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Saving lives and property by understanding and preventing disasters in the first place.

The men and women of the Fire Prevention Division are dedicated to promoting life safety throughout the City and County of Denver. 

We do this through continuous and efficient fire protection practices that enforce the Denver Fire Code--a code based on international safety standards and sharpened through local experience. These fire prevention practices include comprehensive programs of inspections, permits, life-safety system testing, licensing, public event safety, and hazardous material code enforcement. 


If you are holding a public event involving 250 or more people, the Denver Fire Code requires you, as the event manager, to hire a firefighter, or multiple firefighters, depending on the size of the event, to be present to ensure public safety by:

  • Ensuring that exits remain open and unblocked
  • Providing crowd control
  • Acting as liaison to emergency response crews in the event of an emergency incident
  • Supervising pyrotechnics, fog machine, and other special effects to ensure that these operations are done in a safe, code-complying manner
  • For events involving motorized vehicles, monitoring carbon monoxide levels

These Special Detail Firefighters are specially trained and selected to participate in the program. As the event manager, you are required to schedule their participation and pay for their services.

For more information, please contact Capt. Steve Holtz (720-913-3448;

If you are planning to hold an event, please complete the Special Event Permit Application below and fax to the Fire Prevention office at 720-913-3596.  For information on fees for special events please refer to the Permit Fee Table.


Checks made payable to:

Denver Manager of Finance

You can deliver in person to:
745 West Colfax Avenue - 1st Floor
(receipt will be issued)

Or mail to:
P.O. Box 733422
Dallas, TX 75373-3422

Payment may also be made online by credit card.

You can also call (720) 913-3474 if you have questions regarding making payments.


Our staff is comprised of:

  • Fire Inspectors--seasoned firefighters, trained and certified by the National Fire Protection Association to the highest level (Fire Inspector 2).
  • Fire Protection Engineers--engineers registered and licensed by the State of Colorado with expertise in Fire Protection Engineering, who provide technical support to our staff and the entire Denver Fire Department.
  • Clerical Staff--a small but dedicated cadre that keeps everything running on time and on budget.

For more information about Fire Prevention, please view our Frequently Asked Questions guide.

For questions please feel free to contact us at:

Fire Prevention Unit
720-913-3474 or