Plans Examination

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

Additionally, for developers considering the construction of 5 and 6 storey wood framed buildings, please refer to our recommended fire safety guidelines beyond those required by the BC Building and Fire Codes.

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 604-927-6400

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