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Regulatory Responsibilities of the Iowa
Department of Public Safety
- Accessibility of buildings and
facilities available to the public
- Accessible parking
- Construction Involving Historic
Buildings and Facilities
- Energy Conservation in Construction
Fire Safety Requirements
The State Fire Marshal has authority, pursuant
to various provisions of the Code of Iowa, to establish requirements
for the following:
- Standards relating to exits and exit
lights, fire escapes, fire protection, fire safety and the
elimination of fire hazards, in and for churches, schools,
hotels, theaters, amphitheaters, hospitals, health care
facilities as defined in section 135C.1, boarding homes
or housing, rest homes, dormitories, college buildings,
lodge halls, club rooms, public meeting places, places of
amusement, apartment buildings, food establishments as defined
in section 137F.1, and all other buildings or structures
in which persons congregate from time to time, whether publicly
or privately owned
- Inspection and enforcement by inspectors
employed by the Fire Marshal.
- Designate and assess fees to each building,
structure, or facility for which a fire safety inspection
or plan review by the state fire marshal is required by
- Enforce all laws relating to fire escapes.
- Orders requiring corrections of conditions
in violation of established fire safety requirements.
- Emergency orders requiring the immediate
correction of conditions in violation of established fire
safety requirements which present imminents to public health
- Installation of and standarrds for smoke
detectors in multiple unit residential buildings and single
family residences constructed after July 1, 1991.
- Periodic fire drills in schools.
- Fire warning systems in schools.
- Automatic fire extinguishing systems
in high rise buildings.
- Open burning bans in any area on the
request of the local fire chief or chiefs, a city council,
or county board of supervisors.
- Minimum training standards for fire fighters.
- Training curricula for regional emergency
responder training centers (new).
- Fee schedules for regional emergency
responder training facilities (new).
- Procedures and criteria for line of duty
death benefits for volunteer emergency services providers.
- Administration of funds for fire fighter
training and equipment.
- Certification of fire extinguishing
- Transportation, storage, handling and
use of flammable liquids, liquefied petroleum gases and
liquefied natural gases.
- Registration of above ground petroleum
- Manufacture, transportation, storage,
possession, and use of explosive materials.
- Disposition of explosives.
- Licensing of commercial explosives operations.
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State Building Code
- Construction standards
- Applies to state owned buildings and
in local jurisdictions which adopt it, except that these
requirements apply anywhere in the state:
- Energy efficiency requirements for
- Standards for factory built structures
(manufactured and modular homes)
- Lighting efficiency (very large buildings
- Minimum toilet facilities
- Factory-built structures (manufactured homes and modular
homes and other modular buildings)
- Applies to new construction of buildings
and facilities financed in whole or in part with funds appropriated
by the State which will not be owned by the State, if there
is no local building code.
- Applies to public school construction, if there is no
local building code.
- Certification of manufactured home installers.
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Licensing or Certification of
Occupations and Businesses
- Licensing of Private Investigative, Private
Security, and Bail Enforcement Businesses
- Licensing of Commercial Explosives Operations
- Certification of Fire Extinguishing System
- Certification of Manufactured Housing
- Licensing of Manufactured Housing Dealers
(effective January 1, 2007)
- Licensing of Electrician and Electrical Contractors (effective
January 1, 2008)
- Certification of Alarm System Contractors and Installers
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Access to Criminal Justice Information
- Criminal history records
- Iowa Sex Offender Registry records
- Criminal intelligence information
- Use of the IOWA System (statewide law
enforcement computer network)
- Use of State Police Radio System (under
- Missing persons, including Amber Alert
Program (rules under development)
- Uniform Crime Reporting System (rules
Other Areas of Regulation by the
Department of Public Safety
- Requirements for Obtaining Weapons Permits
- Capitol Complex Access Cards (rules under
- Video surveillance systems in casinos.
Related Areas Regulated by Other
- Elevators are regulated by Iowa Workforce
Development, Labor Services Division
- Boilers and pressure vessels are regulated
by Iowa Workforce Development, Labor Services Division
- The State Plumbing Code, which establishes
standards for plumbing in cities, is administered by the
Iowa Department of Public Health.
- Drivers licenses are issued by the Department
- Most health care facilities are licensed
by the Department of Inspections and Appeals (the State
Fire Marshal inspects these facilities for compliance with
fire safety standards)
- Requirements for operations of racing
and gaming operations are established by the Iowa Racing
and Gaming Commission.
- Requirements for access to and security
of buildings on the Capitol Complex in Des Moines, including
the State Capitol Building, are established by the Department
of Administrative Services - General Services Enterprise,
and enforced by Iowa State Patrol Post 16.