Fire Prevention's Role
To provide a full range of services encompassing community education and preparedness, emergency planning, fire prevention, code enforcement, fire inspections, vegetation management, and plan check services of new and tenant improvement construction projects. The Fire Prevention Division is focused on the prevention of the loss of life and property and damage to the environment through education, enforcement and preparedness. We are committed to providing the highest level of service and expertise in partnership with our community.
James Gillespie, Acting Fire Marshal
Our fire investigators work in conjunction with the Newport Beach Police Department and assist in criminal investigations by determining the origin and cause of fires. An additional focus is on identifying factors that can be used to lessen the number of fires in the future. Data from fire investigations can help enhance inspection procedures, public education programs, and fire suppression activities.
Fire Safety Inspections
Over 1,300 commercial occupancies are included in the Division’s inspection program; the majority of which are conducted by the Department’s firefighters. Highly technical inspections, such as schools, care facilities, hospitals, and similar institutions are inspected by the Fire Prevention Division's staff.
The Hazardous Materials Disclosure / Business Emergency Plan (HMD/BEP) is administered by the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Environmental Health Division (OCHCA). New businesses can complete its HMD/BEP electronically at cers.calepa.ca.gov. For questions or assistance on this program, please contact OCHCA at 714-433-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fire Prevention staff works with developers, architects, and engineers to ensure that fire protection requirements are met for building improvements, new development, and structural modifications. Plans are reviewed to ensure the proposed fire suppression systems meet the California Fire Code, Newport Beach Municipal Code and the National Fire Prevention Association codes and standards. Conducting plan reviews ensures the safety of the building occupants, guests, and first responders.
The following codes are enforced:
- California Fire Code
- City of Newport Beach adopted amendments to the California Fire Code
- National Fire Protection Association codes and standards
Plan Review Information:
- Over-the-counter reviews on Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to noon and on Friday by appointment only.
- 100 Civic Center Drive, Bay C, 1st Floor.
- Call for an appointment 949-644-3106.
Special Fire Protection AreasFire Prevention provides inspection services for residential properties within the city’s wildland interface areas. All Special Fire Protection Areas are inspected annually by a Fire Prevention specialist to ensure compliance. The City of Newport Beach Municipal Code contains several building code requirements that only apply to structures built adjacent to Special Fire Protection Areas.
- Fire Inspection Fraud Prevention
- Guidelines and Standards
- Safety Tips and Information
- Wildland-Urban Interface
- Plan Check Status