Fire Safety Requirements

Updated Fire Safety Regulations

The City and SFFD have finished updating and simplifying last year’s Fire Safety regulations. The City has passed Ordinance 164-17 to repeal and amend many of last year’s requirements related to diagramming and mapping individual apartments and floorplans.

Instead of diagramming your building’s apartments and common areas, you can fulfill your obligations under this law by communicating the following to all residents in writing or via email by January 1, 2018:

  • The location of all fire extinguishers on the resident’s floor, along with the dates of last servicing
  • The location of all emergency exits on the residents floor, and a statement that they must remain unobstructed
  • The location of all fire escapes on the resident’s floor if applicable, and the dates of last inspection
  • The location of the building fire alarm control panel and all manual pull stations on the resident’s floor, if applicable
  • The date when the building fire alarm system was last inspected and tested, and confirmation that the building fire alarm system is certified
  • Instructions on how to confirm that the smoke alarms are in working condition, and a statement of when the smoke alarms were last replaced
  • Instructions on how to confirm that the carbon monoxide detectors are in working condition, and a statement of when the CO detectors were last replaced
  • The phone number of the appropriate contact within the SFFD for reporting suspected violations of these requirements: (415) 558-3300
  • Instructions (provided by the City) in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino directing persons who wish to view general fire safety guidance in any of these languages to do so on the Fire Department’s official website and providing a link to this website. (
  • Any other information that would assist a resident to escape or prevent a fire in the building
  • Instructions and a website link to access the fire safety training video that the SFFD shall post and maintain on the internet – (Video available Jan. 1, 2018) (

Building Owners must keep a copy of the notice which includes this information for two years. These requirements apply to buildings of 3+ units.

Fire Safety requirements as part of another ordinance last year, which requires the posting of template language about Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm information and Building Contact telephone information, remains unchanged and is still in effect and required by City law.

Ordinance 164-17:

More information about the City’s Fire Safety regulations is available from the SF Fire Department here:

Fire Safety signs from SFAA

Signs are available to purchase only at the SFAA office; contact SFAA for more information.

Supervisor Campos’ Fire Safety Requirements for Existing Buildings

Supervisor Katy Tang’s Disclosure of Fire Safety Information


File No. 210259- Fire Alarm Systems Upgrade Deadline
Ordinance amending the Fire Code and Existing Building Code to extend the deadline for building owners to upgrade existing fire alarm systems from July 1, 2021, to July 1, 2023; making findings under the California Health and Safety Code; and directing the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors to forward this ordinance to the California Building Standards Commission upon final passage.

Final Legislation

Status: Passed

Multi-Family Housing Fire Prevention Workshop 

SFAA_SF Fire Codes from Stephanie Alonzo on Vimeo.

SFAA_Fire Alarm Compliance from Stephanie Alonzo on Vimeo.