Business & Commercial Inspections



One of the primary roles of the Mission Fire Rescue Service is to prevent fires from occurring. The Department does this through public education and inspection of businesses. The Mission Fire Rescue Service conducts over 900 inspections each year.

The following list contains the most common items that our Fire Inspectors check for when they conduct routine fire inspections. Each business or commercial building is different, and additional requirements may apply in order to meet the BC Fire Code:

  • Address posted
  • Access to exits
  • Exit lights functioning
  • Emergency lights functioning
  • Electrical panel accessible and labeled
  • Extension cords
  • Fire extinguishers annually serviced
  • Fire and smoke doors
  • Sprinkler system annually serviced
  • Standpipe and hose system annually serviced
  • Hydrants annually serviced
  • Fire alarm system annually serviced
  • Smoke detectors
  • Fire Department connection
  • Garbage containers
  • Flammable liquid storage
  • Compressed gas cylinders
  • Fire separation
  • Hood Suppression system annually serviced
  • Occupancy load
  • Use and occupancy
  • Type “K” extinguishers
  • General housekeeping
  • Fire Safety Plan
  • Business License

Mission Fire Rescue Service inspects public buildings, which includes multi-unit residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. The City guideline for inspection frequency is outlined in a Council policy: e.g. industrial properties are inspected every 12 months, restaurants every 12 months, apartment buildings every 12 months, and retail stores and offices every 24 months. Vacant buildings are not inspected until occupied.

Our Career Firefighters lead the pre-incident planning of high hazard occupancies such as hospitals, hotels, and apartments, which gives the Firefighters intimate knowledge of the buildings, and can provide the Fire Inspectors with any safety concerns they may come across while pre-incident planning.

For questions regarding fire inspections, please email Lieutenant Dylan Murray or call him at 604-820-5393.