Plans Examination

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Fire Prevention Officers examine building plans, perform construction site inspections and provide occupancy approvals. They consult with builders, architects and other regulatory agencies to ensure buildings conform to the B.C. Fire and B.C. Building Codes.

The construction plan review is handled by Fire Inspectors in the Fire Prevention Division. Some of the fire safety systems covered in the plan review are:

  • Automatic Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Fire Alarm Systems
  • Special Fire Suppression Systems
  • Spray Booths
  • Standpipe and Hose Systems
  • Commercial Kitchen Suppression Systems

The fire and life safety systems within buildings can be extremely effective in detecting, containing and controlling/extinguishing a fire in its incipient or early stages.   They are extremely important in attempting to protect against the loss of life and limit the impact on the resident, business or community.

In addition, the Fire Inspector also reviews the following systems that impact life safety and firefighter operations:

  • Fire Apparatus Access Routes
  • Fire Safety Plans for both Construction & New Buildings
  • High-piled Storage or Storage of Hazardous Materials

Please also refer to the following directive for the requirements for standpipes in buildings (4 storeys or greater in height) that are under construction.

For inquires with regards to new construction and fire safety plan reviews please contact the Coquitlam Fire/Rescue - Fire Prevention Division.

New 2018 BC Fire Code

Effective December ​10, 201​8 the Province adopted the 2018 edition of the BC Fire Code. 

The BC Fire Code is a provincial regulation for ongoing use of existing buildings and facilities that establishes minimum standards for safety and fire protection.

Copies are available in print or on-line versions through the following link:
or Toll free 1-800-663-6105 or by fax at 250-387-1120 or A reference copy will be available at the Coquitlam Public Library

For further information please contact Fire Prevention at 604-927-6433.

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