The Fire and Life Safety Division has the responsibilities of fire plans review, arson investigation, prevention education, and inspection of new and existing buildings throughout the city for compliance with the Florida Fire Prevention Code. The division provides a proactive approach by reducing emergencies and the damage caused by them by conducting inspections on existing buildings. The “Existing Inspection Program” provides technical support, information, and inspections to assure compliance with adopted fire codes. Businesses such as mercantile, restaurants, nursing homes, gas stations and other commercial occupancies are inspected periodically for code compliance.
Our Fire Safety Inspectors provide quality fire inspection services while educating our customers about fire safety and fire prevention equipment maintenance. Currently, we conduct over 7000 inspections annually. Fire Plans Examiners are responsible for reviewing construction plans of all new commercial buildings and renovation projects to determine compliance with fire code requirements. This fire plan review includes code requirements related to means of egress, fire protection, fire detection and fire alarm system, hazardous materials, generators, hood systems, fireworks displays, and maintenance of these systems.
The enforcement authority for the fire codes comes from Florida Statute 633, Florida Administrative Code 69A, Boca Raton City Ordinances Chapter 7 & 9 and the Florida Fire Prevention Code. The Fire and Life Safety Division currently has a staff of ten. The staff consists of one Assistant Chief, two Senior Fire Inspectors, one Permit Specialist, two Fire Plans Examiners, and four Fire Inspectors.