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Annual Inspections

Inspection Authority

The California Fire Code (CFC) 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 CFC with amendments based on local requirements into the San Jose Municipal Code (SJMC) Section 17.12. This constitutes the San José Fire Code. This means 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. In the event that 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. Any life safety hazards require immediate correction once identified by the fire code official.

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