Notice of fire code violations

Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services issues two types of fire inspection notices:

  • Notice of Violation
  • Unable to Inspect Premises Notice

Notice of Violation

A Notice of Violation means that a fire bylaw was broken at the address written on the violation. Notices of Violation are issued for : 

 

An alarm going off when there is no fire. See the example:

Notice of violation - Alarm triggered - Click for larger image

Notice of Violation - Alarm triggered

Other violations of the fire code, such as non-working fire alarms or locked exit doors. See the example:

Notice of violation - Infraction - Click for larger image

Notice of Violation - Infraction

If you receive a Notice of Violation

  1. Complete the work ordered by the fire inspector. It is written on the Notice of Violation.
  2. Call 3-1-1.
  3. Say that you are calling about a "Notice of Violation" from the fire department and want to book a re-inspection.
  4. Provide the name for the fire inspector and fire hall (for a Notice of Violation - Alarm triggered) or the SAP number (for a Notice of Violation - Infraction). This information is located at the bottom of the Notice of Violation.

Re-Inspection Fees

After a Notice of Violation has been issued, the fire inspector must return for a re-inspection to confirm that all required work has been done.

The fee is based on how long the re-inspection takes. The rate is $100 plus taxes for each hour, or partial hour, based on a minimum of two hours.

 You must follow the instructions left by the Fire Inspector; otherwise legal action can be taken.

Unable to Inspect Premises Notice

The Fire Bylaw requires that all businesses are inspected regularly by fire hall staff or a fire inspector.

An "Unable to Inspect Premises" Notice is issued when the fire hall staff or fire inspector was unable to inspect the business listed on on your notice.See the examples shown below:

Notice - Unable to Inspect - Firehall & Shift - Click for larger image

Reported by Firehall and Shift

Notice - Unable to Inspect - Reported by Fire Prevention Inspector - Click for larger image

Reported by Fire Prevention Inspector

If you receive an Unable to Inspect Premises Notice

  1. Call the fire department at 3-1-1. You must contact them within 14 days from the date the notice was issued. The issue date is written in the lower left corner of your notice.
  2. Say that you are calling about an "Unable to Inspect Premises" Notice from the fire department and want to book a re-inspection.
  3. Provide the fire inspector or firehall and shift information written in the lower right corner of your notice.

Re-Inspection Fees

After a Notice of Violation has been issued, the fire inspector must return for a re-inspection to confirm that all required work has been done. The rate is $100 per hour plus taxes for each hour or partial hour based on a minimum of two hours.

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Vancouver fire bylaw

Fire Bylaw

Summary of the City of Vancouver Fire Bylaw 11312. This bylaw contains the regulations actively enforced by Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services.