The Office of the Fire Marshal
The Office of the Fire Marshal provides the leadership and inspection services to help prevent fires and assure fire and life safety for the City of Raleigh.
The Office of Fire Marshal is responsible for fire prevention education and outreach services. Visit our Fire Education Section.
The Fire Code Enforcement Division of the Office of the Fire Marshal manages a comprehensive program of fire code compliance through the International Fire Code, along with North Carolina Building Code Council Amendments.
Fire Code Inspections are required for all places of business. Periodic inspections will be conducted based on your type of business. An example below illustrates the minimum frequency rate of inspections. Other sections below provide information on Permits, Service Requests, Fire Investigations and Reports.
1 Year Inspections
- Assembly (Restaurants, clubs and places of entertainment)
- Hazardous (Hazardous-materials, flammable liquids facilities)
- Institutional (Hospital, nursing homes, licensed care facilities, jails)
- High-Rise Buildings and residential except one and two family dwellings
2 Year Inspections
- Industrial facilities
- Educational facilities (Except public schools)
3 Year Inspections
- Mercantile, Storage facilities
- Churches and synagogues
Permits, Inspections and Service Requests
The Office of the Fire Marshal handles a number of permits, inspections and service requests. Some activities are fee based.
Please select the appropriate online form to request the following services:
- Fire Hazard Reporting
- Requests for Station Tours and Education Presentations
- Knox Box Consultation/Inspection
- Day Care
- Group Home
- Foster Home
- Carnivals & Fairs
- Hazardous Materials
- Exhibits & Trade Shows
- Blasting Operations/Explosives
- Flammable/Combustible Liquids (Tank Removals)
- Amusement Buildings
- Tent, Tension Membrane & Air Supported Structures
- Open Burning (Bon Fire, Commercial Development Only)
- Covered Mall Displays
Permit Applications, Packets and Forms
Fire Investigations and Reports
Fire Investigators determine cause and origin for fires that meet specified criteria. Fire Investigators are firefighters who hold additional certification in Fire Investigation. There are currently three full time investigators with the City of Raleigh's Fire Department.
Fire Incident Reports
These reports are prepared by the Fire
Department Officer in charge of the incident and contain basic event
information and will be available for all fire incidents responded to by
Fire Department personnel. Any City of Raleigh fire station has the capability to print these reports. The reports are available online 3 to 5 days after the incident.
Access the Fire Department Report System to find and download an incident report.
Fire Investigation Reports
These reports contain detailed information concerning the origin and cause of the fire, and are not prepared for every fire incident. For fire incidents classified as either "Incendiary," "Under Investigation" or "Undetermined," only a synopsis of this report will be released. Active criminal fire investigation reports will not be released, and completed Fire Investigation reports may not be available until at least 30 days from the date of the incident.
Reports can be requested by mail at:
Raleigh Fire Station #1
Office of Fire Investigations
220 South Dawson St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
For additional information please call 919-996-5188.
Fire Protection and Fire Alarm equipment repairs should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Repairs to sprinkler systems, fire pumps, fire alarm systems, etc should be reported. By emailing, clients will receive an automated reply with instructions and quick links for permitting and inspections.
The Compliance Engine
The Compliance Engine is a web-based service used by the Fire Marshal’s Office to track and maintain code compliance, reduce false alarm activity, and provide safer communities through third party inspection reporting and maintenance.
The City of Raleigh partnered with Brycer, LLC & The Compliance Engine effective November 1, 2015. All compliant & non-compliant fire protection systems and containment backflow assembly test reports are required to be sent to The City of Raleigh electronically by your respective organization via The Compliance Engine's online system.
- New User
For an overview of the program, visit The Compliance Engine website and watch the Third Party Inspection Reporting video.
for Online Training
Online Training is offered twice a week, Wednesday & Friday at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.
- Company Registration for The
To register, please visit Company Registration for The Compliance Engine.
For more info, contact Brycer for The Compliance Engine, 1-855-279-2371
Location and Hours
The Raleigh Fire Marshal's Office is located at:
310 West Martin St.
Raleigh NC 27601
Business hours are:
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.