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Program Description

  Fire Prevention and Code Compliance

The Fire Prevention and Fire Code Compliance program is responsible for ensuring public safety through enforcement of the National Fire Codes and Standards, the Montgomery County Fire Code, and Maryland State Fire Prevention Codes. This is accomplished through plans review, permit issuance and inspections of fire protection systems, and fire alarm systems for new construction. The program is also responsible for preventive inspections for existing occupied facilities within Montgomery County. This program issues Fire Code Compliance permits and operational permits for all businesses, schools, multi-family buildings, healthcare facilities, places of worship, and all other commercial buildings or occupancies. This program also responds to and investigates code violations through a complaints program.

Program Contacts

Contact Barbara Suter of the Department of Permitting Services at 240.777.6244 or Alison Dollar of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2769 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY16Actual FY17Estimated FY18Target FY19Target FY20
Fire Protection (Sprinkler Permits) -- Average total time (In days)14.711.71151515
Fire Protection (Sprinkler Permits) -- DPS average review time (in days)5.34.97121212

Program Budget Changes

FY19 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY18 Approved406244334.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.4380351.00
FY19 Approved450047835.00