Fire Safety Plans

Fire Safety and Pre-Incident Plans

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 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.

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 and of the Fire Code;
  • Areas where flammable liquids or combustible liquids are stored or handled, in conformance with Article of the Fire Code; and 
  • Areas where hazardous processes or operations occur, in conformance with Article of the Fire Code.

Pre-incident plans contain information about properties and buildings specifically for fire-fighters. They consist of site and floor plans with specific information to assist responding fire-fighters during emergencies. Plans are complimented by specific written vital property and building information.

Construction fire safety plans contain information for owners and employees as well as for responding fire fighters 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.

Requirements for Fire Safety Plans and Pre-Incident Plans

  1. Fire safety plans for new and existing buildings shall follow the Fire Safety Plan Guidelines.
  2. Any building requiring a fire safety plan will also require a pre-incident plan in accordance with the Pre-Incident Plan Guidelines.
  3. Fire safety plans for construction and demolition sites shall follow the Construction Fire Safety Plan Guidelines.
  4. A Vital Information Form shall be submitted along with each fire safety plan for new and existing buildings.
  5. Coquitlam Fire/Rescue standard symbols shall be used on fire safety and pre-incident plan drawings. Fire Prevention Symbols (JPEG) | Fire Prevention Symbols (TIFF) | Fire Prevention Symbols (DWG) | Fire Prevention Symbols (PDF)
  6. Please remit payment for fire safety plans on submission.  For details, please see our Fees & ​Charges page for details.
  7. All fire safety plans, pre-incident plans and vital information forms shall be submitted electronically.
  8. 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.
  9. Click for examples of site plan and fire safety / pre-incident plan drawings.​

Home Construction Site Safety

Construction Site Fire Safety Tips

Follow these safety precautions to help prevent fires or the spread of fire in new house construction sites.

  • Provide security watch, surveillance systems and night lighting;
  • Secure building openings against unauthorized entry;
  • Install perimeter fencing around the site;
  • Limit the amount of combustible material storage in the building and around the site; and
  • Ensure waste materials are removed from the site on a regular basis.

Please note, it is the owner or the owner’s authorized agent that is responsible for carrying out the full provisions of the BC Fire Code and the City’s Fire Prevention and Life Safety Bylaw.

Fire Prevention Division
1300 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 7S4