About Fire Marshal Services at DPER
Fire Marshal Services within the Department of Permitting and Environmental Review is responsible for administering and enforcing the provisions of the International Fire Code in all new and existing buildings in unincorporated King County.
This work group conducts fire engineering reviews on large building permits and annual fire safety inspections in the unincorporated area and for several contract cities.
Fire Engineering and Inspection Unit
The FMD Fire Engineering and Inspection Unit reviews submitted plans to ensure buildings comply with a variety of regulated fire and life safety issues. Fire engineers approve the design of:
- fire sprinklers
- fire alarm systems
- fire extinguishing systems
- fuel tank installations
- fire hydrant installations.
There may be occasions when they are also called upon the conduct site inspections prior to permit issuance.
Fire/Arson Investigation Unit
On January 1, 2008, a King County Ordinance went into effect that transferred the Fire Investigation Unit (FIU) to the King County Sheriff's Office.