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Certificate of Compliance (Fire Requirements)

There are many steps to obtaining a business license. The steps in this process are outlined in the following areas.

For general questions regarding your business license and the status contact the permitting office at 505-955-6689.


The Fire Marshal’s Office is only one portion of the Certificate of Compliance Process. Your business will be assigned to the Fire Marshal’s Office once all of the previous steps have been completed. Once in our computer, we will contact you to arrange for a time to do the inspection.

For questions that are specifically regarding the Fire Marshal’s Life Safety portion of the inspection, email us at [bot protected email address] or call 505-955-3310.


Life Safety Inspection

The following is a list of potential inspection points that the Fire Marshal’s office will inspect. There can be addition life-safety items that the inspector will address. Some of these items may also not apply to your particular business.



  • 2A10BC This means it is the equivalent of 2 gallons of water for an ordinary combustible fire(A) and can cover 10sqft for an electrical or flammable liquid fire(BC)
  • Should be visible and reachable within 75ft in most cases.
  • Must be mounted or in a cabinet with sticker indicating location. Bottom of the extinguisher should be no lower than 4” and no higher than 48.”
  • Shall be readily visible with a sign showing location if it isn’t
  • Shall be inspected annually with a tag indicating last inspection

Exit signs

  • Where required, exit signage must be in place and operable
  • Exit signs shall operate for no less than 90 minutes while in emergency operation. This can be tested on some devices by cutting power to the unit by depressing an emergency test switch.
  • If you are using photoluminescent exit signs in place of electrically powered signs, they must display a UL sticker.

Alarm Systems

  • Facilities that have an alarm system in place, must provide evidence of the system being inspected annually. This can be through stickers placed on the equipment or by providing documentation.

Hood Systems

  • must provide documentation of regular inspection and cleaning
  • cleaning regularity depends on how much cooking takes place and the type of cooking
  • cleaning should be the space over the hood, vent pipe, and the exterior vent cover (roof level exhaust)

Hood Extinguishing System

Electrical Panels

Emergency Lights

  • Where required, emergency lighting must be maintained in operable condition
  • Emergency lighting shall operate for no less than 90 minutes while in emergency operation. This can be tested on some devices by cutting power to the unit by depressing an emergency test switch.

Extension Cords/Electrical Appliances

  • Extension cords are not suitable for long-term use and shall not be utilized for longer than 90days
  • Powerstrips with a UL listing and included breaker are suitable
  • Portable-space heaters must located a minimum of 36” from any combustible materials, have a tip-over protection switch, and UL listing

Fire Protection Systems

Furnaces and Water Heaters

  • Furnaces and water-heaters with a flame component must not have any combustible materials stored within 36” of appliances
  • No combustible/flammable fuels/gases are to be stored in mechanical room (furnace/water heater room)
  • Doors to mechanical room must be labeled and easily identifiable




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