The Fire Prevention Bureau Inspections Office conducts inspections on new buildings and tenant finishes. The office also handles complaints and provides assistance to fire suppression crews when the crew comes across a technical code issue they are unable to address. Inspections are conducted in the following areas:
Fire sprinkler systems
Fire alarm systems
The Inspections Office provides technical assistance to fire suppression personnel on issues that require research within the code. For example, a suppression officer will submit to the Fire Prevention Bureau Inspections Office an inspection during which his or her crew found 100 gallons of gasoline within a business's building. Generally gasoline should not be stored in buildings; however, the code does allow for some exceptions. In this case, the suppression crew may not know the complexities of the code; therefore, the crew's officer will contact the bureau and ask for assistance.
During the construction or renovation process the fire department requires inspections to ensure conformity to the approved plans and compliance to all applicable codes and ordinances. A fire department inspector conducts an on-site inspection at least twice: at the 80 percent stage and then at 100 percent completion of the project. When applicable, an inspector will require an inspection of the fire sprinkler system. Normally, we will perform an inspection the day following the request. If a project fails an inspection, we will schedule another time to re-inspect. Once a project passes the final inspection, a certificate of occupancy is issued.
Our offices are located next door to Marietta City Hall on the second floor of Fire Station #51, 112 Haynes St. For plan review questions, call Keith Person at 770-794-5459.