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Brookfield to charge for fire marshal fees

September 15, 2016

Brookfield will now charge for various inspections by the town’s fire marshal, including those required for liquor permits, residential buildings and businesses.

The new ordinance was approved by the Board of Selectmen at its meeting Monday night.

It requires that fees must be paid before the fire marshal reviews various plans for proposed buildings and fire alarm systems. The rates are based on the project’s proposed size.

First Selectman Steve Dunn said the ordinance brings the town in line with its neighbors, which he said already have a fee schedule in place for services performed by the fire marshal. He said the new revenue generated by the ordinance might be used to hire a part-time assistant fire marshal.

“We find ourselves in a situation where all surrounding towns have this, but Brookfield does not,” Dunn said. “This is a reasonable thing to do to put costs where belong.”