Starting a New Business


Dear Business Owner,

I would like to welcome you and your business to the Village of River Grove. Upon receiving this letter, we would ask that you contact the Fire Department to schedule a Fire & Life Safety Survey (this is not an inspection). A Fire & Life Safety Survey needs to be completed by our Fire Prevention Bureau (FPB) prior to any construction, remodeling or occupying a business space.

At a minimum, you will be required to have the following at the time of your final inspection:

Fire Extinguishers

Correct classification and coverage
Properly mounted 
Current inspection tags

Knox Box 

This is a key box you will need to install on the outside of your business near the main entrance, only the River Grove Fire Department (RGFD) has access to the Knox Box. The Knox Box allows the fire department to gain access to your building in an emergency situation without doing unnecessary damage. A Knox Box can be ordered at WWW.KNOXBOX.COM. Once the Knox Box is installed, you will need to contact the RGFD to secure the Knox Box.

Visible Address 

Numbers shall be a minimum of 6 inches and of contrasting color.  The address must be visible from the street.

Commercial Fire Alarm System 

A commercial fire alarm system shall be installed and monitored by a reputable fire protection contractor. Fire Alarm System Plans shall be submitted to the Fire Department for review and approval prior to any modifications to the system. Please have your contractor contact the Fire Department for requirements. We look forward to helping you keep your business, employees, and customers safe. 

 Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.


Fire Chief Flynn