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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. The estimated ship date is June 10. 

Electronic versions of the 2015 State Fire Code

The 2015 Minnesota State Fire Code was adopted on May 2. Electronic versions with the corrections and Minnesota amendments will be available later this summer.  Until that time, please refer to the 2012 International Fire Code (IFC) published by the International Code Council and the Errata (corrections) to the IFC. The new Minnesota code is based on the 2012 IFC.

When reviewing a section of the 2012 IFC, go to the Minnesota amendments to verify that section has not been amended. Amendments supersede what is printed in the IFC. For example, many sections in Chapter 9 on Fire Protection Systems have been amended.

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

The Statement of Need and Reasonableness is also available online. Here is a model ordinance for adopting the State Fire Code.

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​​.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm  (June 2012)
Carbon dioxide beverage dispensing systems: This information sheet gives guidance to fire code officials.
Change in Use 
Hazardous materials: What you need to know about hazardous materials in Minnesota is in this reference guide. *2015 MSFC
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 2007 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
Assembly Occupancies
Business Occupancies
College Classroom & Lecture Buildings  
Educational Occupancies
Public Fireworks Display
Underground Flammable Liquids Tank Installation 
General Fire Safety Inspections
Hotel/Motel Inspection
Mercantile Occupancies

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.