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Fire and Life Safety

Each year, the Fire Marshal and his deputies inspect each business located in the City of Norfolk for potential fire and life safety hazards. The goal of these inspections is for all businesses, operations, and events in Norfolk to be safe, successful, and free of hazards and to ensure compliance with the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and the Virginia Statewide Building Code. The scope of these inspections is to identify fire hazards (i.e. blocked exits, overcrowding, use of extension cords, combustible storage). If violations are found, our inspectors will inform the violator in writing and a re-inspection will be required after a limited amount of time to ensure compliance with the code requirements.