Scottsboro Fire Inspections and Permits

Business Inspections: The Fire Marshal conducts fire and life safety inspections in and for commercial buildings, residential structures, business licenses, certificates of occupancy, general fire safety inspections, fire drills, the installation or removal of underground storage tanks, and the enforcement of code infractions. Plans Review: The Fire Marshal is responsible for new and existing building construction and renovations. These duties consist of plans review, pre-design assistance, design consultations, code review and interpretation according to adopted ICC Building and Fire Codes and applicable NFPA standards, and acceptance testing for all fire protection systems. For more information on Fire Code Inspections or Plans Review, contact the Fire Marshal at 256-912-0522 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Scottsboro City Council recently passed Ordinance 633 regulating open burning in the city limits.


Fires for the cooking of food and fires in residential fire pits and fireplaces.

Campfires that are no less than 100 feet from the nearest structure.

Lawn debris and leaves may be burned under the following conditions:

·         A responsible adult resident/owner must be present;

·         Only one (1) 4ft x 4ft pile may be burned at any one time;

·         No stumps or whole trees;

·         Not closer than 100 feet to any structure;

·         A working garden hose or extinguisher present within 50 feet;

·         Must be between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., the fire must be extinguished by 6 p.m.


Fires for the purposes of clearing land for development or construction do require a permit. These fires may be permitted based on certain conditions. An air curtain destructor is required to be used over an approved pit and the site must be no less than 250 feet from the nearest structure. Only natural growth from the property is allowed to be burned and must be burned between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., with no material added to the pit after 3 p.m. on any day the permit is valid. A competent adult and extinguishing equipment must be on site at all times during active burning. Fire for agricultural purposes inside the city limits are also permitted by methods and means specially approved based on the situation.

Under the ordinance and state law, the Mayor of the Fire Chief has the authority to revoke any permit or suspend all burning based on local conditions. Additionally, the fire chief may impose additional controls to cover specific situations.

The ordinance goes into effect on April 6, 2022. Violation of the ordinance is punishable by a fine of $100 or 10 days imprisonment upon the first conviction and increases with subsequent convictions. Permits are available from the Fire Department at no cost if all conditions are met. 
Pre-Incident Planning Firefighters perform pre-plans for non-residential structures inside the city limits. On-duty fire crews visit the locations and document any special hazards and other information that may help in times of an emergency. They take building measurements, calculate the required amount of water in case of a fire, and note where utility disconnects are. They also note the number of potential occupants and document the available entrances and exits. Pre-plans are voluntary, but doing so can help fire crews save lives and property. If you would like to schedule a pre-plan for your business or organization, please give us an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or call (256-574-2617).

City of Scottsboro

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316 S Broad Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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