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Private Fireworks Use and Display Permit Application

  1. Permit Request Information

    The applicant MUST complete the online fireworks display permit application form electronically. The information provided may require City staff to contact the Applicant throughout the permitting process. The Applicant must follow the steps listed below without exception. The Applicant may be given further direction after the form is reviewed and the applicable $600 permit fee has been paid to the City of East Grand Rapids. The City reserves the right to deny any fireworks display permit application for any reason. Fireworks Guidelines • Size of shells must be four inches or less. • Duration of the display may not exceed 20 minutes. • Display may contain up to 750 total shells. • A fireworks permit will not be granted for displays scheduled on a school night. • A maximum of four permits can be granted each calendar year. • No more than one private fireworks permit shall be granted in any given calendar month each year.

  2. Permit Application Process:

    1. Applicants may apply for a fireworks display permit up to 11 months in advance of the month the requested fireworks display will take place. The City Commission reserves the right to use discretion when reviewing permit applications and how they align with other approved permits on the calendar.

  3. 2. Applicant must complete and submit the online Fireworks Display Permit Application and pay the $600 permit fee at least 60 days in advance of the display date.

  4. 3. City staff will schedule and conduct an on-site inspection to best determine life safety issues and measures, property & exposure protection and any special resource needs that may be required.

  5. 4. After the inspection is completed, City staff will contact the Applicant and advise the Applicant of any required Fire Rescue apparatus and personnel requirements to facilitate the safe use and display of the fireworks. Associated apparatus and personnel costs will be billed directly to the applicant and must be paid at least 10 days in advance of the display date.

  6. 5. The online permit application and documents listed below must be submitted for review by City staff. The fireworks display permit application will not be processed until all documents have been submitted and received: • Copy of your Pyrotechnic Contract from the company firing the show • Completed “Application for Fireworks Other Than Consumer or Low Impact” Form • Completed “Permit for Fireworks Other Than Consumer or Low Impact” Form • Certificate of Insurance with City of East Grand Rapids listed in the ”Certificate Holder” box • Detailed site plan schematic visually illustrating event layout including firing zone, safety zones, spectator areas, and surrounding properties as potential exposures. Show site map scale and if not to scale, please show distances in estimated feet. Hand-drawn illustrations are permitted if cleanly drawn and they meet desirable expectations and the visual intent of use.

  7. 6. After receiving the completed online permit application form, $600 permit application fee and the above required documents, City staff will contact the Applicant to confirm the status of their permit request.

  8. 7. If all information is found to be in order the permit application will be brought before the City Commission for approval or denial. A public hearing notice will be sent, at a minimum, to property owners within 300 feet the fireworks display site in advance of the City Commission meeting. This will provide community members the opportunity to give public comment. The City reserves the right to deny any fireworks display permit application for any reason.

  9. 8. Following the City Commission meeting the applicant will be contacted with the results of the permit application request. If the permit application is approved a legislative body representative will sign and date the permit. Copies of the signed “Permit for Fireworks Other Than Consumer or Low Impact” will be provided to the applicant and/or pyrotechnics company. If the permit application is denied the applicant will be informed and the $600 permit application fee will NOT be refunded.

  10. Approved Permit Requirements:

    • The permit holder agrees to send out a letter or postcard notification containing the details of the fireworks display to all property owners within a ½ mile radius of the fireworks display location. The permit holder will be responsible for preparing and sending the mailing. The applicant will be responsible for all costs associated with the mailing. A draft of the fireworks notification letter or postcard must be approved by the City prior to printing and mailing. An electronic file of addresses will be provided by the City to the Applicant for the mailing. The fireworks notification must be mailed or distributed no less than 10 days prior to the date of the display. • If the Applicant does not abide by all of the requirements of the Fireworks Permit Application Process the permit may be revoked and future requests denied.

  11. What is the date and time your display will take place?

  12. Do you have a back up date in case of bad weahter or other circumstances?

  13. Why are you requesting a fireworks permit?

  14. Where exactly will the fireworks display be shot from:

  15. Total number of shells regardless of size

  16. Size in inches

  17. • Detailed site plan schematic visually illustrating event layout including firing zone, safety zones, spectator areas, and surrounding properties as potential exposures. Show site map scale and if not to scale, please show distances in estimated feet. Hand-drawn illustrations are permitted if cleanly drawn and they meet desirable expectations and the visual intent of use.

  18. What is the name and contact information for the pyrotechnics company who will be responsible for your display.

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