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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 the Maryland State Fire Prevention Codes. For new construction, this is done through plans review, permits issuance and inspections of fire protection systems and fire alarm systems. For existing occupied facilities, the program is responsible for preventive inspections. 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 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 Gary Nalven of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2779 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY18Actual FY19Estimated FY20Target FY21Target FY22
Number of fire protection systems plans approved3,0343,9243,3003,3003,300
Percent of fire systems inspections completed on the scheduled day (Fire Prevention and Code Compliance) 98.5%90.0%95.0%
Percent of commercial establishments compliant with the Fire Code72.2%59.7%70.0%

Program Budget Changes

FY21 Recommended ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY20 Approved452654933.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.339950.00
FY21 Recommended456054433.00