Codes Enforcement

This program is responsible for enforcing State adopted fire and building codes in specific occupancies that are newly constructed, as well as conducting annual inspections for compliance in several occupancy types. (A list is provided below.) Complaint investigation in all occupancies is also a major responsibility. Blasting complaint investigation, storage of explosive materials, Class B (display) fireworks, Class C (common fireworks), Class I and Class II LP Gas facilities are other areas of responsibility. Each Deputy State Fire Marshal is certified by a national organization such as NFPA or ICC, and the State of Tennessee.

 New Construction, Occupancies Anywhere in the State of Tennessee

  • Educational Occupancies, (schools) kindergarten through the 12th grade.
  • Day Care Occupancies, (child and adult) licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services. (DHS)
  • State owned or leased projects, (state office buildings, universities, colleges, etc.)
  • State agency licensing, when the agency identifies through law or rule that the SFMO must perform fire inspections. (DHS, Department of Children Services (DCS).

 Additional Occupancies Outside Exempt Jurisdictions

  • Assembly Occupancy, 300 or more
  • Business Occupancy, three or more story buildings
  • Residential Occupancies, except 1 & 2 Family Dwellings and Townhouses
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Covered Malls
  • High-Hazard Industrial (2006 IBC Groups H-1 and H-2 only; Excluding Storage)

 Existing Buildings

  • Schools, Public and Private
  • Day Care Centers
  • Group Day Care Homes
  • Family Day Cares
  • State Owned Correctional Facilities
  • Mental Health Facilities (as requested by DMH)

Above Ground/Underground Storage Tanks

·          Gas-Diesel Storage Tanks [pdf]