Exhibit Regulations

The information contained in this brief outline will not, by any means, completely cover the ordinances and regulations contained in the Irving Fire Code, but it will provide the basic rules governing concessions, exhibits, and shows in any building open to the public.

  • Submit two detailed floor plans to the Fire Department at least 15 days before scheduled opening.
  • Submit plans to the Fire Department before erecting a structure as a display inside an exhibit building.
  • All life safety equipment must be maintained in good working order.
  • All exit doors serving any occupied area of the building must remain unlocked, unobstructed and in proper operating condition; exit signs must function properly and be visible from all areas.
  • Fire appliances must not be blocked.
  • All curtains, drapes or decorations must be noncombustible or flameproof.
  • Any merchandise or material attached to drapes or table skirts must be noncombustible or flameproof.
  • Fire extinguishing equipment needs will be determined by the Fire Department and any such equipment must remain visible and accessible.
  • Liquid- or gas-fueled vehicles, boats or other motorcraft may be displayed if:
    • There is not more than five gallons of fuel or the minimum amount for positioning.
    • Fuel tanks are locked and sealed.
    • Battery cables are disconnected (both terminals).
    • Vehicles, boats or other motorcraft equipment are not fueled or defueled within the building.
  • The storage of combustible shipping containers must be confined to areas approved by the Fire Department.
  • The use, display or storage of LPG, flammable liquid, or flammable gas must be approved by the Fire Department.
  • No Smoking signs must be posted and maintained in areas so designated by the Fire Department. Where smoking is allowed, noncombustible ashtrays must be used.
  • The use of open flames, burning or smoke emitting materials as part of an act, display or show is prohibited.
  • Any use of canned heat must be permitted and approved by the Fire Department.
  • Combustible waste is to be collected as it accumulates and be stored in noncombustible, covered containers that are emptied at least once a day.
  • The use of compressed gas cylinders must be approved by the Fire Department, and cylinders must be firmly secured in an upright position.
  • The use of welding and cutting equipment for demonstration purposes must be permitted by the Fire Department.
  • All commercial-type cooking appliances shall be equipped with ventilation hoods and approved automatic extinguishing systems. All other cooking devices shall have adequate separation from combustible materials by spacing or non-combustible shielding and adequate ventilation.
  • The use of any gas-fired appliance must be approved by the Fire Department (this includes demonstrations); the use of salamander stoves is prohibited.
  • Sawdust and shavings shall be kept flame-proofed.
  • Hay and straw, if used, must be made fire-retardant and approved by the Fire Department.
  • Electrical equipment must be installed, operated and maintained in a manner that does not create a hazard to life or property, and must have a green tag from the electrical inspector.
  • All other local or state requirements must be met.

These are basic rules and every exhibit must comply prior to scheduled opening.

For assistance, please contact the Fire Prevention Division of the Irving Fire Department at (972) 721-2651.