Fire Marshal

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Enforcement of the Columbia County Fire Prevention Code, Georgia Safety Fire commissioner's Rules and Regulations and the Georgia Accessibility Code.

We provide fire plan review, permits, and inspections on new and existing facilities and issue Certificate of Occupancies.

Contact

Personnel
Office Phone
Brian Clark, Chief Fire Marshal 706-312-7259
Jerry Baldwin, Deputy Fire Marshal Supervisor 706-312-7273
Bud McElmurray, Deputy Fire Marshal 706-312-7142
Joshua Crockett, Deputy Fire Marshal / Plans Examiner 706-447-6713
Paul Vance, Deputy Fire Marshal 706-312-7204
Megan Thompson, Plan Review Specialist 706-312-7266

Fire Plan Review

  1. Site Plan is reviewed during submittal to Engineering Services Division, Plan Review.
  2. Building Life Safety is reviewed during submittal to Development Services Division, Building Standards.
  3. Fire Alarm is reviewed separate from the building plan. Submit completed Fire Alarm Plans Transmittal Letter.
  4. Fire Suppression is reviewed separate from the building plan. Please submit completed Fire Suppression Letter.

Fire Inspections

  1. New Construction: Fire Marshal 80% and 100% inspections are required. See Required Fire Inspections Commercial for inspection types.
  2. Scheduling New Construction: 706-447-7733 or email at inspections@columbiacountyga.gov between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm and have your permit number available, type of inspection needed and your contact information.
  3. Existing Building Life Safety Inspections are performed unannounced throughout the year. A report will be left with findings.
  4. Business Self Inspection Prepare your existing business for a fire inspection: Business Self Inspection

Certificate of Occupancy

  1. New Construction: Issued when all phases of work are complete and have passed inspections from all applicable departments.
  2. Existing: Remains valid unless changing occupancy, major fire or alteration to the building.

Fire Watch

  1. Required Fire Alarm/Sprinkler System or Exit out of service: Complete procedures noted in IFC 901, Complete Fire Watch Acknowledgement Form and Fire Watch Log. Submit forms as noted on attachments.

Fire Marshal Fees

Building Life Safety Plan Review Fees

Item
Fee
Architect/Engineer Design (0-5,000 square feet) $150.00
Architect/Engineer Design (5,001 square feet and larger) $0.03 per square foot
Plan NOT designed by Architect/Engineer $0.09 per square foot

Fire Suppression and Fire Alarm Fees

Item
Fee
Plan Review $100.00
Inspection $100.00
 Commercial Hood Suppression  $100.00
 Residential Type Suppression  $55.00

New Construction Fire and Life Safety Inspection Fees

Item
Fee
First Re-Inspection and each Subsequent Re-Inspection $30.00

Fire Marshal Certificate of Occupancy

Item
Fee
New or change of occupancy $100.00

All Other Fire and Life Safety Inspection Fees

Item
Fee
First Inspection $0.00
First Re-Inspection $0.00
Second Re-Inspection $100.00
Third Re-Inspection $125.00
Fourth and each subsequent Re-Inspection $150.00

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