Life Safety Inspections

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The City of St. Augustine Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance (2019- 50) requires a Life-Safety Inspection, performed by the St. Augustine Fire Department, at the time of registration and annually thereafter. Listed below are the fire-safety requirements for all short-term rental properties.

  • Address plainly visible and legible from the street with minimum 4" numbers.
  • Smoke alarms installed and operational in each sleeping room, areas giving access to sleeping rooms, and on each level.
  • Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors installed and operational in sleeping areas of dwellings which have gas appliances and/or an attached garage.
  • Portable fire extinguishers (2A10BC multi-purpose) accessibly mounted on each level and serviced and tagged by a licensed company annually.
  • Any installed fire alarm system or fire sprinkler system shall be inspected and tagged by a licensed company annually.
  • Emergency lighting with battery back-up throughout residence.
  • Exit signs over exit doors and throughout residence where the location of exits may be questionable.
  • Each sleeping room shall have, in addition to the exit door, one other means of emergency escape, which may be a second door that leads directly to the outside of the structure, or an openable window that is operational from within the area in which it serves.
  • Egress windows and exit doors are operable and exit paths are clear and unobstructed.
  • An emergency evacuation plan shall be posted in each bedroom of the rental.
  • Extension cords shall not be utilized as permanent wiring.

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