Fire Inspection FAQ
What is a fire inspection?
- To identify and correct fire code violations
- To educate business and property owners about fire and life safety
- To reduce fire loss
- To provide less demand on public emergency services by reducing fire and life safety risks
How can I prepare for the fire inspection?
How often will my business be inspected?
Why are fees charged for a fire code inspection?
How much is the inspection and permit fee?
The fee for your fire safety inspection is based upon a fee schedule that takes into consideration occupancy type, and occupancy use. A fee is charged for each inspection. Required fire code permits also help offset the cost of enforcing the fire code.
Contact Fire Department, 727-893-1062 for fee information.
What are fire code permits?
An operational permit allows the applicant to conduct an operation or a business for which a permit is required by the fire code.
A construction permit allows the applicant to install or modify fire protection systems and equipment for which a permit is required by the fire code.
How much time do I have to comply with the fire code?
How do I request a special inspection or fire code consultation?
Where is the City of Gulfport Fire Marshal's Office?
Should I have a CO detector?
This includes items such as gas appliances, grills, fireplaces, motor vehicles and generators. The two most common causes of CO poisoning are malfunctioning heaters and generators that are running in poorly ventilated spaces.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is often mistaken for the flu. Symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, disorientation, nausea and fatigue. Everyone is at risk for CO poisoning. Experts believe that young children and senior citizens are at even greater risk for CO poisoning.
If you have gas appliances you should be thinking of installing a CO detector.
Any questions about the carbon monoxide detector program can be directed to the Fire Inspector or the Fire Chief at 727-893 1062.
How do I inspect or test fire protection systems in my building (sprinkler, fire alarm, commercial kitchen hood, etc.)?
Contractors who do not follow the appropriate testing standard can be subject to enforcement penalties. Test reports submitted by contractors are required to indicate if a complete test was conducted or reasons why only portions of the system were tested (i.e. customer wouldn’t pay for entire testing). Incomplete reports or deficiencies marked on confidence test reports can result in a special inspection (and additional fee) to the property by fire inspectors. Businesses are encouraged to find properly licensed contractors who are able to inspect and maintain the system with the adopted standards.