Permits and Fire Code


  • Plan SubmittalsShall meet the requirements of the 2016 NFPA 13, 13D, 13R, and 72 Standards.

  • COMING THIS FALL! The Tucson Fire Department in conjunction with the City of Tucson Planning and Development Services Department will debut its new online permitting system “Tucson Development Center Online”.  The online service will provide our customers with a fully online permitting process to apply, pay, and track permits.  More information soon.

  • Attention: Fire Protection Systems Inspection/Testing Companies - 2018 TFC 901.6.3 Records. Inspections and tests shall be by qualified individuals, who shall forward a report of inspection to the fire code official upon completion.  Send to: unless using the IROL reporting system.

Permit Applications

Permits and plans shall be submitted to:


                *Tucson Water Plans shall be submitted to:

     Fire Construction Permit Submittal Requirements:

                Fire Alarm Submittal Checklist
                Fire Sprinklers Submittal Checklist
                Fire Underground Submittal Checklist
                Fire Pump Submittal Checklist
                Standpipe Submittal Checklist
                Hood Suppression Submittal Checklist
                UST and AST Submittal Checklists
                * TFD Approved Contractors List


     Fire Operational Permit Submittal Requirements: 

                TFD Special Events Permit (Incl. tents and fireworks/pyro)
                          See 'Information - Special Events' below.
                State Licensed Facilities - Submit any document(s) required by your inspector.
                General Operational Permits - Submit any document(s) required by your inspector.
                          (HMIS and HMPP Info below at 'Information - Hazardous Materials')


New Construction or Tenant Improvement (TI) Inspections:

     Call at least one day prior to the inspection to confirm date, time, and meeting place. This applies to:

  • Underground Pressure Tests and Flushes
  • Overhead Pressure Tests
  • Commercial Kitchen Hood Finals
  • Fire Alarm Finals
  • And other special permits

Calling Your Inspection In

  1. Call 520-791-3111
  2. Leave a message with:
  • The inspection request number (the system will prompt this)
  • Contact number
  • Any special instructions (IE. "Please call 520-xxx-xxxx 30 min. prior to arriving for the inspection").
    Leaving a message on the permit line does not guarantee you will get the time your requested, but all attempts will be made.
  1. Call one of the inspectors listed below at 520-791-4502 to schedule an inspection time.

  • If you don't get an answer, leave a message and call another inspector until you get a confirmed time for the inspection.

     Please Note:
  • Longer inspections (e.g. system certification tests) should be called-in further in advance. 
  • We do not have access to the messages until the day the inspection is scheduled.
  • Other contractors may have already scheduled the time slots you preferred.
  • Inspections requested for times outside regular business hours are subject to additional fees. 



         Fire Marshal

     Michael Ashford
     300 S Fire Central Place
     Tucson, AZ 85701
     Phone: (520) 791-4502
New Construction/Fire Protection Systems Unit 
     Lead - John Vincent                                    
     Phone: (520) 791-4502
     Fire Plans Examiner
     Jennifer Peel-Davis
     Phone: (520) 837-7033              
     Fire Protection Systems Inspectors - (520)791-4502
     Chris Basaldua
     John Fordney
     Will Motto
     Michael Ross
Code Enforcement Unit (incl. General Inspections, Special Events and Complaints)
     Captain Tyler Berndt
     Phone: (520) 791-4502
     Lead Inspector Jimmy Hinrichs
     Special Events (incl. Tents, Events, Fireworks, etc)
     Phone: (520)-837-7116
Special Hazards Unit (incl. Hazardous Waste, Licensed Care Facilities, USTs and ASTs)
     Captain Nick Janton
     Phone: (520) 837-7117
     Fax: (520) 791-3231
     Lead Inspector Marc Lewis     
     Phone: (520) 837-7123
     Lead Ispector Anthony Smith
     State Licensed Care Facilities
     Phone: (520) 837-7109

   Fire Investigations Unit 
     Captain Andrew Skaggs
     Phone: (520) 791-4502



Fire Code and COT Amendments

The City of Tucson has adopted and enforces the the 2018 International Fire Code w/ Local Amendments    

Commercial Properties

Addressing Requirements - Commercial/Residential
Premises Identification

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Systems (used in beverage dispensing applications)

Fire Access Roads
Fire Access Roads

Firewatch Requirements Alarm/Sprinkler Systems Out of Service
Fire Watch Information

Key Lock Boxes and Gate Switches
Commercial Knox Box Instructions

Hazardous Materials

HMIS and HMMP Instructions

Aboveground Storage Tank installation guidelines:
AST requirements

Underground Storage Tank installation guidelines:
UST requirements
UST Relines 
UST Abandonment in Place

Liquefied Petroleum Gases requirements:

Residential Properties

Key Lock Boxes and Gate Switches
Residential Knox Box Instructions

Emergency Egress Requirements for Doors and Windows
Emergency Egress

Code requirements for allowable recreational fires
Recreational Fires and Outdoor Fireplaces

Code Requirements For Residential Barbeques
BBQs and Open Flame Devices

Special Events

Tent and Membrane Structures Requirements
Tents Submittal Guidelines

Cooking Booth information
Cooking Booths

Mobile Food Trucks and Trailers
TFD Mobile Food Trucks, Trailers, and Carts Guidelines

BBQs and Other Open Flame Devices
Consumer Fireworks - Permissible (CFWs)
Display Fireworks and Pyrotechnics