Prevention and Inspections

Prevention & Inspections

Fire & Emergency Services Prevention and Inspections Division manages fire inspections within the City limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). This division also oversees fire protection requirements when a commercial building is being built or renovated, including plan reviews, permits, and associated fees, and the Knox Box program, where with one master key, firefighters can quickly gain access to the commercial and residential property during an emergency situation.

State Mandated Inspections

Prevention can go a long way to create a safe and fire-free environment. State law requires periodic inspections of certain properties. Fire inspections help businesses and homeowners determine what improvements or changes need to be made to private and commercial structures.

Annual Inspections

  • Hazardous
  • Institutional
  • High rise
  • Assembly (i.e. restaurant, bar, movie theater)
  • Multi-family residential

Bi-Annual Inspections

  • Industrial
  • Educational (except public schools)

Tri-Annual Inspections

  • Business
  • Mercantile
  • Storage
  • Churches and synagogues