Fire Prevention Bureau
Did you know State Fire Prevention Inspectors are certified peace officers who enforce state and federal building and fire codes throughout the State of Iowa?
The Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office Fire Prevention Inspectors are responsible for the inspection of health care facilities, schools, prisons, daycares, flammable liquid installations, and public buildings to ensure compliance with codes. State Fire Prevention Inspectors also inspect and investigate building complaints that come to the office.
State Fire Prevention Inspectors are trained law enforcement officers and are certified as Federal Healthcare Surveyors through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Updates and changes to IAC 661-Chapters 200, 201, 300, 301, 302 and 350 will need to be postponed. The main reason for this was that proposed changes are coming less than a year from when the 2015 code editions will be published. The Department of Public Safety leadership decided that it would be cost prohibitive for the State but also for stakeholders to adopt two ICC Code editions within such short period of time. Please note that only the state energy code will be updated and it is because federal regulations mandate substantial compliance (by 2017) with certain standards set in the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the adoption of the 2012 energy code can establish progress toward compliance.
The State Fire Marshal's Fire Prevention Inspectors inspect many facilities that are governed and regulated by the State. Schools, jails, prisons, daycares, residential care facilities, assisted living, and group homes are just some of the state regulated facilities that the State Fire Marshal's Office inspects.
Fire Prevention Inspectors also conduct inspections for other building and occupancy types based on complaints. The Fire Prevention Inspectors do not inspect single or two-family dwellings for fire code compliance.
A plan review and approval is required by the State Building Code Bureau except for projects located in jurisdictions that are exempt from state plan review. Projects to include new buildings, additions to existing buildings, remodeling or renovation of existing buildings and change of occupancy require plan reviews prior to construction. (Iowa Code Chapter 200)
Projects for Adult Daycare and Assisted Living are not exempt from State Plan Review and State Inspections, and shall always require plan review and approval by the State Building Code Bureau.
The Iowa State Fire Marshal's Office inspects healthcare facilities that are licensed and regulated through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Healthcare facilities that are inspected are Hospitals, End Stage Renal Dialysis Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities, Nursing Homes, and Ambulatory Surgical Centers.
All Federal projects that are required to comply with CMS regulations to include new buildings, additions to existing buildings, remodeling or renovation of existing buildings and change of occupancy shall be reviewed and approved by the State Building Code Bureau and inspected by state inspectors. (Iowa Code Chapter 200)
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Last Updated:02-22-2013 (JGL)