Fire Safety Inspections
Starting April 1, Everett Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office implemented a new fee schedule for annual building inspections and system testing.
The fee schedule covers fire and life safety inspections, multi-family buildings, vacant buildings, building shells, shared spaces and systems. A similar fee schedule was implemented in January for construction permit fees, which incorporate plan review and field inspections conducted by the Everett Fire Department.
The Fire Department conducts inspections of the City’s commercial buildings to ensure compliance with the adopted Fire Code. The new fee schedule is designed to offset the cost of conducting inspections and system testing, which are outside of the normal operation and response activities and services of the fire department. The cost of providing inspections will be allocated to the individuals or businesses that require those services, rather than being funded by regular public safety taxes.
Fees correspond to the square footage of the building or business. Additional fees may be added if hazards exist that require operational fire permits as defined in the 2015 International Fire Code. If deficiencies are located and not corrected after the first complimentary re-inspection visit, additional compounding fees will be assessed until the deficiencies are corrected. The Everett Fire Department is one of the last departments in the region to implement these fees; other comparable departments use a similar fee structure for safety inspections.
- What is the Fire Safety Inspection Program?
- Does the Fire Safety Inspection Program apply to me?
- What areas are included in my inspection?
- How is my Fire Safety Inspection fee calculated?
- How much is the fee?
- Do other fire departments charge inspection fees?
- Who will be responsible for paying the fee for the inspection? Business Owner or Building Owner?
- What will happen if violations are found?
- What happens if I do not correct my deficiencies?
- How do I benefit from this program?
- How often should I expect a fire code inspection?
- I received a fire code inspection but the neighboring business did not. How come?
- Where can I get my fire extinguisher recharged or inspected & tagged?
- Do I really need so many fire extinguishers?
- What is wrong with using extension cords or multiple power strips "daisy chained" together?
- How can I get my daycare or pre-school inspected?
- How do I report overcrowding in a business assembly event?
- How to I report a locked or blocked exit?