Fire Prevention

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The Division of Fire Prevention has four main functions: 

  • Fire Investigations
  • Fire Inspections
  • Fire Plans Checking
  • Public Education

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 following Special Event Guidelines.  For additional information please see Special Events permit.

Pre-approved recurrent events in established venues requiring only fire department approval can apply online by clicking this link: Special Use Permit Application.  (Please Note:  This application is not for the general public use).

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The Reno Fire Department conducts investigations into all fires to determine their origin, cause, and the circumstances surrounding the fire. Fire Investigators are certified in Nevada as Category I Peace Officers. If a fire is accidental in nature, the investigator prepares a report for the property owner to submit to their insurance company. When a fire is intentionally set, the fire investigator carries the investigation through to its conclusion. 

Fire inspections are conducted to discover and correct any condition liable to cause a fire or life safety hazard. All properties except private dwellings are inspected. Frequency of inspection is determined based on the associated hazards that a site may pose, and may include materials and manner of storage, maintenance of exits, accessibility of fire service personnel, maintenance of fire protection and detection systems, and general housekeeping.

The fire plans checking section reviews plans to determine compliance with the International Fire and Building Codes as well as all local codes, ordinances, standards, and regulations. Plans checkers look for such things as adequate and compliant fire safety systems, fire resistant building materials, and proper and adequate exiting. Fire plans checkers are certified by the International Code Council

The Reno Fire Department presents public education programs upon request.

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