Authority: Texas Local Government Code 233.061
Under authority of State Law, Montgomery County has adopted the 2012 International Fire Code as the Montgomery County Fire Code.
Permitting: One Stop Permit Shop
Montgomery County has adopted a “One Stop Permit Shop” where applicants can apply for all permits issued by the County. For more information on the permits office, please see their office website.
Fire Code Application Process:
Once the applicant applies for a permit, MCFMO staff will pickup the application from the permits office. Under State Law, specifically Local Government Code 233, Montgomery County must review your plans and either approve them or reject them within 30 days. Typically a plans reviewer will review the plans within seven to ten days. The architect or applicant will receive the plans review comments letter via email after the review is complete. The plans review comments letter will detail items specifically with the plans and items frequently incorrect in construction. Once you have reviewed the information sent to you and agree, please reply as soon as possible indicating your acceptance of the stated conditions. Once you have done so, your permit will be approved based on this correspondence including the agreed “conditions of permit” outlined in our review and approved by you.
Final Inspection Prior to Occupancy:
Under LGC 233, a final inspection and “Certificate of Compliance” with the County Fire Code is required before the building may be occupied. Please use our Request for Final Inspection form to request a final inspection. Once the request is submitted, we will contact you within 5 days and schedule the final inspection. Once the final inspection is done and the building is approved, it may be legally occupied, and a “Certificate of Compliance” will be issued for the building.
Express Fire Code Review:
Express Fire Code Reviews are available for certain construction projects in existing permitted buildings and changes in occupancy use that do not require a formal plans review. An Express Fire Code Review can simplify and shorten the review process on less complex projects, allowing for faster turnaround from application to approval for construction and occupancy. This review is available, Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm (County Holidays excluded). We recommend that you call and schedule an appointment prior to arrival to ensure availability.
View our informational handout for specific details. Express Fire Code Review
Checklists required prior to final inspection:
MCFMO requires checklists and state required paperwork from fire protection companies prior to final inspections. Please see our "Fire Codes Forms" page for that information.
Request for Final Inspection:
A request for final inspection must be submitted to our office, before the final can be completed. This form must be submitted by your architect or engineer.
Obtaining your COC:
In order to obtain your Certificate of Compliance, please ensure all of the following are completed and submitted to our office.
A Final Inspection must be completed, with no violations.
- AS BUILT site plans must be turned into the Fire Marshal’s Office, and
- Emergency Response Information form must be turned in.