Fire Inspections

Fire Inspections

Purpose of the Fire Inspection Program

The Port Alberni Fire Department helps ensure that Port Alberni is a safe and healthy community in part by carrying out regular inspections of public buildings.  The prevention of fires also contributes to the economic stability of our community. 

Who does the Fire Inspection?

The fire inspection program utilizes fire crews to conduct regular inspections.  Our Chief Fire Prevention Officer:

  • conducts inspections of more complex or higher risk buildings
  • performs plan reviews for new construction and/or significant renovations of public buildings 

What aspects of a building or facility are evaluated during a Fire Inspection?

All new and existing buildings and facilities are subject to the provisions of the British Columbia Fire Code (BCFC).  The BCFC sets out technical provisions regulating:

1. activities related to the construction, use or demolition of buildings and facilities; 
2. the condition of specific elements of buildings and facilities;
3. the design or construction of specific elements of facilities related to certain hazards; and
4. protection measures for the current or intended use of buildings.

How often do Fire Inspections need to be done?

The frequency of inspections is determined by risk factors that include:

  • building occupancy 
  • use
  • number of occupants 
  • record of compliance

Are there other requirements I need to consider?

Yes!  Existing non-conforming issues, changes of use, renovations and alterations may trigger a requirement for a building permit to be issued by the City's Building Department prior to approval, by the City, of business licences, liquor license floor plans, and/or health license fire inspection forms.

For inquiries about Fire Inspections  and requirements for your property or business contact the Fire Prevention Office of the Port Alberni Fire Department.


For more information, please contact
Derrin Fines
Chief Fire Prevention Officer

Fire Hall, 3699 10th Avenue
Port Alberni BC V9Y 4W3

Direct: 250-720-2542
Business: 250-724-1351
Fax: 250-723-5652