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State Fire Marshal

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Day Care/Foster Care Inspections

General information ​

In accordance with Minnesota Statute 245A.151, a list of fire departments and cities that have been trained and are approved by the State Fire Marshal Division for the purpose of conducting day care/foster care inspections has been established.

All requests for fire inspections that are required by the Department of Human Services (DHS) should be sent directly to the departments/cities on this list. This list will be updated as new fire department/cities are added. Fire departments or cities wishing to be added to this list (or having questions) should contact Ryan Whiting, fire safety supervisor, and a sign-up form will be sent to you by email.

Note: DHS Interagency Request Form will only be given by your licensor. Owner's permission to insp​ect form.

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Trained local inspectors​

Local officials can conduct inspections of DHS-licensed facilities but they must meet minimum criteria outlined in this information sheet​

Use this interactive map to find people in your county who inspect adult and child foster care, and group and family daycare facilities. 

Use this interactive map to find people in your county who inspect adult daycare, chemical treatment, child centers, preschool and other DHS-licensed facilities. 

The SFMD also has trained inspectors. Here is the list of SFMD inspectors by county. 
By law, the State Fire Marshal must conduct day care/foster care inspections where there is no local fire code inspector, or the local fire code inspector does not conduct these inspections.  Requests for inspections in communities for which the fire department does not conduct the inspection should be sent to the State Fire Marshal.