In accordance with the Poway Municipal Code, the City of Poway Fire Department requires and issues permits for a variety of business activities, construction work, operations, practices or functions. Each permit requires a payment of the appropriate fee. Please be aware that any work requiring a permit may not be started until the plans have been approved and the permit is obtained.
Use City of Poway Online Services to complete and submit permit applications, plans, apply for business certificates, regulatory licenses and more. Effective June 1, 2022, only electronic submittals will be accepted.
A permit constitutes permission to maintain, store, use, or handle materials; conduct processes which produce conditions hazardous to life or property; or install equipment used in connection with such activities. The authority to require and issue permits is found in Article 1 of the California Fire Code.
Some permits constitute authority for a continuing process, such as to operate a place of public assembly or the use, handling, and storage of flammable liquids. These activities require the renewal of the permit on an annual basis. Other permits are for 1-time operations such as the alteration or addition to a fire suppression or fire sprinkler system, the use of a temporary membrane structure (tents and canopies), or the installation of liquefied petroleum gas tanks.
When the scope of work on a building involves the construction of that building, such as the addition or moving of walls, the installation of rack storage in a warehouse, or the addition of a ventilation system, the permit process begins with the City of Poway’s Development Services Department - Building Division.