Tamil Nadu
Fire and Rescue Service

 

Public Utilities

No Objection Certificate

Fire Licence / NOC is needed under the following circumstances;

a) to carry out businesses and trading activities, as listed under in the Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services Rules.

b) to obtain licence under various Special Acts such as

- Madras City Municipal Corporation Act 1919 (Act IV of 1919)
- Section 249 of the Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920 (Act V of 1920) and under the Factories Act 1948 (Central Act LXIII),
- Arms Act 1959 (Central Act 54 / 1959)
- Cinematographic Act, 1952 (Central Act XXXVII /1952)
- Indian Explosives Act, 1884 (Central Act IV/1984)\
- Explosive Substance Act, 1908 (Central Act VI 1908)
- Petroleum Act 1934 (Central Act XXX / 1934)
- Gas Cylinder Rules 1981
-Tamil Nadu Places of Public Resort Act, 1988 (Tamil Nadu Act II/1988) and
- The Special Rules for Multistoried Buildings, 1975.

c) to obtain Building Plan Approval from the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority for multistoried buildings.

The Directorate of Fire Service is empowered to issue either a No Objection Certificate or a Fire Licence (in lieu there of), under Section 13 of the Tamil Nadu Fire Service Act, 1985. As per this section the owners or occupiers of any premises or class of premises, which in their opinion, are used for any purpose that is likely to cause a risk of fire, should take such precautions as may be specified in the No Objection Certificate / Fire Licence.

Section 13 of the Tamil Nadu Fire Service Act, 1985, is as under

"13. Preventive measure. (1) The Government may by notification, require the owners or occupiers of any premises or class of premises, which in their opinion, are used for any purpose which is likely to cause a risk of fire to take such precautions as may be specified in such notification.

(2) Where a notification has been issued under sub-section (1), it shall be lawful for the Director or any officer of Fire Service authorized by the Government in this behalf to direct the removal of objects or goods likely to cause a risk of fire, to a place of safety, and on failure of the owner or occupier to do so, the Director or such officer may, after giving the owner or occupier a reasonable opportunity of making representation, seize detain or remove such objects or goods."

Fire License:

According to Chapter IV rule 9(1) of the Tamil Nadu Fire Service Rules, 1990 the Director of Fire Service can take action to either detain or remove objectionable object or goods, which tend to cause risk by fire, if the owner / occupier fail to take action as per the notice given to him.

According to Section 15 of Tamil Nadu Fire Service Act, 1985, whoever fails without reasonable cause to comply with any of the requirements specified in a notification issued under sub-section (1) of section 13 or of a direction issued under sub-section (2) of that section shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees.

Fire License has to be obtained under

section 287 of the Madras City Municipal Corporation Act 1919 (Act IV of 1919)

section 249 of the Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920 (Act V of 1920), and under the Factories Act 1948 (Central Act LXIII),

Arms Act 1959 (Central Act 54 / 1959), Cinematographic Act, 1952 (Central Act XXXVII /1952)

Indian Explosives Act, 1884 (Central Act IV/1984), Explosive Substance Act, 1908 (Central Act VI 1908)

Petroleum Act 1934 (Central Act XXX / 1934)

Gas Cylinder Rules 1981

Tamil Nadu Places of Public Resort Act, 1988 (Tamil Nadu Act II/1988) and

The Special Rules for Multistoried Buildings, 1975.

As per para 10(c) Annexure IX of the Development Control Rules 1999 for Chennai Metropolitan Area, which is applicable to Multistoried Buildings a N.O.C has to be obtained from the Director of Fire Service regarding the Fire Protection Systems to be installed, before getting the plan approved by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority.

How to apply for a Fire License ?

Application for a Fire License should be made to the Divisional Fire Officer, located in the Head Quarters of every district in the following format. The forms are available in all the 280 Fire Stations in the State and in the Divisional Offices. It can also be downloaded from the website. The filled in application form may be given at the nearest Fire Station or may also be sent directly to the Divisional Fire Officer, who is stationed at every District Head Quarters. The Fire Licence will be issued by the Divisional Fire Officer to the application direct within 15 days from the date of presenting the application either at the Fire Station or at the Divisional Fire Office.

To view the the list of places, storage and transportation, coming under the purview of the Tamil Nadu Fire Service Act, for which a Fire Licence has to be obtained, click here.

Fire Occurrence Certificate:

Fire Service Department issues Fire Occurrence Certificate about a fire incident, to the Insurance Companies for the settlement of insurance claims. The power to issue Fire Occurrence Certificates has been delegated to the Divisional Fire Officers. The application for the same will be made by the Insurance Company directly to the Divisional Fire Officer, who will issue the certificate directly to the Insurance Company.

No fee is charged for this service.

 

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