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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 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 FY17Actual FY18Estimated FY19Target FY20Target FY21
Fire Protection (Sprinkler Permits) -- Average total time (in days) 111.716.9121212
Fire Protection (Sprinkler Permits) -- DPS average review time (in days)4.972.4666
1  Projections are dependent upon volumes of work, other tasks, staffing, and staff availability. It is our estimation of an outside reasonable commitment that can be met under varying work volumes and circumstances. When performance indicators are specified in days, they are calendar days and not work days.

Program Budget Changes

FY20 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY19 Approved450047835.00
Decrease Cost: Eliminate Two Permitting & Code Enforcement Inspectors Due to Program Efficiencies-189244-2.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.2153150.00
FY20 Approved452654933.00