Fire Marshal's Office

Fairfax County, Virginia



Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, Lobby Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

703-246-4800 | TTY 711

12099 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Richard A. Roatch, Deputy Chief


The Fire Marshal's Office provides permits, construction related inspections, safety inspections, operational inspections, code enforcement, and fire investigation. Our inspectors are certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia and work closely with other city, county, and state agencies to ensure code compliance and provide technical assistance in the application, enforcement, and interpretation of codes and standards. Successful implementation of the Fire Marshal’s mission is accomplished by over 100 Fairfax County employees who are trained and certified to enforce a variety of fire prevention regulations including the Fire Prevention Code and portions of the Uniform Statewide Building Code. The cumulative efforts of the Fire Marshal help to ensure lower property insurance costs, foster economic development, lower the number and severity of firefighter injuries, and increase the quality of life in Fairfax County.

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Inspector Training June 12

The members of the Capital Region Fire Sprinkler Association (CRFSA), in partnership with the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, present the continuation of the training series "Developed for the Inspector" focusing on Fire Protection Systems in High-Rise Buildings. Presentations are as follows:

  • Fire Protection and Code Challenges
  • Hydraulic Calculation of Standpipe System NFPA 14 Standpipe Systems
  • Regulating Pressure in High-Rise Applications
  • NFPA 20 Fire Pumps 2019 Editions Updates

New Technology Fee for Land Development Transactions

On July 1, 2019, Land Development Services (LDS) and the Fire Marshal’s Office will begin assessing a 4% technology surcharge on fees for building and site-related transactions and certain Fire Marshal fees.

Testing Electric-Powered Fire Pumps

Effective April 1, 2018, fire inspectors from the Fairfax County Fire Marshal’s Office will not witness or be a party to any fire pump test in which fire pump testing technicians do not wear proper protective equipment to protect against the potential arc flash hazards.

Fairfax Joint Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

LEPC in knowledge

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