Existing Residential Inspection Requirements

Application for Existing Residential Inspection Permit: F.105 and F.106

  1. A Residential Occupancy Permit must be obtained from the Fire Prevention Office and filled out.
  2. Permit Fees
    1. All residential structures with a change of ownership:$50.00
    2. All residential structures occupied as a rental property:$35.00
    3. Mobile homes, regardless of sale or rental property:$35.00
  3. All fees should be paid prior to a permit being issued or inspection made. All moneys must be paid by mail or in person prior to the inspection.
  4. After the permit is paid for, a date and time for the inspection will be scheduled.
  5. The property owner has 30 days in which to repair all violations that were noted on the inspection.
  6. After all repairs have been made, the property owner or agent must contact the Fire Prevention OFfice to schedule a re-inspection. This should be done as soon as possible to allow time for this inspection to be completed.
  7. A re-inspection is done to assure that all cited violations have been repaired according to NFPA code. If all violations have been corrected, a permit will be issued.
  8. Upon performing an inspection, any property that has been occupied without written permission of the Fire Marshal will have electric and gas services turned off.
  9. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dwelling unit(single family dwelling, apartment, condo, mobile home, etc.) or some other type of structure to sell, transfer mortgage, rent, lease or otherwise dispose of such dwelling unit or structure to another until an Existing Residential Compliance is issued.

Transfer of Ownership

It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dwelling unit(single family dwelling, apartment, condo, mobile home, etc.) or some other type of structure to sell, transfer mortgage, rent, lease or otherwise dispose of such dwelling unit or structure to another until an Existing Residential Inspection Permit has been issued, inspection performed, violations corrected and a compliance issued by the Fire Prevention Office. A signed and notarized statement from the grantee, transferee, mortgagee or lessee acknowledging the receipt of such notice of inspection or notice of violation and fully accepting the responsibility without condition for the corrections or repairs required by such inspection notice or notice of violation and agree that such violations will be corrected within the time limit as set forth by the Fire Marshal, will also be required.

Residential Property Addresses

Residential building shall be clearly marked with their numerical address. Minimum height is 4 inches. Block style numbers are preferred. The color of the numbers must be in contrast to the exterior of the building. Numbers must be permanently affixed. Stick on or Velcro numbers will not be accepted. Numbers must be located either over the garage door or within 6 feet of the front entrance. If the garage or front entrance is not visible from the street, the address must be posted next to the street by the driveway on a post 4 feet high, or as approved by the Fire Marshal's office.

Fireplace/Woodstove Inspections

A level 2 inspection is no longer required. It is recommended that a fireplace be inspected prior to use.


Double cylinder dead bolts are not approved to be used on any exterior door or the garage separation door.


Clothes dryer exhaust shall be independent of all others systems and shall be vented to the exterior with metal or aluminum flexible pipe. The actual vent cap ( on the outside)can be plastic.

Panel Box

Double lugging is not allowed within the panel box. Only one wire per breaker or fuse is allowed. All breakers shall be sized to match the size of the wire per 2008 National Electric code or as noted on the appliance.

Ground Fault Receptacle

All of the following shall be protected by Ground Fault Interrupter(GFI):
  1. All receptacles within 6 feet of the kitchen sink.
  2. Bathroom receptacles.
  3. Wall receptacles in unfinished basement.
  4. Outside receptacles
  5. Garage receptacles on walls

Carport/Garage Separations

An existing wall that separates a garage and a living area shall be maintained with drywall without any holes or penetrations, un-taped joint or the like. The fire official may approve other wall coverings.
  1. Where no wall or ceiling separate a garage that abuts a living area such as a wall or ceiling shall be constructed with 5/8 inch type x drywall. All joints must be covered by tape and joint compound and all nails covered by joint compound.
  2. A door separating the living space and a garage or carport must be at least a 20 minute rating. Garage door brackets must be sealed tightly to the ceiling. Windows installed in a separation door or wall shall be removed or the glass must be of an approved type.
  3. Every post, beam and all plumbing and ductwork exposed in the garage shall be covered with 5/8 inch type X (fire rated) drywall.
  4. Attic access in the garage shall be held in place with 2x4 construction.

Smoke Alarms

Approved single station smoke alarms shall be installed in existing dwelling units, congregate residences, hotel and lodging house guest rooms.
  1. Single family dwellings and apartment buildings:
    1. In hallway within 10 feet of each sleeping area
    2. Within each sleeping area
    3. One on each level, including the basement(in the area of the stairs).
    4. Additional smoke alarms may be required by the Fire Marshal's office.
    5. Smoke alarms are not required in the attic or garage.
    6. Smoke detectors that have been installed electric with battery back up, must be replaced with the same. Battery operated smoke detectors cannot replace hardwired, interconnected smoke detectors.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

A carbon monoxide detector shall be located outside each sleeping area on the ceiling or wall within 10 feet of the bedrooms. When the smoke detectors are interconnected, a combination smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector may also be hardwired.
  1. A home without any fuel fired appliances.
  2. Appliances not requiring gas or a fuel or other raw material to produce light and heat.

Escape and Rescue Required

Basement and every sleeping area shall have at least one operable emergency and rescue opening. Such opening shall open directly into a public street, public alley, yard or courtyard. Where basements contain one or more sleeping rooms, an emergency egress and rescue opening shall be required in each sleeping room, but shall not be required in adjoining areas of the basement.

Th above paragraph means the following: any home that has one or more bedrooms in the basement or is listed as having a bedroom in the basement without meeting the egress requirements; will not be accepted as sleeping rooms until an egress window is installed in each bedroom. Note: homes built after July 1, 2004 will be require to install a means of egress window in each bedroom.