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Fire Prevention Bureau

The Kirkland Bureau of Fire Prevention has 4 staff members: The Fire Marshal, one Assistant Fire Marshal and two Fire Inspector/Investigators.
The Fire Investigation Team is also part of the Fire Prevention Bureau. Headed by the Fire Marshal, the Fire Investigation Unit (FIU) consists of 7 dual role investigators (5 from the Fire Department and 2 from the Police Department).

Our mission is to create a safe environment for our residents and our business community. We strive to prevent injury and loss of life and property through the following activities:

Fire investigator looking at fire scene.

  • Plan review and permit issuance for new construction
    and fire protection systems
  • Inspections of new construction and fire protection
  • Issuance of operational permits for activities regulated
    by the International Fire Code
  • Annual fire/life safety inspections in existing buildings
  • Investigation of fires to determine origin and cause
  • Code and policy development and interpretation
  • Publication of operating policies and fire safety information bulletins
  • Adult Education*
  • Safe Child Education*

For general inspection and fire code questions contact inspectors at or call 425-587-3661. We will attempt to return inquiries within 2 business days.

Construction and fire system permits may be accessed online at

IFC and operational fire permits (PDF - 45kb) are currently available only in printed format and must be submitted by hand at city hall or mailed with supporting documents.

Fire Services
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3650 | F. 425.587.3651