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Fire and Life Safety Inspections
The fire and life safety inspection program was created in 2004 by ordinance of Chesapeake City Council. The goal of the program is to have every public building in Chesapeake be free of fire hazards and to ensure compliance with the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC).
Download more information about the inspection program and compliance with the SFPC.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I get an inspection?
Call 757-382-2489 (CITY) to schedule an inspection or visit our customer contact center online and request a fire inspection.
How often do I have to be inspected?
If you have permits associated with your business, it will be inspected annually. If you do not have permits, you can expect to have an inspection biannually.
Do I have to pay $50? Why?
Yes, there is a $50 inspection fee charged for an inspection. Our personnel need to do an inspection of your building to make sure no new fire hazards have occurred and to make sure you are continuing to follow statewide fire prevention codes.
When do the inspectors do inspections?
Our inspectors do fire and life safety inspections during normal business hours with limited disruptions to your business.
The inspector says I need a permit. How do I get a permit?
After the inspection is completed, you will receive invoices for the inspection and any fees for permits. A permit will be mailed to you upon payment of the invoice.
What can I do to pass my inspection?
Look for fire hazards and minimize risk in your building. Some simple things to do are not using extension cords as permanent wiring, getting your fire extinguishers inspected, and testing your fire suppression system. Download our tips to keeping your business safe.
Can I request a code modification or appeal a violation of the SFPC?
Yes, SFPC Section 106.5 allows the fire code official to grant modifications to the SFPC provided that the spirit and intent of the SFPC are observed and that public health, welfare, and safety are assured. Download a request for fire code modification.
Additionally, SFPC Section 112 gives you the right to appeal a decision of the fire code official concerning the application of the SFPC or the fire official's refusal to grant a code modification. You have 14 calendar days from the application of the code to submit your application for appeal to the Chesapeake Board of Fire Prevention Code Appeals. Failure to submit an application for appeal within the time limit established by the SFPC shall consititute acceptance of the fire official's decision. Download an application for appeal.