Fire Code Unit

The Fire Code Unit is responsible for inspection, review and/or approval of most of the requirements in the Philadelphia Fire Code where Fire Department approval is required.  The primary task of the Unit is to administer and perform inspections for requests for variances from requirements of the Fire Code.  The Unit is also responsible for revising and updating the Fire Code and approving the use or installation of the following:

  • Fireworks and explosives
  • Liquefied petroleum gas tanks
  • Convention and exhibition hall event floor plans
  • Discontinuing a water service feeding fire protection equipment
  • Fire Command Centers for high-rise buildings
  • Temporary use of propane heaters

The Unit is located at the Fire Administration Building, 3rd and Spring Garden Streets. The telephone number is 215-686-1356 and hours of operations Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Forms to apply for a variance from violations of the Fire Code and other fire safety information regulated by the Fire Code can be downloaded as indicated right.