Fire Prevention Bureau

Potter Electric Recalls Addressable Pull Stations Single/Dual Action Due to Failure to Alert to Fire - for units sold December 2020 through January 2021

Due to the Shelter in Place Order, walk-in services are not available.

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.


Schedule an Inspection

Scheduling inspections with Accela Citizen Access (ACA) or the PA Inspection Request Mobile App (PA iRequest) is now Available!

In accordance with the City of Palo Alto’s protocols to ensure compliance with Santa Clara County’s Public Health Order, applicants who wish to schedule inspections online with Accela Citizen Access (ACA) or the Palo Alto Inspection App (PA iRequest) must  complete the “Inspection Screening Form” and email the completed form to

City staff will review the form and reply back with further instructions on utilizing ACA  or the PA iRequest App for scheduling of inspections. Only one completed screening form is required for each permit and is valid for all inspections required for the scope of the permit.

VIEW: Accela Citizen Access (ACA)


Online Permit Pre-Applications

Pre-applications for fire permits can be filed online through Palo Alto's Accela Citizen Access portal. The online pre-application process allows prospective fire permit applicants to submit their pre-applications and upload digital building plans and documents. Staff then review the application materials to ensure all necessary documents have been provided. The applicant will be notified once the online submittal package is considered complete and ready for the fire permit application intake phase.

To begin a pre-application and learn more head to our Online Permit Services page.



PAFD ERRCS Standards

Guidance for the design and field acceptance testing to ensure radio coverage is adequate for first responders emergency operations. Also referred to as ERRS, DAS, and BDA.

Contact Us

Fire Marshall
James Henrikson
Phone: (650) 329-2184

Development Center
Phone: (650) 329-2496

Project Coordinator
Phone: (650) 617-3117 (Press 1 then 3)

General Planning
Phone: (650) 329-2496 (Press 2)