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County Codes
Title 8 Health and Safety
8.16 Fireworks
8.16.010 Purpose
8.16.020 Fireworks Defined
8.16.030 Possession, Sale or Discharge of Fireworks Prohibited
8.16.040 Permit Required Before Possessing or Discharging Fireworks
8.16.050 Penalty

8.16.010 Purpose

Douglas County is a place of great natural beauty and home to many fine residents.  In order to protect the natural resources as well as property, it is hereby found and declared that the possession, sale or discharge of any sort of fireworks without a permit is unlawful.  (Ord. 1356, 2012)

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8.16.020 Fireworks Defined

For the purposes of this Chapter, fireworks means pyrotechnic devices or fireworks of any kind designed primarily to produce visible or audible effects by combustion, deflagration or detonation and as set forth in the United States Department of Transportation’s (DOT) hazardous materials regulations.  (Ord. 1356, 2012)

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8.16.030 Possession, Sale or Discharge of Fireworks Prohibited

    A. It is unlawful to sell, give away, trade or otherwise exchange fireworks within the County.  
    
B. It is unlawful to possess or discharge fireworks within the County without having obtained the proper permits as set forth in Section 8.16.040 below.  (Ord. 1356, 2012)

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8.16.040 Permit Required Before Possessing or Discharging Fireworks

    A. Before anyone can possess or discharge fireworks within the County, they must obtain a commercial fireworks display license from the Nevada State Fire Marshall in accord with NRS 477.033.  Both the company and the operator must have a commercial fireworks display license.
    
B. A person or company requesting to possess or discharge fireworks shall also apply to the fire district in which the possession or discharge will occur for a possession/discharge permit on a form prescribed by the fire district.  The fire district may charge a reasonable fee for the permit review.  This permit is separate to and in addition to an outdoor festival permit as set forth in Chapter 5.12 of the Douglas County Code.  
    
C. The fire district shall review the application and decide whether to issue the permit taking into account projected fire conditions, public safety, fire hazards, crowd control, disturbance to neighboring property or property owners, the frequency, size, and length of displays from the proposed location and any other matter deemed to be of concern.
    
D. The permittee must provide, at a minimum, an insurance policy in the minimum amount of $1,000,000 dollars issued by an insurance company authorized to do business in Nevada.  The policy must name the applicable fire district as an additional insured.  The fire district, in approving the permit, may require additional insurance coverage or amounts.  The fire district may also require conditions such as standby fire and emergency response units, traffic control or other conditions that are necessary in the judgment of the fire chief.  The permittee shall pay in advance for all estimated costs associated with any of the conditions contained in the permit.  After the event, the permittee must pay any additional charges that may have been incurred.
    
E. The issuance of the permit is solely within the discretion of the chief of the fire district in which the possession/discharge will occur.  If a possession/discharge permit is denied by the chief of the fire district, the denied party may appeal, in writing, that decision within five days to the governing board of that fire district.  The fire district shall place the appeal on the agenda of their next regularly scheduled meeting.  The appeal must state, with sufficient particularity, the grounds on which the party believes the chief erred in denying the permit.  At the appeal hearing, the denied party may present testimony and may have counsel present.  After the fire board has made a decision, they shall issue a written decision within five working days of the meeting date.  That decision constitutes a final decision for purposes of judicial review. 
    
F. The chief or his designated representative in the fire district in which the possession/discharge is to occur, shall retain the absolute authority, even when a permit has been issued, to halt the possession or discharge of fireworks if in the opinion of the chief, the weather conditions or safety concerns have changed.  If such a cancellation occurs, there will be no refund or permit fees or other costs associated with the permit.  (Ord. 1356, 2012)

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8.16.050 Penalty

Any person or company who violates any of the provisions of Chapter 8.16 may be criminally prosecuted.  In addition, any such person shall be liable for any costs associated with the illegal possession, sale or discharge including fire suppression costs and law enforcement costs. (Ord. 1356, 2012)

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