The California Fire Code stipulates that during a reasonable hour, or during normal business hours, the fire code official may enter a business to conduct the duties bestowed upon them by the fire code. The City of San José adopts the California Fire Code with amendments based on local requirements into the San José Municipal Code Section 17.12. This constitutes the San José Fire Code. Any permitted building, operation or activity is subject to inspection by the fire code official.
The Inspection Process
During a fire and life safety inspection for a permitted occupancy, the inspector will walk the property with the owner or a representative from the business. Please review the Common Violations Checklist and keep a copy on site for your records. The inspector will determine if violations of the fire code are present and provide education about general fire code regulations. If violations are identified, the inspector will issue a written order to address the violations. A reasonable time frame will be given to the permit holder to comply, based upon the nature or severity of the violations. Life safety hazards require immediate correction once identified by the fire code official.