Permits and Fire Code


Plan Submittals

Shall meet the requirements of the 2016 NFPA 13, 13D, 13R, and 72 Standards.

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.

Permit Applications

Permits and plans shall be submitted to:




Tucson Water Plans shall be submitted to:


Approved Contractors List

List of Contractors Approved by Tucson Fire Department - goes to Northwest Fire 

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 fFushes
  • 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 (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. Then 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 (IE. 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. 

New Construction Inspectors:
John Vincent, Chris Basaldua, John Fordney, Will Motto, Michael Ross

Fire Prevention Bureau

Fire Marshal - Michael Ashford

300 S. Fire Central
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Phone: (520) 837-7079
Fax: (520) 791-5346

New Construction Unit
Lead - John Vincent
300 S. Fire Central
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Phone: (520) 791-4502
Fire Plan Review
Fire Plans Examiner - Jennifer Peel-Davis
Phone: (520) 837-7033
Code Enforcement Unit (incl. general inspections, and complaints)
Captain Tyler Berndt
300 S. Fire Central
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Phone: (520) 791-4502

Community Risk Reduction Unit (Incl. Life Safety Education)
Captain Andy Skaggs
300 S. Fire Central
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Phone: (520) 791-4502

Business Assistance Unit* (incl. Hazardous Waste, Licensed Care Facilities, USTs and ASTs)
Captain Nick Janton
300 S. Fire Central
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Phone: (520) 791-4502
Fax: (520) 791-3231

red book cover of International Fire CodeFire Code

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

Local Amendments Break Out (files are in pdf format)

Commercial Properties

Addressing requirements - Commercial/Residential
Premises Identification

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Systems used in Beverage Dispensing Applications

CO2 Permit Requirements

Fire Access Roads
Fire Access Roads

Firewatch requirements when an alarm / sprinkler system is out of service:
Fire Watch Form
Fire Watch Information

Commercial Hood System Checklist
Hood Sys Checklist

Key Lock Boxes
Commercial Knox Box Instructions

Residential Properties

Key Lock Boxes
Residential Knox Box Instructions

Emergency Egress Requirements for Doors and Windows
Emergency Egress

Code requirements for allowable recreational fires
Recreational Fires

Code requirements concerning residential barbeques

Fire safety requirements for residential rental properties

Special Events

Code Requirements for tents, street festivals, fairs, and booths
Tents Guidelines*

Cooking Booth information
Cooking Booths

Mobile Food Trucks and Trailers
TFD Mobile Food Trucks/Trailers/Carts GUIDELINES

Consumer Fireworks - Permissible (CFWs)

Legal vs. Non-legal Fireworks

Consumer Firework Compliance Checklist

Permit Requirements for the Sale or Storage of Permissible Consumer Fireworks
COT FW Permit-Inst

Persmissible Consumer Fireworks Application
Consumer FW App

Required Signage for the use and sale of CFWs as allowed within Tucson City Limits
Required Signage

Señal del uso y la venta de fuegos artificiales permisibles en la ciudad de tucson
Required Signage(Spanish)

Display Fireworks/Pyrotechnics

Fireworks/Pyrotechnics Requirements

Fireworks Application
Pyrotechnics Application

Fireworks Shooter Card 
Shooter Card Program
Shooter Card Application

Hazardous Materials

Aboveground Storage Tank installation guidelines:

Underground Storage Tank installation guidelines:
USTRelines 5-7-18
UST Abandonment in Place 5-7-18

Liquefied Petroleum Gases requirements:


*TFD Business Assistance Program

Operating a business presents many challenges. As a business owner you may be responsible for complying with Federal, State, and local regulations.These regulations can range from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the International Fire Code (IFC). Many companies do not have the resources or the time to keep abreast of these complex and ever changing regulations.

The Tucson Fire Department Business Assistance Program was created to assist small to medium size businesses understand and follow the International Fire Code as adopted by the City of Tucson. In addition to these regulations the Business Assistance Program team has arranged to act as a liaison with the various agencies that may have an impact on your business.

Though the BAU will not do the work of a Fire Protection Engineer, (if required); through this program; your business can receive non-regulatory assistance ranging from answering questions over the phone to individual visits to your facility.

Because the program is separate from the enforcement units within the Tucson Fire Department, violation field notices will not be issued (except for imminent fire hazards). Our free on-site visits will allow our assistance personnel to identify potential problems before they become an issue with the various regulatory agencies.

If there are any regulatory concerns our assistance people will be able to direct your company to the right agency that will be able to provide you with advice.

The Business Assistance Unit offers assistance in a non-regulatory capacity to help your business maintain compliance and has arranged for experts in:

IFC (International Fire Code)
OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration)
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency)
DOT (Department of Transportation)
IBC (International Building Code)

Call the Tucson Fire Department Fire Prevention Office and ask for the Business Assistance Unit (520) 791-4502

Fire Department Headquarters

300 S. Fire Central Place
Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone (520) 791-4512

Fire Chief - Chuck Ryan

Assistant Chief - Joe Gulotta
Capital Projects

Assistant Chief  - Chris Anderson
Operations Bureau (Operations, Emergency Management, EMS)

Assistant Chief - Mike Carsten
Business Services & CRR Bureau (Prevention, Communications, Logistics, CRR, TC-3)

Assistant Chief - Lewis Harris
Admin & Personnel Services Bureau (Safety & Wellness, Training, Ambulance Billing)