International Fire Code

The City of Portland has adopted the 2018 IFC Code and appendices B, C, and D.

The purpose of this code is to establish the minimum requirements consistent with nationally recognized good practice for providing a reasonable level of life safety and property protection from the hazards of fire, explosion or dangerous conditions in new and existing buildings, structures and premises, and to provide a reasonable level of safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations. [A] 101.3

National Fire Protection Association

NFPA stands for National Fire Protection Association. NFPA publishes more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks. NFPA codes and standards, administered by more than 250 Technical Committees comprising approximately 8,000 volunteers, are adopted and used throughout the world.

Commercial and Industrial Building Permits and Plans

All commercial and industrial building permits and plans must be submitted through the City of Portland IDT Portal. You must register for your account online and follow the procedures for submitting your projects for review.

The Compliance Engine

All compliant & non-compliant fire protection systems test reports are required to be sent to the Portland Fire Department electronically by your respective organization via The Compliance Engine’s online system. The Compliance Engine is a simple, Internet-based tool for Fire Prevention Bureaus to track and drive inspection and testing code compliance, reduce false alarm activity, and provide a safer community. All service providers who inspect or test fire protection systems within the Portland Fire Department’s jurisdiction are required to register and submit all test, inspection and service reports via  The Compliance Engine.  

Systems Tracked

Automatic Fire Sprinkler System • 5-Year Sprinkler • Fire Alarm System • Commercial Kitchen Hood Suppression System (Testing and Cleaning) • Standpipe • Active Smoke Control System • Private Hydrant System • Fire Pump • Spray Booth • Emergency Generator • Special Suppression System • Fire Escape • Emergency Radio Responder Coverage System • Fire Doors • Gas Detection System