Fire Marshal's Office


12500 Elam Rd

Balch Springs, TX 75180

8 am to 4 p.m.  (M-F)

For questions or to schedule an inspection, contact Fire Marshal, Sean Davis at 972-557-6046 or

The Balch Springs Fire Marshal's office is responsible for issuing fire permits (alarms/sprinklers/tents) and conducting commercial fire inspections.

Fire Inspection

The Fire Marshal also investigates the cause, origin, and circumstances of every fire occurring within the city.


In addition, the Fire Marshal's Office works with local schools and businesses to provide fire prevention and public safety education to the community.

Fire Safety

Fire Inspections

All permits issued from the Fire Department which include but are not limited to, fire alarm or fire suppression equipment, must be requested and paid for at City Hall located at:

13503 Alexander Rd.
Balch Springs, TX 75181

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

Please review the following information regarding permits and inspections request.

-Submit (3) copies of the plans with a completed permit form for review and approval (the Fire Marshal will retain one copy of the approved plans for the City's records and return two stamped copies to you).

- All plans must be sent through third party review prior to submitting for approval from the Fire Marshal. A list of city approved plans review contractors can be found in the permit information link below.

Fire Watch

A temporary measure intended to ensure continuous and systematic surveillance of a building or portion thereof by one or more qualified individuals for the purposes of identifying and controlling fire hazards, detecting early signs of unwanted fire, raising an alarm of fire and notifying the fire department (International Fire Code 202).

Conditions Requiring Fire Watch

Fire watch, as noted in the adopted edition of the International Fire Code and amendments, may be required under the following circumstances:

  • Outage or significant impairment of the fire alarm signaling system
  • Outage or significant impairment of the automatic fire suppression system
  • Outage or significant impairment of the facility water supply

General Requirements

When required fire protection is out of service or during system impairment (such as repeated nuisance alarms), a building owner or his/her representative is required by the Fire Marshal to provide a fire watch until the system is repaired.

Personnel used to conduct the fire watch are subject to approval of Balch Springs Fire Department. A person performing a fire watch must be literate in the English language, ambulatory, and at least 21 years of age. The person performing fire watch duties must have at least one means of telephone communication with the Fire Department, and their sole duty is to perform constant patrols and watch for the occurrence of fire.

The fire department must be notified when a required fire protection system is out of service or when routine maintenance will take the system off line for a period greater than four hours. (International Fire Code 901.7) Building owners or property management have the following responsibilities during an outage:

  • Establish, instruct and maintain fire watch personnel
  • Notify monitoring company
  • Notify the building occupants
  • Contact repair company to fix alarm or suppression system(s)
  • Notify Balch Springs Fire Department Dispatch that the system is not working, and again when repaired at 972-557-6000

Fire Watch Information & Instructions