Annual Fire Prevention Inspections
Annual fire prevention inspections are performed throughout the Town by members of the Mooresville Fire & Rescue’s (MFR) Fire Suppression Division and Fire Marshal’s Office.
Periodic Fire Code Inspections
“In order to preserve and to protect public health and safety, and to satisfy the requirements of General Statute General Statute 160A-424, political subdivisions assuming inspection duties, as set out in General Statute 160A-411, shall have a periodic inspection schedule for the purpose of identifying activities and conditions in buildings, structures, and premises that pose dangers of fire, explosion, or related hazards.”
Periodic fire code inspections are required by the North Carolina State Fire Code for all premises, except one and two family dwellings, and are scheduled based on your type of occupancy as defined by the State Fire Code. The examples below illustrate the minimum frequency rate of inspections; however, it is not an all inclusive list.
1 Year Inspections
Assembly - Restaurants, clubs, gyms and places of entertainment, etc.
Hazardous - Hazardous materials, flammable liquids and explosives facilities, etc.
Institutional - Hospital, nursing homes, licensed care facilities, jails, etc.
Residential – Apartments, hotels, motels, dormitories, etc.
High-Rise Buildings – All use types.
2 Year Inspections
Factory/Industrial Facilities – Manufacturing and Assembly plants, etc.
Educational Facilities – Private schools, etc. Public schools are inspected every six months.
3 Year Inspections
Assembly –With an occupant load less than 100
Businesses – Banks, barber & beauty shops, gas stations & self-service, educational occupancies above the 12th grade, print shops, professional service offices (architects, attorneys, dentists, physicians, engineers), etc.
Mercantile- Department stores, drug stores, markets, retail or wholesale stores, etc.
Storage Facilities – Warehouses, garages, hangers, etc.
Churches and Synagogues
Miscellaneous – Tanks, silos, greenhouses, etc.
Residential Fire Inspections
Single family and two family dwellings are not required by the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code to be inspected. However, since a large percentage of fires occur in the home Mooresville Fire & Rescue offers residential home inspections, upon request. To request a residential inspection, call the Fire Marshal’s Office at 704-660-7110.
The Department of Social Services (DSS) may contact the Fire Marshal’s Office to conduct fire inspections, as required. Occupants should have the correct paperwork from DSS prior to the inspection and have their DSS worker present at the inspection.
For more information, call 704-664-1338.