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Office of theFire Marshal

The Office of the Fire Marshal protects lives and property by enforcing state and local fire codes for residential and commercial facilities and investigating complaints about suspected fire hazards.

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What We Do

Duties handled by the Office of the Fire Marshal include:

  • Preventive inspections of businesses, places of assembly, County buildings, educational and health institutions and other occupancies for compliance with the Baltimore County Fire Prevention Code and the Maryland State Fire Prevention Code
  • Investigation of fire and life safety code violations and complaints, including overcrowding at public facilities; order corrective action or levy civil penalties
  • Investigation of complaints regarding suspected fire hazards
  • Review of plans for subdivisions to ensure compliance with codes and regulations
  • Acceptance testing of fire protection systems
  • Inspection of fireworks kiosks and public displays
  • Maintenance of fire safety inspection records

Maryland Smoke Alarm Law

A Maryland smoke alarm law that took effect on January 1, 2018 changed residential smoke alarm requirements. The law is designed to reduce fire-related injuries and deaths. Learn more about what it means for your home.

Contact Us

Office of the Fire Marshal

Public Safety Building
700 East Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286


Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.




Fire Marshal

Bureau Chief Gretchen Yingling