The Fire Prevention Division provides hazardous materials inspection, services for building construction, annual building inspection, and hazardous materials regulation. The Fire Prevention Division provides a comprehensive fire/life safety plan review for land development, new building construction, interior remodel projects, fire suppression and fire alarm systems. In addition, periodic construction inspections are performed to ensure that completed projects conform to both state and local fire safety regulations.
- Fire Watch
- Knox Box
- Fire apparatus access
- Alternate Materials or Methods of Construction
- Fire incident report requests
- Vegetation Management
- Dry Cleaners
Requests may be made for standby fire watch personnel as an approved alternate means of protection due to being unable to meet all provisions set forth by the local municipal fire code, the California Fire Code, and/or Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations regarding minimum fire and life safety requirements.
The Cities of Burlingame and Millbrae and Town of Hillsborough, in accordance with California State Fire Code and local municipal codes, requires a key box or gate key switch to be installed to allow fire department access into a building or area. See ordering and installation information below.
Keybox Order / Installation Guide
Fire apparatus access
Fire apparatus access roads are required in accordance with California Fire Code Chapter 5. Click here for our apparatus requirements.
Alternate Materials or Methods of Construction
Fire incident report requests
Requests for a fire incident report may be made by calling 650-558-7600. An administrative fee will apply.
Vegetation Management Program
If you live next to a vegetated hillside or your neighborhood is within a wildland-urban interface area, you should be aware of vegetation management practices to help reduce the possibility of a hillside fire from reaching your home. For a list of requirements and guidelines, please visit the San Mateo County Fire Safe website at www.firesafesanmateo.org or the California State Fire Marshal’s Office website at www.fire.ca.gov. If you have a concern of a fire hazard in your neighborhood, please contact Fire Prevention at 650-558-7648.
California has adopted new regulations effective January 1, 2011, specific to dry cleaning establishments that in some cases are retroactive. These requirements require one-hour fire-resistive separation of dry cleaning equipment from the rest of the building as well as the installation of automatic fire sprinklers when combustible liquids are used or Class III-A dry cleaning system is utilized. Please refer to this informational bulletin from the California State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Central County Fire Department will conduct inspections of all dry cleaning establishments to determine if enforcement of this regulation is necessary.