Fire Codes
The Elgin Fire Prevention Bureau enforces two codes with in the City of Elgin and areas that contract fire services from the city.
  1. NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, 2003 Edition, as published by the National Fire Protection Association, which will be known as the Life Safety Code of the city, for establishing minimum requirements, with due regard to function, for the design, operation, and maintenance of buildings and structures for safety to life from fires, with the additions, insertions, deletions, and changes.
  2. International Fire Code, 2003 Edition, as published by the International Code Council, be and is hereby adopted as and shall be known as the Fire Prevention Code of the city for establishing minimum regulations regulating and governing the safeguarding of life and property from fire and explosion hazards arising from the storage, handling, and use of hazardous substances, materials and devices, and from conditions hazardous to life or property in the occupancy of buildings and premises; and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions, with the additions, insertions, deletions, and changes.

Our additions, insertions, deletions, and changes are available at the city’s website. The codes are located under Chapter 16.28 Fire Prevention Code.

Fire Code Inspection Personnel
Fire Code Inspection Personnel
The Fire Code Inspection Personnel work on a rotating basis, with one inspector working in the Fire Prevention Bureau on a given day. Each fire inspector is assigned one or more specific areas of responsibilities or target hazards. The target hazard areas include day care facilities, hospitals, nursing homes, churches, spray painting operations, high-rise buildings, hotels, private schools, and large industrial facilities.

Fire code inspectors assist with a number of other Bureau responsibilities that include fire sprinkler system acceptance testing, fire alarm system acceptance testing, fire occupancy testing, fire company re-inspections, complaint follow-ups, underground tank removal, hydrant flow tests, and hood / duct extinguishment system testing.

Lock Box Program
For information pertaining to the requirements for the commercial structure lock box program, click here.