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Fire Marshal's Office

The Fire Prevention Division of the Seattle Fire Department, commonly referred to as the Fire Marshal’s Office, provides the leadership and inspection services to help prevent fires and assure fire and life safety for people who live, work and visit in Seattle.

The Seattle Fire Marshal’s Office is located at:

 220 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104-2608

Phone: 206-386-1450
fax: 206-386-1348

Business hours are:

Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Public Education
The Education Section is responsible for fire prevention education and outreach services. The section is composed of a School Program Coordinator who oversees all education efforts with children, schools, preschools, teachers and daycare providers; a Community Education Coordinator who oversees a variety of educational and outreach efforts for the business, residential, and targeted high-risk communities; and an Education Manager who provides oversight, administration and strategic planning for education programs.

The Education Section offers the following information online:

Home Fire Safety

Smoke Alarms

Business Fire Safety

Fire Stoppers

Preschool Program




Hazardous Materials
The Hazardous Materials Unit provides inspection services for the storage and use of flammable and combustible liquids and other hazardous materials and processes as required by the Seattle Fire Code and Administrative Rules.

For a full list of Seattle Fire Department permits and related fees, visit the Permits section of this Web site. Or, check the status of an existing permit by utilizing the Permit Status Search.

Construction Inspections and Plan Review Services
The Engineering Division of the Fire Marshal's Office inspects all new construction, major remodels, and fire protection system revisions to ensure compliance with the Seattle Fire Code. The Plan Review Division of the Fire Marshal's Office provides engineering review of architectural review plans and shop drawings for fire and life safety systems. For detailed information on the plan review and construction inspection process, visit Construction Inspections & Plan Review.

To schedule an inspection, please call 206-386-1443.


Confidence Testing
All fire protection systems in the City of Seattle are required to have Confidence Tests performed at regular intervals as indicated on the Confidence Testing Schedule. Confidence Testing is separate from the regular building inspections conducted by Fire Department personnel. It is designed to ensure that fire protection systems installed in buildings are properly maintained and will work in the event of a fire. 

Confidence Tests are performed by private contractors who must hold a Seattle Fire Department Certification to work on the specific type of fire protection system being tested.

Visit the Confidence Testing section for more information.

To contact the Confidence Testing Unit, please call (206) 386-1352.

Special Events  (see also:  Special Events Section)
The Special Events Section issues permits and establishes conditions to ensure public safety at large public gatherings including fairs, concerts, sporting events, and festivals. They also inspect and issue permits related to outdoor cooking, trade shows and other high profile events.

Code Compliance
The Compliance Section answers fire code related inquiries and works to resolve outstanding fire code violations.

Related Information Bulletins (files are in PDF format):

Fire Investigation Unit (FIU)
Seattle Fire Department Fire Investigators determine cause and origin for fires that meet specified criteria. Fire Investigators are firefighters, many of which also hold a Seattle Police Department Commission. They work closely with the Seattle Police Department in preparing cases for referral to Prosecutors when appropriate. To contact the Fire Investigation Unit by telephone, please call 206-386-1350.



Last Modified:   October 17, 2014

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