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Fire Inspections, Permits, and Fees


The Fire Department inspects all occupancies with the exception of one and two family dwellings for compliance with the North Carolina State Building Code: Fire Prevention Code within the town limits and ETJ (Extraterritorial jurisdiction).  The fire code establishes regulations affecting or relating to structures, processes, premises, and safeguards regarding:

  • The hazard of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling or use of structures, materials or devices.
  • Conditions hazardous to life, property or public welfare in the occupancy of structures or premises.
  • Fire hazards in the structure or on the premises from occupancy or operations.
  • Matters related to the construction, extension, repair, alteration or removal of fire suppression or alarm systems.

Inspections are performed at a minimum by the schedule established within the code:

  • Once every year: Hazardous, Institutional, Residential, Assembly Occupancies
  • Once every 2 years: Industrial and Educational Occupancies
  • Once every 3 years: Business, Storage, Mercantile Occupancies, and Churches

The fire inspectors also inspect new construction projects prior to a certificate of occupancy being issued. The fire department issues permits regarding the Fire Prevention Code.  In addition, fire inspectors will respond to any complaint regarding fire or life safety.  State mandated inspections for foster homes and group homes are also performed. To request a foster home inspection online, click here to email the on-duty Fire Marshal to schedule an appointment.



The Town of Knightdale charges a small fee to perform this mandated service based on the building size. Fire Final Inspections for certificate of occupancy are charged at $50.00 per hour with a one hour minimum. Re-inspections for fire final inspections are charged at the normal re-inspection rate.

Town of Knightdale Fire Inspection fees can be paid in person at Town Hall or mailed to the address below. You may also call 919-217-2212 to pay by credit card. Fire inspection fees will not be accepted in the field by Fire Marshals. 

Town of Knightdale
950 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC 27545

Knightdale Fire Department issues permits where required by the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code Section 105. Permit fees shall be paid prior to the issuance of the permit. Issued permits shall be kept on the premises designated therein at all times and shall readily be available for inspection by the fire official.

There are two types of permits operational and construction. An operational permit allows the applicant to conduct an operation or a business for which the permit is required by the code. A construction permit allows the applicant to install or modify systems and equipment for which a permit is required by the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code Section 105.

For a comprehensive list of permits and fees please refer to the Knightdale Fee Schedule


The Knightdale Fire Department spends a considerable amount of time and resources each year responding to false alarms.  This in turn detracts from our ability to respond to bona fide emergencies.  In order to allow the department to effectively respond to emergencies and to encourage business owners and property owners who use alarm systems to better construct and maintain their alarm systems, this ordinance was developed. This ordinance does not and is not intended to recover the cost associated with responding to false alarms but is intended to encourage responsible use of alarms in order to reduce the number of false activations.

For questions regarding the Knightdale Fire Department Alarm Ordinance, please contact us at (919) 217-2270 or E-Mail for More Information.

You may contact a Fire Marshal by dialing (919) 217-2292 or by E-Mail, On-Duty Fire Marshal.