Fire Marshal’s Office

McAllen Fire Department currently operates under the International Code Council family of codes. McAllen City Commission has adopted the 2018 International Fire Code. The Fire Marshal’s Office currently offers a wide variety of services to our citizens. We conduct fire sprinkler and fire alarm plan reviews, plat and subdivision reviews; fire inspections, building permit reviews, public educational training and fire investigations.

Administrative Rulings

McAllen Fire Marshal’s Office understands that sometimes the International Fire Code is not clear with some of their code requirements and often do not align with the current jurisdiction. Therefore, the need for administrative rulings to clear up code confusion and provide guidance is required. The following administrative ruling are currently in effect with the City of McAllen, TX as it pertains to fire department requirements:

Non-Compliant Notices for Fire Protection Equipment

Starting January 18, 2024, McAllen Fire Department will be transitioning to Tyler Technologies for the administration of non-compliant/repair notices for Fire Sprinkler, Fire Alarm and Fire Suppression Systems. This move will require the fire protection contractor to pay a fee for the submission of each inspection/repair report via Tyler Technologies.  In order to submit an inspection/repair notice, the fire protection contractor will need to login and create an account on the Tyler Technologies website.

The following link will take you to the Tyler Technologies website where you can create an account and login.

In addition, the following file will guide you accessing the Tyler Technology website and help you navigate the process in creating a successful account.

McAllen Fire Department will no longer accept postmarked, emailed, faxed, or hand delivered notices. All non-compliant notices and repair notices will now have to go thru Tyler Technologies website.

Third Party Review for Fire Sprinkler Plans

Since February 14, 2006, McAllen Fire Department (Fire Marshal’s Office) has required the review of fire sprinkler plans by a third party reviewer such as ISO, Factory Mutual or an independent fire protection engineer firm.  The review by a third party reviewer applies to fire protections system with more than one riser or is a high hazard occupancy. The third party review report, along with the reviewed fire sprinkler plans will then need to be submitted to our office in order to obtain a fire permit.

Below you will find a list of firms that review fire sprinkler plans and provide a summary report. This list is compiled as a courtesy to the fire protection contractor and not as approved firms from our office:

Greentag Engineer LLC
2681 MacArthur Blvd Suite 303
Lewisville, TX 75067

Knight Fire Protection
Scott Whinery, P.E.
817-567-1763 or 405-269-9390
1700 Yosemite Lane
Keller, TX 76248

MEH Fire Protection
Mark Hasenmyer, P.E.
972-874-2662 or 469-235-3154
1311 River Oaks Drive
Flower Mound, TX 75028

Reed Fire Protection
214-638-7599 or 800-381-5504
14135 Midway Rd Ste. 260
Addison, TX 75001

Traditions Fire Consulting
Nick Kalina, CFPS
PO Box 5587
Frisco, TX 75035

Waxler Fire Protection
Robert J. Waxler
2016 Small Town Drive
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Excel Consultants
Elias Bathish, P.E.
817-478-0897 or 817-271-4344
5205 Tacoma Drive
Arlington, TX 76067