Proposed New Fire Code


The city of Terre Haute is one step closer to updating its fire code ordinance.  On Thursday,  the city council discussed the topic, during a special meeting.

Officials with the Terre Haute Fire Department presented a revised ordinance to the council.  The T.H.F.D. wants the city to adopt the International Fire Code, which would replace an existing 1962 code. 

Under the proposal, the fire department would be allowed  to charge for inspections.  The proposed annual fee would be 25 dollars for most businesses.  The money collected would help the department address fire prevention and safety issues, like fire education.

Fire officials say the  revised ordinance will cap inspection charges, for large businesses, at 550 dollars, and most most business owners will pay the lower fee.

The council is expected to vote on the ordinance next week.


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