Annual Building Inspections

International Fire Code
West Metro Fire Protection District utilizes the International Fire Code, as do most fire departments nationwide.These codes contain necessary regulations, which help us maintain safe businesses, schools, hospitals, factories, and other structures. Also, the State of Colorado, through the Revised Statutes, requires that a fire inspection be done on a regular basis for the protection of people and property.

The International Fire Code has specific guidelines; however, interpretations may vary at times. It is our hope that the following information will help you assist us in making more thorough and consistent inspections, and gain a better understanding of why it is important we have an inspection program.

Inspection Process
A company of firefighters from the nearest fire station will perform most initial inspections. Of mutual benefit is that this enables the firefighters and business people to familiarize themselves with their neighborhood structures, as well as each other. These inspections are done "in-service", meaning that the crew will be available to respond to any emergencies that may arise, and may have to leave in the middle of the inspection. In this situation, the crew will return as soon as possible to complete the inspection.

If any violations are cited on the initial inspection, an inspector from the Life Safety Division will return to do a follow-up inspection. All violations should be corrected as soon as possible after the inspection.

Although this list cannot possibly encompass all regulations in the International Fire Code, the list encompasses the most common violations we encounter, and a brief explanation as to why they are life-safety hazards. This will enable you to take an active part in keeping your business and community safe year-round.

West Metro Fire Protection District is committed to providing professional fire protection, life safety education and community service. For further information or concerns, please contact the office of the Fire Marshal, where information requests and concerns will receive prompt attention.