Information concerning the various types of inspections performed by the Fire Marshal’s Office, including the pre-inspection checklist, can be found on our Construction Permits page.
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Williamson County utilizes the 2018 International Fire Code and it was adopted on November 10, 2020.
All commercial structures in the unincorporated areas of Williamson County.
Yes. We respond to requests for “walk-throughs” at businesses and requests for Home Safety Inspections. We also respond to complaints at locations with known or suspected fire hazards.
Submit a non-compliant fire system by emailing the Fire Marshal or by phone at 512-943-3601.
Submit a fire code violation by emailing the Fire Marshal or by phone at 512-943-3601.
Unincorporated Williamson County utilizes the Fire Code (adopted November 10, 2020), 2018 International Fire Code, Local Government Code 233, and Local Government Code 352.
Visit our Fire Marshal page for more information.
The sign must display the individual number/letter of the building and the range of unit numbers within the respective building. It must be easily visible from the vehicular driving areas on the project. There is no required sign size but the letters and/or numbers must be at least four inches high and in a contrasting color compared to the building. The signs should be of weather-resistive material and placed at either the ends or corners of the buildings, as long as they are visible from driving areas. A black background with white, light-reflective letters is easily seen in low-light conditions. If the buildings already have signage noting numbers/letters of the building with the unit numbers and meet the criteria above, they do not need to be replaced.
The General Contractor or Superintendent of the project must go online for the electronic form prescribed by the Williamson County Fire Marshal to request/schedule all inspections (Construction, Alarm, Sprinkler, UG, ETC.). Please visit the Wilco Permits website for more information.
All trades supervisors need to be present to allow for questions or concerns from the inspector. If there is a sprinkler and alarm final, the Responsible Managing Employee must be present at the final to conduct the correct state paperwork at the finalization of the project.
An RME-D licensee is permitted to plan, install, maintain, service, and certify all parts of a one- or two-family dwelling fire sprinkler system. (This licensee must pass the NICET Water-Based, formerly Automatic Sprinkler, Systems Layout Level II test, and the Sprinkler Statute and Rules TFM08 test.)
An RME-U licensee is permitted to install, maintain, service, and certify all underground water supply piping for any sprinkler system. Planning must be done by another type of qualified firm. (This licensee must pass the Sprinkler Underground TFM10 test and the Sprinkler Statute and RulesTFM08 test.)
An RME-I licensee is permitted to perform the inspection, test, and maintenance (ITM) service for a fire sprinkler system. (This licensee must pass the NICET Sprinkler Inspection and Test Level II test and the Sprinkler Statute and Rules TFM08 test.)
An RME-G is permitted to conduct the planning, sales, installation, maintenance, or servicing of any fire protection sprinkler system or any part of such a system.
The inspector will be looking at the fire line, the connections, thrust blocks, and valves. The surface under the fire line shall be compliant with NFPA 13 installation requirements. The fire line shall hold a pressure of 200 pounds per square inch (psi) for a minimum of two hours. After testing, the line shall be flushed via a drain the same diameter as the fire line. The flush will run until all debris is washed out of the fire line. A Texas State licensed RME-U or RME-G shall be present for the testing. At the end of the test, the RME shall furnish all state paperwork to the inspector.
The inspector will look at the fire sprinkler piping above the ceiling to ensure the correct piping and the correct size piping were used. The inspector will look at the fire sprinkler heads to ensure adequate coverage, and to ensure that the correct heads were installed. The inspector will ensure that the sprinkler system is supported by hangers and that they are at the correct distances. The inspector will ensure that nothing is secured to the fire sprinkler hangers and/or that nothing is resting on the sprinkler branch lines and/or sprinkler heads. The system shall hold pressure of 200 psi for a minimum of two hours. After testing, the above-ground system shall be flushed. This will wash out the line, as well as reduce the gauge to zero. A Texas State licensed RME-I or RME-G shall be present for the testing. At the end of the test, the RME shall furnish all state paperwork to the inspector.
The inspector will perform a final check on sprinkler head placement and sprinkler head type. The inspector will witness a test of the tamper switches. The tamper switches shall send a supervisor signal to the fire alarm control panel. The inspector will witness a test of the water flow. The water flow shall activate the fire alarm system water motor gong within 90 seconds of activation. The fire alarm monitoring center shall report receiving tamper supervisory signals and a water flow alarm signal. A Texas State licensed RME-G shall be present for the final inspection. At the end of the test, the RME-G shall tag the system and furnish all state paperwork to the inspector.
