Fire Inspections

It is the responsibility of the Fire Marshal’s Office to ensure public buildings and other places of assembly comply with the (adopted) State and County fire code to ensure a fire safe environment for the public.

The Fire Marshal’s Office conducts inspections annually at:
  • Daycare Facilities
  • Group Homes
  • Motels
  • Nightclubs
  • Nursing Homes
  • Public and Private Schools
  • Restaurants
The Fire Marshal’s Office also promotes a self-inspection program for businesses with a low hazard occupancy. This is conducted on a semi-annual basis followed the next year with an on site inspection from the Fire Marshal’s Office. The Fire Marshal’s Office has also developed a Fire Corps program to assist with the inspection process. Some businesses are required to obtain Fire Code Permit to conduct business in Stafford County.


Annual fire inspections will ensure that businesses with unique hazards, places of assembly, and places of education meet the requirements of the Fire Code to ensure that fire and life safety features are maintained to ensure a safe and expedient evacuation of occupants in the event of an emergency. Once these requirements are met, the business will be issued a Fire Code Permit which will expire annually or when the business is in violation of the fire code.

Examples of some businesses requiring a permit include, in addition to other materials required to be stored and handled in accordance with the Fire Code:
  • Compressed Gases
  • Explosives
  • Flammable and Combustible Liquids
  • LPG
  • Storage of Hazardous Materials
Permits are required for Commercial Burning and the sale of Fireworks.

Review Required Fire Code Permits or contact our office at 540-658-8648 to set up an appointment for an inspection to ensure the proper permits are obtained.