The Elk Grove Village Fire Department Inspectional Services Division (ISD) seeks to reduce the number and severity of fire occurrences in the community. One of the ways this goal is achieved is through an active fire code enforcement program.
ISD conducts life safety inspections at schools, churches, medical facilities, multi-family residential occupancies, restaurants, commercial occupancies, and industrial buildings. ISD is also responsible for reviewing specialized and high-hazard buildings or processes, fire system plan reviews, and witnessing of fire pump and sprinkler system tests. The Division also oversees fireworks display permits, the Knox Box program, and conducts false fire alarm follow-up. These services are performed by highly trained staff members, with assistance from on-duty shift personnel, as part of our ongoing effort to keep Elk Grove Village a fire-safe community in which to live and work.
The Inspectional Services Division can be reached at (847) 734-8020.
Fire and Life Safety Codes
Fire safety is a top priority for all Elk Grove Village business owners. The Fire Department is strengthening its fire plan review process to provide a more detailed code compliant review. Following is some information regarding the International Fire Code 2018 edition and relevant Village policies (Village Ordinance 3636, 10/22/19).
Permits required. Any property owner or authorized agent who intends to conduct an operation or business, or install or modify systems and equipment regulated by the fire code, or to cause any such work to be done, shall first make an application to the Village and obtain the required permit.
Application. Permit applications are available at the Community Development Department. Application for a permit requiring review by the fire code official will be forwarded to the Fire Department. Applications for permits shall be accompanied by not less than five (5) copies of specifications and plans.
Required Plans. Plans, drawings, specifications and calculations shall meet the architectural, mechanical, structural and electrical requirements of the code. Plans shall specifically show design live loads and occupant capacities for all spaces and floors. Plans shall have the seal and signature of a registered architect, structural, or professional engineer pursuant to the statutes of the State of Illinois. The plans shall be drawn to scale, with sufficient clarity, and detailed dimensions showing the nature and character of the work to be performed.
Refusal to issue permit. If the application for a permit describes a use that does not conform to the requirements of the fire code and other pertinent laws and ordinances, the fire code official shall not issue a permit, but shall return the application to the applicant with a notice of refusal containing the reason(s) for refusal.
Occupancy prohibited before approval. The building or structure shall not be occupied prior to the fire code official issuing a permit and conducting associated inspections indicating the applicable provisions of the fire code have been met.
We understand that this may require the submission of additional information not previously required. Your cooperation is appreciated. Thank you for helping us keep Elk Grove Village exceptionally fire-safe!
The Knox Box Program is a rapid access system that allows fire and EMS personnel to quickly enter a residential, commercial, or industrial property in the event of an emergency. Knox Boxes are secure key safes that can only be accessed by first responders. Each participating community is provided with a safe key design that is unique to that particular community.
A few good reasons to get a Knox Box:
- Assure immediate building entry by firefighters without delay, such as waiting for building keys
- Eliminate costly forced entry damage that may not be covered by your insurance deductible
- Protect inventory, equipment, and supplies from unnecessary water damage caused by delayed sprinkler system shut-off
- Save time and aggravation by not having to drive to your building at 2:00 am for a false alarm
- Ensure that medical care can be provided in the event that an injured person cannot reach the door
- Peace of mind……knowing that your loved ones, employees, and property are protected
Buildings Requiring a Knox Box
The Elk Grove Village Fire Department requires that a Knox Box be installed on all buildings having an automatic fire alarm or fire suppression system that is supervised by a listed supervising agency and/or in buildings that contain a passenger elevator.
Sufficient keys must be provided to allow access to all areas of the building necessary to mitigate any foreseen emergency condition the Fire Department may be called upon to protect. This includes, but is not limited to, keys to unlock all fire systems control devices, elevator equipment rooms, electrical rooms, storage rooms and other areas as specified and required by the fire department. All keys must be labeled properly to ensure the quickest entry. It is the responsibility of the property owner to notify the fire department if there are any changes that would require the contents of the Knox Box to be updated.
The Fire Department will provide more detailed information that is specific to the building into which access is required. This includes the number of secure boxes required, location, and additional items that may need to be contained within.
Fire sprinklers are widely recognized as the single most effective method for fighting the spread of fires in their early stages – before they can cause severe injury to people and damage to property, and ahead of the arrival of the fire department.
New legislation provides the ability for many small businesses to immediately write off the full cost of installing a fire sprinkler system in an existing commercial building. Call your tax advisor for specific details.
Visit the National Fire Sprinkler Association for detailed information at https://nfsa.org/taxreform/.