Life Safety in Limited Gaming

The Division of Fire Prevention and Control has the responsibility to assist municipalities and the Colorado Division of Gaming to ensure that buildings where limited gaming activities are conducted are designed, constructed, and maintained in a manner that is safe to employees and patrons in accordance with adopted building codes and standards.

The authority to perform this responsibility is granted, pursuant to 12-47.1-516 of the Colorado Revised Statutes which states: "the buildings in which limited gaming will be conducted and the areas where limited gaming will occur shall meet safety standards and conditions for the protection of life and property as determined by the local fire official** and the local building official."

The Division of Fire Prevention and Control shall become the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in those municipalities and locales that do not have a recognized local fire authority or a certified fire inspector pursuant to 12-33.5-1211 C.R.S.

It was declared by the Colorado General Assembly, that the Colorado Division of Gaming and the Division of Fire Prevention and Control shall work with municipalities and the local historical preservation commission to ensure that structures wherein limited gaming is occurring shall meet minimum safety standards set forth in the adopted codes and standards adopted by the Division in 24-33.5-1203.5 C.R.S.

The Division's authority does not extend nor apply to tribal casinos.

The Limited Gaming Act of 1991 sets forth the rules and regulations governing limited gaming in Colorado. This Act may be found by clicking here.

The Division of Fire Prevention and Control shall review inspection reports as a contingency for approval of the certificates of compliance issued to applicants requesting licensure by the Division of Gaming. In order to meet this requirement, the Division shall assist in or assume the responsibility in the following life safety activities:

  • Review and approve inspection reports as a part of the certificate of compliance required for applicant licensure;
  • Render interpretations, to the public and interested stakeholders, on building codes, fire codes, and life safety standards related to buildings and structures where limited gaming activities are taking place;
  • Review construction plans and drawings for new and existing buildings and life safety systems to ensure code and standards compliance;
  • Issue permits and perform construction inspections for approved projects;
  • Perform annual maintenance inspections to ensure minimum requirements for life safety are being met in accordance with adopted building codes and life safety standards;
  • Provide technical assistance to local building and fire officials, the local historical preservation commission, and the Colorado Gaming Commission upon request.

The Division of Fire Prevention and Control shall become the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in those municipalities and locales that do not have a recognized local fire authority or a certified fire inspector pursuant to 12-33.5-1211 C.R.S.

 

New and Existing Gaming Licensee Requirements

**Each applicant for a retail gaming license shall file with the Division of Gaming as part of its application the following (ref: 12-47.1-314 C.R.S.):

  1. A certificate of compliance approved by the local fire and building officials which has been approved, or deemed approved, by the State Division of Fire Prevention and Control.
  2. A statement by the respective municipal governing body, or its designee, that the building in which limited gaming will take place conforms to the appropriate architectural styles and designs; and,
  3. A written statement by the appropriate local official that handicapped access to the licensed premises has been provided.
  4.  

Certificates of Compliance may be sent to the Division of Fire Prevention and Control at the following address:

Division of Fire Prevention and Control Gaming Program 

700 Kipling St, Suite 4100 Lakewood, CO 80215

 

Required Inspections may be scheduled by completing the following: 

Inspection request form

 

Licensed Colorado Gaming Facilities

Industry Statistics for gaming in the State of Colorado

Note: Does not include gaming activities or buildings located on tribal lands.

 

Contact information: cdps_dfpc_suppression@state.co.us