The Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for the protection of life and property through code enforcement, plans review, fire inspections, and fire cause determination.
An Important Message From the Fire Marshal’s Office
Effective January 7, 2018, the City of Austin has adopted the 2015 edition of the International Fire Code with local amendments. The Austin Fire Department is in the process of revising and updating the Fire Protection Criteria Manual through the City’s rule making process. When the revision is completed, a link to the updated Fire Criteria Manual will be provided. In the interim, the 2012 Fire Protection Criteria Manual can still be used for guidance in the application of the 2015 International Fire Code and amendments. Copies of either the 2015 International Fire Code adopting ordinance and amendment or the Fire Criteria manual can be obtained from the office of the City Clerk (first floor of City Hall) or from the Fire Marshal’s Office (second floor of One Texas Center).
The Insurance Service Office (ISO) assigns two ratings to the City of Austin based upon there examination of our personnel and resources. Austin Fire Department is assigned a Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating of 1, with 1 being the most desirable and 10 being the least desirable. The City of Austin is also evaluated for its effectiveness in enforcing the Building Code, which AFD is also involved in. The City has a Building Code Effectiveness Grade Scale (BCEGS) of 4, with 1 being the most desirable and 99 being the least desirable.
These ratings are specific to property owners within the City of Austin and do not include other fire departments within Travis County. Travis County property owners will need to contact their respective fire department for its specific ISO rating. The Building Code Effectiveness Grade Scale for Travis County is 99.