Inspections are required by the Connecticut General Statutes. Depending on the type of occupancy, inspections are mandated to occur as often as annually, or up to every four (4) years. Inspections are conducted to ensure that the occupants of all commercial and residential occupancies (greater than 2-family) are safe. A lot of what is checked is behind the scenes, like fire alarm systems, fire sprinklers, specialty extinguishing systems, and other not-so-obvious protection systems. Then there are the requirements that allow you to safely enter and exit a building, such as exit signs, emergency lights, making sure doors open easily, and in some cases fire extinguishers. Then, once you're in the building, we make sure what is in there will not harm the occupants, like making sure the correct interior finishes are installed. The goal of the Orange Fire Marshal's Office is to assist in preventing injuries and loss from fires from occurring.
When the Office of the Fire Marshal performs an inspection that requires official certification issued from the Office, a fee shall be charged for such inspection prior to the issuance of a certificate. The fees for such inspection noted below shall apply. All other fees for inspections, reviews, or services must be submitted with applications for such services. Government, public education and nonprofit organizations are exempt from fees but still subject to inspections as required.