BEDFORD FIRE DEPARTMENT
Certificate of Occupancy Check Sheet
o Business must have electrical power, prior to inspection.
o One 5 lb. ABC fire extinguisher or one 2A:10BC fire extinguisher, per every 3,000 sq/ft of occupied space, is
required (unless occupied space is cut up, then more fire extinguishers may be required). Each fire
extinguisher MUST be mounted on the wall, or in a fire extinguisher cabinet (extinguisher’s gauge must not
be mounted higher than 5 feet off of the ground and the bottom of the extinguisher must not be mounted
lower than 4 inches off of the ground). The placement of fire extinguisher(s) is to be coordinated with the
Fire Marshal’s office. Fire extinguishers MUST be inspected and tagged by a licensed fire extinguisher
company. EXCEPTION: If new fire extinguisher(s) is bought from a store, we will accept a copy of the
receipt, taped to the back of each extinguisher, to count as the extinguisher’s first year’s inspection.
o All junction boxes, outlets, and light switches MUST have cover plates on them. No electrical splices
permitted to be exposed.
o Extension cord use is prohibited, unless used for temporary purposes ONLY (30 DAYS, OR LESS). If
temporarily using extension cord, it MUST be UL Listed. Extension cords cannot run through ceilings,
walls, floors, or doorways. Extension cords cannot be attached to walls or ceilings. DO NOT run power to
any major appliances, via an extension cord. Major appliances MUST be plugged directly into an outlet.
o Multi-plug adaptors (relocateable power taps) are prohibited. If multiple electrical power taps are needed,
MUST use a surge protected device, in lieu of a multi-plug adaptor. Surge protectors MUST be plugged
directly into an outlet, NOT into each other. (i.e., Daisy chaining surge protected devices is NOT permitted)
o Electrical panel(s) MUST have all circuit breakers labeled accordingly.
o Electrical panel(s) MUST have no openings, if missing breakers, install blank inserts.
o Three feet of clearance is required around electrical panels and heat sources (water heaters, furnaces, etc).
o Furniture MUST be in place, prior to inspection.
o If there are holes in the ceiling, walls, or floor, repair them appropriately. No openings permitted.
o Storage cannot be within 24 inches of the ceiling in a non-sprinkled building. In sprinkled buildings, storage
cannot be within 18 inches from the bottom of fire sprinkler heads, around entire building (18 inch Rule).
o If your business is located in a strip center, or multi-complex building, the suite address is required, on
both, the front and back door.
o The address on the front of your business SHALL be in contrasting color. The address SHALL be at least 8
inches in height and have a minimum of 1 inch stroke width. The numbers/letters SHALL be Arabic
numerals or Alphabet letters.
o Exit sign(s) and Emergency light(s) placement, if applicable, to be coordinated with the Fire Marshal’s
o ALL fire protection systems (fire alarm, fire sprinkler, suppression hood, etc) MUST be inspected by a
licensed fire protection company and have a current blue tag.
o ALL suppression hoods or vent-a-hoods MUST be clean and free of grease build-up. There SHALL be a 40
BC extinguisher within 30 feet.
o Fire lane, if required, is unobstructed, maintained, and properly striped.