The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department Fire Prevention Division is responsible for the Certificate of Occupancy (CO) inspections for all commercial buildings, whether it's new construction or remodeling of existing construction.
Only commercial buildings, including apartment buildings and town homes, will be inspected. Single-family homes are not inspected.
New construction inspections performed:
- Final inspection required for CO
- Sprinkler system rough inspection
- Temporary CO inspection
- Sprinkler system pressure test
- Fire alarm inspection
- Sprinkler underground
- Preliminary inspection
- Sprinkler system final
- Fire suppression system
- Inspection fire pump start up
- Entrance features
- Water main extension/fire hydrant
Before Requesting an Inspection
- Present plans for project to the Miami-Dade Fire Engineering Bureau.
- Obtain plans review approval prior to construction.
- Receive Fire Department Application number (10 digits).
Scheduling of New Construction Inspections
When you request an inspection, have an MDC Permit, fire application, or municipal number ready. Inspections requested before 4 p.m. are performed the next business day and are subject to availability of personnel.
Scheduling of New Construction Meeting or Questions
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a new construction meeting, please call the Captain on duty. Meetings will be scheduled for a weekday, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
In order to apply for an inspection, the occupant or contractor must have a permit card and a set of plans that have been stamped and approved by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. The contractor or his/her designee must have the permits and plans on site at the time of all inspections.
A Fire Alarm System Agent (FASA) card must be posted and on site at the building entrance, advising of the date and time for fire alarm inspection and testing. Any outstanding fees must be brought current before requesting an inspection.
To check on filed permits and find permit information on pending projects, projects under construction, or completed projects, visit the Miami-Dade Regulatory and Economic Resources Department's Building Division.
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