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Business Licence Inspections

The following information will assist you to meet the Fire Department's requirements for your Port Coquitlam Business Licence.  Every business in our community is required to operate in accordance with City Bylaws, BC Fire Code Regulations and the Fire Services Act.
 
At the time of your business licence application you will be provided a date and time for your fire inspection.

Business Licence Inspection Requirements
All Port Coquitlam business are required to have an initial business licence inspection.  
The initial inspection ensures that your business meets life safety standards to protect your employees, customers, fire fighters and yourself from the harmful effects of fire.  Compliance also protects property and equipment investments.

Business Licence Inspections are regulated by City Bylaw No. 3562, Fire and Emergency Services Bylaw which states:


"Where an owner or occupant who has been notified of an inspection to be conducted under this bylaw or any other enactment relating to fire safety, fails to attend at the premises at the date and time specified in the notice to provide access for an inspection a fee will be charged for that inspection attempt and each additional inspection attempt required. Failure for the owner or occupant to pay the fee will result in those costs being added to the property taxes of the owner of the property."

Inspection Checklist
The following is a list of basic safety items that we will examine during the initial inspection. Your cooperation in dealing with these items prior to our first inspection appointment will lead to a faster departmental recommendation regarding the issuing of your Business License. 

General 

Exits

Housekeeping and Storage

Fire Protection Systems

Inspection Fee Cost Recovery
If an Officer notes violations of the BC Fire Code, Fire Services Act or Port Coquitlam Bylaw No. 3562 while conducting an inspection, the Officer will write an Order for Deficiencies requesting the violation(s) be corrected within a defined time period and will advise of a return date for a reinspection to ensure correction(s) is made.  If the owner or occupant  has not complied with the Order for Deficiencies upon the reinspection, the City will charge a fee of $75.00 for that reinspection and for each additional reinspection if required.  Failure of the owner or occupant to pay a fee will result in those costs being added to the property owner's property taxes.
 
Violation of Bylaw
Every person who violates any provision of the Fire and Emergency Services No. 3562, is guilty of an offense punishable on summary conviction and shall be liable to a fine of not more than $10,000.00 or to imprisonment for not more than six months, or to both.

For more information on Fire Inspections, contact:
Tel  604.927.5466
Fax  604.927.5406
Email  fire@portcoquitlam.ca

Location and Mailing Address
#1 Fire Hall, 1725 Broadway Street
Port Coquitlam BC  V3C 2M9

Business Hours
Administration Offices
8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)

Last Updated:11/4/2014 2:45:40 PM