This information may be helpful to you when you buy a home in the City of Orangeburg's fire district.
To ensure fire protection, any individual, association, corporation, organization, leaser, or tenant owning, occupying, using or having any interest in property within the designated City Fire Service District, as established by County Ordinance 97-7-8, should have a fire contract with the City of Orangeburg. In City business owners and residences are excluded, as contract fees are included in their City taxes. Many homeowners and businesses require a contract to ensure lower insurance rates. The City of Orangeburg has a Class 3 rating. Fire contracts run from March 1 until February 28 of every year. The cost of a contract is determined by the total square footage of the home. If a contract is not purchased on a home and there is a fire, when the Department of Public Safety responds, there will be a $1725.00 service fee and the cost of the contract imposed. The Department of Public Safety will not release the fire report until the service fee is paid. If you are unsure whether a property is located in our fire service district, you can call the Department of Public Safety at (803) 533-6046.
If you sell a home, the previous owner may already have a valid contract on the home. After closing the new owner can go to Department Public Safety and update this information. If the seller does not have a valid contract on the home, the new owner can purchase from the Department of Public Safety at 1320 Middleton Street.
If the home is a new construction, the contractor will be informed by the inspector that a fire contract can be purchased during the time of construction; therefore, after the home is completed and sold, the new owner can update the contract and all other information. If a contract was never purchased, a new contract can still be obtained from the Department of Public Safety at 1320 Middleton Street.
Commercial buildings are also in need of a fire contract; however, if there is no contract on the building and the Department of Public Safety responds to a fire call; the service fee is $1725.00 plus the cost of the contract.
Vehicle Fires that are out of the city limits but within the fire district will be charged a service fee of $575.00 for service. The Department of Public Safety will not release the fire report until the service fee is paid.
If you have any questions regarding fire contracts, rates, or inspections, please contact the Department of Public Safety at (803) 533-6046.
For a current list of rates and regulations: Click Here
Prior Year Fire Contracts (Searchable PDF): Click Here
You can pay your Fire Contracts at City Hall at 979 Middleton Street in the Finance Office or in the drop box outside. You may also take your payments to the Department of Public Safety at 1320 Middleton Street.
Payments are also accepted online using a Credit Card. Simply search for your Fire Contract via the search fields below, and click "Pay Now" under the Details page.