INSPECTIONS, PERMITS & CODES

Fire codes, inspections and new construction plan reviews are designed to reduce risk and hazards throughout the community.

Fire marshals conduct regular inspections of commercial properties such as:

  • Apartment complexes
  • Churches and venues that host events or large assemblies of people
  • Gas stations and manufacturing facilities
  • Restaurants and other businesses 

The fire safety of single family homes is reviewed during the construction permit process. Additional inspections are not required. No matter where you live, you should follow fire safety advice.

Inspection process

Inspections ensure compliance with fire safety regulations such as safe storage of flammable materials, proposer use of electrical systems, and marked and accessible fire exits. How often a building is inspected depends on the number of people who use it, the type of use, and the fire risk.

New construction

Fire and building codes often require that land development and construction projects meet local fire department standards for fire extinguishing systems, fire alarm systems, emergency access roads, etc. We enforce those standards in our partner cities:

Special events

The Fire Marshal provides plan review and inspection services for a variety of special events such as; carnivals, fairs and festivals. The goal is to reduce fire risks and ensure safe access and exits for both the public and emergency services personnel.

Who conducts inspections?

South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue provides Fire Marshal and inspection services in the cities of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace. The Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office, a branch of county government separate that operates apart from South Snohomish County Fire & Rescue, provides inspections and code enforcement in unincorporated portions of our service area.