Top 10 Violations

The following items are the typical violations located by fire inspectors during routine fire inspections of buildings. In bold is a summary of the code violation and below are the actions on how to correct the violation.

Maintain Access & Clearance to Fire-Safety Equipment

  • Maintain 30 inches of clearance around all electrical panels, furnace units and water heaters.
  • Maintain 36 inches of clearance around sprinkler risers.

Change of Occupancy / New Business

  • A fire inspection must be performed when there is a change of occupancy.
  • Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office to schedule a fire inspection prior to opening a new business.

Exit & Emergency Lighting

  • Emergency lighting must come on if the power goes out, and be able to last 90 minutes.
  • Exit lights must be illuminated and visible from all directions.
  • Perform annual testing of all Emergency and Exit lighting, and maintain paper work for inspectors to review.
  • Test lights monthly to ensure they are in working order. Replace batteries and bulbs as needed.

Electrical Items, Extension Cords-Use Surge Protectors as a Replacement

  • Extension cords may not be used as a substitute for permanent wiring.
  • Extension cords should not be secured to a floor or placed under rugs.
  • General Electrical- No Electrical wiring in a junction box can be exposed
  • Surge Protectors cannot be chained together.

Fire Extinguishers

  • Fire extinguishers must be place in locations where they are visible and available for immediate use.
  • Fire extinguishers must be serviced annually.
  • Fire extinguishers weighing less than 40 pounds must be mounted no higher than 60 inches (5 feet) above the floor.
  • Fire extinguishers weighing more than 40 pounds must be mounted no higher than 42 inches (3 ½ feet) above the floor.
  • Maintain 36 inches of clearance around all fire extinguishers.
  • Check the yellow pages or Internet for listings of companies certified to perform fire extinguisher services.

Fire Safety Equipment

  • Fire alarm systems must be tested annually.
  • Fire sprinkler systems must be tested annually.
  • Fire suppression hoods must be tested every 6 months.

General fire hazards

  • It is not permissible to have unapproved portable electric space heaters.
  • Maintain 24 inches clearance from all ceilings, (18 inches if sprinklered).
  • Multi-plug adapters are not allowed.
  • Overloaded electrical sockets.
  • Use only UL listed surge protectors.

Locked & Blocked Exits

  • Exits must remain unlocked and unblocked at all times.


Permits are required for various operations and equipment use, examples of required permits include, but are not limited to:
  • Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Licensing Inspections
  • Amusement Buildings
  • Automatic Fire Extinguishing System
  • Blasting
  • Carnival & Fairs
  • Combustible Dust Producing Operation
  • Combustible Fibers
  • Compressed Gases
  • Covered Mall Buildings
  • Cryogenic Fluids
  • Cutting & Welding
  • Exhibits & Trade Shows
  • Explosives
  • Fire Alarm & Detection Systems/Related Equipment
  • Fire Pumps & Related Equipment
  • Fireworks Display
  • Flammable/Combustible Liquids
  • Fumigation & Thermal Insecticidal Fogging Hazardous Materials
  • Industrial Ovens
  • Liquid/Gas Fueled Vehicles or Equipment in Assemblies
  • Lumber Yards/Woodworking Plants
  • Open Burning
  • Open Flames & Candles
  • Private Fire Hydrants
  • Pyrotechnic Special Effects
  • Spraying & Dipping
  • Sprinkler Systems & Related Equipment
  • Standpipes
  • Tank Installation or removal
  • Tents/Canopies
Contact the Mooresville Fire Marshal’s Office for information about applying for and obtaining permits. Failure to get a permit when required constitutes a fine of $250.

Physical Address

  • Addresses must be posted in numbers at least four inches tall and placed in a location that is visible from the street facing the front of the building.