Arlington County enforces the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code and Arlington County Fire Prevention Code for the protection of life and property from fire and explosive hazards. Call 703-228-4644 with any questions for the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Quick Guide to Select Sections of Fire Prevention Code:
- Arlington Restaurant Initiative (ARI)
- Open Burning, Warming Fires and Grilling
- Smoke Alarms
- LP-Gas Heating Appliances
- High Rise Structures
- Stairway Identification
- Fire Safety Plans and Evacuation Drills
- Mobile Food Units (Food Trucks)
- Commerical Kitchen Ventilation Hood Systems
Arlington Restaurant Initiative
In an effort to increase safety for citizens and to provide restaurant owners and staff with resources to maximize their safety and viability, the Arlington County Police Department has partnered with County agencies to establish the Arlington Restaurant Initiative (ARI). The Arlington County Fire Marshal’s Office (FMO) collaborated in the development of the effective practices and ARI standards.
The primary focus of the FMO in the initiative is working with businesses to provide guidance on fire safe practices for businesses and Assembly occupancies, such as proper maintenance of mechanical and fire protection equipment, maintaining safe capacity levels in compliance with the Statewide Fire Prevention Code and the approved capacity certificate, and ensuring safe and efficient access and egress is properly maintained.