Fire Prevention Bureau

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Our Mission

The mission of the Palo Alto Fire Prevention Bureau, within the city's Development Center, is to provide quality and timely development services. Our fire prevention staff performs fire plan checks, reviews, permitting, and field inspections. Our goal is to accommodate all requests for service in a time frame that meets our customer's needs.

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Prepare for Wildfire

Find resources like the WUI Wildfire Planning Map, how to defend your house, guidelines on  evacuation, and what to do if you are trapped and more on this Fire Department page.


Youth Firesetter Intervention Program Flyer

YFIP is a program targeting youth who have expressed an interest in or already have been involved in fire setting activities. Find more information and resources at the Santa Clara Fire Department YFIP webpage.


General Forms

Fire Department Permit Application

Please fill out prior to submitting plans for a Fire Department Permit. Forms are available here to download or upon request at the Development Center. 


Schedule an Inspection

Follow the link to access the citizen's accela portal. Have your permit number and a few potential dates/times ready. Inspections are scheduled on a first come first serve basis.


Request For Information Form

Fill out and submit this form to request information from the Fire Prevention Bureau. 


Contractors Information

A Notice Regarding the Fire Protection System Reporting Requirements
Owners or operators of facilities with fire protection systems are required under the California Fire Code to record all required inspections. Here you find information and requirements.

Fire Engine and Ladder Truck Checklist and Specifications
This checklist includes but is not limited to information the Palo Alto Fire Department may require for new commercial structures or residential developments with 3 or more units when submitting for plan review.  

PAFD Sign Standard

Specifications for signs used for PAFD operations like FACP, Emergency Power Off, and Fire Riser Room. 

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
The following diagram explains the general requirements of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and shows where they should be located within residences.

Special Events


Hazardous Materials

Electronic Submission Guide of Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP)
Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBPs) and Registration ('Short') Forms must be submitted electronically via the CERS website ( HMBP are required for any business with on-site hazardous materials. Use this step by step guide to navigate the CERS website and requirements.

Hazardous Materials Compliance Guide
HazMat Compliance Guide for LPG tanks or containers.