations Division of the fire department oversees permits for agricultural use and certain bonfires. pdf Download an application and review the requirements here. (13 KB) Return the application to our headquarters at 10 Main Street for approval. The day of the burn call the on duty Battalion Chief at 605-394-4180.

Fire Watch To access information on a fire watch, please click here. Email fire watch dates/times to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fireworks – Residential Only novelty consumer fireworks are allowed in city limits. These include poppers and sparklers. All other fireworks traditionally sold at a firework stand are not legal to light within city limits.

Pyrotechnic Permit – proximate audience and display Pyrotechnic Permits can be obtained by calling 605-394-5233 or emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Turnaround Download specifications for our pdf widest turning vehicle here (50 KB) .

For more information regarding required fire-related permits within Rapid City, please contact the Fire and Life Safety Division at 605-394-5233.

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