Fire Inspection & Prevention

To schedule an inspection please contact Fire Inspector Sam Schaller here- Request for Inspection

The Fire Prevention Bureau of the Cocoa Fire Department is led by Cocoa Fire Chief J. Lamm, who also holds the title of Fire Marshal. Day-to-day operations are carried out by Fire Inspector S. Schaller.

Fire Prevention is responsible for performing fire & life safety inspections on all commercial & multi-family buildings located within the City of Cocoa. All buildings are inspected on either an annual, bi-annual, or tri-annual basis, based on their risk classification. The Fire Inspector also reviews all plans for new buildings, renovations, alterations & fire systems for compliance with the Florida Fire Prevention Code.

The purpose of fire inspections & fire plan review is to reduce or fully eliminate possible hazards resulted with fires, deaths, injuries, or property loss. 

The Fire Inspector also offers free courtesy inspections for prospective new businesses with questions regarding fire & life safety code considering moving to a new location within the City of Cocoa, or major changes to existing businesses located within Cocoa in order to help avoid any unexpected surprises at a later date.

Local Business Tax Receipt

New applications or applications indicating a change in occupancy use classification or business owner(s) will require a fire inspection before the Local Business Tax Receipt is issued.

February 2022 Fire Prevention Report

A total of 109 fire inspections were conducted for the month of February. This included 12 new businesses, 57 annual inspections & re-inspections, 8 new construction inspections, and 3 Knox Box installations. 2 fire code complaints were also investigated and addressed. 3 fire investigations were conducted. 

Fire Inspector Schaller attended a conference in Jacksonville on two-way radio in-building enhancement systems. These systems are placed in buildings which have inadequate radio signal and allow fire and police crews to safely & efficiently communicate with dispatch and outside units. This is a code requirement. All existing buildings must come into compliance within the deadline of January 1st, 2022, with the exception of existing apartment buildings must submit for the appropriate permit by December 31st, 2022.

Fire Inspection Fee Schedule

The schedule for fire inspection fees is established in accordance with the City of Cocoa Code of Ordinances Chapter 6. Buildings, Construction, and Property Regulations, Article I. Building and Construction, Division 2. Fire Protection and Prevention, Section 6-208 Fire Inspection Fees, Resolution 2019-019.  

Fire Inspections Fees for all commercial tenant or building occupancies. Fee-based on the square footage of space or building.

*Fire Inspection Fee schedule for licensed Florida State-regulated facilities that require an annual fire inspection. Such as, but not limited to Child Care facility, Alcohol, and Drug treatment facility, Adult Family Care facility, Individuals with Developmental Disabilities facility. - Initial Inspection Fee: $50

Re-inspection fees shall be in accordance with the Fire Inspection Fee Schedule for the appropriate size space or building.

Life Safety Occupancy Load Signs

  • All buildings that are considered an assembly per NFPA 101 shall have a Life Safety Occupancy Load Sign posted at all times. Life Safety Occupancy Load Signs shall be issued jointly by the Building Official and Fire Marshal. Any occupancies missing an occupancy load sign may contact Fire Prevention at 321-433-8916 to have a sign issued.
  • Business owners or their representatives are responsible for ensuring the Life Safety Occupancy Load Sign is posted in a conspicuous location and shall keep an accurate count of the number of persons in their building at all times.
    • Finding - 
      1. No sign posted after issuance - Fine $50
      2. Not in compliance with occupancy load requirement for either the building or section of the building - fine $100, plus be brought into immediate compliance with occupancy load requirement.
        1. Repeated violations - will charged a fine equal to twice the fine directly above, for each occurrence, plus must be brought into immediate compliance with the occupancy load requirement.