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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Battery Fire Prevention and Dangers

The fourth fire this year caused by batteries in Fairfax County occurred Thursday, February 28 at a FedEx Facility in Lorton.  Last year, five Fairfax County fires were caused by batteries.  The Fire & Rescue Department encourages people to follow instructions on how to properly store and discard batteries on the battery brand's website and on the Fire Marshal's Office's Hot Tips Web page.

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)

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