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Posted on: October 7, 2020

City fire code amendments proposed; seeking public comment


A proposed update to the city’s fire code of ordinances was presented to City Council at last night’s Work Session. Now, the city is seeking public comment on the amendments and will host two public meetings related to the proposed update.

By adopting this ordinance, the city will be able to provide improved direction to residents and business owners regarding the 2018 International Fire Code (IFC) requirements and regulations that are currently embedded within our city code. Adopting this ordinance will also better align the city's enforcement operations with best practices and regional standards.

The city has collaborated with its regional partners to mitigate multiple safety concerns in the current 2018 IFC. The proposed ordinance addresses those concerns by clarifying specific requirements related to energy storage, fire access, and fire alarm systems. 

The city will host two virtual public meetings to share information and answer questions about the fire code update on October 13 at 10 a.m. and October 20 at 1p.m. For details on how to join the meeting, please visit

Additionally, public comment will be accepted via the city website for 60 days, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 7 and ending Sunday, Dec. 6.

To view and provide comment on the draft ordinance and for public meeting details, please visit

A presentation and vote to adopt the fire code update is tentatively scheduled for January 2021. If adopted, the ordinance will be effective 30 days after the vote.

For questions related to the fire code update, please contact City of Surprise Fire Marshal Keith Tanner at or 623.222.5125.

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