Fire Prevention

Fire prevention activities dominate the workload and services of the Fire Prevention / Administration Division.

Plan Reviews

The division provides plan review services to ensure compliance with state and local fire and life safety regulations. Plan reviews include the approval of:

  • Conditional use permits
  • Development reviews
  • Fire protection systems
  • Grading plans
  • Landscape plans
  • New building construction
  • Parcel boundary adjustments
  • Pre-application development
  • Street and water improvements
  • Temporary use permits
  • Tenant improvements
  • Tentative tract maps


The division is also responsible for the delivery of fire and life safety inspections to existing businesses as well as multifamily, educational, institutional, and permitted facilities.

Other Activities

Other division activities include the evaluation and adoption of fire and life safety codes, the management of the Fire Company Inspection Program, public education outreach, fire cause and origin investigations, and collaboration on the defensible space programs.


"Our fire prevention mission is to protect our citizens, customers, business owners, and visitors of Poway from fire and environmental emergencies through recognizing and applying current fire and life safety standards and practices. We will accomplish our mission in partnership with our community through open and honest communications and by treating all of our customers and coworkers professionally, fairly, respectfully, and with integrity."