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For more information about fire inspections, call 503-618-2355.
Fire marshals inspect local businesses to ensure they meet current safety requirements. When hazards are noted, follow up inspections are conducted to meet compliance.
Some businesses are required to treat decorative materials with flame-spreading characteristics. A partial list:
There must be a clear working space with at least 36 inches in front electric equipment such as:
The floor in front of such equipment should be marked “No Storage.”
Fire extinguishers must be serviced annually. Place extinguishers in locations that:
You may be required to post these placards.
The National Fire Protection Association card ID system helps firefighters and emergency responders quickly decide on evacuation and emergency control procedures.
New business fire code requirements
Gresham Fire's common fire safety requirements, in the 2014 Oregon Fire Code (OFC), applicable to businesses opening in a new location.
This list is not all inclusive of the OFC requirements for your business. If there are requirements specific to your business operations, you will be notified during your business license fire inspection.
The use of any liquid-fueled, unvented heating appliance such as kerosene heaters is only permitted in one or two-family residences.
All other types of heating appliances must be installed and conform to the requirements outlined by the
Oregon Mechanical Program.
Fire conducts reviews and inspections for new construction and existing projects; these are part of the City’s planning and development processes.
A design review is performed before submitting a plan for building permits. Zoning, planning, building and fire issues are probed during this review.
Sprinkler or alarm systems may be recommended or required due to the type of construction, size of structure, occupancy type and special applications that are proposed.
The design review process focuses on:
Once an applicant has met the design review requirements, a formal plan must be submitted for the project to receive permits for construction.
Fire’s plan review ensures access and water supplies meet the requirements spelled out in design review.
Structures and systems are examined for all fire and life safety issues presented in the Oregon Fire Code and supported standards. Special system review and any high pile or hazardous materials storage use is also examined.
Once a structure is complete, an inspection of all fire-related issues is conducted to ensure compliance with the reviewed plans and requirements.
Sprinkler systems are inspected prior to covering to ensure the installation meets the requirements of applicable National Fire Protection Association codes. Alarms and all other systems are also inspected to ensure they function properly.
The building may be occupied once all requirements are met and the permit has been approved by the appropriate City departments.