Fire Code & Fire Safety Documents

2018 Seattle Fire Code

The 2018 Seattle Fire Code was adopted by City Council in February 2021. A transition period was provided in February and March during which time applicants could submit under either the 2015 or 2018 Seattle Fire Code. Mandatory usage began March 22, 2021. We anticipate PDFs and bound copies of the code to be available in late spring. Meanwhile, please review the code adoption ordinance and free PDF for more information.


Calculating Occupancy Loads for Healthy Washington

Please see the information from SDCI that may be a helpful reference as you calculate reduced occupancy loads under the Healthy Washington plan.

For more specific approvals on occupant load, please contact the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, the City agency responsible for determining occupancy and occupant loads. 

Seattle Fire and Building Codes

The 2018 Seattle Fire Code was adopted by City Council in early 2021 and took effect on March 22, 2021. 

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 2021 Seattle Fire Code will continue until adoption in 2024.

Bound paper volumes of the 2018 Seattle Fire Code will soon be available for approximately $90. Check back on this website to learn when they have been printed and are ready for purchase. Once they are available, you will be able to buy them in two locations:  

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.

The PDF download version is available for purchase from the International Code Council (ICC).

Free review of the 2018 Seattle Fire Code is available online from the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection.

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 9.01.18 - Certificates of Competency for Installing, Inspecting, Testing and Maintaining Fire Protection Systems
Administrative Rule 9.01.20 - Certificates of Competency for Installing, Inspecting, Testing and Maintaining Fire Protection Systems

Administrative Rule 9.02.19 - Inspection, Testing, Maintenance and Reporting Requirements for Fire Protection Systems and Emergency Responder Radio Amplification Systems

Administrative Rule 9.03.20 - Automatic Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems

Administrative Rule 9.04.20 - Impaired Fire Protection Systems and Emergency Responder Radio Amplification Systems

Administrative Rule 9.05.18 - Alarm Signal Verification
Administrative Rule 9.06.14 - Sprinkler Systems and Fire Alarms for Elevator Machinery Rooms, Hoist Ways and Pits
Administrative Rule 9.07.17 - Partial / Phased Occupancy, Occupancy During Construction and Temporary Certificates of Occupancy

Administrative Rule 9.09.18 - Visible Alarm Notification Devices

Administrative Rule 11.01.18 - 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 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.

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CAM 5001 Obtaining a Permit

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CAM 5002 Electronic File Standards: Shop Drawings for Fire Protection Systems


CAM 5022 Recreational and Cooking Fire Regulations


CAM 5032 Fire Inspections for Nightlife and Entertainment Venues

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CAM 5033 Ceremonial Fireworks

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CAM 5034 Public Safety Plans and Crowd Managers


CAM 5042 Fire Code Regulations for Holiday Decorations


CAM 5051 Fire Safety and Evacuation Plans


CAM 5052 Fire Emergency Guide


CAM 5072 Fire Emergency Plans for Marinas, Piers, Wharves and Floats


CAM 5120 Liquid Oxygen in Home Healthcare


CAM 5121 Carbon Monoxide Alarm Requirements in Existing Residential Occupancies


CAM 5122 Wired Emergency Communication Systems


CAM 5123 Emergency Responder/Public Safety Radio Enhancement Systems

Request for Authorization BDA/DAS Installation

Radio Coverage Assessment Form


CAM 5124 Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems


CAM 5961 Fire Extinguishers

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CAM 5962 Decommissioning of Residential Heating Oil Tanks


CAM 5963 High Rise Emergency Evacuation Drills


CAM 5965 Key Boxes for Emergency Access


CAM 5966 The Engineering Inspection Process 

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CAM 5969 Building Safety and Inspections 

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CAM 5970 Preventable or "false" Alarms 

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CAM 5971 Testing of Fire Protection Systems and Emergency Responder Radio Amplification Systems 

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Seattle Fire Report of Impaired System Form 


CAM 5972 Requesting a Review by the Seattle Fire Code Appeals Board 

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CAM 5973 Fire Escape Confidence Testing


CAM 5974 Emergency Lighting: Testing and Inspection


CAM 5981 High-Rise Building Inspection Program


CAM 5982 High Rise Fire Emergency Planning Requirements


CAM 5983 High-Piled Combustible Storage


CAM 5987 Smoke Detector Installation


CAM 5991 Fire Watch

NFPA Amendments

The 2018 Seattle Fire Code has two new chapters 40 and 41. Chapter 40, Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems, includes the reference to the 2017 edition of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Standard 130, which was adopted by Washington state. The City of Seattle has adopted local amendments to that standard, and those are shown in Chapter 40 of the 2018 Seattle Fire Code. Chapter 41, Road Tunnels, Bridges and Other Limited Access Highways, includes the reference to the 2017 edition of NFPA Standard 502 with City of Seattle adopted local amendments.