Inspections And Permits

The Fire Inspection Program is the backbone of fire prevention in the City. The majority of inspections performed in the City are done by the engine and truck company personnel.

The Area Advisor is responsible for overseeing the engine and truck company inspections. The Advisor is the liaison between the fire company and the customer when the customer has a question or needs help in arranging an inspection time. You can reach the Advisor for a particular area at (619) 533-4400.

Inspections performed yearly include public assemblies (places where more than 49 people gather), schools, day-care facilities, residential care facilities, multiple-unit residential buildings, nursing homes and other institutional facilities. State law requires an annual inspection of multiple-unit residential buildings and of schools.

Questions related to this program should be addressed to the Program Manager at (619) 533-4400.

Inspection Checklists

The checklists and videos below provide detailed information to business owners and occupants so they can keep their occupancies code compliant and be prepared for annual inspections.

Group A -- Group A occupancies are for the gathering together of people. The type of gathering determines the sub-occupancy. Read and print the PDF icon checklist and view the video.

Groups B, F, M and S -- B occupancies are Businesses; F are Factories; M Mercantile and S are Storage facilities. Read and print the PDF icon checklist and view the video.

Group E -- Group E occupancies are buildings used for educating children through the 12th grade. Read and print the PDF icon checklist and view the video.

Fire Alarm Systems -- This overview will provide basic regulatory information to assist in identifying alarm systems' functions and discrepancies. Read and print the PDF icon checklist and view the video.

Fire Sprinkler Systems -- This overview will provide basic regulatory information to assist in identifying sprinkler systems' functions and discrepancies. Read and print the PDF icon checklist and view the video.

Group R1 and R2 -- Group R1 occupancies house residents temporarily (hotels, boarding houses for instance) and R2 occupancies have permanent residents (apartments, dormitories, fraternities for instance). Read and print the PDF icon checklist and view the video.

Group R-3.1 -- Group R-3.1 occupancies are 24-hour residential care facilities. Read and print the PDF icon checklist and view the video.

Group R-2.1, R-4 and I-2 -- Group R-2.1, R-4 and I-2 occupancies are Residential care facilities. R-2.1 are assisted living facilities with more than 6 non-ambulatory residents. R-4 are assisted living facilities with a maximum of six non-ambulatory residents. I-2 are facilities like hospitals and nursing homes where the residents are bedridden. Read and print the PDF icon checklist and view the video.

Group I-4 and E Day Care -- Group I-4 are day care facilities, not in a private home, where the clients are not able to respond to emergencies by themselves. E Day care are facilities, not in a private home, where the clients are older than 2 and physically able to respond to emergencies. Read and print the PDF icon checklist and view the video.

Group R-3 Daycare -- Group R-3 are large family day care occupancies; residential homes in which care is provided for 14 or fewer children in the provider’s own home for less than 24 hours. Read and print the PDF icon checklist and view the video.