The Office of the Fire Marshal

Last updated May 31, 2019 - 9:23 am
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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
Request an Inspection

2 Year Inspections

  • Industrial facilities
  • Educational facilities (Except public schools)
Request an Inspection

3 Year Inspections

  • Business
  • Mercantile, Storage facilities
  • Churches and synagogues
Request an Inspection

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:

Online Permit Application

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:

Fire Investigations
310 W Martin St Suite 200
PO Box 590
Raleigh NC 27602

For additional information please call 919-996-5188.

Equipment Repairs

Fire Protection and Fire Alarm equipment repairs should be submitted by email to 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. Please review the City ordinance of The Compliance Engine.

  • Register for Online Training
    Online Training
    is offered twice a week, Wednesday & Friday at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.
  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Have questions about automatic notices, reports, reasons to contact your fire marshal, TCE access or deficiencies read our TCE FAQ document.

For more info, contact Brycer for The Compliance Engine, 1-855-279-2371

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Location and Hours

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The Raleigh Fire Marshal's Office is located at:

310 West Martin St.
Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: 919-996-6392
fax: 919-831-6180

Business hours are:

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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