Riverside Fire Department
COVID-19/Coronavirus Update



The One Stop Shop will be closed to the public, until further notice to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  We will continue to provide development services but with a significant reduction of our workforce in place, so we are able to maximize social distancing within City facilities.  Although we will strive to be as responsive as possible, additional time may be needed to process applications, perform plan review, and provide field inspection services.

REMOTE SUMBITTALS FOR NEW/EXISTING PROJECTS: Fire plan check submittals may be dropped off at City Hall Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, except Wednesdays from 10 am to 4 pm or mailed in accordance with the policy below:


Navigate to the online fire permit application, complete and attach to your plans. Submit paper plans and any supporting documents to City Hall during normal business hours along with the One Stop Shop Transmittal Form. Fire staff will reach out to you with any application requirements and fees due to ensure your application is deemed complete. Once your permit application is deemed complete and fees are paid your plan review process will begin the next business day.


Fire plan check submittals, including plan revisions, may be processed remotely through established temporary procedures using a courier of their choice (UPS, FEDX, USPS, etc.).  Please include self-addressed stamped envelope or package that fits your sets of plans; and include the fire permit application with your plan submittal. 

All Drop Off and Mailed Plan Submittals must include three copies of the plan with applicable cut sheets/hydraulic calculations/CSFM listing etc. as it applies to your scope of work. Fire staff will contact you to process your application and schedule all necessary transactions remotely. 

Field inspections for projects with issued permits will continue by applicant’s request while practicing alternative safe distancing practices, including social distancing; wearing face mask/covering, and/or unoccupied space during inspection(s). Please note that all existing projects will have expiration dates extended sixty days to help ensure they remain valid through the declared emergency.

Please contact the Fire Prevention Division at (951) 826-5737 for further information.

To pay online:                 https://www.riversideca.gov/fire/payment/

                                                Click on “Fire Online Payment System – City of Riverside”

                                                Type: Plan Check Permit fees

                                                Reference number:

                                                Amount: $

Mailing Address:            City of Riverside, Fire Prevention Division

                                                3900 Main St. 3rd Floor

                                                Riverside, CA 92522

Thank you for your patience and understanding. 



The Fire Prevention Division is located at 3900 Main St., on the 3rd floor of City Hall. The Division is headed by Fire Marshal Jennifer McDowell and consists of two plan check engineers, a senior fire inspector, seven fire inspectors, an administrative assistant, administrative analyst/hazardous materials specialist and a senior office specialist.

The Division currently enforces the 2019 California Fire, Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing and Residential Codes, as amended by the Riverside Municipal Code, in addition to National Fire Protection Association standards; Title 19, of the California Public Safety Code; and, the California Health and Safety Code.


In March 1993, the City of Riverside implemented an Automatic Fire Sprinkler Ordinance. All new construction, including single family homes, are required to install an automatic fire sprinkler system when the structure is being built.



Hazardous Materials Business Plans

Other programs the division implements include the Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) and investigating environmental crimes in conjunction with the Riverside County District Attorney's Environmental Crimes Task Force and the APSA (Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act) program.


Fire Inspection Program

The purpose of the City of Riverside's Fire Prevention Program is to prevent injuries, deaths, business interruption and property damages resulting from fires. In accordance with the California Fire Code and the Riverside Municipal Code, the Riverside Fire Department is required to inspect all Riverside businesses for fire and life safety compliance. The frequency of the inspections depends on state laws, industry standards and general life safety hazards.

Fire Safety Inspections

If fire code violations are found, an inspector will issue a written inspection report and schedule a reinspection to confirm that the violations have been corrected. Most violations must be corrected within 10-15 days.

Download the Inspection Fee Brochure

Prevention Resources

The following resources are available on the Forms & Resources page.

Contact Prevention

3900 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Riverside, CA 92522
(951) 826-5737