Fire Prevention Bureau Chief
The Fire Prevention Division is a division of the Fire Department and is charged with regulating and inspecting construction of new buildings and inspection of existing buildings for compliance with the State of North Carolina Building Codes. Furthermore, State laws mandate fire origin and cause be determined to protect the public from crimes, hazardous materials releases and improperly designed equipment and/or appliances.
This division is responsible for performing:
Building/Site Plan Review for all new commercial and residential development within the City's jurisdiction;
Issuing and collecting fees for all Fire and Special Use Permits;
Conduction of all fire inspections that pertain to an issued permit;
Enforcement of Fire Code and City Ordinances that pertain to minimum standards;
Performing Fire Inspections in Assembly, Business, Mercantile, Factory-Industrial, Hazardous, Daycare, Foster Care, Institutional, Educational and Custodial Care Facilities;
Conducting safety inspections of large spectator events;
Conduction of fire investigations to determine the origin and cause of fires and/or hazardous conditions and prosecution of suspects involved in Arson, Illegal Burning or Insurance Fraud crimes.
The Division is comprised of a Fire Marshal (Battalion Chief rank), two (2) Assistant Fire Marshals (Plans Review-New Construction and Existing Construction), and three (3) full-time inspectors. To ask a question, give a suggestion, or let us know how we are doing, you can call us directly at 704-920-5517 or e-mail us at
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