Ordinances & Fees

Questions pertaining to these fees should be directed to the Winston-Salem Fire Marshal's Office at 336-773-7961.

Online Payments

Pay Fire Department fees and fines.

Fire Safety Fines

Reason For FineFine Amount
Blocked Exits$200
Extinguisher Refill/Maintenance$50
Failure to test Emergency Lighting$50
Failure to test Fire Alarm System$100
Spraying Operation Not in Compliance$100
Street Address Numbers Not Visible$50
Unauthorized Storage$100
Use of Unauthorized Heating Device$50

Definitions of Life Safety Violations

The following are some definitions, which should help clarify the types of Life Safety Code Violations.

  • Blocked Exits - ($200) Any obstruction in the required width of a means of egress. ("Means of Egress" is the continuous and unobstructed path of vertical and horizontal egress travel from any point in a building or structure to a public way, consisting of three separate and distinct parts: the exit access, the exit, and the exit discharge.)
  • Unauthorized Storage - ($100) The storage of flammable, combustible or hazardous liquids or materials improperly stored and/or without a permit. (This violation applies to facilities that are required to report under the Hazardous Chemicals Right-to-Know Act.)
  • Spraying Operation Not in Compliance - ($100) Spraying flammable or combustible finishes without a properly installed spray booth or approved spraying area.
  • Alarm System Not Tested - ($100) Failure to have required maintenance test conducted of fire alarm system(s), and to have required documentation of test(s).
  • Use of Unauthorized Heating Device - ($50) The use of non-listed heating appliances and/or used in an unapproved manner or location.
  • Street Address Numbers Not Visible - ($50) Failure to post street address numbers where visible from the street or primary emergency means of egress. Address numbers shall be Arabic numerals or alphabet letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 4-inches (102mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5-inch (12.7 millimeter).
  • Extinguisher Refill - ($50) Failure to properly maintain and service required portable fire extinguishers.
  • Emergency Lighting Not Tested - ($50) Failure to provide documentation on the following:
EquipmentType of TestFrequency
Battery Pack Lighting30-second testMonthly
Battery Pack Lighting90-minute testAnnually
Emergency generator (if applicable)30-minute load testMonthly