Fire Safety & Evacuation Planning


In accordance with sections 401.2 and 404 of the Fire Prevention Code, a fire safety and evacuation plan shall be prepared, approved by the Fire Marshal, and maintained for the building types, facilities, and occupancies listed below. A planning guideline is provided for each building type, facility, and occupancy to assist planners meet the fire safety and evacuation requirements outlined in Chapter 4 of the Fire Prevention Code. In addition, if the builiding, facility, or occupancy maintains a lockdown plan, Fire Marshal review and approvel is required as well. Read more about Occupancies w/ Lockdown Plans (PDF)

Note: Guidelines marked with an asterisk * are currently under development or revision, and are not yet available. Please consult Chapter 4 of the Chapter 4 of the Fire Prevention Code for detailed information about the fire safety and evacuation planning requirements for each building, facility, or occupancy type.

Questions about fire safety and evacuation planning may be directed to the Engineering Plans Review Branch at 703-246-4806.

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Office of the Fire Marshal
10700 Page Avenue
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Telephone: 703-246-4800
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