Fire Prevention / Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention & Permits
Fire Marshal’s Office
The Fire Marshal’s Office is based within the Henry County Department of Public Safety and is responsible for performing a wide range of tasks. Some of those responsibilities include code enforcement for businesses, acceptance testing of fire prevention systems, assist with plans review for new and existing construction, fire cause investigations, incident preplanning consultations for businesses, fire safety surveys in residential homes, and smoke alarm installation in residences. The Fire Marshal’s Office also assists with Emergency Management within Henry County.
To help mitigate fire and life safety hazards in Henry County, the fire marshals enforce the 2015 Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. This code is derived from the 2015 International Fire Code and adopted by Henry County. The IFC sets mandatory standards for all types of occupancies except for residential dwellings. The Fire Prevention section (Chapter 9) of the County of Henry Code of Ordinances explains more about the responsibilities and authorities of the Fire Marshal in Henry County.
For more information on Fire Prevention and authorities of fire services in Virginia, go to Title 27 of the Code of Virginia.
The Henry County Fire Marshal’s Office will issue the following permits. All information requirements are listed on permit application:
-Authorization During Burn Ban
-Fire Protection Systems
-Fumigation and thermal insecticidal fogging
-Explosives, ammunition, and Blasting operations
-Storage tank removal/installation/out of service
-Liquified petroleum gases
***Beginning July 1, 2020, permit fees will increase to $50.00***
All permits approved by the Fire Marshal’s Office will be issued after a $25.00 fee is received. Please make checks or money orders payable to "County of Henry" and mail to Henry County Fire Marshal's Office, 1024 DuPont Road, Martinsville, Virginia 24112.
***Beginning July 1, 2020 a fee of $50.00 will apply to all follow-up inspections due to code violations. Annual Fire Code inspections will continue to be done at no cost to the business.***
The Fire Marshals schedule and perform inspections based on occupancy types throughout the year. If you would like to request an inspection you will need to contact the Fire Marshal’s Office by email or by calling the main office (276) 634-4660.
Additionally, we offer a Residential Fire Safety Survey. At no-cost, one of our fire service professionals will go to a residential home and give suggestions on fixing any safety hazards that they may spot. If you would prefer to conduct the survey on your own, we have documentation that can help guide you in the process. Please contact us for more information.
What do we look for during a Fire Inspection?
When a fire occurs in Henry County, the responding fire department’s chief officer in charge of the scene is responsible for determining the origin and cause of the fire. At any time, that officer can request a fire marshal to respond and take over the investigation.
Requesting information and documents (FOIA)
(ALL Smoke Alarm installations are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 emergency. We apologize for this inconvenience.)
Fire Marshal’s Office
1024 DuPont Road
Martinsville, VA 24112
Phone: (276) 634-4660
Fax: (276) 634-4770
8:00 am –5:00 pm