Understanding the Stanislaus County Fire Prevention Plan Review Process

Plans for many new development projects must be approved by the Fire Marshal during the review process. The processes in each fire district are different. It can be confusing to determine the right person to talk to about a project and to find the right place to submit plans. This document is intended to assist applicants in finding the right fire official to talk to about their project and where to submit plans.

Who to Contact for questions regarding Fire Prevention in specific districts and where to submit plans such as: automatic fire sprinklers, fire alarms, commercial kitchen hood fire protections systems, private water lines, water tanks, fuel tanks, and special fire suppression systems.

  • Stanislaus County Fire Prevention Fire Code questions contact 209-552-3700.

    As of January 2015; In the interest of being green we will accept electronic plan submittals along with calculations, cut sheets and water flow test, if applicable and a completed plan submittal form. Please send these digital copies to: moc.ytnuocnats@noitneverperif.

We will still accept paper submittals. You will need to provide 3 copies of plans, calculations, cut sheets (material data sheets), water flow test and a completed application form, this form can be found at stanoes.com under Forms.

Please drop off or mail: Stanislaus County Fire Prevention Bureau located at 1010 10th Street Suite 3538, Modesto CA 95354.

Send a check for $110.00 for the non-refundable plan check review fee (deposit) to the above address or you can drop it off in person. We accept cash, personal and company checks only, written out to Stanislaus County Fire Prevention. Please note that once the plan review has been finalized we will send you the final invoice for plan check fee ($110 per hour minus initial deposit) and inspection fee.

The initial review process usually requires two weeks to complete. You will be contacted directly if we have questions or corrections, and when the plans have been approved.

Once the plans are approved, we will e-mail you a copy of the approved letter and final invoice. If you have submitted electronically, bubble, cloud or redline the reviewed and approved plan/s with the plan review comments before you bring the plans for stamping. E-mail us a copy of the approved plan/s with the comments for our files.

Digital submissions:

The contractor or designer will need to provide 2 sets of hard copies of the approved plan/s and calculations to be stamped. 1 set of stamped approved plan/s & calculations will be kept on-site. These approved stamped copy/copies of the plan/s shall be provided to our Inspectors once they are on-site for the inspection. We will keep a digital copy of the approved plans for our files.

Hard copy submissions:

The contractor or designer will need to provide 3 sets of hard copies of the approved plan/s and calculations to be stamped. 1 set of stamped approved plan/s & calculations will be kept on-site, we will keep 1 set for our files. These approved stamped copy/copies of the plan/s shall be provided to our Inspectors once they are on-site for the inspection.

Stanislaus County Fire Prevention Bureau accepts plan submittals for the following areas:

  • Burbank Paradise Fire District
  • Ceres Fire Protection District
    (District only, not within the City limits)
  • Denair Fire District
  • Hughson Fire District
  • Hughson City Limits
    Commercial Projects only
  • Industrial Fire District
    District area under suppression contract with City of Ceres
    District area under suppression contract with City of Modesto
  • Keyes Fire District
  • Mountain View Fire District
  • Newman City
    Projects by Fire Department request
  • Salida Fire District
    Del Rio
  • Turlock Rural Fire District
  • West Stanislaus Fire District
    Crows Landing
    Diablo Grande
    Grayson
    Newman (non-incorporated areas)
    Westley
  • Westport Fire District
  • Woodland Avenue Fire District
  • All areas of the County not served by a fire district
    Division One North
  • The following cities each operate their own fire prevention. Directly contact the cities fire prevention department for suppression plan submittals and fire code questions.
  • Ceres (209) 538-5701
  • **Hughson (Residential only) (209) 883-2863
  • Patterson (209) 895-8130
  • Turlock (209) 209-668-5580

**City of Hughson – Residential plan suppression submittals only

** Hughson commercial suppression plan submittals, submit to Stanislaus County Fire Prevention Bureau

Stanislaus Consolidated Fire district located at 3324 Topeka St, Riverbank should be contacted at (209) 869-7470 for assistance with all fire code questions and plan submittals for the following areas:

  • City of Riverbank
  • Empire
  • Hickman
  • Knights Ferry
  • La Grange
  • Oakdale City
  • Oakdale Rural
  • Valley Home
  • Waterford

When does the Fire Prevention Bureau review my plans? Projects will be reviewed when the plans and application for a building permit are submitted. Plans for private water lines, water tanks, fuel tanks, automatic fire sprinklers, fire alarms, commercial kitchen hood fire protections systems and special fire suppression systems require separate plan submittals directly to the Fire Prevention Bureau. It usually requires two weeks to complete the initial review. You will be contacted directly if Fire Prevention Bureau has questions or corrections, and when the plans have been approved.

Who actually reviews the plans? Development projects are reviewed by a full time fire prevention professional that works for the Stanislaus County Fire Prevention Bureau.

Who should I contact if I have questions about fire code requirements? Contact the Stanislaus County Fire Prevention Bureau at 209-552-3700.

Who is the final authority on fire code issues? The Fire Chief of each city or fire district is the final authority for all fire code issues within their jurisdiction. For a list of Fire Chief for each city please go to http://www.stanoes.com/contacts.shtm.

Are fees charged for plan reviews and inspections? Yes. There are two types of fire fees that may apply to development projects. The first is the facilities and equipment and to assure that new developments pays its fair share of capital costs. Fees vary and are determined by each fire district. Fees are based on the size and the use of the building being constructed.

The second fee is for the Fire Prevention Bureau services. Fees are charged for plan reviews and site inspections of all projects. Depending on the fire district, fees for plan reviews and inspections may be paid at the time the building permit is applied for or they may be paid when the permit is issued. Sometimes, an initial fee is paid at application and then a concluding fee is paid after plan check is completed if additional charges are required.

When do I need a fire inspection? If the fire prevention department reviewed the plans during the building permit process they must conduct one or more inspections and sign off on the building permit before a final inspection can be completed by the Building Department. The contractor normally calls the Stanislaus County Fire Prevention Bureau at 209-552-3700 to request a fire inspection. Call at least 2 business days (48 hours) in advance of the desired inspection date. The inspection will be conducted as soon as it can be worked into the schedule.

Additional information: Building Permits for Building Plans.

For new construction or remodels in the areas of Stanislaus County: Applications for building permits and plans submitted for building permits are submitted to Stanislaus County Developments Services located at 1010 10th Street, 3rd Floor, in Modesto.

For new construction or remodels within the 9 cities listed below. Applications for building permits and plans submitted for building permits are submitted to their respective City Halls.

  • Ceres
  • Hughson
  • Modesto
  • Newman
  • Oakdale
  • Patterson
  • Riverbank
  • Turlock
  • Waterford