Fire Prevention Bureau

You can use this online tool to search for the status of a fire permit.
If you have questions call the Fire Prevention Bureau at (515) 283-4240

The Fire Prevention Bureau (FPB) has adopted the following mission statement:

Through education, investigation, engineering, and enforcement the Des Moines Fire Department Fire Prevention Section is committed to protection the members of the Des Moines Fire Department and the citizens and guests of the City of Des Moines from the hazards of fire.

Areas of Focus

  • Investigation
  • Education
  • Enforcement
  • Engineering
  • Emergency Response
  • Economic Incentive

Fire Prevention Personnel

  • 1 Fire Marshal
  • 2 Fire Protection Engineers,
  • 2 Fire Investigators,
  • 6 Fire Prevention Inspectors
  • 1 administrative clerk

Fire Prevention Bureau Duties

  • Fire inspections in commercial buildings for city and state licenses
  • Certificate of occupancy permits
  • General fire safety inspections
  • Hazardous operations permits
  • Acceptance testing of fire protection systems
  • Inspections of installation and removal of underground and above ground storage tanks
  • Inspections related to complaints
  • Plan review for compliance with the international fire code (2018 edition),
  • Coordination of lock box installations
  • Issuance of false fire alarm citations
  • General fire safety presentations
  • Fire extinguisher training classes
  • Public education presentations
Fire Prevention Bureau
2715 Dean Avenue
Administration, Maintenance and Training Building
Des Moines, IA 50317
Monday – Friday,
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Excluding City holidays
Please contact us for inspections, requests for public education presentations, and general inquiries.

Phone: (515) 283-4240
FAX: (515) 283-4907