The inspector will ensure that the system is installed as planned. All notification and initiation devices will be confirmed by comparing the installation with the plans. The system will be tested under normal power, as well as on battery backup. If the system receives emergency power from a generator, the system shall be tested on normal power, battery power, and on generator power. A Texas State licensed fire alarm contractor shall be present on site for the testing. At the end of the test, the contractor shall tag the system and furnish all state paperwork to the inspector.
The inspector will verify that the hood system installed matches the approved plans. The ductwork for the hood system will be inspected. The duct shall be welded and wrapped. The duct shall not pass through a fire-rated wall. The system shall be tested by manual pull station and by a fusible link. System activation shall terminate electrical power and gas flow. System activation shall also terminate the fresh air supply. A Texas State licensed commercial hood system contractor shall be present for the final inspection and testing. At the end of the test, the contractor shall tag the system and furnish all state paperwork to the inspector.
If you are not ready for the final or initial fire inspection, you may request a site inspection. This type of inspection will give you an overview of items that may need to be corrected prior to the initial or final inspection. Please note: These are only scheduled if the inspector is not already scheduled for a primary inspection.
Currently, the inspections are scheduled by going online for the electronic form prescribed by the Williamson County Fire Marshal to request/schedule all inspections (Construction, Alarm, Sprinkler, UG, ETC.). Please visit the Wilco Permits website for more information,
If there is a scheduling conflict or issues with the schedule, you can speak with the Assistant Fire Marshal over Inspections at 512-943-3601.
A new owner of occupancy does require an inspection. There is a $100 Certificate of Compliance fee for a new owner inspection. During a new owner inspection, the inspector will verify that the occupancy is in compliance with all fire and life safety standards.
If the occupancy is only changing names, no new inspection is needed. However, if the name change involves a change in ownership and/or a change in occupancy type, an inspection will be required. In the event of only a name change, the Williamson County Fire Marshal's Office shall be notified for maintenance of records.
More information can be found on our Shell Buildings/Tenant Improvement page.
Yes. All plans are required to be submitted (even on existing facilities) and appropriate permits are required. You will need to go online for the electronic form prescribed by the Williamson County Fire Marshal to request/schedule plan reviews and all inspections (Construction, Alarm, Sprinkler, UG, ETC.). Please visit the Wilco Permits website to get started.
More information can be found on our Construction Permit page.
No. A Certificate of Compliance is required before opening to the general public.
Currently, we do not offer this, but please email the Fire Marshal or contact 512-943-3601 to speak to a Supervisor for other options.
Williamson County Fire Code, 2018 International Fire Code (as of November 10, 2020), and NFPA 72: National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
Please visit the Construction Permits page for fee schedules and additional information.
The Fire Alarm Permit and Plan Review Procedures must be followed to ensure a complete plan review. To ensure the fastest possible review and permitting, submit the entire project on the electronic form prescribed by the Williamson County Fire Marshal, signed by a Texas Fire Alarm Planning Superintendent (APS) registered with the submitting company, or a Professional Engineer registered in Texas whose major discipline is Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) and sealed for final review.
Submit plans online to the electronic form prescribed by the Williamson County Fire Marshal to request/schedule plan reviews and all inspections (Construction, Alarm, Sprinkler, UG, ETC.).
Visit the Wilco Permits website to get started.
Yes. All required fire alarm systems shall be monitored by an approved supervising station in accordance with NFPA 72.
For new construction, a fire sprinkler may be required with an occupant load of 100 to 300 or more. Please check the International Fire Code for further information.
The repair, restoration, reconstruction, improvement, or remodeling of a public building, a commercial establishment, or a multifamily residential dwelling consisting of four or more units for which the cost exceeds 50% of the building's value according to the certified tax appraisal roll for the county for the year preceding the year in which the work was begun; or, a change in occupancy classification involving a change in the purpose or level of activity in a building, including the renovation of a warehouse into a loft apartment. For purposes of determining if an improvement is a Substantial Improvement, the applicant for a permit must submit data reflecting the cost of the improvement, restoration, reconstruction, improvement, or remodeling. Costs shall include the value of all labor and materials. A permit is required prior to the start of any Substantial Improvement.
