Our mission is to safeguard the lives and property of residents in Williamson County through effective fire prevention, fire investigation, education, and emergency response while fostering the responsibilities of economic growth and development.
Our vision is to be a community leader in fire prevention and emergency response to make our County one of the safest places to live, work, and explore.
We value the faith and trust of the community and each of our members will support the mission by adhering to the following core values:
- Accountable: We are accountable to our community for our individual and collective team actions
- Trustworthy: We acknowledge that truth and trust are the foundations of relationship building and delivery of services.
- Professional: The Williamson County Fire Marshal's Office will provide its members with the means, skills, and education to provide outstanding professional services.
The County Fire Marshal is the chief fire prevention officer in the unincorporated areas of the county. The statute for the County Fire Marshal's authority is found in Vernon's Texas Codes Annotated, Local Government Code, County Public Safety Title 11, Fire Protection, Subchapter B, County Fire Marshal. Chapters 352.011 through 352.023 creates and outline the authority and duties.
The County Fire Marshal does not have jurisdiction within an incorporated city. That local government retains that jurisdiction. However, the exception to this rule is when the city government or the State Fire Marshal requests assistance. VTCA Local Government Code Title 11 Chapter 352.019(d).
Listed are the additional jurisdictions that the Williamson County Fire Marshal's office that provides fire code review and enforcement:
Williamson County Fire Code
The Williamson County Commissioners Court adopted the 2018 IFC effective November 17, 2020. This code applies to unincorporated Williamson County only. The purpose of this code is to provide minimum requirements, with due regard to function, for the design and construction or substantial improvement of public buildings, commercial establishments, and multi-family residential dwellings consisting of four or more units, to reduce the risk to life and property from fire. The Williamson County Fire Marshal's office is tasked with the administration of the adopted IFC and works closely with the Williamson County Engineering Department on commercial construction projects in the unincorporated portions of Williamson County.
Our process includes:
- A comprehensive non-structural architectural plan review
- A detailed review of fire protection plans
- Permitting the development as well as fire protection systems
- A diligent and detailed inspection program, performed by the Williamson County Fire Marshal's office
- Which version of the Fire Code is Williamson County under currently and when was it adopted?
Williamson County utilizes the 2018 International Fire Code and it was adopted on November 10, 2020.
- What types of structures are governed by the Williamson County Fire Code?
All commercial structures in the unincorporated areas of Williamson County.
- How do I schedule an inspection?
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.