Life Safety and Fire Prevention FAQs


No, all fireworks are illegal in the Louisville Fire Protection District, City of Louisville, and Boulder County. The only exception is a public display by permit only.

Only if your apartment building and deck is equipped with a fire sprinkler system.

Section 308 of the Louisville Municipal Code: Open flames

  1. Charcoal burners and other open flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction with the exception of:
    1. Single family dwellings.
    2. Where balconies and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system.

No, we do not recharge fire extinguishers. Companies who provide this service are listed on the internet and in the telephone book (check under Fire Extinguisher).

Homeowners and business owners should buy at least a 5-lb. extinguisher that can handle Class A-B-C fires. The extinguisher should be UL or FM listed. They should be designed to extinguish fires in homes and small businesses including wood, paper, flammable liquids, and electrical fire.

Yes, the Louisville Fire Department and City of Louisville require all businesses WITH or WITHOUT a fire sprinkler system to have fire extinguishers.

Smoke detectors should be placed in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of a home, including the basement. On floors with no bedrooms, smoke detectors should be installed in or near living areas such as the den, living room, kitchen, and/or family room.

If you think your home is on fire or smell smoke, DO NOT WAIT, exit your home and call 9-1-1! As batteries get old, many smoke detectors will chirp every 30-60 seconds. This can usually be taken care of by changing the battery. If you are unsure, go ahead and call 9-1-1 and we will investigate.

Not normally, but we can assist those residents unable to change batteries themselves as time permits.

Yes, absolutely. We recommend a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in every living space.

It’s important to remember that carbon monoxide is an odorless gas which can be very toxic. If your detector is in alarm, you should immediately evacuate all people and pets and call 9-1-1 from a phone outside the building or residence. The fire department can determine if any carbon monoxide is present and will notify Xcel Energy if needed.

Yes, we offer a Juvenile Fire Setters program. Please contact Fire Marshal Mestas for information at 303-666-8809 or

A. Draw a floor plan of your home/business, define at least two exits from each room, agree on a meeting place away from your home/business, and practice your escape plan

The Louisville Fire Department includes an LFD Contractors Checklist for all commercial plans. If for some reason you did not get a copy, you can download it from our website or call 303-666-8809.

The 2018 International Fire Code.

Usually to 5 - 10 business days.

The Louisville Fire Department requires one electronic copy of plans and product submittals.

We prefer checks and credit cards, but will accept cash when necessary. Payment is required when plans are picked up at LFD Headquarters. We will let you know when your plans are ready.

To schedule an inspection, all you need to do is call the Fire Prevention office at 303-666-8809.

Yes, fire pits are allowed. Reference “Fire Pits” under the Life Safety/Permits/Fees tab.