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General Inspections

The City of Barrie, specifically Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, is mandated to respond to complaint and request inspections related to fire safety concerns by the Fire Protection and Prevention Act. (FPPA).

Fire Prevention Officers enforce violations found under the Ontario Fire Code. These violations include items such as maintenance of fire safety equipment, blocked exits, breaches in or missing fire separations, missing or broken fire doors, severe electrical problems, improperly used or stored flammable liquids or gases, unsafe accumulation of combustible materials, failure to implement a fire safety plan, etc.

When a violation of the Ontario Fire Code is observed by the Fire Department, it is chargeable offence at that time. It is the responsibility of the homeowner, business owner, building owner, etc. to ensure that a building is in compliance with the Ontario Fire Code at all times.

Types of Inspections

Complaint: A request for a complaint inspection can be made by any member of the community that is concerned with a Fire Code concern. Requester’s information is kept strictly confidential.

Routine: Vulnerable Occupancies (Nursing homes, Retirement Homes, Group homes and Hospitals) are required to initiate routine annual inspections with the Fire Department. These routine inspections are a requirement of the Ontario Fire Code.

Request: A request for inspection can be made by any member of the community.

Second Suites: An application to register/“legalize the second suite with the Zoning Department is required prior to the Fire Department’s Inspection. The Ontario Fire Code mandates that an Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) inspection be conducted. The cost of the Application Fee does not include the cost of the Fire Department Inspection fees. A full inspection of both suites is mandatory.

Adoption: Contact the Children’s Aid’s Society for their fire safety requirements. A full inspection of the home is required, checking for: 

Daycare: Contact your daycare agency for their Fire Safety Requirements. A full inspection of the home is required, checking for the above list. 

Occupancy: Requirements of both the Fire and Building Departments will have to be met prior to receiving Occupancy, as granted by the City’s Building Inspectors. Fire safety requirements inspected by the Fire Department include but are not limited to: emergency lighting; fire extinguishers; fire alarm and sprinkler systems components/verification.

Business Licenses & Permits: Business licenses & permits that require a fire inspection include Liquor, Pyrotechnics & Fireworks (Setting off or Selling), Two-Unit House & Rooming House.

Fees

Fire Department inspection fees are applicable to most inspections. Please refer to the Fees By-law (Schedule G) for associated fees, which are updated every May. Subsequent fees due to repeat re-inspections or failure to comply may be charged as required. Fees can be paid in advance at by cash, debit or credit at Fire Headquarters, 155 Dunlop St. W., Monday–Friday, 8:30–4:30 (closed on statutory holidays).

Rights of Entry

The legislation from the Fire Marshal allows for Barrie Fire and Emergency Service Fire Prevention Officers to enter a premise at any reasonable time without advance warning or an appointment. Landlords are permitted to enter tenant suites/space with 24 hours’ notice to assess fire safety concerns. In emergency situations, the 24-hour notice requirement is not applicable.

Frequently Asked Questions
What is an inspection?

Fire Prevention Officers will enforce violations found under the Ontario Fire Code. These violations would include items such as maintenance of fire safety systems, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, blocked exits, breaches in fire separations or missing fire separations, missing or broken fire doors, severe electrical problems, improperly used or stored flammable liquids or gases, unsafe accumulation of combustible materials, failure to implement a fire safety plan, etc.

Fire Prevention Officers will issue an Inspection Report or Fire Inspection Order to bring the violation(s) into compliance with the Fire Code. A compliance date will be set based on the threat to life safety, need for construction and applicable permits, requirement of certified documents, etc.

If you have any questions relating to Fire Code compliance, please contact the Fire Prevention Division at 705-728-3199.

How do I book an inspection?

Call 705-728-3199, Monday – Friday, 08:30 am -4:30 pm (Statutory holidays excepted) or email a request for an Inspection Appointment to fire.prevention@barrie.ca.

What should I expect during a fire code inspection?

During the inspection, the Fire Prevention Officer will inspect both the interior and exterior of a building looking for fire safety concerns (this could include basements, roofs, storage rooms, utility rooms etc.). In addition to a visual inspection of the building, maintenance documents (as applicable) are required for review at time of inspection; please inquire at time of booking. An inspection report or order will be completed by the Fire Prevention Officer; if deficiencies are found, a re-inspection date will be scheduled.

What should I have ready for the inspection?

Residential Daycare or CAS/Adoption Inspection

  • Working smoke alarms on every level of the home (less than 10 years old)
  • Working CO Alarms (Carbon Monoxide) outside of each sleeping area
  • No propane cylinders of any size permitted inside the home, including the garage
  • No extension cords being used as permanent wiring
  • Dryer venting must be of rigid metal type
  • Any further fire safety requirements of the associated daycare or CAS agency.
  • Inspection Fee must be paid prior to the Inspection Appointment

Commercial Inspections (as applicable)

  • Annual Fire Alarm Report with no deficiencies
  • Annual Sprinkler Report with no deficiencies
  • Report from qualified person of annual Emergency Lighting Testing with no deficiencies
  • Report from qualified person of bi-annual inspection of Commercial Cooking Suppression Equipment with no deficiencies
  • Proof of required bi-annual (or sooner if required) of Commercial Cooking Hood/Duct Cleaning
  • Report from qualified person of annual fire extinguisher maintenance
  • Records of required maintenance for the previous two years
  • Updates to Fire Safety Plan
  • Updated Emergency Contact Information

If a re-inspection is required, additional fees may apply.

What happens if an inspection determines a violation of the Ontario Fire Code?

When a violation of the Ontario Fire Code is observed by the Fire Department, it is chargeable offence at that time. It is the responsibility of the homeowner, business owner, building owner, etc. to ensure that a building is in compliance with the Ontario Fire Code at all times. Failure to do so could result in Part 1 “Tickets” or Part 3 “Charges”. Part 1 Tickets are issued for a variety of Fire Code Violations and Part 3 Charges are laid for more serious offences, violations observed at a fire, repeat offenders, when a party refuses to comply, etc. Part 3 Offences appear before the Provincial Offences Court.

If you have any questions relating to Fire Code compliance, please contact the Fire Prevention Division at 705-728-3199.

Can I still be charged or ticketed even if I fix the problem right away when it is pointed out by the Fire Department?

Yes. Violations of the Ontario Fire Code are chargeable offences at the time of discovery.

My landlord left me a note saying that he is coming in my apartment tomorrow to check the smoke alarms. Do I have to let him in?

Yes. Landlords/owners are allowed to enter with 24 hrs notice to assess fire safety concerns. In an emergency, no notice is required.

How much do inspections cost?

Please refer to the Fees By-law (Schedule G) for associated fees, which are updated every May. Subsequent fees due to repeat re-inspections or failure to comply may be charged as required.

Can I pay the inspection fee by credit card or debit?

Yes. Inspection fees are required to be paid in advance at Fire Headquarters, 155 Dunlop St. W. Mon-Fri, 830-4:30.

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