Life Safety Inspections
The City of St. Augustine Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance (2019- 50) requires a Life-Safety Inspection, performed by the St. Augustine Fire Department, at the time of registration and annually thereafter. Listed below are the fire-safety requirements for all short-term rental properties.
- Address plainly visible and legible from the street with minimum 4" numbers.
- Smoke alarms installed and operational in each sleeping room, areas giving access to sleeping rooms, and on each level.
- Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors installed and operational in sleeping areas of dwellings which have gas appliances and/or an attached garage.
- Portable fire extinguishers (2A10BC multi-purpose) accessibly mounted on each level and serviced and tagged by a licensed company annually.
- Any installed fire alarm system or fire sprinkler system shall be inspected and tagged by a licensed company annually.
- Emergency lighting with battery back-up throughout residence.
- Exit signs over exit doors and throughout residence where the location of exits may be questionable.
- Each sleeping room shall have, in addition to the exit door, one other means of emergency escape, which may be a second door that leads directly to the outside of the structure, or an openable window that is operational from within the area in which it serves.
- Egress windows and exit doors are operable and exit paths are clear and unobstructed.
- An emergency evacuation plan shall be posted in each bedroom of the rental.
- Extension cords shall not be utilized as permanent wiring.