Fire Contract & Fees
Fire Protection Contracts
What are fire protection contracts?
A fire protection contract is not a tax. It is an annual contract for fire department services with the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety (ODPS).
What is it for?
The Orangeburg Department of Public Safety uses fire contracts and fees to continuously improve its fire protection capabilities. The ODPS fire district has an ISO Class 2 rating. Fire contracts are necessary for the fire department to operate and improve services.
How is this different than my tax bill?
If you reside within the city limits of Orangeburg, there is no need for you to obtain a fire contract. A fee for fire service is already included on your tax bill.
However, if you reside in the county portion of the City’s fire district, then a fire contract is needed. The city of Orangeburg cannot tax for fire protection services outside of the city limits. Orangeburg County cannot tax for a service that it doesn’t provide since the city is the fire department.
When are contracts due?
Fire contracts run from March 1 to February 28 of every year.
What happens if I do not obtain a fire contract?
If a contract is not purchased 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. Vehicle fires that occur with an owner living outside of Orangeburg County 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.
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 drop box outside. You may also take your payments to the Department of Public Safety at 1320 Middleton Street.
If you have questions regarding fire contracts, rates, or inspections, please contact the Department of Public Safety at (803) 533-6046.