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The Fire Marshal’s office provides programmatic oversight for incident reporting, new and existing building inspections, fire investigations, code enforcement, plan reviews, fire suppression/detection system inspection, and public awareness.


The mission of the Los Alamos County Fire and Life Safety Management Division is to develop, maintain, and provide fire prevention and code enforcement for the preservation of life, safety, property and environment for the citizens of Los Alamos County.

To check fire weather warnings issued for Los Alamos by the National Weather Service (NWS) to determine if our area is in an elevated or extreme fire danger for burning please use the following link:

Fire Marshal Division Staff

James Pepe
Division Chief/Fire Marshal
[email protected]

Colorado Cordova
Fire Investigator/Fire Inspector
[email protected]

Regina Longacre
Senior Office Specialist
[email protected]

Plan Review/Permitting

Plan Review

Plan reviews for commercial construction are to be submitted through the Community Development Department (CDD).  Plan Review submissions specifically for fire suppression and detection systems can be turned directly in to the Fire Marshal’s Office. Three (3) copies of all detection/suppression plans are required, one stamped set to be on-site at all times during construction, one to be kept with the building owner and one to be kept with the Fire Marshal’s Office. Plans should be submitted with applicable checklist/forms/documents found under the Permit Submission tab below.

All suppression/detection systems must be installed and maintained by companies that have an active Certificate of Fitness with the State of New Mexico Fire Marshal's Office. 

Pre-Application meetings may be scheduled with the Building Official, Fire Marshal, and any other county official necessary to provide guidance for the new business owner prior to plan submittal.  Pre-Application meetings should be scheduled through CDD (662-8120).


Permitting is accomplished in a collaborative effort with the Community Development Department (CDD) and the Fire Marshal’s Office.  Permits need to be obtained for building construction and remodels, fire suppression/detection systems, hoods for commercial cooking operations, blasting operations, demolition operations, open burning in Pajarito Acres/La Senda (open burning is not allowed in any other areas), elevator construction, etc. Los Alamos County's adopted fire code is 2021 International Fire Code and all referenced Standards from Chapter 80.

Los Alamos Municipal Code


Permitted Fireworks (2022 June)

Prohibited Fireworks (2022 June)

LAC Firework Proclamation (adopted on May 17, 2022; renewed on June 14, 2022)