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Tray Palmer Reno Fire Marshal

Message from the Reno Fire Marshal Tray Palmer

Welcome to the City of Reno Fire Prevention Bureau.  Our team is dedicated to providing efficient, effective and equitable life safety and property protection to the citizens and visitors of Reno.  We will do so actively, demonstrating ethical conduct, excellent customer service, and professional integrity in all areas of fire inspections, fire investigations, plans examinations and public education.

Fire Inspections

Fire inspections are conducted to discover and correct any condition likely to cause a fire or life safety hazard.  All business properties within the City of Reno, except private dwellings, are inspected.  Frequency of inspection for most commercial occupancies is annual with priority based on the associated hazards that a site may pose.  The conditions we inspect include materials and manner of storage, maintenance of exits, accessibility to fire service personnel, maintenance of fire protection and detection systems and general housekeeping.  All of our Inspectors, Investigators and Plan Reviewers are certified by the International Code Council.

Plan Review

Fire prevention reviews construction plans to determine compliance with the adopted 2012 International Fire and Building Codes as well as all local codes, ordinances, standards and regulations.  Fire Plan reviewers look for such things as adequate and compliant fire safety systems, fire resistant building materials, Fire Department access and proper and adequate exiting. 

Fire Investigations

Fire Prevention conducts investigations into suspicious fires to determine their origin and cause.  Whether a fire is accidental in nature or intentionally set, the investigation team determines action needed to prevent future occurrence, such as product recalls, public awareness, increased code compliance inspections, or arresting and prosecuting an arsonist.  Fire Prevention arson investigators are Nevada P.O.S.T. certified peace officers.

Public Education

The Fire fire Department provides public education programs upon request.  Both our engine companies and fire prevention personnel have an active presence in our community.  Some of the programs we offer include station tour, fire extinguisher training, home escape planning and general fire safety for children.

Reno Fire Prevention Bureau staff in front of Believe art sculpture on City Plaza

Our Reno team members are committed to actively protecting the citizens and visitors or our great city.


In compliance with NRS 237.080, local governments are to notify trade associations or owners and officers of businesses that are likely to be affected by the adoption of a proposed rule.  As part of the City’s consideration of this proposed ordinance, you may submit data or arguments if you believe the adoption of the rule will either (a) impose a direct and significant economic burden upon business, or (b) directly restrict the formation, operation or expansion of a business. 

Through the adoption of the proposed ordinance, the City of Reno proposes to amend the Reno Municipal Code (RMC), Title 16, by repealing RMC 16.01.011 and adopting the 2018 International Fire Code, and related amendments, for the purpose of establishing RMC 16.01.012.  Among other things, the 2018 International Fire Code and related amendments will include, but not be limited to:

  • Repealing the 2012 International Fire Code, as previously adopted by the City of Reno;
  • Requiring an operational permit from the Reno Fire Department for mobile food preparation vehicles equipped with appliances that produce smoke or grease laden vapors (Section 105.6.30);
  • Requiring the installation of residential sprinklers in the construction of any new home where the structure is larger than 5,000 square feet or the location of the structure is outside a 6-minute response time, regardless of square footage, from the nearest City of Reno fire station (Section 903.2.2, as amended);
  • Requiring the installation of commercial sprinklers in the construction of any new commercial building where the structure is larger than 5,000 square feet (Section 903.2.1, as amended);
  • Requiring the installation or modification of emergency responder radio coverage in existing high-rise buildings, below grade buildings, or other buildings due to location or construction type that do not have approved radio coverage in critical communication areas or where an existing wired communication system cannot be repaired or is being replaced. (Section 510.2, as amended); and
  • New Chapter 39 requirements for processing and extraction facilities (cannabis extraction).

This notice, draft ordinance, the 2018 International Fire Code, and related amendments are available for review and copying at the City of Reno, Office of the City Clerk, 1 East First Street-2nd Floor, Reno, Nevada, and will also be available for on-line viewing: and

The Reno Fire Department will hold two informational meetings on the proposed ordinance on the following dates:

Monday, November 19, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Reno City Hall – Council Chambers (1st Floor)
1 East 1st Street
Reno, Nevada  89501


Thursday, December 6th, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Reno City Hall – Council Chambers (1st Floor)
1 East 1st Street
Reno, Nevada  89501 

Members of the public may submit any data or written arguments for consideration.  Such data and/or comments must be RECEIVED NOT LATER THAN 4:30 PM on December 13, 2018, and directed to the address below: 

Reno Fire Department
Attention: Tray Palmer, Fire Marshal
P.O. Box 1900
Reno, NV  89505 

OR via email to:

A Business Impact Statement will be prepared to address any comments received by the City of Reno via written comments in conjunction with the information provided at the above workshops. The Business Impact Statement will be presented for acceptance during a City of Reno Council meeting tentatively scheduled for January 9, 2019.  Upon acceptance of the Business Impact Statement and adoption of the ordinance, the ordinance, as adopted, will become effective pursuant to the effective date set forth in the ordinance. 

If you have any questions regarding this proposed ordinance, you may contact: Reno Fire Marshal, Tray Palmer at: (775) 334-2300. The City thanks you for your attention to this matter and looks forward to receiving any comments you may have on the adoption of the proposed ordinance.

FIRE - Notice of proposed ordinance and Exhibit B 2018 Fire Code Amendments

Fire Codes

The City of Reno has adopted the 2012 International Fire Code with amendments. The ordinance outlining these amendments is attached.  

 IFC IMAGE Updated Ordinace Cover Sheet

Special Events and Activities

Please see the Special Event Guidelines.  For additional information please see Special Events permit.

Previously approved recurrent events in established venues requiring only Fire Department approval can apply online using the Special Use Permit Application.  (Please Note: This application is not for the general public use).

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