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Fire Prevention Division

Codes Enforcement - Inspections


General Information


This section employs Deputy State Fire Marshals, that serve as Code Enforcement professionals that are responsible for enforcing State adopted fire and building codes in specific occupancies that are newly constructed, as well as conducting annual inspections for compliance in several occupancy types. (A list is provided below.) Complaint investigation in all occupancies is also a major responsibility. Blasting complaint investigation, storage of explosive materials, Class B (display) fireworks, Class C (common fireworks), Class I and Class II LP Gas facilities are other areas of responsibility. Each Deputy State Fire Marshal is certified by a national organization such as NFPA or ICC, and the State of Tennessee.


Deputy State Fire Marshal (DSFM) Listing By County [pdf]



New Construction, Occupancies anywhere in the state of tennessee


  • Educational Occupancies, (schools) kindergarten through the 12th grade.
  • Day Care Occupancies, (child and adult) licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services. (DHS)
  • State owned or leased projects, (state office buildings, universities, colleges, etc.)
  • State agency licensing, when the agency identifies through law or rule that the SFMO must perform fire inspections. (DHS, Department of Children Services (DCS).


additional occupancies outside exempt jurisdictions

  • Assembly Occupancy, 300 or more
  • Business Occupancy, three or more story buildings
  • Residential Occupancies, except 1 & 2 Family Dwellings and Townhouses
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Covered Malls
  • High-Hazard Industrial (2006 IBC Groups H-1 and H-2 only; Excluding Storage)


Existing Buildings

  • Schools, Public and Private
  • Day Care Centers
  • Group Day Care Homes
  • Family Day Cares
  • State Owned Correctional Facilties
  • Mental Health Facilities (as requested by DMH)








  • All Buildings (when written complaints are submitted with specific violation allegations)
  • Blasting
  • Storage of Blasting Materials
  • Class B (display) Fireworks Incidents
  • Fire That Occur in Buildings Regulated by This Section


Complaint Information



Contact Information:


Central Office, Nashville

Phone: (615) 741-7190

Fax: (615) 253-3267


Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office

Code Enforcement Section

500 James Robertson Parkway

Tenth Floor, Davy Crockett Tower

Nashville, TN  37243-1162


  • Director of Codes Enforcement - Christopher Bainbridge
  • Assistant Director - Al Hancock
  • Field Inspector Manager - Fred Garbler
  • Middle Regional Supervisor - Jimmy Sanders


East Regional Office, Knoxville

Phone: (865) 594-6165

Fax: (865) 594-0228


Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office

Code Enforcement Section

7175 Strawberry Plains Pike

Suite 100

Knoxville, TN  37914


  • East Regional Supervisor - Mark Boyd


West Regional Office, Jackson

Phone: (731) 423-5703

Fax: (731) 423-6544


Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office

Codes Enforcement Section

Lowell Thomas State Office Building

225 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive

3rd Floor, Suite 350

Jackson, TN  38301


  • West Regional Supervisor - Terry D. Singleton

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