Fire Inspector

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Fire Inspections and Permits


This position is currently vacant

For Fire Code questions please email or call

Deputy Fire Chief Rich Higgins

(515) 239-5414

    The Fire Inspector enforces codes that protect public health and safety in construction, installation, and maintenance of fire sprinkler, alarm, and other required fire safety systems in all commercial buildings. The inspector works closely with the Public Works Department and Water and Pollution Control Department to assure that water systems and hydrants are adequately sized and located to provide required capabilities to all buildings in Ames.

    Residential Smoke Detector Installation Requirements 
    As of October 1, 2009, the State Fire Marshal has required new residential construction to be equipped with dual-sensor detectors.

    Permit Applications
    Automatic Fire Sprinkler Permit Application

    State of Iowa and City of Ames codes require submittal of plans with permit applications. New commercial, industrial, and other specific building sprinkler systems must be designed by licensed sprinkler contractors or engineers with NICET certification. Plans for these projects must be prepared and stamped by the contractor or engineer. Alarm system plans may be designed, and plans prepared, by a licensed engineer or electrical contractor. Sprinkler systems for new homes may be designed by a licensed plumbing contractor. Alarm systems for new homes, small commercial renovations, and other specific buildings may be designed by electrical contractors.
    Helpful Hint: What do I do with my old fire extinguisher?
    Answer: You can take the old fire extinguisher(s) to the following locations: Hokel Machine, Iowa Fire Extinguisher, or the City of Ames Resource Recovery. Please make sure that the fire extinguisher(s) have been discharged first.