View Full Version : questions about fire marshals and building inspectors..
11-13-2010, 01:40 PM
we are cleaning up the 2nd and 3rd floor of the building where our haunt will be located... my partner(who owns the building) says it will be easier for when the fire marshal comes to tell us what we need to do to make this haunt happen. which is fine by me... i understand that.
but im a little more concerned with the building inspector.. has anyone ever had a building inspector come to their building? ive always read about the fire marshal9a million times) but have not seen anyone mention the building inspector!?!
my fears are we might have to hire an architect and dump even more money into other peoples pockets.
suggestions? what have u learned from being an indoor haunt ?
11-13-2010, 08:04 PM
Maybe first try calling the City or visiting their web site and just get an idea what the requirments are for a normal comercial building. Then I would take a look at your building, compare yours, then go from there. Maybe try and get a hold of your buildings past records and see when the last time it was inspected.
Fire code is going to be a big factor, but it sounds like you have a good idea about that.
11-13-2010, 08:14 PM
Just some important sections for you to check out!
11-13-2010, 08:36 PM
Definitely check with your city. We were required to have blueprints drawn and signed by a licensed architect, and yes it was expensive but well worth the money. He knew the regulations and codes, and as we were a first year haunt, we would have had a hard time without him.
11-13-2010, 11:17 PM
Dealing with building inspectors and fire marshals may seem like a giant pain in the rear and may even be daunting for those who haven't dealt with them before but the truth of the matter is that the codes and regulations are there for safety. The best way to deal with these guys is meet up with them before you start building or spending money and make sure your clear about what you want to do and get clear expectations from them. Clear communication means no surprises on opening night when they tell you that you can't open the doors. A surprise free, safe haunt will actually cost you less in the long run. I have always had the mantra that it's better to spend money once, that means buying quality equipment (i.e. lighting, audio, make-up, props,etc. ), designing a haunt that will grow with you, build advertising relationships that will grow with you, and yes even keep the haunt safer than it needs to be by code and they will never bother you. I know this sounds pricey but you can't afford not to stick with quality and take care of business...after all this is a business!
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