The Fire Marshal is responsible for ensuring compliance with the minimum fire safety standards on all new construction, as well as changes to existing commercial buildings pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia Title 25 and the rules of the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
All plans for new construction commercial buildings and certain types of residential occupancies are required to be submitted and approved by the Fire Marshal’s Office and the Building Official.
During all phases of construction, the property is required to undergo periodic inspection by relevant code enforcement officials to ensure compliance with life safety regulations and other building construction standards.
On new construction, this includes an 80 percent inspection, as well as a final inspection for life safety code compliance prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy. This inspection process is meant to ensure the safety and quality of construction consistent with the most current professional standards.
Additionally, any business that changes its occupancy type (e.g. a clothing store that becomes a restaurant) or performs any type of renovations must also submit plans to the Fire Marshal’s Office and the Building Official to ensure any changes follow the current safety standards for that new use.
To schedule a Fire Marshal Inspection, plan reviews for both building code and Fire Marshal’s codes are coordinated through the Building Department. Please contact Permit Technician Phyllis Humrich for scheduling.
Fire and Life Safety Code Questions
If you have code compliance questions regarding expectations of the authority having jurisdiction, please feel free to call the Fire Marshal.