Office of the Fire Marshal

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Inspections of all commercial occupancies are required by The North Carolina Fire Prevention Code based on the type of occupancy.  A fee is charged for all general and permitted inspections.

 Inspection Schedule:

  • One year:  Hazardous, institutional, high rise, assembly except those noted below and residential (except for one and two dwellings and only interior common areas of dwelling units of multi-family occupancies).
  • Two year:  Industrial and educational (except public schools).
  • Three year:  Assembly occupancies with an occupant load less than 100, business, mercantile, storage, churches, synagogues and miscellaneous Group U occupancies.

 Permit applications and information are available for download.


All fires are required to be investigated to N.C. General Statutes. If an engine company cannot determine the origin and cause of a fire, a fire investigator can be requested. Other reasons to request a fire investigator include an incendiary fire, large dollar loss or fatality.

The Wilmington Fire Department is also a member of the Wilmington Fire/Arson Task Force. Other members include the Wilmington Police Department, State Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF), New Hanover County Fire Services and New Hanover County Sheriff's Office

To obtain a copy of a fire report, call 910-343-3946 or email or .

Please direct all Freedom of Information Act requests (FOIA) and environmental assessment requests (EA) to 910-343-0696 or email

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Plan Reviews

SEC. 510 Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Guide for Building Owners/ Managers, General Contractors, Vendors and Installers of ERRC Systems. 


 If you have questions or need to schedule an inspection, please call the Fire Marshal's Office at (910)343-0696.

Contact the Division of Fire and Life Safety at 910.343.0696.  Plans and completed permit applications can be emailed to or mailed to 230 Government Center Dr. Suite 150, Wilmington, NC 28403.

The Fire and Life Safety Division conducts plans reviews for all site development, commercial construction, fire alarms, fire sprinklers and other suppression systems, and above ground / underground storage tanks. 

New commercial construction permits are issued by New Hanover County Inspections (910.798.7151).  Within the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County Inspections conducts building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing code inspections. 

The Fire and Life Safety Division enforces the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code for plan reviews and works in conjunction with New Hanover County Inspections during the review process for new construction and alterations.  All commercial permits require the Fire and Life Safety Division’s approval before a permit is issued.

Separate reviews are also conducted for fire alarms, fire sprinklers, suppression systems and site development.  All permits must be obtained prior to construction. Permit applications and plan review information for fire alarm, sprinkler and suppression systems are available for download.

Please allow TWO WEEKS for all plans review completion.


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