What can really happen to me if I refuse to comply with the fire code?
As much as practically possible, the fire district tries to work with individuals to achieve voluntary compliance in a reasonable time frame. However, for serious violations that pose a distinct threat to life safety as determined solely by the fire district, a business may be evacuated and ordered closed, or an operation may be ordered to cease until the violation is corrected. In some cases, a summons may be issued. Fire Prevention personnel also have the ability to call upon local law enforcement for immediate assistance.

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1. What codes and standards does my project have to be in compliance with?
2. I’ve heard that thumb-turn style door locks are illegal. Is this true? If so, what kinds of locks can I have in order to be in compliance with the code but also provide protection from theft?
3. How far from the road and from existing buildings can my building be?
4. Are duct smoke detectors required for my building? If so, do they need to be connected to the building’s alarm system?
5. I’m constructing a new building. Does my building need to be equipped with sprinklers?
6. I’m moving my offices into a currently empty tenant space within a two-story office building? Does my space need a fire alarm system?
7. What can really happen to me if I refuse to comply with the fire code?
8. Why does the fire district require that the exterior horn/strobe on my sprinklered building sound on all alarms as opposed to just water flow?
9. My project is unique and cannot be effectively built using the prescriptive requirements set forth within the code. What can I do?
10. I have been a fire protection contractor for over 20 years. Why do I have to change the way I’ve been doing things just for your jurisdiction?
11. What are impact fees and will they apply to my project?