In order to provide for a high level of fire and life safety to the public, a goal of the Fire Marshal’s Office is to inspect all public and commercial buildings annually. This includes stand-alone businesses as well as tenants in commercial high-rises, mid-rises and shopping centers. Inspections may be scheduled, or unscheduled spot checks.
The purpose of these inspections is to check for compliance with the fire codes to reduce fire hazards and to help educate businesses about fire safe practices. Common inspection items inside a building include: maintenance of exits, properly maintained automatic fire sprinkler systems, working fire alarm systems, self-releasing doors, fire walls, fire extinguishers, operating illuminated exit signs, working emergency area lighting, good housekeeping and unsafe use of electricity. External fire inspection items include: maintenance of fire lanes, legibly posted address, use of a Knox Box and clearance around fire hydrants.
During the inspection any serious violations that pose an imminent risk to fire and life safety will need to be corrected on-the-spot (i.e. a blocked exit, overcrowding, etc.). Less serious violations will be noted and a report with a timeline to correct those items will be provided to the business manager or owner. Fire inspectors will also inform and educate businesses on safe practices to encourage fire safe behavior and practices. Re-inspections are conducted as needed to ensure compliance and correction of noted violations.
If you would like to request an inspection to ensure that your property is in compliance, call the Fire Marshal's Office Help Line: 770-206-4358 and ask to speak with someone in the Fire Marshal's office regarding an existing building inspection.
Some businesses may require a special fire inspection in order to obtain a city business license or a liquor license. Inspections for these may be made directly to the Fire Marshal's office. Guidelines for these type of inspections are provided by the city business licensing department.
Note: the Multi-Family Housing (Sec 105) and Fire Safety (Sec 22) Ordinances have changed. Please click here to view a copy of the Ordinance. You can click here for general information related to new Fire Safety Requirements that must be met prior to applying for a Sandy Springs Business License.