Our deputy fire marshals and fire inspectors work throughout the community to protect life and property by preventing emergencies before they happen. An important component of prevention is code compliance through the application of established building and life safety codes and standards.
The Fire Prevention Division performs maintenance inspections throughout the community based on occupancy risk, date of previous inspection, and complaints received. To prepare for your fire inspection, visit our fire inspection tips page.
Requests for inspection history or open deficiencies are processed through a public records request. For electronic submittals please call the Fire Prevention Division at (503) 618-6166.
The Compliance Engine
The Compliance Engine (TCE) was selected in 2016 to manage the reporting process for the inspection, testing and maintenance (IT&M) of fire protection systems. Fire protection contractors submit IT&M reports to Hillsboro Fire and Rescue using TCE’s online system where they are reviewed by Fire Prevention Division staff. Properties may be notified by mail or email of fire protection systems due for testing or systems with deficiencies in need of repair.
As we work to improve this process, please contact the Fire Prevention Division at 503-615-6746 with any questions or comments.
Systems Out of Service
Fire watch instructions and log sheet for fire protection systems out of service. OFC 901.7
A Public Safety Permit consists of several Oregon Fire Code operational permits that provide guidelines for activities that occur during public events on private and/or public properties. The permit provides guidance for enclosed structures (including stadiums) and open air areas (unimproved areas) regarding fire and life safety, such as: emergency vehicle ingress and egress, fire protection, emergency medical services, public assembly areas and the directing of both attendees and vehicles (including the parking of vehicles), vendor and food concession distribution, and the need for the presence of law enforcement, and fire and emergency medical services personnel at the event.
A Public Safety Permit is required when any of the following conditions are proposed:
- When the occupant capacity exceeds the normal structure design occupancy limit; or
- When the occupant capacity for open air areas (unimproved areas) exceeds 1000 persons; or (OFC 403.1 and 403.3, trigger point for crowd managers)
- When activities restrict the normal emergency vehicle access and/or structural egress (exiting) system; or
- The use of temporary food/cooking concessions, open flames, and internal combustion generators; or
- The use temporary tents and membranes structures larger than 700 square feet, including temporary structures and stages.
Please complete and submit the Public Safety Permit Application at least 30 days in advance of your event.
Our Food Concessions and Vendor Fire Safety Checklist describes typical requirements for mobile vendors.
The City of Hillsboro is committed to providing safe shelter for all community members through our various permits. We have developed a quick guide on the permits needed prior to hosting families in your facility.