Fire Inspections / Code Enforcement

Fire Inspections
The City of Belleville Fire Department utilizes the 2006 International Fire Code and conducts over 2000 fire inspections every year. Our firefighters annually inspect every business within the corporate city limits of Belleville.

A few tips to assist you in preparing for the fire inspection:

• Check that all of your exit lights are working properly. Most exit lights have a test button to ensure the battery backup is working. Test your lights often.

• Verify that you have at least 36 inches of space for walkways and hallways. We also require 36 inches of space around electrical panels, sprinkler valves, and gas water heaters.

• Be sure to get your fire extinguishers, alarm systems, and sprinkler systems tested annually. Typically, the phone number for the service provider is located on the paperwork/tag on the equipment.

• Make light use of extension cords. According to fire codes, they are only for temporary use. Power strips with fuses are an acceptable alternative. Stringing multiple power strips together is not acceptable. Never overload an outlet!

• Do not block sprinkler heads. Clearance of 18 inches needs to be maintained at all times for the sprinkler heads to function properly. Never hang anything from the sprinkler heads or the sprinkler pipe.

• If you plan on remodeling, please let us know. We will be happy to assist you with making your remodel 'fire safe'.

Plan Review

The City of Belleville Fire Department completes a plan review of all commercial projects within the city limits of Belleville. This includes the following types of plans:

  • Alarm plans
  • Fire protection systems (sprinkler and standpipe systems, commercial and residential)
  • New construction
  • Site development
  • Tank storage
  • Retrofit of existing spaces
The plan review process usually takes 10-14 working days to complete.

Questions regarding Fire Inspections or the Plan Review process may be directed to the Fire Administration Office at 618-234-2236.