Happy Holidays

City Hall will be closed for the holidays from December 23, 2022, to January 2, 2023


  • No permit submittals will be accepted during the city of Encinitas holiday closure.

  • No online permit services will be available through the Customer Self-Service (CSS) portal starting on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 5 PM. Online permit services will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 8 AM.

  • The 2022 California building code will be in effect starting January 1, 2023, and all new applications will be subject to the new code.

Fire Prevention Staff showing a drawing to a student

The goal of the Fire Prevention Bureau is to reduce the loss of life and property to the Encinitas community. The basic design for effective firefighting should include practical fire prevention efforts in conjunction with other fire suppression activities. When a strong prevention program is incorporated into the daily routines of firefighters we can expect a reduction in tangible fire loss.

Fire Prevention oversees the business inspection and weed abatement programs, and enforces hazardous materials storage/use and disposal laws. The Bureau also manages all facilities improvements and planning for the Fire Department.

Fire Prevention is responsible for processing plan checks of new construction and remodel projects within the city, and performing acceptance inspections of fire sprinklers (commercial/residential) and special hazards systems for new and remodel development.

The department consists of the Fire Marshal, one (1) Senior Deputy Fire Marshal, two (2) Deputy Fire Marshals, and a Program Assistant.

For more information pertaining to the Fire Prevention Bureau please contact (760) 633-2820, fax (760) 943-2226, or email [email protected].

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

 Application Submittal

Applications for Fire Operational Permits, Fire Protection Systems, and Fire Construction Permits are now only accepted online through our Customer Self Service (CSS) Portal.

Register for CSS
Direct link to CSS (once registered)

Fire Hazard Complaint

Fire Hazard Complaints may now be submitted through the MyEncinitas App or through our Web Portal.

Fire Safety Evaluations 

           To request a home fire safety evaluation (vegetation management, smoke detector placement, etc) please call 760-633-2820 or email [email protected]    

           For evaluations related to sale or transfer of real estate, please apply for a Defensible Space Inspection through our Customer Self Service portal.


Please click on one of the below titles to obtain more information on the topic:

Pool Safety Campaign-Water Watchers Save Lives
Water Watchers Save Lives, Pool Safety Brochure
Swimming Pool Checklist

Kids' Corner
Kids' Fire Safety
Fire Safe Kid

Home Safety Tips
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls
Firewise Gardening and Defensible Space

Urban/Wildland InterfaceInfographic about preparing home for wildfire
Cal-Fire: Wildfire Preparedness, Ready, Set, Go
Encinitas Municipal Code - Removal of Dangerous Rubbish and Weeds
Disaster Preparedness for Horses


Contractor Section 
Fees for Building Permits
Fixed Fire Protection Hood System Plan Review Checklist
ICC Evaluation Services Legacy

Fire Sprinklers
Residential Fire Sprinkler Plan Review Checklist
CSS Sprinkler Submittal Procedure
Home Fire Sprinkler Information - National Fire Protection Association