Office of the Fire Marshal

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The City contracts for fire services through the County of Riverside.  The Fire Safety Specialist serves as the City’s liaison with Riverside County in the areas of fire/life safety solutions and plan review.

Mission Statement of the Office of the Fire Marshal

The Office of the County Fire Marshal is committed to facilitating fire and life safety solutions by empowering its employees to serve our community through innovation and partnership.

 Information and Services Provided:

  1. Review of planning cases within the City
  2. Review and inspection of construction development 
  3. Fire/life safety inspections of state-regulated occupancies
  4. Forms for construction inspections
  5. Information on ordinances and standards for construction
  6. Information bulletins and standards for fire protection

Contact Information:

Inspection Hotline:

 To schedule any fire inspections, please call 760-777-7131.

Fire Safety Specialist  Fire Administrative Assistant  The Hub (Permit Center)
 Kohl Hetrick  Kayli Alford  Hub Staff
 Direct Phone: 760-777-7074  Direct Phone: 760-777-7158  Main Phone: 760-777-7125



La Quinta City Hall has been closed to the public.

Fire Plan Submittals-

Mailed plans are not being accepted at this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Plan Submittal - Online via E-trakit 

It is greatly recommended to consider submitting via the established and operational ETrakIt portal accessed via the link below. This will have no additional delays in processing and will provide the best level of service to all.

  • For online submittals, please utilize E-trakit, a system that offers customers the advantage to obtain and pay for their permits online.
  • For assistance using the ETrakIt portal, please contact the Hub at 760-777-7125.

Construction Permit Inspections

The Office of the Fire Marshal is actively testing alternative methods for completing reasonable and adequate fire inspections. Currently it is being tested to establish a VIDEO CALL communication with the contractor and/or representative who is located at the job site utilizing the free app Google Duo (Apple/Android/Chrome). The contractor will walk the job site and make all reasonable attempts to show all scopes of concern at the direction of the Fire Inspector located remotely. This may include accessing areas difficult to see from the ground level, measuring distances between items and objects, testing devices and equipment, etc.

If the cell service in the area of location is not sufficient to maintain a clear video call or at the additional discretion of the Fire Inspector, an on-site fire inspection may be required. 

All inspection requests (Video Call / On-site) are required to be scheduled. Contact the Fire Inspection Hotline at 760-777-7131 to make the appropriate arrangements. Plan for a minimum 2-business days lead time on scheduling inspections.

Please click HERE for additional details and requirements for video inspections. 

On-site inspections: 

It is required that the permit contractor make appropriate arrangements to ensure that all unnecessary persons located at the job site are clear the area. Those participating in the inspection actions SHALL maintain the minimum 6-feet social distancing from the Fire Inspector and all others present. 

At no time shall there be anyone at the job site with any illness symptoms associated with a cold, flu or other virus. 

The Fire Inspector has the authority to cancel or stop the inspection at any time out of concern for personal and others' safety.

La Quinta 2019 CA Fire Code Adoption and Amendment Ordinance