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Minnesota State Fire Code

Minnesota State Fire and Building Code

Purchase a print copy of the 2015 State Fire Code

Visit the International Code Council Website to purchase a copy. You can also purchase them on the Minnesota Bookstore website or by sending an email to the Fire Instructors Association of Minnesota.

Electronic versions of the 2015 State Fire Code

The 2015 Minnesota State Fire Code was adopted on May 2. It is available on the International Code Council's website. The new Minnesota code is based on the 2012 International Fire Code (IFC). 

​Supplemental information 

Minnesota Rule 7511 includes rules not published in the printed 2015 State Fire Code due to copywrite laws. The Statement of Need and Reasonableness (SONAR) is also available online. SONARs from 1997, 2003 and 2007​ contain historical information you may find important. Here is a model ordinance for adopting the State Fire Code.

If you have questions on the new code, email our Fire Code Team.​

Electronic versions of the 2015 State Building Code

You have free access​ to electronic editions of the Minnesota State Building Code.

Fire Code Information Sheets

The majority of the information​ sheets, policies and interpretations have not been updated to the 2015 Minnesota State Fire Code. The process to update will take some time to complete. When an information sheet, policy or interpretation has been updated, it will be noted with *2015 MSFC.

If you have questions about an existing sheet, you can email the Fire Code Team​​.

Abandonment or removal of storage tanks: This information sheet discusses fire code officials on abandonment or removal of storage tanks. *2015 MSFC
Abandoned, hazardous or fire-damaged buildings: This information sheet discusses abandoned, hazardous or fire-damaged buildings. *2015 MSFC 
BBQ grills and open flames on balconies and patios: This information sheet discusses BBQ grills and open flames on balconies and patios. * 2015 MSFC
Candles and decorative open flames in assembly occupancies: This information sheet discusses candles and decorative open flames in assembly occupancies. *2015 MSFC
Carbon Monoxide Alarm  (June 2012)
Carbon dioxide beverage dispensing systems: This information sheet discusses carbon dioxide beverage dispensing systems. *2015 MSFC
Change in Use 
Hazardous chemical products (placards and labeling): This information sheet gives guidance to fire code officials on labeling hazardous chemical products under the various regulations of the Department of Transportation, OSHA and the MSFC. *2015 MSFC
Hazardous materials: What you need to know about hazardous materials in Minnesota is in this reference guide. *2015 MSFC
Hotel and Motel Information (June 2012) 
LP gas self-service dispensing: This information sheet will discuss how to install a self-service LP gas dispenser per the applicable codes. *2015 MSFC
Non-Metallic Tanks for Storing Combustible Liquids
Special Exiting Provision in Schools 
Washers and Dryers in Hotels and Motels


Sample Inspection Checklists

These documents are intended as a resource for inspection staff that perform inspections in accordance with the 2015 Minnesota State Fire Code (MSFC). They can be used as-is or as a guide to develop customized forms for a particular jurisdiction.

Apartment buildings sample inspection checklist.

Assembly occupancies sample inspection checklist.

Business occupancies sample inspection checklist.

College classroom and lecture buildings sample inspection checklist.

Educational occupancies sample inspection checklist.

Public fireworks display sample inspection checklist.

Underground flammable liquids tank installation sample inspection checklist.

Hotel/motel sample inspection checklist.

Mercantile occupancies sample inspection checklist.

National Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards

The National Fire Protection Association offers free access to its codes and standards. 

Contact the Fire Code Team 

Fire code questions may be submitted by email to Code staff monitor this email address on a daily basis and will respond to your question, usually within 24 hours, but always within three working days. 

Division Policies

The policies listed below represent the State Fire Marshal Division's plan review, inspection and enforcement practices. These policies are not incumbent upon local jurisdictions; however, jurisdictions may adopt them for local use at their discretion.


The interpretations listed below represent the State Fire Marshal's determination regarding the enforcement of applicable sections of the Minnesota State Fire Code and are intended to represent how these issues should be enforced statewide.

Fire Protection Program Policies

Fire Protection Program Interpretations


Inspection Policies - General


Inspection Policies - Schools

Fire Code Interpretations


Quick Reference Guide to Care Facilities

Construction Requirements


Variances and Appeals to Fire Code Orders

A process to request a variance from fire code orders has been established to address unique situations relating the enforcement of the Minnesota State Fire Code.  In addition, there are provisions for requesting additional time to comply with fire code orders. Instructions for this process are provided:
Instructions for variances and time extensions
When corrective orders are written by State Fire Marshal Division employee, the amount of time available for compliance is based on the following policy:
For questions relating to variances and appeals, contact Jon Nisja .
Email comments and fire code questions to State Fire Marshals Codes.