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.

Central County Fire Department Serves up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!
Fire Prevention Month 2020

Every October, Central County Fire Department honors National Fire Prevention Week throughout the entire month. Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire – the tragic October 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. Fire Departments all over the United States use this month to teach the community how to be fire safe. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) designates a campaign theme. Key messages around this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” include:

Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires, with approximately two-thirds of cooking fires starting from the ignition of food or other cooking materials

  • Keep a close eye on what you’re cooking; never leave cooking unattended
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — at least three feet away from your stovetop.
  • Always keep a lid close by in case a grease fire starts when frying, so that you can slide the lid over the pan and smother the flame
  • Be on alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.

For more information about Fire Prevention Week and this year’s theme, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen,” visit

For more fire safety information, visit our Public Education page here.

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 Companies
Request for Fire Watch

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.

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Alternate Materials or Methods of Construction

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 or the California State Fire Marshal’s Office website at If you have a concern of a fire hazard in your neighborhood, please contact Fire Prevention at 650-558-7648.

Vegetation Management Factsheet (Non-WUI)

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.

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