Life Safety Services

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Life Safety Services' Role
To provide a full range of services encompassing community education and preparedness, emergency planning, life safety code enforcement, fire inspections, vegetation management, and plan check services of new and tenant improvement construction projects. Life Safety Services is focused on the prevention of the loss of life and property, and damage to the environment through education, enforcement and preparedness. We are committed to providing the highest level of service and expertise in partnership with our community.

Fire Investigation
Our fire investigators work in conjunction with the Newport Beach Police Department and assist in criminal investigations by determining the origin and cause of all fires. An additional focus is on identifying factors that can be used to lessen the number of fires in the future. Data from fire investigations can help enhance inspection procedures, public education programs, and fire suppression activities. 

Fire Safety Inspections
Over 6,500 commercial occupancies are included in the Division’s FireRMS inspection program; the majority of which are inspected by the Department’s firefighters. Highly technical inspections, such as schools, care facilities, hospitals, and similar institutions are inspected by Life Safety Services Specialists.

Hazardous Materials
The Hazardous Materials Disclosure/Business Emergency Plan (HMD/BEP) is administered by the Orange County Health Care Agency’s Environmental Health Division (OCHCA).  New businesses can complete their HMD/BEP electronically at http://cers.calepa.ca.gov or update existing submittals at www.esubmit.ocgov.com.  For questions or assistance, please contact OCHCA at (714) 433-6000 or ocelectronicreporting@ochca.com

Plan Review
Life Safety Services works with developers, architects, and engineers to ensure that all fire protection requirements are met for building improvements, new development, and structural modifications. Plans are reviewed to ensure the proposed systems meet the California Fire Code, Newport Beach Municipal and NFPA codes and standards. Review of plans ensures the safety of the occupants, Fire Department personnel, and guests of the City of Newport Beach. 

The following codes are enforced.

California Fire Code
City of Newport Beach adopted amendments to the California Fire Code
National Fire Protection Association codes and standards

Plan review availability and location:

Life Safety Services Plan Check Counter Hours Schedule
 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach, Bay 1D, 949- 644-3200

Special Fire Protection Areas
Life Safety Services provides inspection services to all of the residential properties within the city’s wildland interface areas. All Special Fire Protection Areas are inspected annually by one of the Life Safety Services Specialists to insure compliance. The City of Newport Beach Municipal Code contains several building code requirements that only apply to structures built adjacent to Special Fire Protection Areas.  


Forms

     Application for Temporary Permit to Operate                               Report a Fire Code Violation


Links 

     Fire Inspection Fraud Prevention

     Guidelines & Standards                Hazardous Materials                Safety Tips & Information                Wildland-Urban Interface

     Plan Check Status

 

~ Safety, Service, and Professionalism ~

  

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