Fire Prevention Bureau

The City of Alameda Fire Department's Fire Prevention Bureau is responsible for reviewing, updating and enforcing fire-related codes and ordinances. Activities carried out by this division include code compliance inspections of all occupancies except single-family and duplex dwellings, vegetation management inspections, fire permit review and inspections, the regulation of household and business-related hazardous waste and the enforcement of hazardous material storage.
The Fire Prevention Bureau is also coordinates the training and staffing of on-call Fire Investigators who are responsible for cause & origin determination. 
Alameda Fire Department's Fire Prevention Bureau is also responsible for coordinating public education events such as fire station tours and educational prevention events. If you would like more information on how to schedule a visit with your local Alameda Firefighters, please call 510-337-2121.

If you have any questions, or if you observe a property with an accumulation of dried vegetation or other noticeable fire hazards, please contact Fire Prevention at (510) 337-2121.

The Alameda Fire Department does not review or issue fire permits.  Requests are submitted to the Permit Center at City Hall, Room 190 and then routed to the Fire Department's plan review consultant for plan review. The City utilizes CSG Consultants, building and fire life safety plan review specialists, to review fire permit plans and combination plans with fire-related code material. Plans are picked up and dropped off by CSG Consultants Monday through Thursday at City Hall. The approximate turnaround time for review is two weeks. You may contact Fire Prevention for status on your permit.  The Permit Center will contact you when your permit is ready. 

Fire Permit(PDF, 71KB)

The Fire Department conducts inspections of existing buildings, new construction and facilities and events that must comply with state and local licensing requirements and on properties where potential fire hazards exist. The Fire Department usually performs inspections between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm by uniformed personnel. The Fire Department inspects all existing commercial, retail and office establishments - as well as the common areas of apartments and condominiums - once a year for compliance with the Fire Code. The Fire Department also regularly inspects daycare centers, assisted living facilities, and other establishments. 

Inspection Guidelines(PDF, 132KB)


Code enforcement and compliance is the key in the protection of citizens, businesses, and visitors of the City of Alameda. Regular inspections help ensure the fire code is being observed.  After a building is constructed, it is the fire inspector’s duty to make sure that it is maintained in compliance with the City’s adopted fire code over the life of the structure.  In Alameda, many buildings are older and have changed use numerous times over the years – often times far different than the original intended use.  It is imperative for Fire Prevention to stay current with these changes, especially in light of how others may be affected, specifically those who may be living, working, or visiting on the property.  Fire Prevention also relies on our concerned citizens  to contact us if they observe a potential fire hazard on a property.  We will immediately respond and inspect to ensure the matter is resolved quickly and correctly.  If you observe a property with a potential fire hazard contact Fire Prevention at 510-337-2121.  Fire Prevention's goal is to minimize the risk of life and property loss from fire.


What is a Knox box?

A Knox box or a key box as referred to in the California Fire Code Section 506.1 is "a secure device with a lock operable only by a fire department master key, and containing building entry keys and other keys that may be required for access in an emergency."

When and where is it required?

A Knox box is required where access to or within a structure or an area is restricted because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for life-saving or fire-fighting purposes, the fire code official is authorized to require a key box to be installed in an approved location. The key box must be of an approved type and contain keys to gain necessary access as required by the fire code official. An approved lock must be installed on gates or similar barriers when required by the fire code official.  To maintain the key box, the operator of the building must immediately notify the fire code official and provide the new key when a lock is changed or re-keyed. The key to such lock must be secured in the key box.


Installation is the responsibility of the building owner. Secure the Knox box to a solid wall, beam, or post. The Knox box must be mounted on the exterior of a structure at a height of five (5) feet from the ground up to the bottom of the box. The Knox box must be mounted in a location that is clear of natural and man-made obstructions. Once mounted notify the Fire Department to place keys within the box. 

If a Knox box is required for your facility or you would like one for your residence, please  order on-line.

Knox Company


Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2023


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