Fire Prevention and Investigation
Short Term Rentals
Short-Term Rental Initial Fire and Life Safety Inspection
After you have submitted your application with the STR Pre-Inspection checklist to Community Development, if everything is in order, they will refer your information to our department where a Fire Inspector will reach out to you or your designated representative to schedule the Fire and Life Safety inspection.
Frequently Asked Questions
R310.2.1 Minimum Opening Area
Emergency escape and rescue openings shall have a net clear opening of not less than 5.7 square feet (0.530 M^2). The net clear opening dimensions required by this section shall be obtained by the normal operation of the emergency escape and rescue opening from the inside. The net clear height of the opening shall be not less than 24 inches (610mm) and the net clear width shall be not less than 20 inches (508mm).
Exception: Grade floor openings shall have a net clear opening area of not less than 5 square feet (0.465 m^2).
Please note: A window 24x20 inches will not meet the 5.7sqare feet requirement or even the 5 square feet requirement for a grade floor. One or both dimensions must be larger to satisfy the net clear opening requirement.
The fire extinguisher needs to be rated at a minimum of 2A-10BC. You can mostly find this on the label of the extinguisher next to the word “Classification.”
The top of the fire extinguisher shall not exceed 5 feet from the floor, and the bottom shall not go below 4 inches toward the floor. Between 5 feet and 4 inches. We recommend mounting your fire extinguisher toward exits that are in plain view.
When operating as a short-term rental, you are required to have a minimally rated 2A-10BC fire extinguisher within 75 feet of each part of the rental.
Fire extinguishers need to be serviced by a fire extinguisher-serving company at a minimum of 12 months. The company will put a tag on the extinguisher, stating the month and year it was serviced.
Yes, in the immediate vicinity, which may be in a hallway, open space, living room, etc.
It is not required; however, if you’d like, you may always choose to go above the requirement.
Yes. This will be checked during the inspection, even if the inspection takes place outside of the burn ban period.
Posted: 02/24/2023 11:08 AM
Last Updated: 07/13/2023 08:30 AM