The Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for coordinating and conducting fire and life safety inspection services for the City of Austin.

Maintenance Inspections

There are a number of occupancies within the City of Austin that receive regular fire and life-safety inspections. General ocupancies, such as banks, business offices, and retail spaces receive an annual inspection of common fire and life-safety hazards.

Additionally, the Fire Marshal's Office conducts life-safety inspections for day cares, adoption and foster homes, and multi-family residential occupancies.

For additional information or to schedule an Annual Inspection, please visit our Annual Inspection page.

New Construction, Remodel, and/or Building Permit Inspections

New construction (technical) inspections are provided for all structures built within the City of Austin. These inspections must be ‘passed’ prior to occupancy, and range from a visual check of sprinkler and alarm systems to an observed discharge of a special extinguishing system.

The AFD Fire Marshal's office requires advance payment for services. For our regular contractors, we encourage you to establish a convenient escrow account. You can pay for your inspections services, permit fees, plan review fees, and test charges from your escrow account.

Home Hazard Assessment Program

The Uniform Fire Code does not give direct authority to the Fire Department to conduct fire and life-safety inspections of single-family homes and duplexes. However, through the AFD’s "Home Hazard Assessment" program, homeowners can effectively conduct their own fire and life-safety inspection. If you have a concern about your private residence, contact the AFD Public Education Division at (512) 974-0290.

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