The State Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for enforcing, periodically revising, and updating the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code. The State Fire Marshal’s Office investigates fires of a suspicious nature and assists local authorities with investigations. The Office performs other functions that promote efficient and effective fire prevention and control programs in the state. The State Fire Marshal’s Office may review fire protection class code determinations by an advisory organization and determine if the evaluation of fire protection services is reasonable and appropriate. Upon request, the State Fire Marshal may make recommendations to the Insurance Commissioner concerning filings made to the commissioner concerning fire protection standards. The Office reviews plans for State building projects and assists local jurisdictions with plan reviews when needed. The State Fire Marshal’s Office conducts inspections of State buildings and assists local jurisdictions with inspections when requested. Additionally, the Office licenses companies and individuals involved in the fireworks industry and issues permits for above ground storage tanks used for combustible, flammable, and hazardous substances. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is also home for the Arkansas State Police Bomb Team.
Fire Protection Systems
Individuals and companies installing and servicing fire alarm systems are licensed and regulated by the Alarm Company Licensing Section of the Arkansas State Police. For additional licensing information regarding alarm systems, select the link below. You may also email the Arkansas State Police Regulatory Services Division or call the office at 501-618-8700.
The Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board licenses and regulates the sale, installation, and servicing of portable fire extinguishers and the sale, installation, and servicing of fixed fire protection systems and the planning, sale, installation, and servicing of fire protection sprinkler systems. For additional licensing information, select the link below. You may also call 501-661-7903 to reach the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board office.
The Fire Marshal office conducts inspections and reviews plans for State buildings and State building projects and assists local jurisdictions with State building inspections and plan reviews when requested. To request additional information on plan reviews and inspections, you may email the Arkansas State Police Regulatory Services Division or call the office at 501-618-8624.
Arkansas Fire Prevention Code 2021, Volume I, II, III (Effective Jan. 1st, 2023)
The Fire Marshal is responsible for the oversight of keeping, storing, using, manufacture, selling, and handling of fireworks.
- Pyrotechnic License Application
- Pyrotechnic Shooter License Application
- Retail Sales – All Year
- Retail Stand Checklist
- Fireworks Certification Notice (Must be completed by Distributor or Jobber-Wholesaler)
- Fireworks Display Application
– All Class B and C Fireworks for a Fireworks Display must be permitted.
– NFPA 1123 – Defines a Fireworks Display as a presentation of fireworks
Pyrotechnic License Applications (Retail License Books and Retail Permits)
- Retail Fireworks License Sold Form
- Retail Stand Check List (Under Construction)
- Firework Electrical Safety Regulations
Above Ground Storage
The Fire Marshal is responsible for oversight of storing highly flammable materials and crude petroleum or any of its products. The Fire Marshal may also prescribe the materials and construction of receptacles and buildings to be used for any of those purposes.
- Exceptions for permits-
– Tanks that are part of emergency generator systems
– Temporary tanks (period of use not to exceed 6 months)
– Tanks less than 500 gallons in capacity and not used for retail dispensing
For additional information, you may email the Arkansas State Police Regulatory Services Division or call the office at 501-618-8700.