FAQ: Fire Marshal Transition
As of July 1, 2021, the Town of Hillsborough has contracted with the Orange County Fire Marshal Division for services. The change will lower the cost of fire code enforcement for the town and improve efficiency.
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The Town of Hillsborough is transitioning from a fire marshal employed by the town to contracting with the Orange County Fire Marshal Division for fire code enforcement.
Contracting with the Orange County Fire Marshal Division will lower the cost of fire code enforcement for the town and improve efficiency. It will also increase communication with Orange County Building Inspections, with which the town also contracts. The Orange County Fire Marshal Division has a larger staff and will provide better availability for community members and business owners to speak with a fire marshal in a timely manner.
510 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.
No. You won’t see an Orange County fire marshal until your scheduled inspection time frame since the Orange County division will maintain the same schedule as the Hillsborough Fire Marshal’s Office. Orange County follows the state-mandated inspection schedule for one-, two-, and three-year inspections. However, if you are a new or existing business that has never received a fire inspection, you should expect to receive an initial inspection by the Orange County Fire Marshal Division and then be put on a standardized fire inspection schedule.
No. Fees will be set by the Orange County Fire Marshal Division’s fee schedule, which may be higher in some instances. For example, an initial inspection of a 2,000-square-foot building costs $40 under the Fiscal Year 2021 Hillsborough Fire Marshal fee schedule. It will cost $50 under the Orange County Fire Marshal fee schedule.
Fee schedules are updated every fiscal year on July 1. Please make sure to reference the Fiscal Year 2022 Fee Schedule. The Orange County Fee Schedule is available on the Orange County Fire Marshal Division webpage under the Inspection & Permit Information section.
Contact Orange County Assistant Fire Marshal Elizabeth Farnan by phone at 919-537-2149 (mobile) or 919-245-6153 (office) or by email at email@example.com.
Yes. Starting in Summer 2021, Orange County permit and inspection information will be available online at the county’s permitting information portal.
The Town of Hillsborough has revised its Code of Ordinances to remove additional fire protection regulations beyond the state building code and to align more closely with Orange County fire code provisions. The revisions include removing regulations that required automatic sprinklers in buildings 3,600 square feet and larger. Buildings 10,000 square feet and larger still require automatic sprinklers.