The Fire Prevention Division is under the direction of the District Fire Marshal. The Fire Prevention Division conducts plan reviews of all residential, commercial, & industrial construction projects within the District. The Fire Prevention Division also conducts field inspections to ensure compliance with appropriate codes and ordinances in addition to taking appropriate action to correct unsafe conditions. The Fire Prevention Division, in coordination with the Operations Division, also provides educational fire safety programs to schools, businesses, and many other Civic and Community groups.
Fire Safety Programs
If you have an interest in any of our fire safety programs or should you have any concerns or questions about fire safety, please feel free to contact our Fire Prevention office at 502-937-2125.
Recreational Burn Permit
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Louisville Metro’s Smoke-Free Ordinance (No. 083, Series 2017)
Louisville Metro’s Smoke-Free Ordinance (No. 083, Series 2017) prohibits smoking in indoor public places and worksites. The 2008 Ordinance was enacted before electronic cigarettes came on the market and did not explicitly include hookah products.
On May 11, 2017 the Louisville Metro Council voted to amend the Ordinance. The legislation was signed by Mayor Greg Fischer on May 22, 2017, and becomes effective on August 21, 2017. In addition to the prohibition of electronic smoking devices and hookah inside public indoor places and worksites, the amended Ordnance also protects minors from entering hookah and vape shops, provides greater protections to people living in nursing homes and staying in other facilities, and defines the distance requirement for smoking outside of building entrances. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke are leading preventable causes of chronic illnesses and premature death. Louisville Metro’s Smoke-Free Ordinance helps protect the health of residents and visitors by reducing exposure to secondhand smoke inside public places and places of employment.
Fire Prevention Staff
Major Allen Richard – Chief of Fire Prevention Bureau
Donald Stinson – Fire Inspector
Troy Kerr – Fire Inspector (part-time)