The El Segundo Fire Department, in conjunction with the El Segundo Planning and Building Safety Department, performs plan review services and inspections of new building construction in the City and includes new buildings and tenant improvements. The Fire Department has the responsibility to review plans and perform inspections on new or modified fire protection systems (e.g., fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems), hazardous materials storage and use, aboveground tank storage of flammable and combustible liquids, battery storage systems and methane/vapor mitigation systems. All plans are processed through the El Segundo Planning and Building Safety Departments.
The El Segundo Fire Department is committed to improving public safety through the enforcement of building standards relating to fire and panic safety as adopted by the California Building Standards Commission and any other regulations that have been formally adopted by the City of El Segundo for the prevention of fire or the protection of life and property against fire or panic safety issues. The frequency of inspections are based on type of building and are listed below:
Commercial buildings and industrial sites are inspected annually by Fire Prevention and Suppression staff.
Facilities that handle, store, or use hazardous materials should be inspected for compliance with applicable provisions of the California Fire Code. Facilities that have hazardous materials that exceed reporting quantities are inspected once every three years by the Environmental Safety Division for compliance with Hazardous Material Business Plan program elements of the Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.95 and California Code of Regulations, Title 19 requirements. See Environmental Safety Division webpage for further information related to Hazardous Occupancies.
Fire Department Operational Permits
The California Fire Code identifies specific hazardous operations that require a Fire Department Operational Permit. During the annual fire inspection, the need for an Operational Permit will be identified and fire department staff will issue the permit during the annual inspection.
When a special event is applied for, the Fire Department may require an Operational Permit for hazardous operations, including storage and use of flammable and combustible liquids for generators with a tank capacity of 60 gallons or more, public assembly, pyrotechnic activities, tents and temporary membrane structures. These Operational Permits are issued during the special event application and approval process.