Fire Department

Fire Inspection

Fire Inspection Information

Fire prevention has proven to be the most effective way to reduce fire losses through education, engineering and enforcement.

Education: Each year, over 28,000 students, grades first through third, are reached through educational programs supported by our Burn Aware program.

Engineering: The Prevention section has incorporated several fire safety system requirements into the Fresno Municipal Code, such as fire sprinklers, fire alarms, standpipes, and photoluminescent exit path marking. Those requirements include several reviews in the plan review process.

Enforcement: The City of Fresno, and the contract areas we serve, have over 20,000 commercial and/or multi-family occupancies which are inspected either annually or biannually. These inspections also occur on all new construction within the City.

The Annual Fire and Life Safety Inspection Process

During an annual fire and life safety inspection, a fire prevention inspector will determine if a location has violations. Typically these violations come in two varieties: violations of general fire safe practices or the lack of maintenance of (or absence of) required prescriptive building features. In the event that violations are identified and can be immediately corrected or if the violations are minor in nature, the fire prevention inspector will issue a written order to address the violations. The fire prevention inspector may alternately send a letter with the violations noted with an order to comply. In each of these cases there will be no reinspection.

Re-inspections are performed for only the most serious fire and life safety hazards. These “distinct hazards” will be reinspected, typically after 30 days, and, if each violation has been corrected, there will be no reinspection fee. The only fee would be for the initial inspection previously completed.

However, if the noted violations have not been corrected during the first reinspection, additional inspections will need to be performed until all corrections have been made, up to and including administrative citations and/or costs for additional litigation. (See below.)

Step One

Initial Inspection = Initial fee for service regardless of violations being present

If minor violations found, 30 days to comply with order, no reinspection until the next regularly scheduled inspection.

If “distinct hazards” found, see Step Two below.

Step Two

Distinct hazards found

1st Reinspection = Violations corrected/no additional fee


1st Reinspection = Violations NOT corrected/additional fee assessed (additional 30 days to comply with order)

Step Three

2nd Reinspection = Violations corrected/no additional fee


2nd Reinspection = Violations NOT corrected/additional fee assessed (additional 30 days to comply with order)

Step Four

3rd Reinspection = Violations corrected/no additional fee


3rd Reinspection = Violations NOT corrected/additional fee assessed and additional administrative penalties may be incurred

Fees for Fire and Life Safety Inspections

In accordance with local ordinances (City of Fresno, North Central Fire Protection District, and Fig Garden Fire Protection District), the Fire Department assesses an initial inspection fee for inspection services for specific type of property. Under the same local ordinances and state law, specific properties are required to allow fire inspection. The fees charged for these services reflect only a portion of the true cost for providing fire prevention services, no profit is allowed to be made. In most cases, these fees are adjusted each fiscal year to ensure compliance with the California Government Code.

Through the adoption of the current Master Fee Schedule (also available on the City’s website) the initial inspection fee is based on the following two criterions:

1. A location’s total square footage*


2. The occupancy type.

*In the case of R-1/R-2/R-3 occupancies (Hotel -Motel/Apartments/Residential Care Facility), the occupancy hazard type and number of units are used to establish the fee.

Invoices for Fire and Life Safety Inspections

The City of Fresno Fire Department utilizes the services of a third party private contractor for the collection of fire and life safety inspection and permit services fees to ensure the lowest possible cost to fee payers. The current contractor is Payment Processing Services, based in Phoenix, AZ. This company can accommodate checks via standard mail, or can process online payment requests at PPS Payments.

Questions regarding an invoice received, a balance due statement, or other collection related activity should be directed to Payment Processing Services at (888) 821-3725.

Questions related to a specific fire and life safety inspection, letter or permit should be directed to the City of Fresno Fire Department at (559) 621-4181