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The Fire Prevention Bureau's mission is to make the City of Knoxville a safe place to live, work or visit by providing a reasonable degree of safety to life and property from fire and hazards through enforcement of the City's adopted fire codes and standards. This is accomplished by conducting life safety inspections of existing structures and new building construction.

Under the direction of the Fire Marshal, Assistant Chief Danny Beeler, the Fire Prevention Bureau performs the following services:

  • Review and inspect all new construction and remodeling of commercial buildings in conjunction with the City's Building Permits Department
  • Review all sprinkler and fire alarm drawings for compliance
  • Permit and inspect all flammable and combustible storage tanks (Class I, II, or III) greater than 60 gallons - Including aboveground storage tanks, underground storage tanks, and liquefied petroleum gas tanks
  • Permit and monitor blasting operations
  • Permit and monitor pyrotechnic displays
  • Enforce all state and local codes involving fire safety and prevention
  • Inspect and monitor special events for cooking, tents and large public gatherings
  • Provide an on-call fire inspector for emergency situations
  • Inspect one- and two-family dwellings upon request

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