Fire Prevention - The Bureau of Fire and Life Safety


Message from the Fire Marshal: The Bureau of Fire and Life Safety manages the District's annual fire inspection program. In an effort to accomplish an inspection on all commercial occupancies within our District on an annual basis, the engine companies are assigned annual fire inspections that generally require a limited amount of technical fire code application and interpretation. Fire and Life Safety staff complete inspections that require high-level technical applications of fire code, or that require a greater amount of time to complete, as well as follow-up on the inspections conducted by the engine companies.

The MPFPD is currently operating under the 2016 California Fire Code (CFC) and local ordinance by ratification for the Town of Atherton, City of East Palo Alto, City of Menlo Park and areas of unincorporated southern San Mateo County.

Digital Plan Submittal

In order to continue to provide plan review services we will be accepting digital submittals up to 250MB. All required documents must be submitted in order for your application to be accepted (completed application, credit card authorization form, plan set, etc.).

Once documents are received, staff will process the application and payment and push your application into review. When the review is complete the approved plans, conditionally approved letter, and permit will be emailed to the applicant on file. Plans will need to be printed and remain at the job site for inspections.

Plan Check Application 2020.pdf

Credit Card Authorization Form.pdf

Fire Marshal Jon Johnston

Fire Prevention Hours:
Monday – Thursday
8:00 am – 3:00 pm (temp hours)
Call 650-688-8400 or 650-688-8425 to schedule appointments
Until further notice

170 Middlefield Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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