Inspections Unit

The Inspections Unit of the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal’s Office is staffed by Deputy State Fire Marshals who hold certification from the National Fire Protection Association as Certified Fire Inspectors. The mission of the unit is comprehensive, professional, and consistent enforcement of the Fire Safety Code to ensure that the minimum requirements necessary for fire and life safety are met. This requires inspectors to perform the dual roles of code enforcement official and educator.

In their code enforcement role, the unit conducts inspections at all state licensed facilities and assists local city or town officials when necessary. In addition to routine inspections, unannounced surveys are conducted at all places of assembly to ensure operational compliance and address potential hazards.

In their role as educators, inspectors are involved in teaching numerous programs that promote fire safety and routinely handle code related questions from the public. The unit also assists fire department personnel in obtaining certification through the National Fire Protection Association and regulates those individuals certified as Assistant Deputy State Fire Marshals.

What is a "State Licensed" Facility?

"State licensed" facilities are overseen by various state agencies and include the following:

  • Group Homes licensed through BHDDH or DCYF
  • Group Congregate Housing in apartment buildings as licensed through BHDDH
  • Day Care Centers licensed through DCYF
  • Preschools licensed through DCYF and approved by Dept. of Ed.
  • State-operated colleges (RIC, URI, CCRI)
  • Nursing Homes licensed through DOH
  • Assisted Living Centers licensed through DOH
  • Hospitals licensed through DOH
  • Ambulatory Health Care centers licensed by DOH
  • Medical offices licensed through DOH
  • Places of Assembly owned or operated by the State
  • LPG storage as permitted through this office
  • State-operated Correction and Detention Centers (State Prisons)
  • Storage buildings owned by the State (DOT barns, etc.)
  • Business Buildings owned by the State (DOA, State House, etc.)

The following businesses are inspected by your local fire department:

  • Elementary Schools, including secondary and high schools (K-12).
  • Private colleges
  • Retail gas stations and service stations
  • Apartment houses
  • Theaters
  • Hotels and Motels
  • Bed and breakfast buildings
  • Lodging or Rooming houses
  • All Industrial occupancies
  • All Private Business occupancies
  • All Private Mercantile occupancies
  • All Private Storage occupancies

Inspection Fees

The Division shall collect "inspection fees" for all inspections that fall under RIGL § 23-28.2-27.

An inspection fee in the amount of $100.00 shall be collected at the start of the inspection by the inspector, and a copy of the statute requiring the fee shall be supplied to the appropriate party. If a "re-inspection" is required, an additional fee of $100.00 is due at the time of re-inspection. Accepted forms of payment can be found in the payment policy.

Inspections and Enforcement

Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal & Review Formal Interpretation and Blanket Variance 13-01 (for one and two family home smoke and CO inspections)