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. Send to: TFD-SYSTEM- 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
                Clean Agent Suppression System Checklist
                UST and AST Submittal Checklists
                * TFD Approved Contractors List


     Fire Operational Permit Submittal Requirements: 

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


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 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
Fire Investigations Unit 
     Captain Andy 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 system 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
     Shooter Card Application        

*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.