The Fire Inspection Bureau is staffed with one Fire Marshal, one Deputy Fire Marshal, and seven fire inspectors. The Fire Marshal and staff enforce the 2018 International Fire Code, South Carolina State Fire Marshal Rules and Regulations and the National Fire Prevention Association Standards referenced in the International Fire code.
The Fire Marshal enforces City and State codes regulating the construction, use and occupancy of buildings and structures, reviews and approves commercial plans and conducts fire inspections to verify life safety code compliance and oversees the day to day operations of the Fire Inspection Bureau. The Deputy Fire Marshal assists with plan reviews, conducts fire inspections and provides training and leadership to fire inspectors. The fire inspectors inspect residential, public and commercial buildings for compliance with fire and life safety codes and ordinances, prepare inspection reports and manage complaints and maintains inspection records.
A fire department plan review process is in place to ensure compliance with codes and standards. The 2018 International Fire Code is a comprehensive code that adequately provides fire prevention regulations for new construction and large remodel projects in the City of North Charleston.
The purpose of fire inspections is to evaluate and minimize the risk of fires. In general, routine inspections are conducted on all commercial structures in North Charleston to ensure that the appropriate fire safety requirements are being met. During the fire inspection process, the inspector will ensure that the proper maintenance is being met on the fire alarm system, sprinkler system and fire extinguishers. Click on the link to see a list of the top 10 fire violations that are commonly found during a routine fire inspection.