Fire safety plans contain information for building occupants, owners and responding fire fighters for the safe evacuation and operation of a building. Plans are required to be developed in accordance with Section 2.8 of the British Columbia Fire Codes (BC Fire Code). A well-developed fire safety plan that is closely followed by building owners and occupants can significantly increase fire safety within a structure.
Fire Safety Plans
Section 2.8 of the BC Fire Code requires fire safety plans for the following:
Every building containing an assembly, care, treatment or detention occupancy
Every building required by the British Columbia Building Code to have a fire alarm system
Demolition and construction sites regulated under Section 5.6 of the Fire Code
Storage areas required to have a fire safety plan in conformance with Articles 18.104.22.168. and 22.214.171.124 of the Fire Code
Areas where flammable liquids or combustible liquids are stored or handled, in conformance with Article 126.96.36.199 of the Fire Code
Areas where hazardous processes or operations occur, in conformance with Article 188.8.131.52 of the Fire Code
Pre-incident plans contain information about properties and buildings specifically for firefighters. They consist of site and floor plans with specific information to assist responding firefighters during emergencies. Plans are complimented by specific written vital property and building information.
Construction Fire Safety Plans
Construction fire safety plans contain information for owners and employees as well as for responding firefighters for fire safety during the construction or demolition of buildings. Plans are required to be developed in accordance with Section 5.6 of the BC Fire Code.
Please remit payment for fire safety plans on submission. For details, please see our Fees and Charges page.
All fire safety plans, pre-incident plans and vital information forms shall be submitted electronically.
Revised fire safety and pre-incident plans shall be submitted by the owner if a building has been renovated or has had a change in occupancy, or it has been 10 years since the previous submission, whichever occurs first.