Building Inspection Program
What buildings are inspected?
- Commercial spaces and high occupancy residential buildings within the City Of Olympia.
Why are businesses inspected?
- Fire inspections reduce damage and loss of life while reducing the demand for emergency responses in the city.
- Compliance with the fire code is required by state law.
- The fire code requires inspection and maintenance of businesses within a jurisdiction.
What does the inspection include?
- The inspections cover business areas, public areas and exterior space of businesses and multi-family residential buildings.
- Business owners have direct contact with fire inspectors allowing for open dialog on fire related topics.
What is the purpose of a fire inspection?
- The goal of inspections is to reduce the loss of life and property by fire.
- Fire inspections are an opportunity to educate business owners and the public about fire and life safety issues.
- Information collected during these inspections is used by fire personnel to make decisions in the event of emergencies.
- Fire code violations are prevented by providing information on fire code requirements during routine inspections.
Is there a fee for regular fire inspections?
- In the City of Olympia there is a fee for a scheduled fire inspection.
- The fees pay for a portion of the cost of the fire inspection program and staff
- The fee ranges from $25 to several hundred dollars depending on business size and inspection difficulty.
What version of fire code applies?
- The current fire code adopted by Washington State is The International Fire Code 2009 edition.
- The Fire Code applies to new construction and existing businesses.
- The fire code is revised every 3 years. The City of Olympia will review and adopt the appropriate code.
How often are fire inspections performed?
- Businesses are inspected annually or semiannually depending on the hazards and complexity if the inspection.
What happens if fire code violations are noted during an inspection?
- Businesses have 14 days to comply with the fire code as noted on the fire inspections.
- Report corrections to your fire inspector within 14 days of the inspection.
- Life threatening or repeat violations may need to be corrected immediately or within a short timeline.
What happens if fire code violations do not get corrected within 14 days?
- Businesses are liable for problems noted during the fire inspections.
- A Fire Inspector will contact you in an effort to correct the items that are outstanding.
- You may be billed for additional time spent on issues due to noncompliance.