How to get a Fire License in Chennai

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Fire Licence/No Objection Certificate is needed under the following circumstances:

  1. To carry out businesses and trading activities, as listed under the TN Fire and Rescue Services Rules.
  2. To obtain licence under various Special Acts such as:
    • Madras City Municipal Corporation Act 1919 (Act IV of 1919)
    • Section 249 of the Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920 (Act V of 1920) and under the Factories Act 1948 (Central Act LXIII),
    • Arms Act 1959 (Central Act 54/1959)
    • Cinematographic Act, 1952 (Central Act XXXVII /1952)
    • Indian Explosives Act, 1884 (Central Act IV/1984)
    • Explosive Substance Act, 1908 (Central Act VI 1908)
    • Petroleum Act 1934 (Central Act XXX/1934)
    • Gas Cylinder Rules 1981
    • Tamil Nadu Places of Public Resort Act, 1988 (Tamil Nadu Act II/1988), and
    • The Special Rules for Multistoried Buildings, 1975.
  3. To obtain Building Plan Approval from the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority for multistoried buildings.



  • Application for Fire Licence should be made to the Divisional Fire Officer, located in the Head Quarters of every district in the following format.
  • The forms are available in all the 280 Fire Stations in the State and in the Divisional Offices.
  • It can also be downloaded from the website. The filled in application form may be given at the nearest Fire Station, or may also be sent directly to the Divisional Fire Officer, who is stationed at every District Head Quarters.
  • The Fire Licence will be issued by the Divisional Fire Officer to the application directly within 15 days from the date of presenting the application, either at the Fire Station or at the Divisional Fire Office.

Department Concerned

Fire and Rescue Services Department

Click here for the application form for obtaining the licence 

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