Fire Code & Fire Safety Documents

Seattle Fire and Building Codes

The 2015 Seattle Fire Code was adopted by City Council on September 26, 2016. Use of the new code became mandatory on January 1, 2017.

The Seattle Fire Code is developed in cooperation with the Fire Code Advisory Board (FCAB), a volunteer advisory board that represents the interests of the public, organized labor and local business, industry and technical trades.

We develop new editions of the Seattle Fire Code every three years. Work on the 2018 Seattle Fire Code will begin this year.

Bound paper volumes of the 2015 Seattle Fire Code are available for $87. If you want to purchase a copy visit:

Seattle Fire Department
Fire Prevention Division
220 3rd Avenue South, 2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104-1450
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Or visit:

Public Resource Center (PRC)
700 5th Avenue, 20th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Seattle Building Codes are available on the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) code pages.

The Seattle Fire Code provides authority for the Fire Code Official to adopt policies, procedures, rules and regulations to clarify the application of the fire code.

Administrative Rules are reviewed and approved by FCAB prior to public notice in the Daily Journal of Commerce and are then filed with the Seattle City Clerk.

Administrative Rule 1.01.17 - Fee Waiver Policies for Compliance Re-Inspection Fees Charged by the Fire Marshal's Office
Administrative Rule 9.01.17 - Certificates of Competency for Installing, Inspecting, Testing and Maintaining Fire Protection Systems
Administrative Rule 9.02.17 - Inspection, Testing, Maintenance and Reporting Requirements for Fire Protection Systems
Administrative Rule 9.03.17 - Automatic Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems
Administrative Rule 9.04.17 - Impaired Fire Protection Systems
Administrative Rule 9.05.14 - Alarm Signal Verification
Administrative Rule 9.06.14 - Sprinkler Systems and Fire Alarms for Elevator Machinery Rooms, Hoist Ways and Pits
Administrative Rule 9.07.07 - Partial / Phased Occupancy, Occupancy During Construction and Temporary Certificates of Occupancy
Administrative Rule 9.09.07 - Visible Alarm Notification Devices
Administrative Rule 11.01.14 - Fire Escape Stair Structural Examination, Testing and Repair Requirements
Administrative Rule 26.01.14 - Cutting, Welding and Other Hot Work on Marine Vessels
Administrative Rule 26.02.14 - Designated Marine Hot Work Facilities and Shipyards
Administrative Rule 27.01.14 - Marine Terminals
Administrative Rule 27.02.04 - Storage and Use of Hazardous Materials, Including Flammable and Combustible Liquids, in Freight Containers Outside of Buildings
Administrative Rule 27.03.05 - Ventilation Systems in Research and Educational Laboratories (Fume Hoods)
Administrative Rule 34.02.07 - Decommissioning Residential Heating Oil Tanks
Administrative Rule 53.01.15 - Marijuana Growing and Oil Extraction Processes

CAMs help explain the requirements of the Seattle Fire Code.

CAM NumberClient Assistance Memo (CAM)
5001  Obtaining a Permit  View
5002  Electronic File Standards:  Shop Drawings for Fire Protection Systems  View
5022  Recreational and Cooking Fire Regulations  View
5032  Fire Inspections for Clubs and Entertainment Establishments  View
5033  Ceremonial Fireworks 

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5034  Public Safety Plans and Crowd Managers  View
5042  Fire Code Regulations for Holiday Decorations  View
5051  Fire Safety and Evacuation Plans  View
5052  Fire Emergency Guide  View
5062  Nightclub Fire Safety Requirements  View
5072  Fire Emergency Plans for Marinas, Piers, Wharves and Floats  View
5120  Liquid Oxygen in Home Healthcare  View
5121  Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements in Existing Residential Occupancies  View
5122  Wired Emergency Communication Systems  View 
5123  Public Safety Radio Enhancement Systems  Request for Authorization BDA/DAS Installation View
5124  Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems  View
5961  Fire Extinguishers  View
5962  Decommissioning of Residential Heating Oil Tanks  View
5963  High Rise Emergency Evacuation Drills  View
5965  Key Boxes for Emergency Access  View
5966  The Engineering Inspection Process 

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5971  Testing of Fire Protection Systems Report of System Impairment Seattle Fire Report of Impaired System Form   View
5972  Requesting a Review by the Seattle Fire Code Appeals Board 

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5973  Fire Escape Confidence Testing  View
5974  Emergency Lighting: Testing and Inspection  View
5981  High-Rise Building Inspection Program  View
5982  High Rise Fire Emergency Planning Requirements  View
5983  High-Piled Combustible Storage  View
5987  Smoke Detector Installation  View
5991  Fire Watch  View

NFPA Amendments

The City of Seattle amendments to the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) code:

  • NFPA 130 - Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems
  • NFPA 502 - Standard for Road Tunnels, Bridges, and other Limited Access Highways

Fire Prevention Alerts

FDC placard requirements for high - rise buildings