Riverside Fire Department


The Fire Prevention Bureau is located at 3900 Main St., on the 3rd floor of City Hall. The Bureau is headed by Fire Marshal Jennifer McDowell and consists of two plan check engineers, six fire inspectors, an administrative assistant/hazardous materials clerk and a senior office specialist.

The Bureau currently enforces the 2016 California Fire, Building, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing and Residential Codes, as amended by the Riverside Municipal Code, in addition to National Fire Protection Association standards; Title 19, of the California Public Safety Code; and, the California Health and Safety Code.

In March 1993, the City of Riverside implemented an Automatic Fire Sprinkler Ordinance. All new construction, including single family homes, are required to install an automatic fire sprinkler system when the structure is being built.

Business Emergency Plans

Other programs the bureau implements include the hazardous materials Business Emergency Plan (BEP) and investigating environmental crimes in conjunction with the Riverside County District Attorney's Environmental Crimes Task Force and the APSA (Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act) program.

Fire Inspection Program

The purpose of the City of Riverside's Fire Prevention Program is to prevent injuries, deaths, business interruption and property damages resulting from fires. In accordance with the California Fire Code and the Riverside Municipal Code, the Riverside Fire Department is required to inspect all Riverside businesses for fire safety. The frequency of the inspections depends on state laws, industry standards and general life safety hazards.

Fire Safety Inspections

If fire code violations are found, an inspector will issue a written inspection report and schedule a reinspection to confirm that the violations have been corrected. Most violations must be corrected within 10-15 days.

Download the Inspection Fee Brochure

Prevention Resources

The following resources are available on the Forms & Resources page.

Contact Prevention

3900 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Riverside, CA 92522
(951) 826-5737