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Bureau of Fire Protection

Effective July 5, 2023, over-the-counter (OTC) reviews for the Cities of Belmont, Foster City, and San Mateo will be moved
to the Office of the Bureau of Fire Protection located at 1040 E. Hillsdale Boulevard, Foster City, CA 94404.
Reviews will only be conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00am to 11:30am.
For any questions, please call (650) 522-7940.

The primary responsibilities of the Bureau of Fire Protection and Life Safety is to enforce all applicable state and local fire codes and standards, as well as conduct fire investigations.  Our full-time fire inspectors, certified by the California State Fire Marshal, are cross-trained in both fire inspections and investigations.

Our priority as a bureau is to provide and maintain high quality customer service, provide consistent interpretation and effective enforcement of fire codes, and sustain effective communication within our community.

To Submit Fire Plans Electronically:

Submit plans to [email protected]. In the Subject line, include the following information:
• Physical address of project
• Permit number
• City
• Contact information
Plans and Acknowledgement of Shelter In Place Order Form will be attached to the email as a PDF.

Effective May 13, 2019, there will be a change in the way construction requests are handled. When you call for an inspection, we will no longer give a specific time that an inspector will be at your site. Instead, we will give you a morning or afternoon window. The inspector will then arrive in the AM or PM slot as requested. Morning windows will be between 8:30am and 11:30am, and afternoon windows will be between12:30pm and 3:30pm.


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