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

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.

Fire Watch Guidelines
Fire Watch Request Form

Knox Box

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.

CCFD T34 Turning Radius

Request for Alternate Means of Protection (AMP) or Methods of Construction Approval

A request may be submitted to propose an alternate means of protection or methods of construction in lieu of complying with a specific code requirement, in cases where site or building conditions may pose difficulty in code compliance. Proposed mitigations must address the intent of the code requirement in an alternate manner.

The request application must be submitted to CCFD with a non-refundable $423.00 request review fee, payable by check to Central County Fire Department, 1399 Rollins Road, Burlingame, 94010.  Please allow a minimum of 1 week for review and response to the request.

Request for 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 (covered with vegetation or plant life) 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 see San Mateo County’s Fire Safe website,, the California State Fire Marshal’s Office website at and our Vegetation Management page.

Do you have a fire hazard concern in your neighborhood? To report a potential fire safety issue, please select a form below:

Please provide a detailed description of the concern you are reporting, including the exact location (floor, unit, indoor/outdoor), the type of condition and as much information as possible to assist the Fire Prevention Specialist to easily locate the condition you are reporting. Reports will be investigated within two (2) working days of notification.

Reports are confidential, anonymous complaints will not be accepted.

Dry Cleaners

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.

IB Dry Cleaner Fire Protection