This question usually requires you to speak to a licensed fire alarm company and/or our office. If the existing fire alarm devices work with the new control panel, this is called "like for like" and a permit is not required. If the existing fire alarm devices do not work with the new control panel, a plan submittal of all new devices and permits are required.
No. Williamson County Fire Marshal’s Office requires smoke bombs for testing duct detectors and artificial smoke for smoke detectors.
Go to the Fire Marshal Opens Records Request page, complete and submit the form to the County Attorney’s office.
The Certificate of Compliance will be electronically emailed to the address of the applicant for the occupancy, or the email address confirmed with the contractor at the end of the project. If no email address is available, the Certificate of Compliance may be picked up in person at our office located at 3189 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown Texas, 78626.
A minimum of 24-hour notice is required when scheduling an inspection. You can schedule an inspection online for the electronic form prescribed by the Williamson County Fire Marshal to request/schedule inspections. Please visit the Wilco Permits website to get started. The inspection will be scheduled according to the availability of the inspector for the project. If the initial inspector is not available within five days of the request, another inspector could be assigned.
Fill out a request online. Visit the Fire Marshal Open Records Request page or visit our office.
It could take up to ten or more days depending on the ruling from the county attorney’s office.
Visit the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) website to view the curriculum and find out where classes are offered. To view a list of all open county positions, please visit the Careers page on the Williamson County Human Resources page.
While curiosity about fire is a common issue with almost all human beings (usually in the form of campfires, candles, fireplaces, etc.), the use of fire by children is a very dangerous behavior. A tragic situation can be created the first time a child misuses fire. Adults must instill in children the idea that matches, and lighters are tools, not toys. The Williamson County Youth Fire Setter and Intervention program is available at no cost to the citizens of Williamson County. Youth (between the ages of three and seventeen years of age) can participate in the program. The goal is to educate the child in fire safety and thereby cease the risky behavior. If you would like more information, please call 512-943-3679 or email the Fire Marshal.
A one-on-one class time can be arranged for the child and at least one parent or guardian/caretaker. A family fire risk assessment is conducted to assist in determining the motivation behind the fire setting and an intervention strategy. Education is appropriate for all kids involved in fire setting behavior and a lesson in fire safety and survival skills will be conducted. If it is determined further counseling is necessary, a referral may be recommended. The program may also be able to assist with additional resources if identified. All information is confidential.
Please contact our office at 512-943-3601.
Citizens should report all complaints regarding the illegal use of fireworks directly to the Williamson County Dispatch (non-emergency line) at 512-864-8282. There are limited patrol sheriffs and fire marshals on duty. If the citizen believes that, there may be a fire and/or medical emergency related to the use of fireworks, he/she should dial 911 and request the local Fire Department.
You can also contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 512-943-3679 if there are any questions or concerns during business hours, 8 am to 5 pm. After hours, please contact Williamson County Dispatch's Non-Emergency Number.
There can be a ban on aerial fireworks (skyrockets with sticks and missiles with fins.) to protect residents from potential fires that could result from people setting off these two types of aerial fireworks in dry weather or drought conditions. The county has the authority under state law to ban two types of fireworks under two conditions: If the Texas Forest Service's Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is above 500, which means the area is experiencing drought conditions; or the area has experienced a freeze, and grass and wooded areas are dead and could easily burn if ignited.
All residue and projectiles have the potential to reignite, after shooting them, soak fireworks in water for 30 minutes before putting them in the trash.
View the unincorporated map. If you reside within an incorporated area, contact the municipality for specific restrictions or laws.
There can be deed restrictions in place, it is the responsibility of the HOA to enforce and inform the residences of these restrictions. Please contact your local HOA with questions regarding restrictions and enforcement.
According to Texas law, fireworks are approved for use in unincorporated Williamson County except: within 600 feet of any church, hospital, asylum, licensed child-care center, or public or private school or college; within 100 feet of a place where flammable liquids or flammable compressed gasses are stored and dispensed; within 100 feet of a place where fireworks are stored or sold; in, at or from a motor vehicle; and inside any buildings.