Inspections of Hotels and Public Buildings

In British Columbia, the authority for fire services comes under the Fire Services Act [RSBC1996] Chapter 144, which requires that every municipal council must provide for a regular system of inspections of hotels and public buildings within the municipality. 

These inspections are carried out by one of seven inspectors who are Local Assistants to the Fire Commissioner. As designated inspectors, they are responsible for carrying out the prescribed inspections and enforcement of the British Columbia Fire Code.


The Fire Services Act also identifies the owner, occupier, or person in charge as the person responsible for complying with any orders given by the Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner. If, in the course of an inspection a deficiency is noted, a correction notice will be given to the responsible person outlining the infraction. The responsible person will be given a timeline as to when they must have all deficiencies corrected by.  Failure to correct deficiencies may result in the issuing of a Fire Commissioner’s Order.