The South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) Board of Directors voted unanimously at its January 6 meeting to adopt a new fee structure for special events. The vote followed almost a year of discussions between SMFR staff, city officials and representatives of organizations who organize special events throughout its service area. SMFR became Littleton’s fire department in mid-2018 and fully unified with Littleton Fire Rescue on January 1, 2019. As a result, inspections for items related to special events such as tents, generators, bounce houses, etc. which are required under the Uniform Fire Code, fell under SMFR’s jurisdiction. South Metro did not previously have a fee structure specific to special events until now. “The new flat rate fee structure will be much easier for event organizers to understand and is considerably less than what was charged in 2019,” said Littleton Communications Director Kelli Narde. “In fact, we really appreciate that the board eliminated the fees for events with 150 people or less which will really help smaller organizations,” she added. SMFR is in the process of hiring a plans reviewer who will work closely with event organizers. The city staff are reviewing Littleton’s event ordinance to further streamline the process and expect to present some amendments to city council soon. For more information about organizing a special event, visit littletongov.org or southmetro.org.