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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 at: and follow the procedures for submitting your projects for review.

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 businesses with fire protection systems in the City of Portland should check with their third-party contractors that inspect, test, and maintain fire protection systems to ensure they are registered with The Compliance Engine.

Fire Investigations

The Fire & Arson Investigations Unit is tasked with investigating all fire and explosion incidents of a suspicious nature or where a cause cannot readily be determined by fire suppression crews. Our certified fire investigators are sworn law enforcement investigators who are available to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to fire scenes within the City of Portland. The Fire & Arson Investigations Unit is also available to our neighboring jurisdictions to conduct origin and cause investigations upon request.
“BURN AN ARSONIST!” Contact the Tennessee Arson Hotline to report information on an arson. Information that leads to the successful arrest and conviction of an arsonist can result in a reward of up to $5,000.