Frequently Asked Questions

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Find answers to "how do I...?" questions, inspection questions, and more.

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How Do I...? 

...notify CFR of a potential fire code violation?

To report a potential safety or fire code violation, click here 

...schedule a CPR class for my workplace?

Workplace or business CPR classes can be scheduled by emailing: cfd.eme@cityofcarrollton.com

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...schedule fire extinguisher training?

To schedule fire extinguisher training, call 972-466-3214. 

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...update my business' emergency contact info?

To update any emergency contact information regarding your local business, email Carrollton Fire Rescue's Data Specialist with the new information.

...find out what building/fire codes I'm under?

The City of Carrollton is under the 2018 edition of the International Fire Codes (IFC) and International Building Codes (IBC)

 2018 IFC

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  2018 International Fire Code 2018 International Building Code 


Purchase a hard copy of the IFC/IBC from the International Code Council website.

For Carrollton's general design standards, click here.

For additional questions, contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 972-466-3070.

 

...schedule a fire inspection for my business?

To schedule a fire inspection for your business, call 972-466-4884. 

...schedule a hydrant flow test?

All hydrant flow tests are scheduled through the Fire Marshal's Office. Call 972-466-3070 to schedule your test.

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...obtain a copy of a fire or ambulance report?

Call the Fire Marshal's Office at 972-466-3070 and state what report you are seeking.

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...enroll in the Citizens Fire Academy?

To enroll in the Carrollton Citizens' Fire Academy, click here.

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General Questions

When do I need a permit?

See the Fire Marshal's Office Guide for Construction 2019 Edition to find out when you need a  permit.

The goal of the Fire Marshal's Office is to assist its customers in understanding the submittal, plan review, and inspection process and policies, as they pertain to new construction and finish outs. Familiarity with and adherence to these guidelines can greatly assist you in compliance with local codes, ordinances, and inspections.

This guide does not replace, nor supersede any adopted codes and/or ordinances adopted by the City of Carrollton, or determinations and positions of the Fire Chief or Fire Marshal.

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2019 Construction Guide

How much does a permit cost?

See the Fire Marshal's Office Guide for Construction 2019 Edition to find out the cost of a permit.

The goal of the Fire Marshal's Office is to assist its customers in understanding the submittal, plan review, and inspection process and policies, as they pertain to new construction and finish outs. Familiarity with and adherence to these guidelines can greatly assist you in compliance with local codes, ordinances, and inspections.

This guide does not replace, nor supersede any adopted codes and/or ordinances adopted by the City of Carrollton, or determinations and positions of the Fire Chief or Fire Marshal.

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2019 Construction Guide

What is the current version of the Fire Code?

The City of Carrollton is currently using the 2018 edition of the International Fire Code and current NFPA codes.

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When was the current Fire Code adopted?

The 2018 Fire Code and Amendments were adopted by City Ordinance #3886 on January 1, 2019 (See the 2018 International Code Amendments).

How much does a Fire Code violation cost?


The cost for a Fire Code violation varies depending on the severity of the violation. For the full list of Fire Code violation fees, click here.

Contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 972-466-3070  for any questions.


 

How should fire lane violations be reported?

Report these violations to the Fire Marshal's Office at 972-466-3070. A fire inspector will be dispatched to investigate.

Is it legal to use a barbecue pit at an apartment?

The City of Carrollton has adopted ordinance #3181 banning the use of barbecue pits on apartment balconies. The ordinance is as follows:

  • Open flame cooking devices, charcoal grills, outdoor fireplaces, and other similar devices used for cooking, heating, or any other purpose, shall not be located or used on any combustible balcony, deck, or within 10 feet of any combustible construction.

Exceptions:

1.       One and two family dwellings

2.      Where buildings, balconies, and decks are protected by an approved automatic sprinkler system. 


Who maintains smoke alarms at a apartment complex?

Smoke alarms are so effective that the City of Carrollton requires the owners/managers of apartment communities to provide working smoke alarms when tenants move in. However, it is up to the tenant to ensure the smoke alarms continue to work. Test smoke alarms once a month and replace the battery at least once a year. Make sure smoke alarms are clean at all times.

Inspections

What is a fire inspection?

Carrollton Fire Rescue adopted the International Fire Code, in conjunction with the International Building Code and local amendments, to ensure the safety and well being of citizens and businesses. Annual fire code inspections are performed by the Fire Marshal's Office.

These inspections provide a high level of life safety and property protection from hazards and can deliver improved safety conditions to firefighters and first responders during emergency operations.

The Safety Inspection Guide for Businesses  will prepare your property to meet safety standards.  To download the guide, click here

How can I prepare for the inspection?

The Safety Inspection Guide for Businesses will prepare your property to meet safety standards. To download the guide, click here

Carrollton Fire Rescue adopted the International Fire Code, in conjunction with the International Building Code and local amendments, to ensure the safety and well being of citizens and businesses. Annual fire code inspections are performed by the Fire Prevention Division.

These inspections provide a high level of life safety and property protection from hazards and can deliver improved safety conditions to firefighters and first responders during emergency operations.


How do I schedule an inspection?

  Call  the Fire Marshal's Office at 972-466-3070.

How do I schedule a fire code consultation?

Call the Fire Marshal's Office at 972-466-3070.

What if I have an inspection/Fire Code question?

   Call the Fire Marshal's Office at 972-466-3070

What about foster home inspections?

Fireworks

What is the City's ordinance for fireworks usage?

The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling, and use of fireworks are prohibited within the limits of the City of Carrollton.

Definition of Fireworks:

  • Any composition or device for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect for entertainment purposes by combustion, deflagration, detonation, and/or activated by ignition with a match or other heat producing device that meets the definition of 1.4G fireworks or 1.3G fireworks.

Miscellaneous

What items cannot be legally burned in Carrollton?

The following are  prohibited for burning within the Carrollton City limits:

  • Paper
  • Trash
  • Limbs
  • Leaves
  • Wood 
  • Other general refuse
  • Building a bonfire or camp fire

Don't see your item here?Contactthe Fire Marshal's Office to make sure.


How do I dispose of household hazardous materials?

Refer to the City of Carrollton's Solid Waste page.

Where is the Fire Marshal's Office located?

The Fire Marshal's Office is located in the Gravley Center in Historic Downtown Carrollton:

1111 W. Belt Line Rd., #100
Carrollton, TX 75006.


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