1. Building Inspections
  2. Car Seat Installation
  3. Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad
  4. Commercial & Residential KnoxBox
  5. CPR Training
  6. Meeting & Public Space
  7. Residential Home Inspections
  8. Smoke Alarms

Types of Inspections

We use periodic inspections to ensure the safety of newly constructed and existing commercial and multifamily buildings. We also offer these inspections upon request. Inspections include:

  • Fire hood suppression
  • Fire pumps
  • Smoke alarms
  • Sprinklers
  • Other specialty elements as needed

Our Inspectors

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.

Passing the Inspection

To determine whether your business will pass a fire inspection, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are fire extinguishers charged and functioning properly?
  • Do the smoke alarms function properly?
  • Does your sprinkler system have an annual system test?
  • Are exit signs clearly posted and lit?
  • Does your emergency lighting system function properly?
  • Are written evacuation plans posted at major exits?
  • Is anything blocking the exits?
  • Are extension cords used properly?
  • Do you practice a monthly fire drill?
  • Are combustible materials kept away from children?
  • Are appliances properly maintained?
  • Do the heating, ventilating and air conditioning units function properly?
  • Is your numeric address posted on the front of your building?
  • Does each sleeping area have a smoke alarm?


Call the Fire Marshal at 434-970-3247 with any questions.