Fire Prevention, Inspection & Investigation


The Fire Prevention, Inspection & Investigation Division, also known as the Fire Marshal's Division, consists of the:
  • Fire Marshal
  • Deputy Fire Marshal
  • Fire Inspectors


Effective August 1, 2018, the Fire Marshal's Office (FMO) will no longer accept cash payments for services. We will accept credit/debit cards, checks or money orders. There will be a twenty-five dollar fee for returned checks, the Fire Marshal's Office will not sign off on any service(s) until full payment is made including return check fees.
  The Fire Prevention, Inspection & Investigation Division provides fire and life safety educational programs for city schools, organizations, and the general public.
We are also required to investigate every fire in Norwalk, according to State Law. These investigations are to find the cause, origin of each and every fire. In addition this division will provide fire and life safety protection by conducting building inspections and enforcing the Connecticut Fire Safety Codes

Walk in hours for special event permit signing only are Wednesdays 8:00am-11:00am. You will need the following:

Current copy of insurance for the event (minimum one (1) million dollars) 

Floor plan of the event, including cooking equipment location (if applicable) portable fire extinguishers may be required

Will there be tents over 10' x 10'? If yes, an inspection by the Fire Marshal's office is required prior to the event (minimum three (3) days notice)

Will the event be held after dark? If yes, you will need lighting, illuminated exit signs, emergency lighting (extension cords shall not be used improperly) 

Construction Plan Reviews

As a part of the city's building construction permit process, the Fire Marshal conducts construction plan reviews for:
  • Commercial properties
  • New construction projects
  • Renovations or additions to multi-family dwellings
  • We require all current State of Connecticut adopted codes specific to your project to be included with all plans submitted to ensure code compliance. No exceptions, your project will be delayed without this information. Current adopted codes can be found at 
  • We require three (3) hard copies of all plans submitted for review, architect and planning and zoning stamped approval if required must be on the plans submitted for review. Additionally all plans over 5,000 square feet will require an electronic version to be submitted. The plan review submission form must be filled out completely at time of drop off along with payment or it will delay your project, no exceptions
  • We require three (3) hard copies of fire alarm system, sprinkler system and commercial kitchen hood system installations or upgrades. A final acceptance test by the Fire Marshal's Office is required prior to receiving a certificate of occupancy
  • No walk in plan reviews are done, appointments must be made to see the Fire Marshal or Fire Marshal's Office personnel, no exceptions

Arson Tip Award Program

Arson Reporting

The FAIR Plan sponsors the Connecticut Arson Tip Award Program.
This Program offers a reward for information leading to the arrest, conviction or prevention of an arson fire.

A toll free "Arson Hot Line" (1-800-84ARSON or 1-800-842-7766) is answered 24 hours a day.

Information may also be sent to:

Arson Tip Award Program
P.O. Box 8614
East Hartford, CT 06128-0614

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