Chapter 18.12


18.12.010    Fees – Exemptions – Inspections.

18.12.015    Mandatory fire inspections and certificates of occupancy.

18.12.020    New materials, processes or occupancies which may require permits.

18.12.010 Fees – Exemptions – Inspections.

(a) Fees for inspections, permits and licenses required by the fire prevention code shall be as listed on the fee schedule and payable prior to starting the permitted function or in case of annual permits and licenses each year before January 31st.

Inspection Type


First fire inspection


First reinspection


Additional reinspections


Change of use inspection


Seasonal business inspection

Required prior to opening


State Required Inspections


Liquor license


Day care up to 6 children


Day care 6 children or over


Detention facilities


Adult care facilities up to 8 beds


Adult care facilities over 8 beds


Group homes


Boarding/lodging/rooming houses


Residential occupancies including apartments over 3 units, hotel/motel

$0 first floor

High rise buildings (buildings over 3 floors)

$0 each additional floor below or above grade



Operational and construction fire code permits


Burn permit


Special events (trade show, sporting events, carnivals, concerts)


Emergency Services


Standby request by private companies, developers, industry, other than emergency response (per vehicle per hour)


Emergency response to hazardous materials (per vehicle per hour) not including cleanup costs


Hazardous material response costs

Fully burdened

False Alarm Response


Each false fire alarm after 1 in a 6-month period


Each false medical alarm after 1 in a 6-month period


(b)    Permits and licenses must at all times be kept on the premises designated therein, and shall at all times be subject to inspection by any officer of the fire or police department. (Ord. 1737 § 5, 2013; Ord. 1506 § 3, 2004. Code 1962 § 9-10)

18.12.015 Mandatory fire inspections and certificates of occupancy.

(a)    Fire inspections shall be mandatory in all required occupancies at regularly scheduled intervals;

(b)    Fire inspections shall occur prior to business operations commencing in:

(1)    All occupancies that are relocating;

(2)    All occupancies closed for 120 consecutive days or greater; and

(3)    All new business or commercial occupancies;

(c)    Certificate of compliance shall be required from the Ketchikan fire department for all occupancies.

This section shall not apply to those R-3 occupancies which are not required to have a sprinkler system. (Ord. 1583 § 6, 2008)

18.12.020 New materials, processes or occupancies which may require permits.

The city manager, the chief of the fire department, and the fire marshal shall act as a committee to determine and specify, after giving affected persons an opportunity to be heard, any new materials, processes, or occupancies, which shall require permits, in addition to those now enumerated in the 2012 International Building Code and the 2012 International Fire Code. The fire marshal shall post such list in a conspicuous place in his office, and distribute copies thereof to interested persons. (Ord. 1737 § 6, 2013; Ord. 1583 § 6, 2008; Ord. 810 § 2, 1974. Code 1962 § 9-9)