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The City of Portland, Oregon

Fire & Rescue

Always Ready, Always There

Phone: 503-823-3700

Fax: 503-823-3710

55 SW Ash Street, Portland, OR 97204

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Types of Inspections Performed

Routine Building Inspections
The best way to fight fires is to prevent them before they start.  Routine building inspections are one of the most effective ways to do just that.  Fire Inspectors inspect commercial buildings and multi-family housing (three or more units) every two years.  The purpose of the inspections is two fold: 

  1. To identify and correct violations of the fire code, and
  2. To educate business and property owners about fire safety

Properties scheduled for inspections are notified by letter in advance, and are provided with a list of commonly found hazards.  Business owners are encouraged to review their safety practices or obtain advice on current fire codes before the inspector arrives.  Although an appointment is not necessary, if there is a specific time that works better for you, you can request an appointment by calling (503) 823-3700.

Harbor and Marine Inspections
Portland is blessed with two great rivers, the Columbia and the Willamette.  With these resources come special fire safety concerns.  The Harbor Master is responsible for inspecting vessels, marinas and waterfront structures including oil terminals, break bulk facilities, wharves, piers, waterfront warehouses, grain elevators, marinas, and hazardous material shipments.  Contact the Harbor Master at or call (503) 209-8109.

Request a Special Inspection
Property and business owners sometimes have safety concerns about their own operation or one that they have observed elsewhere.  Please give us a call at (503) 823-3700 and we’ll check it out.