Information about Fire Prevention
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Information about Fire Prevention

Fire Marshal's office ensures that Foster City is a safe and healthy place to live, work and visit by conducting fire and life safety inspections, construction plan checking and public education. 

Mission Statement of the Fire Marshal's Office: Through Education, Cooperation and Code Enforcement, the Fire Marshal's office will strive to keep Foster City a safe and healthy place to live, work and visit.


  • Issue fire permits
  • Provide public education
  • Investigate fires
  • Enforce fire codes and ordinances
  • Inspect all types of occupancies
  • Review building plans
  • Review fire and emergency system plans
  • Test fire and emergency equipment
  • Coordinate Emergency Preparedness
  • Maintain records
  • Maintain public relations


The Fire Safety Inspection Program provides aid to businesses in meeting code requirements. The purpose of inspections is to protect life and property by identifying unsafe conditions/practices that contribute to the cause and spread of fire. When planning a formal inspection, a fire inspector will consider how to cause the least interference with the operation of the business. After the inspection, the inspector will review with the owner or manager any unsafe conditions or practices and will suggest corrections. Time will be given to resolve any violations and a date will be set for a re-inspection. Re-inspections will continue until all violations are cleared.


The Fire Marshal's office investigates the cause, origin and circumstances of every fire in the city where property has been damaged or destroyed. Further, the Fire Marshal's office investigates whether fire(s) result from carelessness or design. Investigations are conducted within 24 hours of a fire. If, in the opinion of the Fire Marshal, evidence exists to levy a charge of arson, attempted arson, conspiracy to defraud or any criminal conduct in connection with a fire, arrests are made by the Foster City Police Department.All evidence, information, testimonies and pertinent material obtained by the Fire Marshal's office in connection with each case is submitted to the prosecuting District Attorney. EVERYONE PAYS FOR ARSON


Foster City has adopted the following codes:

Municipal Code, City of Foster City  Uniform Fire Code (UFC), International Fire Code Institute (IFCI)  California Fire Code (CFC) Title 24 Part 9, California Building Standards Commission  California Code of Regulations Title 19, California Building Standards Commission  Uniform Building Code (UBC), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO)  California Building Code (CBC) Title 24, California Building Standards Commission  National Fire Code, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200