The classification of hazards for chemicals stored, used, and handled at facilities is required to ensure that proper types of fire and life safety protection systems and procedures are in place. The information supplied by the applicant is also required to determine the proper application of California Fire Code provisions and permit requirements. City of Orange Fire Department personnel responding to an emergency incident utilize the permit information. This information allows the necessary precautions and safeguards to be taken to safely and effectively respond to the incident.
This guideline is applicable to any business storing, using, or handling hazardous materials. By completing a Chemical Classification Packet, the hazardous materials inventory statement requirement in Article 80 of the Uniform Fire Code is satisfied. Please note that this form does not meet the requirements of a Hazardous Materials Inventory Disclosure, which will also need to be submitted to the City of Orange Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Section, if threshold quantities are exceeded (please see the "Hazardous Materials Disclosure" page for details):
A separate Chemical Classification Packet for Permit Application must be completed for each of the following as they pertain to the facility:
Outside Storage Area
Other Detached Structures
The classification of all chemicals stored, used, or handled at thefacility is required to determine Uniform Fire Code requirements. This information is required regardless of the status with the Hazardous Materials Section (the "Administering Agency" mandated by Chapter 6.95 of the California Health and Safety Code requires disclosure of chemicals in quantities exceeding the threshold quantities), and will be used to determine the necessary permits for the facility as required by the UFC. Please note that if submission is complete and accurate, it is less likely that the package will need to be returned for corrections and so any plan approvals or required permits can be issued much more expeditiously.
Each building and/or control area, outside storage area or other detached structure at the facility requires a separate Chemical Classification Packet including a summary sheet for each area.
If upon Fire Department review, there is any question as to the accuracy or completeness of the information provided, you will be required to make corrections and resubmit your chemical classification package which may delay plan approval or permits. In addition, a third party technical report may be required at the expense of your business (1997 Uniform Fire Code Sec. 103.1.1).
Contact Raymi Wun or Brad Goodrich via email or at (714) 288-2541 if you need information or have questions regarding these requirements.