Everett firetruck (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Everett firetruck (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Everett Fire Department to charge for safety inspections

The fee, which will begin April 1, is intended to offset the cost of conducting building checks.

EVERETT — Starting Monday, the Everett Fire Department will begin charging for annual building inspections and alarm system testing.

The fee is meant to offset the cost of conducting inspections, which are outside the department’s normal operations, Fire Marshal Kurtis Brown said.

Fire and safety inspections are required for all buildings deemed commercial, multi-family or vacant.

The inspections are intended to prevent potential loss by identifying safety risks and develop plans to reduce hazards, Brown said in a news release.

Crews check access to the building, fire hydrants and exits. They also test fire alarm and sprinkler systems and make sure extinguishers are ready for use.

The fees will be calculated by square footage. A boutique downtown may cost from $20 to $40, Brown said.

An additional cost will be charged to check any operational permits, such as those required for welding in auto repair shops.

Similar fees are charged by most area fire departments, including Lake Stevens, Brown said.

If inspections detect any problems, the department will provide one complimentary re-inspection. After that, an additional fee will be charged.

The fire marshal’s office will provide information and meet with businesses, associations and other organizations interested in learning about the new fee.

To contact the office, call 425-257-8120 or email fmo@everettwa.gov.

Julia-Grace Sanders: 425-339-3439; jgsanders@heraldnet.com.

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