The mission of the Palo Alto Fire Prevention Bureau, within the city's Development Center, is to provide quality and timely development services.  Our Fire Prevention staff performs fire plan checks, reviews, permitting and field inspections.  Our goal is to accommodate all requests for service in a time frame that meets our customer's needs.

Here you can find information regarding your home or business requests for inspectors and other business needs. 

Last Updated: Mar 21, 2017
Electronic Submission of Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP)
Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBPs) and Registration ('Short') Forms must be submitted electronically via the CERS website (

Important Notice on Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm Requirements
New requirement for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Fire Fee Schedule FY16-17
Revision Date: 4/17/2017
Contractor's Information
This checklist includes but is not limited to information the Palo Alto Fire Department may require for new commercial structures or residential developments with 3 or more units
Revision Date: 2/28/2013
Guidelines for installation or modification of fire sprinkler systems.
Revision Date: 10/22/2008
This brochure provides instructions and symbols to create your own pre-incident plan.
Revision Date: 6/27/2007
Revision Date: 5/10/2011
Revision Date: 6/4/2008
General Forms
Revision Date: 3/3/2010
Revision Date: 7/3/2006
Revision Date: 1/14/2010
Special Event with Open Flame Requirements
Revision Date: 4/3/2017
Hazardous Materials
Hazardous materials inspection guide for dry-cleaning facilities.
Revision Date: 3/31/2017
Guidelines for potential soil or groundwater contamination at proposed project sites.
Revision Date: 3/28/2017
Hazardous Materials Compliance Guide
Revision Date: 3/28/2017
Hazardous Materials Disclosure checklist - required for all projects.
Revision Date: 3/28/2017
Plan submittal guidelines for hazardous materials related projects.
Revision Date: 3/28/2017
Hazardous Materials Storage Secondary Containment Standards
Revision Date: 3/31/2017
Medical and Dental Fixed Oxidizing Gas Systems
Revision Date: 3/31/2017
Common toxic gases as defined by the toxic gas ordinance and CFC.
Revision Date: 3/31/2017
Revision Date: 7/5/2006