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Sunday, 26 May 2024:

Fire Marshal

The Buncombe County Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for all fire & life safety inspections in Buncombe County with the exception of any inspections inside the city limits of Asheville, Weaverville or Black Mountain.

Current Fire Code Enforced

  • 2018 Edition of the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code
    • (One & Two family dwellings are exempt from the North Carolina Fire Code.)

Inspections Conducted

  • Periodic Inspections on Commercial Buildings
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • County Owned Buildings
  • Institutional Facilities
  • Foster Homes
  • Assisted Family Living Homes
  • Daycare Inspections
  • ALE Inspections
  • New Construction
  • Tent Inspections for Events
  • Fireworks Displays & Permits
  • Blasting Permits
  • Plan Review for New Construction
  • Roadway/Driveway & Gate Inspections
  • Buncombe County Fire Prevention Ordinance

Fire Investigations

The Buncombe County Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for all fire investigations within Buncombe County when requested by the local fire departments, with the exception of the City of Asheville.

For questions regarding fire investigations within Buncombe County please contact us at 828-250-6620, or you may email us at any of the addresses listed under contacts.

Fire Investigation Partners

  • Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department
  • North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
  • Buncombe County Fire Investigation Support Team

Public Records Requests

All public records requests are handled through our Public Records Request Center


Fire Prevention & Education

Information on Open Burning & Obtaining Burning Permits

Information on Street Names and Sign Installation

New street names are assigned and approved through Buncombe County Planning and must go through their process before signs can be ordered. Replacement signs can be ordered through Buncombe County Planning or the Buncombe County Fire Marshal’s Office. It will normally take two to three months to receive the signs once the order is placed, there is a fee of $45.00 (in the form of a check made out to Buncombe County Government) for signs being installed on private roads. This includes the sign, hardware and installation fees. Once the signs have been received, they will be installed as soon as possible.

Buncombe County Fire Departments

Buncombe County has nineteen county fire departments not including the City of Asheville and the Asheville Airport. For information regarding the fire department in your area please contact the numbers below.

Complaints normally looked into by the Fire Marshal’s Office:

  • Blocked emergency vehicle access
  • Blocked fire hydrants
  • Fire & Life Safety issues in commercial businesses
  • Roadway Safety issues such as roadways collapsing or washing out
  • Street Sign issues
  • Fire Lanes Violations

Locate & Contact

Emergency Services - Fire Marshal


Kevin Tipton
Fire Marshal
P: (828) 250-6620
F: (828) 250-6215

Justin Honeycutt
Assistant Fire Marshal
P: (828) 250-6623

Christopher Brown
Deputy Fire Marshal
P: (828) 250-6628

Emergency Services
164 Erwin Hills Road
Asheville, NC 28806

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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