What does the Life Safety Inspection include?

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.
  • Emergency evacuation information shall be posted in central location of rental.
  • Extension cords shall not be utilized as permanent wiring.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an inspection, contact Fire Marshal and Prevention Chief Bob Growick at 904-825-1098.

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1. Do Short Term Rentals need to be registered with the City?
2. How is the weekly minimum in RS-1 and RS-2 applied?
3. What does the Life Safety Inspection include?
4. What are the parking requirements for a Short Term Rental in the City?
5. What is the maximum occupancy of a Short Term rental in The City?
6. Are Short Term Rentals Inspected in the City?
7. What is the registration or renewal fee for a Short Term Rental in the City?
8. Is there a way to file complaints against a Short Term Rental in the City?
9. Is a Vacation Rental the same as a Short Term Rental?
10. Where are Short Term Rentals allowed in the City?
11. Do I need to register all of the units in my Multi-Unit Building?