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Nebraska State Fire Marshal

Jim Heine, State Fire Marshal

General Information

The mission of the Plans Review Division is to provide thorough and accurate plan reviews that ensure buildings are safe and accessible for everyone in order to reduce the loss of life and property to fire. The Division carries out the statutory duty of enforcement of the state fire codes and the state accessibility guidelines. The state fire codes consist of approximately 100 documents as published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

On June 3, 2004 we received approval to update and adopt new codes published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  The code adoption follows a public hearing held on August 27, 2003.  The codes are found in Title 153, Chapter 1 of the State Fire Marshal Regulations. Implementation of the new codes began July 1, 2004.

The new codes include the Life Safety Code, 2000 edition, UFC/NFPA 1, 2003 edition and the latest editions of codes regarding fire alarms, fire sprinklers, propane, natural gas, and the National Electrical Code, 2002 edition.  A complete list of the new codes and amendments to the Life Safety Code will be available soon.

We hope to avoid any problems in regard to the new code implementation, and are happy to answer any questions or comments you may have.  If you would like to obtain copies of the new codes, please contact NFPA at: 1-800-344-3555 or