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The Fire Safety Inspection Program is a comprehensive fire inspection of both buildings and businesses within the City of Everett. As required by the State of Washington, the Everett Fire Department adopts the Fire Code and has the authority to render interpretations of the code, and to adopt policies, procedures, rules and regulations in order to clarify the application of its provisions. The Fire Marshal’s Office is authorized to conduct inspections to determine the extent of compliance with the Fire Code and all appropriate operational permits for hazardous operations have been issued.
The program applies to commercial, multi-family and industrial buildings. Businesses legally permitted in a single-family residence are generally exempt from the inspection program.
The inspection covers all business areas, public areas, and the exterior space of a building.
All Fire Safety Inspections conducted on commercial buildings/business throughout the City of Everett will be assessed with an Inspected Square-footage fee.
Exception: Multi-family buildings, Some Vacant buildings, Building Shells, and Public School District school sites.
Operational Permits are required to ensuring safe operational practices of those individuals, companies, and businesses who wish to use or participate in operations that are considered to be hazardous and pose a potential threat to the safety and wellbeing of the general public. Fees will be calculated by adding the square-footage fee listed above with each Operational Permits required by the fire code.
Fees will be calculated per unit.
Fees will fall into one of the three categories:
An area or space that is common to multiple tenets within a structure that is not under the direct supervision or management of a single business owner or tenant. Can include common suppression systems, fire alarms, exiting systems, and devices used throughout multiple tenant spaces. Fees will fall into one of the two categories:
Yes, other comparable departments use a similar fee structure for fire safety inspections.
Business Owners are responsible for the following fees:
Building Owners are responsible for the following fees:
If violations are found, you will be asked to correct them. We will conduct a re-inspection within 15-30 days to verify the violations have been corrected. Violations considered an imminent danger or life-threatening will result in immediate corrective action.
If the deficiencies are not corrected by the time of your first re-inspection visit, additional compounding fees will be assessed until the deficiencies are corrected. There is a large number of businesses throughout the community that require fire safety inspections and if a reduction in the number of follow-ups can be accomplished, the more business that can be inspected on a regular basis.
There are many benefits to the fire safety inspection program, but the most important is the increase in life safety for you, your customers and employees. Regular fire and life safety inspections are a critical part of fire prevention, they not only protect people and property, but also can protect economic interests. By preventing or reducing losses, businesses can avoid financial disasters stemming from fires.
Additionally, annual fire safety inspections are one of the factors that the insurance industry uses to calculate insurance rates paid by businesses.
Please review our fire safety inspection checklist for a list of common items that will be inspected for compliance.
If you have additional questions about the Building Inspection Program, you can email the Fire Marshal’s Office or call (425) 257-8120.