Construction Code Compliance
Mission: Enforcing the City of El Paso’s Fire Code, one building at a time.
The El Paso Fire Department Construction Code Compliance program strives on the goal of minimizing the risk of life and property loss from fire. By enforcing the locally adopted fire code and related standards, hazardous conditions can be eliminated or controlled before a fire occurs. Program inspectors have at minimum 2 ½ years’ experience with the El Paso Fire Department and have passed a Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) fire inspector I, II, and plan examiners course meeting requirements for Fire Inspector in NFPA® 1031.
The Construction Code Compliance program responsibilities include conducting inspections and or testing of new commercial construction, fire alarm systems, fire sprinkler systems, fire suppression systems, and maintaining a fire hydrant inspection program.
Types of inspections performed include:
- Building Final Inspections
- Fire Alarm Systems
- Fire Sprinkler Systems
- Special Extinguishing Systems (Range Hoods, Paint Booths, etc.)
- Underground Piping Acceptance Test (Sprinkler System and/or private hydrants
Fire Hydrant Flow Data Requests
To request fire hydrant flow data, please email FD-FPDPlanReview@elpasotexas.gov or call (915) 212-1649 if you have any questions.
Private Fire Hydrant Inspections
For the required annual reporting of private fire hydrant inspections, fire flow tests and all new installations, please email this form to FD-Hydrants@elpasotexas.gov. If you have any questions, please contact us by email or at (915) 212-1649.
The goal of fire inspections program is the elimination of fire safety hazards and increase life safety through the application and enforcement of the adopted International Fire Code and or City Of El Paso ordinances. The program inspectors have at minimum 2 ½ years’ experience with the El Paso Fire Department and have passed a Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) fire inspector I and II course meeting requirements for Fire Inspector in NFPA® 1031.
Please contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at (915) 212-5699 or FD-FPDPermits@elpasotexas.gov for inspections within the City of El Paso pertaining to:
- Operational Fire Licenses for Commercial Businesses
- Adult and Children Foster Home Inspections
- Nursing Home inspections
- Possible Fire Code Violation Concerns
Fire/Arson Investigators are responsible for investigating fires and explosions suspected to be of incendiary nature, excessive property loss, or incidents involving severe bodily injury or death. The section responds to fire scenes at the request of fire or law enforcement agencies throughout El Paso and the county in particular circumstances. This section does not investigate fires at the request of insurance companies or private individuals.
Investigators are certified as Structural Firefighters through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) and Emergency Medical Technicians by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Investigators must have a minimum of 2 and half years of experience in the El Paso Fire Department and must also obtain several additional TCFP certifications before functioning in the capacity of an Arson Investigator. These additional certifications include Fire Inspector, Plans Examiner, and Fire Investigator, and commissioned Peace Officers per the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).
Additionally, Investigators are motivated to pursue other credentials to obtain technical expertise to assist with higher conviction rates and have a well-rounded section. Certifications include Armorers, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigators, Firearm Armorers and Instructors, Hazardous Materials Technicians, Paramedics, Search and Rescue/Technical Rescue Technicians, and Youth Firesetter Intervention Specialist.
Youth Firesetter Intervention Program
The Youth Firesetter Intervention Program (YFIP) operates per NFPA 1035 and is a "First Step" program that assists juveniles and their families who may be at risk in the misuse of fire. The program is open to juveniles 3 to 16 years of age and seeks to identify the reasons for the behavior and evaluating the likelihood of subsequent events. Youth Firesetter Intervention Specialist will identify the need for fire safety education and, if necessary, provide a referral to a Mental Health Professional (MHP) for further intervention. To schedule an interview, please call (915) 212-5699.
The following may submit a referral for evaluation:
- Parents/legal guardians
- School administrators
- Juvenile Courts
- Fire Department personnel