Inspections and code enforcement are critical components to West Metro Fire-Rescue District’s fire protection and prevention services. Each city maintains a list of city ordinances for businesses and residents on their websites. The prevention staff works together with both the cities of New Hope and Crystal to ensure buildings are constructed safely and comply with all codes. The mission of the West Metro Fire-Rescue District Fire Prevention Office is to serve the communities through inspection, education, enforcement, and by protecting lives and property in an efficient and professional manner.
A major part of the Prevention staff’s responsibility is completing plan reviews, approving permits and inspection of all new construction and existing commercial buildings, approving occupancies, rental and licensing inspections, complaints, hood cleaning inspections, and fire investigations. The cities of New Hope and Crystal adopt the Minnesota State Fire and Building Codes which in turn adopts the International Building Code, International Residential Code and other codes and standards relating to building and fire inspections.