Fire Prevention

​​​​​T​he members of the Fire Prevention Bureau are dedicated to providing a secure and superior quality of life to all people throughout the City of Virginia Beach through education, code enforcement, and fire investigation. We are committed to fostering strong relationships with businesses, citizens, and other public safety organizations in order to achieve common goals.

The Fire Prevention Bureau is tasked with inspecting all businesses, investigating cause & origin, and providing community education through our Inspections, Investigations, and Life Safety Divisions.

 Life Safety Education

​The Virginia Beach Fire Department’s Life Safety Education Office delivers fire and life safety education programs to Virginia Beach City Public School students and citizens within the community to reduce the risk of preventable injury and death.  Programs are developed and delivered to preschool-aged children through our older adult population.  Along with various community outreach programs and events, the Life Safety Office oversees the following programs: Child Passenger Safety, Youth Fire-Setting Intervention Education, and Operation Smoke Detector.      

Please contact our office at (757)-385-2875 for program requests and questions.


The Investigations division of the FPB is responsible for determining fire origin and cause, be it accidental, natural, or incendiary,  threats to burn, oversight of the juvenile fire setters program (13 and above), fire fatalities, serious fire related injuries, and​ incidents involving explosive devices. Fire investigators have full police powers and routinely conduct criminal investigations throughout the city. There are five investigators currently assigned to the FPB and unlike inspectors they are not assigned to battalions, allowing each investigator the ability to cover any incident throughout the city. Investigators also partner with other agencies and departments in order to maximize resources when faced with large scale incidents and multi-jurisdictional issues.

Contact our office to report any questionable fire activity. In any emergency always dial

9-1-1 for immediate assistance.

Please contact the Crime Line to report leads to previous or current criminal activities.

1-888-lock-u-up (1-888-562-5887)​​


​The largest function of the FPB is to promote life safety and property conservation through an annual fire inspection program. There are roughly 12,500 businesses to inspect in the City of Virginia Beach, which includes all types of occupancies. Inspections are performed annually and are unannounced during specific times of the year. A guide of the 10 most frequent violations is available at the bottom of this page. Fire inspection reports will be left with a responsible party on scene, emailed, or mailed to the occupancy.

 Inspectors also handle:

  • Fire watches, complaints

  • Environmental issues

  • Underground tank closures

  • Burning complaints

  • Non-compliance tag issuance and removal

  • General citizen assistance

Inspectors are assigned to one of four battalions within the city, which are geographic divisions developed by the Fire Department in order to better service the citizens of Virginia Beach. At full staff there are 12 sworn inspectors, 2 civilian inspectors, and 4 part time inspectors assigned to the FPB.

The FPB does not routinely inspect private homes or dwellings of any kind unless a request is placed; any concerns regarding private residential homes should be brought to the Department of Housing, they can be reached at 757-385-5750.

Please contact our office with any questions about annual inspections or to report any issues.

Inspection Check List​​