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Do things correctly. Make sure you have all the necessary permits in order.

What Requires a Permit

The Lakeland Fire Department requires contractors to have permits prior to installing, modifying, or removing fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, suppression systems, smoke control systems, or underground fire lines. Even if you are only adding one sprinkler head, moving one sprinkler head, or moving one fire alarm device, a permit is required. Permits are also required to install, remove, or abandon above-ground or underground fuel tanks, the erection of tents over 900 square feet, fireworks or pyrotechnic displays, sparkler sales, and haunted houses. A new permit type will be effective July 1, 2022.  More information on the Fire Alarm Alteration Less Than 21 Devices permit is available here.

Fees are associated with all permits. If you are completing an application for a permit, please refer to the fee list available here.

It is the responsibility of the permit applicants to provide payment for the fee. Permits are not issued until fees are paid in full.

For instructions on how to complete the various permit applications, please click the particular item below:

Two-Way Radio Communication Enhancement System

Fire Alarm System

Fire Pump

Fire Sprinkler System

Fire Suppression System

Fireworks or Pyrotechnics

Sparkler Sales

Special Event


Underground Fire Line or Private Hydrant

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Burning yard debris is not allowed in the City of Lakeland.

Burning in the City of Lakeland

As of September 1, 2016, all Burn Authorizations are issued by the Florida Forest Service. For more information on Burn Authorizations, please call the Lakeland District Field Unit of the Florida Forestry Service at (863) 940-6701 or visit their website.

Fires that do not meet the requirements for needing a Burn Authorization shall meet all of the conditions outlined in the Florida Fire Prevention Code for cooking fires or recreational fires. Access more information regarding grills and recreational fires here

Solid Waste Ordinance 5597 (Document under ADA Review) prohibits yard debris burning within the City limits.

In the State of Florida, burning of biological waste, hazardous waste, asbestos-containing materials, mercury-containing devices, pharmaceuticals, tires, rubber material, residual oil, used oil, asphalt, roofing material, tar, treated wood, plastics, garbage, or trash is not allowed.

The Lakeland Fire Department has the authority to prohibit fires deemed hazardous or not meeting requirements. Recreational and cooking fires that reduce the visibility on roadways to less than 1000 feet, reduce visibility at the airport, produce excessive smoke, or are a nuisance will be required to be extinguished.

Please read our informational flyer here for more information on where open burning is permitted or not.

More Information About Permits

  • Florida Fire Prevention Code

    The 8th edition of the Florida Fire Prevention Code has been adopted, effective Dec 31, 2023. To learn more and review the new code, click here.

  • iMS

    iMS is the city’s new fully integrated online permitting and inspection system, allowing users to view, apply, schedule inspections, and pay fees for many permits and projects.