FBTX ~ Expected to help recover costs involved in fire prevention and protection, the Farmers Branch Fire Department will begin implementing an annual inspection fee for commercial structures, starting October 1.
The City Council approved the new fee structure in the 2018-2019 fiscal year budget earlier this month, mirroring similar programs in other north Texas cities like Plano, Lewisville and Fort Worth.
The Fire Department is responsible for inspecting some 2,600 commercial establishments. Fees will be assessed on a sliding scale based on occupancy and square footage and will range from $50 to $500. Find out more about the fee schedule.
Fire Chief Steve Parker said the City's aggressive fire prevention programs factored into the upcoming ISO Class 1 designation for Farmers Branch that could save businesses, and residents, on their fire insurance premium.
Officials said commercial establishments should expect an invoice from third party Fire Recovery USA, the firm retained to handle the process.