High-Rise Inspection Program

COVID Updates and Re-Opening - We are Providing Inspection Services

Update as of June 19, 2020 - The Governor has approved further re-opening in King County. Please review information from the County about what is allowed and how to re-open safely. The Seattle Fire Department's Fire Marshal's Office has adjusted our services to continue serving our customers while following safe worksite guidelines. 


High-rise buildings present a unique risk to public safety. A high-rise building is classified as any building that has occupied floors 75 feet or higher above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access.

In July 2017, the high-rise inspection program was implemented using a dedicated team of inspectors from the Fire Prevention Division. The program began with a pilot from July 1 to December 31, 2017, and was rolled out citywide in January 2018.   Helpful documents include: