Fire and Life Safety

700 Kipling St., STE 4100
Lakewood, CO 80215

Permit pick up times: Due to a recent procedure change, permit pickup is currently unavailable. 

The Purpose of our Section

The Fire and Life Safety Section administers the fire, building, and life safety codes adopted by the Division.

The Section is also available to assist local fire and/or building officials with plan review, inspection, code analysis of non-regulated facilities, and fire origin and cause investigations at their request.

Section Breakdown

Building Codes Branch

            Responsible for all school building construction permitting and inspections.

Fire Prevention Branch

Responsible for fire and life safety permitting and inspections for health facilities, schools, fire suppression systems, and limited gaming facilities, as well as fire inspector certification and suppression program registration.

Professional Standards Unit

Provides support, education, and training for fire and building code compliance, inspections, and plan reviews.

Fire Investigations

Responsible for assisting local AHJs in determining the origin, cause, and circumstances of fires (structural and wildland) that occur throughout Colorado.

What we do

Construction Permits and Inspections

This administration involves the review of construction documents, issuing permits, inspecting construction, and regular maintenance inspections of regulated facilities including public school and junior college, health care, limited gaming, waste tire, and hotel/motel facilities, as well as facilities protected by fire suppression systems.

Fireworks Regulatory Program

This entails licensing of anyone who sells fireworks within the State, certification of those who perform professional fireworks or pyrotechnic displays, and permitting of displays in areas without a local fire authority

Fire Safe Cigarettes Certifications

Requires all cigarettes sold or offered for sale in Colorado to meet the same criteria for reduced ignition propensity cigarettes as in New York State.  Cigarettes companies must submit testing that proves all brands of cigarettes sold limit the risk that they will ignite common combustible materials within households.

Registrations of Suppression Contractors and Sprinkler Fitters

All parties involved in the installation, testing, repair or inspecting of fire suppression systems must b registered with and provide documentation of their involvements to the Division.  This includes Suppression Constractors (Commercial, Residential, Underground and Backflow) and Sprinkler Fitters. 

Certification of Inspectors for Fire and Life Safety Programs Administered by DFPC

Inspectors and plan reviewers conducting work under one of the programs administered by DFPC must be certified and provide documentation of their involvements to the Division. This includes all maintenance, construction, and plan review conducted in health facilities, schools, limited gaming facilities, and any suppression system installed in the State. This includes work conducted by Special Inspectors and Third Party Inspectors in these programs.

Fire Origin and Cause Investigations

Fire and arson investigators examine the physical attributes of a fire scene and identify and collect physical evidence from the scene. This evidence is then analyzed to help determine if the cause of the fire was accidental or deliberate. During the scene examination, investigators may find evidence such as accelerants, tampered utilities, and specific burn patterns, which may indicate criminal activity.


Last Updated: 10/14/2020