POLICY DURING THE COVID-19 DECLARED EMERGENCY
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Fire Prevention Division and One Stop Shop continue to provide development services but remains closed to the public until further notice. To additionally combat its spread, a significant reduction of our workforce is in place to maximize social distancing. Although we will work to be as responsive as possible, additional time is needed to process applications remotely, perform plan reviews, and provide field inspection services. Please anticipate delays in the development process as we continue to respond to this crisis.
EXISTING PROJECTS: Fire plan check resubmittals, including plan revisions, may be processed remotely through established temporary procedures using USPS or similar mail service. Please include the Plan Submittal Log in Sheet which can be found at https://www.riversideca.gov/fire/forms-resources with your plan submittal. Provide three copies of the plan with applicable cut sheets/hydraulic calculations/CSFM listing etc. Field inspections for projects with issued permits will continue by applicant request while practicing alternative safe distancing practices, including social distancing and unoccupied space during inspections. Please note that all existing projects will have expiration dates extended sixty days to help ensure they remain valid through the declared emergency. This does not include parcel and tract map approvals, which are subject to the Subdivision Map Act of the State of California.
NEW PROJECTS: All new permit applications may be processed remotely through established temporary procedures using USPS or similar mail service. Please include the Plan Submittal Log in Sheet which can be found at https://www.riversideca.gov/fire/forms-resources with your plan submittal. Provide three copies of the plan with applicable cut sheets/hydraulic calculations/CSFM listing etc. Fire staff will contact you to process your application and schedule all necessary transactions remotely.
Please contact the Fire Prevention Division at (951) 826-5737 for further information.
To pay online: https://www.riversideca.gov/fire/payment/
Click on “Fire Online Payment System – City of Riverside”
Type: Plan Check Permit fees
Mailing Address: City of Riverside, Fire Prevention Division
3900 Main St. 3rd Floor
Riverside, CA 92522
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The Fire Prevention Division is located at 3900 Main St., on the 3rd floor of City Hall. The Division is headed by Fire Marshal Jennifer McDowell and consists of two plan check engineers, a senior fire inspector, seven fire inspectors, an administrative assistant, administrative analyst/hazardous materials specialist and a senior office specialist.
The Division currently enforces the 2019 California Fire, Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing and Residential Codes, as amended by the Riverside Municipal Code, in addition to National Fire Protection Association standards; Title 19, of the California Public Safety Code; and, the California Health and Safety Code.
In March 1993, the City of Riverside implemented an Automatic Fire Sprinkler Ordinance. All new construction, including single family homes, are required to install an automatic fire sprinkler system when the structure is being built.
Hazardous Materials Business Plans
Other programs the division implements include the Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) and investigating environmental crimes in conjunction with the Riverside County District Attorney's Environmental Crimes Task Force and the APSA (Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act) program.
Fire Inspection Program
The purpose of the City of Riverside's Fire Prevention Program is to prevent injuries, deaths, business interruption and property damages resulting from fires. In accordance with the California Fire Code and the Riverside Municipal Code, the Riverside Fire Department is required to inspect all Riverside businesses for fire and life safety compliance. The frequency of the inspections depends on state laws, industry standards and general life safety hazards.
Fire Safety Inspections
If fire code violations are found, an inspector will issue a written inspection report and schedule a reinspection to confirm that the violations have been corrected. Most violations must be corrected within 10-15 days.
Download the Inspection Fee Brochure
The following resources are available on the Forms & Resources page.
3900 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Riverside, CA 92522