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Which version of the Fire Code is Fort Bend County under currently and when was it adopted?
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Fort Bend County utilizes the 2012 International Fire Code and was adopted August 1, 2014.
What are the inspection standards for the unincorporated area of Fort Bend County?
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Unincorporated Fort Bend County utilizes the Fire Code (adopted August 1, 2014), 2012 International Fire CodeLocal Government Code 233 and Local Government Code 352.
What are the fire alarm requirements for a nightclub or an assembly?
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For new construction, a fire alarm is required with the occupant load of 100-300 or more. Please check the International Fire Code for further information.
What codes and standards are currently adopted?
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Fort Bend County Fire Code, 2012 International Fire Code (as of August 1, 2014), and NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
Do I need a new inspection if I am a new owner in an existing building or I have had a name changed?
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A new owner of an occupancy does require an inspection. There is a $25.00 Certificate of Compliance fee for a new owner inspection. During a new owner inspection, the inspector will verify that the occupancy is in compliance with all fire and life safety standards.

If the occupancy is only changing names, no new inspection is needed. However, if the name change involves a change in ownership and/or a change in occupancy type, an inspection will be required. In the event of only a name change, the Fort Bend County Fire Marshal’s Office shall be notified for maintenance of records.

More information can be found on our Shell Buildings/Tenant Improvements page.

Can I conduct business or open prior to an inspection from the Fire Marshal’s office?
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No. A Certificate of Compliance is required to open to the general public.

More information can be found on our Shell Buildings/Tenant Improvements page.

What are the fees for fire alarm plan review?
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Effective August 1, 2014, under the new permit system, each building will have its own separate fire alarm permit number.

Please visit the Construction Permits page for fee schedule and additional information.

Is a fire alarm or fire suppression company required to have plans reviewed and permitted?
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Yes. All plans are required to be submitted (even on existing facilities) and appropriate permits are required. You will need to contact our office and submit plans to the Fire Marshal’s Office, M - F; 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

More information can be found on our Construction Permit page.

How do I schedule an inspection?
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Information concerning the various types of inspections performed by the Fire Marshal’s Office, including pre-inspection checklist, can be found on our Construction Permits page.

We encourage you to review the materials to ensure that you are ready for your inspection, prior to scheduling. To schedule an inspection, please call 281-238-1500, M - F;  8:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

How do I find out who the investigator of an arson case is?
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Please contact our office at 281-238-1500.
Does my child need the Youth Firesetter and Intervention Program?
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While curiosity about fire is a common issue with almost all human beings (usually in the form of campfires, candles, fireplaces, etc.), the use of fire by children is a very dangerous behavior. A tragic situation can be created the first time a child misuses fire. Adults must instill in children the idea that matches and lighters are tools, not toys. The Fort Bend County Youth Fire Setter and Intervention program is available at no-cost to the citizens of Fort Bend County. Youth (between the ages of three and seventeen years of age) can participate in the program. The goal is to educate the child in fire safety and thereby cease the risky behavior. If you would like more information, please email us at firemarshal@fortbendcountytx.gov or call 281-238-1500.

A one-n-one class time is arranged for the child and at least one parent or guardian/caretaker. A family fire risk assessment is conducted to assist in determining the motivation behind the firesetting and an intervention strategy. Education is appropriate for all kids involved in firesetting behavior and a lesson in fire safety and survival skills will be conducted. If it is determined further counseling is necessary, a referral may be recommended. The program may also be able to assist with additional resources, if identified. All information is confidential.

I need a fire inspection for a Hospital or Nursing Home, what do I need to do?
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Visit our Group Homes page for more information.
I need an inspection for a foster group home (7 to 12 children), what do I need?
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Visit our Foster Homes page for more information.
I need an inspection for my Foster Home (1 to 6 children), what do I need to do?
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Visit our Foster Homes page for more information.
I need an inspection of a Day Care facility, what do I need?
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Visit our Day Care Facilities page for more information.
What types of structures are governed by the Fort Bend County Fire Code?
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All commercial structures in the unincorporated areas of Fort Bend County.
Will the Fire Marshal’s Office inspect a building on request?
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Yes. We respond to requests for “walk-throughs” at businesses and requests for Home Safety Inspections. We also respond to complaints at locations with known or suspected fire hazards.
How do I report a fire code violation?
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How do I report a non-compliant fire system?
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What type of signage is required for each building?
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The sign must display the individual number/letter of the building and the range of unit numbers within the respective building. It must be easily visible from the vehicular driving areas on the project. There is no required sign size but the letters and/or numbers must be at least four inches high and in a contrasting color compared to the building. The signs should be of weather-resistive material and placed at either the ends or corners of the buildings, as long as they are visible from driving areas. A black background with white, light reflective letters is easily seen in low-light conditions. If the buildings already have signage noting numbers/letters of the building with the unit numbers and meet the criteria above, they do not need to be replaced.
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