Why do we do fire inspections?
The primary purposes of the Brunswick County Fire Marshal’s Office as related to prevention and risk mitigation are to reduce the risks of fire and other types of emergencies in the community. Brunswick County Ordinances, the North Carolina Fire Code and the North Carolina Building Code standards establish minimum regulatory fire and life safety requirements for the installation and maintenance of buildings, equipment, and activities throughout Brunswick County.
The Brunswick County Fire Marshal’s Office oversees all inspection services related to compliance with the aforementioned county, state, and federal fire codes and standards. The four types of inspection services include: Fire Code, Commercial, Foster Homes, and Hazardous Materials. The Fire Marshals Inspectors conduct field inspections to determine compliance with all applicable codes and standards by developing and maintaining long-standing relationships with business owners, community agencies and residents in an effort to reduce risks of fire and other emergencies, while increasing fire prevention and safety awareness throughout Brunswick County.
Fire Code Inspections
This unit is comprised of inspectors with specialized knowledge in the NC Fire Code and supports the development and building permit process, as well as determining compliance for existing buildings and occupancies throughout Brunswick County. Through field inspections, this group determines compliance with applicable codes and standards, and works closely with owners and/or occupants to monitor on-going maintenance and compliance. Inspection types include new construction, care facilities, institutions, jails, high-rise business and residential buildings, places of worship, special events/activates and inspections in response to citizen complaints. Fire code inspections are generally scheduled by contractors performing work on buildings, owners and/or tenants seeking to modify building or tenant spaces, citizens concerned with fire safety and fire inspectors conducting obligatory inspections.
The commercial inspection program mandates that annual, bi-annual, and tri-annual inspections of commercial facilities and multi-family residences (apartments, hotels, motels, etc.) be conducted as designated by the State of North Carolina Fire Prevention Code and Brunswick County ordinance. These field inspections, which are managed and directed by the Fire Marshal’s Office, are conducted by Fire Inspectors with the intent to inspect all commercial & residential properties as it pertains to the code and ordinance and provide fire and other life safety hazards education to business owners/occupants.
The only properties exempt from said inspections are single-family dwellings, duplex buildings and bona fide farms.
Commercial inspections are conducted as time permits during Fire Inspectors’ 8-hour shift and are not routinely scheduled on an appointment basis.
This is an excellent program that provides fire safety personnel an opportunity to meet business owners/occupants of the community which they serve. It is our goal to provide you with excellent service by identifying those activities, processes, or construction flaws which can lead to unwanted fires, and other types of accidents or emergencies.