Fire Prevention Staff showing a drawing to a studentThe 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].

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COVID-19 Business Self-Inspection Program

In order to comply with both state inspection requirements and ongoing social distancing guidelines, the City of Encinitas is implementing a business self-inspection program. Please read the cover letter below for more information before completing the Self-Inspection Checklist.

Self-Inspection Cover Letter

Self-Inspection Checklist

For any questions, or to submit your self-inspection checklist, please email [email protected].

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.

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Direct link to CSS (once registered)

Fire Hazard Complaint Form

Please click on the link below to submit a fire hazard complaint:

Citizen's Fire Hazard Complaint


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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

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Cal-Fire: Wildfire Preparedness, Ready, Set, Go
Encinitas Municipal Code - Removal of Dangerous Rubbish and Weeds
Disaster Preparedness for Horses


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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