Inspectors of the Fire Prevention Division conduct fire inspections. They inspect new and existing commercial, industrial, multi-family, residential, and public assembly structures, board and care homes, hospitals, schools, hotels, fire / life safety systems and equipment, and other fire-related inspections.
The Life Safety Section coordinates all fire inspections and the Multi-Family Residential Self-Inspection Program. The Self-Inspection Program allows the owner / manager to conduct its own fire inspection for one year by completing a self-inspection checklist. The multi-family residential complexes are randomly inspected by inspectors and firefighters.
New Commercial Inspections
Before a fire clearance inspection may be scheduled and completed, you must obtain approval from the Planning, Building, and Business License Department.
Once you receive your certificate of occupancy issued by the Building Department with the pink copy of the business license application, you are ready to schedule your fire clearance inspection. At the Fire Prevention counter (located next to Building), you may then make an appointment for a fire inspection.
After you pass the fire inspection, your application will be approved and forwarded to the Business License Department for processing.
Failure to Pass
If you do not pass the fire inspection, you will be informed of the corrections that are required. After you have made all of the corrections, you must make an appointment for a reinspection (no charge). However, failure to make corrections of violations of state and local fire codes or city municipal codes as stated on the correction notice will be charged a reinspection fee for non-compliance after the second inspection. After you pass the fire inspection, your application will be approved and forwarded to the Business License Department for processing.