Fire Contract & Fees
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 the Department of 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 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.
Fire Service Fees
The City of Orangeburg requires all suburban property owners to purchase a fire contract with the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety to respond to fire-related emergencies. The cost of this contract covers the response and resolution to these fire emergencies. Fire contracts are good for one calendar year and will need to be renewed annually by March 1st. Please be advised that the City of Orangeburg is not obligated to answer fire calls outside the city limits unless the owner or tenant has a fire contract for coverage with the city for that location.
Recipients of fire protection services, including a response to a false alarm (where there is no fire), will be charged a fee of $1,725.00 plus the price of a fire contract for that location. All institutions, commercial, or manufacturing calls will be billed for the actual cost (fighting the fire) with a minimum charge of $1,725.00 plus the cost of a fire contract for that location. A fee of $575.00 will be charged for all responses to car fires in the city`s coverage area. Please note that the department will NOT issue a copy of fire reports to individuals or insurance companies until the service is paid in full.
Fire contracts can be obtained at the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety located at 1320 Middleton St. Orangeburg, SC 29115. Payments can be made at the Department of Public Safety or online (for renewals). For further information on rates please contact us at 803-533-6046.
You can pay your Fire Contracts Online or at City Hall at 979 Middleton Street in the Finance Office or in the dropbox outside. You may also take your payments to the Department of Public Safety at 1320 Middleton Street.