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Inspections
The El Cerrito Fire Department Offers three types of Fire Prevention Inspections:
In-Service Engine Company Inspection
This is performed by fire operations personnel and conducted within a given fire alarm district. This inspection is usually conducted on an annual basis for the purpose of pre-fire planning, reviewing permits for special operating hazards or functions and to conduct a general "walk around" safety inspection.

Contact the Operations Division for more information contact Battalion Chief Michael Bond.

Technical Fire Inspection
This is performed by the Fire Marshals Office, involves a technical and more detailed review of fire and life safety conditions, fire protection systems and appliances and the issuance of applicable permits. A technical inspection is conducted by the Fire Marshals Office on all new building construction, alterations or additions, certificate of occupancy inspections, the issuance of fire permits, for the installation of fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, mechanical hood or chemical agent systems, or large life safety target hazards such as schools, day care centers, nursing homes, churches, etc.

Contact the Fire Prevention Division for more information contact Fire Prevention Officer David Ciappara or call 510-215-4457 .

Business Self-Inspection Program
The Fire Department has implemented an annual self-inspection program for low hazard business occupancies. We encourage these business occupancies to be inspected by their owners/managers rather than by the Fire Department. By allowing you to identify and eliminate common mercantile fire hazards, we hope to encourage fire-safe work environments. The Fire Department will spot check about 5% of self-inspection occupancies to assure fire safety compliance.

Contact the Fire Prevention Division for more information contact Fire Prevention Officer David Ciappara  or call 510-215-4450 .

Business Self-Inspection Program Instructions 
  • The business owner or manager of the premises should conduct the inspection.
  • Print the Self Inspection Worksheet <online version coming soon!> and walk through the business with the worksheet in hand and answer each question.
  • When inspection is complete and all corrections made, complete the Business Information Form <online version coming soon!>. Do not submit the form without a completed worksheet.
  • You are allowed 30 days to conduct the inspection and complete the form.



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