Community Risk Reduction

fire.prevention@culvercity.org
(310) 253-5925

Culver City Hall 2nd Floor
9770 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Interim Community Risk Reduction(CRR)/Fire Prevention Operations Due to COVID-19

Please find updated information on how the CRR Division is managing fire plan checks, permits and inspections below.

Updated:04/08/2021


Plan Check Submittals

Complete the Fire Plan Check Submittal Application(PDF, 154KB) online or there will be applications available at the drop off bin on the 2nd floor of City Hall outside of the Community Risk Reduction/Fire doors.  The bin is labeled Plan Check Drop Off. Plans can be dropped off between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, except on City Hall closed Fridays.


Plan Check Correction Pick-up

Contact Community Risk Reduction/Fire at (310) 253-5925 to coordinate a date to pick up the plans.  We will place the plans in the pick-up bin labeled “Correction Plan Pick Up” on the 2nd floor of City Hall outside of the Community Risk Reduction/Fire doors. The plans will be labeled with the plan check number and property address.


Approved Plan Check for Permit Issuance

  1. Community Risk Reduction/Fire will send the invoice with a one-time credit card authorization form via email or fax.
  2. Send the completed one-time credit card authorization form with a copy of the signee's valid picture I.D. via email or fax it to (310) 253-5937.
  3. Once the payment has been processed you will receive a copy of the receipt of payment and the issued permit.
  4. The issued permit must be signed by the contractor, property owner as owner/builder, or agent for the contractor or property owner. Send the signed permit to fire.prevention@culvercity.org or fax it to (310) 253-5937.
  5. Once Community Risk Reduction/Fire receives the signed permit, we will contact you to coordinate a time to pick-up the plans from the “Issued Plans” bin on the 2nd floor of City Hall outside of the Community Risk Reduction/Fire doors.

Over the Counter Permits (does not include plan review)

  1. Title 19 Permits can be handled over the phone or via email.
  2. Once the permit information has been processed, you will receive an invoice with a one-time credit card authorization form.
  3. Send the completed one-time credit card authorization form with a copy of the signee's valid picture I.D. via email or fax it to (310) 253-5937.
  4. Once the payment has been processed, you will receive a copy of the receipt of payment and the issued permit.
  5. The issued permit must be signed by the contractor or agent for the contractor. Send the signed permit via email or fax it to (310) 253-5937.

Field Inspections

All field inspections will be conducted via video call (e.g., FaceTime).


About Community Risk Reduction

The Community Risk Reduction Division is responsible for maintaining a reasonable level of protection of life and property from the hazards created by fire, explosion, and hazardous materials. This is accomplished by conducting field inspections to ensure California Fire Code (as amended by the Culver City Municipal Code Chapter 9.02) compliance at businesses, apartment buildings, schools, and public assemblies. 

In addition, the Division inspects all businesses that use or store hazardous materials, conducts plan reviews and inspections of new construction, tenant improvements, and automatic fire protection systems.

The Community Risk Reduction Division also issues business regulatory permits designed to reduce hazardous conditions and conducts fire origin and cause investigations to determine the cause of a fire.


FAQs

Fire extinguishers--does the fire department service them?

No, but you may contact the Community Risk Reduction Division at (310) 253-5925 for the latest information on state-approved and Culver City-approved contractors.

Smoke Alarms--how often should I change the batteries?

You should change your batteries twice a year and we recommend you change them each time you set your clocks for standard time and daylight saving time.

Carbon Monoxide--what is it and what do I need to do about it?

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is produced from heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, and many types of appliances and cooking devices. It can also be produced from vehicles that are idling. 

Learn more about carbon monoxide.

Senate bill 183, also known as the "Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act," requires that a carbon monoxide (CO) device be installed in all dwelling units intended for human occupancy.

Fire alarm system--do I have to do anything to maintain or service it?

Yes. Per the California Fire Code, Article 10, you are responsible for the system and you are required to keep the system operating properly at all times and under the control of a qualified person.

You can find the standard for the testing, maintenance and record keeping in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) pamphlet Standard 72 available from NFPA (800) 344-3555.

Home security system--can I connect my smoke detector so it dispatches the fire department?

No. The California Building Code requires that the residential smoke detector is local, for occupant notification only.

You can have a commercial type fire alarm system installed. That system, after review and approval from the fire department, can dispatch for fire response.