It is the mission of the Hillsborough Fire Marshal's Office to protect our citizens, visitors and their property from the perils of fire, explosions, unsafe construction and other hazardous conditions. Through prevention, education and enforcement of the fire code, the Fire Marshal's Office seeks to reduce or eliminate needless suffering caused by preventable acts.
The Fire Marshal's Office provides for public safety through enforcement of local, state and federal laws:
Code of Ordinances — provides local standards the fire marshal enforces, such as control of hazardous materials (Section 12-16) and open burning regulation (Section 12-14). Businesses with fire alarms, burglar alarms or sprinkler systems are covered by the town policy titled "False Alarm Policy and Code."
- N.C Fire Prevention Code — guides scheduled fire inspections.
- SARA Title III — also known as the Community Right-to-Know Act, regulates hazardous chemicals.
The Fire Marshal's Office also reviews site and building plans, and grants certificates of compliance for occupancies meeting minimum standards. The fire marshal has the authority to issue stop-work orders, and provides consultations upon request. It is the intent of the Fire Marshal's Office to provide information and give guidance in construction before, during and after occupation of a building.
The schedule below is a state-mandated minimum, and all occupancies are subject to additional inspections. Occupancies that have a history of repeat violations or have a number of violations cited during the last scheduled inspection will be inspected yearly.
- Twice Yearly — public schools.
- Yearly — occupancies that are hazardous, institutional, high-rise, assembly, multi-family residential or daycares.
- Every Two Years — occupancies that are industrial or private educational.
- Every Three Years — occupancies that are business, mercantile, storage or churches.
Citizen complaints about code violations are taken seriously. Violations include locked or blocked exits, illegal burning and overcrowding in public places. Citizens filing complaints need not reveal their identities. Violations should be reported using the contact information below.
Building Plans Review and Permit Fee Schedule (fiscal year 2015-16)
Fire Inspection Fees (fiscal year 2015-16)
Table FS-1 Complaint Fees (fiscal year 2015-16)
Table FS-2 Fire Alarm Permit Fees (fiscal year 2015-16)
Table FS-3 Sprinkler Permit Fees (fiscal year 2015-16)
890 N.C. 86 N., Hillsborough, NC 27278