Permits and Special Inspections

  1. Blasting
  2. BUSINESS AND INSTITUTION INSPECTIONS
  3. Fire Alarm Registering

General Guidelines for Blasting

A blasting permit is required prior to use of any blasting materials. The following guidelines and general requirements apply for the storage, handling and denotation of blasting materials, in accordance with the N.C. Fire Prevention Code:

  • A permit application form must be completed.
  • The permit application fee must be paid.
  • A current insurance certification must be placed on file.
  • If explosives are stored on site, they must be stored in an approved magazine with proper clearances.
  • All blasting holes must be covered with blasting mats.
  • Blasting above ground is prohibited.
  • All traffic must be stopped on surrounding streets during blasting.
  • Surrounding businesses and residences must be notified about the blasting in advance. Also a pre-blast survey may be required.
  • Adequate security must be maintained in and around the blasting site.
  • Warning signs must be posted if electric detonators are used.
  • Violation of any of these provisions, additional provisions attached to the permit, or of any codes that apply as deemed by the city, shall revoke the permit.

All applications must be made and/or submitted through the Winston-Salem Fire Marshall's Office.

NOTE: Other requirements will apply based on the location, size of the job site, provisions of applicable codes and the code official.