FAQs

Fire Topics From A to Z

  • Air Quality Index Rating

    To listen to the daily recording for permissible burning, call the Department of Environmental Quality at (208) 373-0313.

  • Bon Fires

    Bon fires do require a permit. Permits are available by visiting the Boise Fire Administration office in City Hall West at 333 N. Mark Stall Place. You may also click on the link below to print the application and mail with a check, payable to Boise Fire Department, 333 N. Mark Stall Place, Boise, Idaho 83704. Mailed applications must be received 5 business days before the event. A Fire Inspector will visit the site before a permit is issued.   Application for Permit - View Permit  Supplemental Information for department requirements.

  • Burn Barrels

    Burn Barrels are not legal in Ada County.

  • Burn Permits

    Boise City Burn Permits are valid only until the end of the year it was purchased. The cost is $10.00. Payment may be made with cash or check, made payable to Boise Fire Department. All fire stations, except Station #1, #2 and #5, will issue burn permits to residents. Click here to view station locations and contact information. Permits will only be issued to burn attached natural vegetation along irrigation ditches and fence rows.

    Residents who live in the Whitney Fire District, please contact Fire Station #14 at (208) 384-4014 or Fire Station #17 at (208) 384-4222 for inquiries on Ada County Rural Fire Burn Permits. For NACFR inquirees, please contact Fire Station #16 at (208) 375-0906.

  • CPR Classes

  • Day Care Facility Inspections

    If you own a child care facility within city limits, you must obtain a license through the Boise City Clerk's Office. Licensed facilities are inspected annually by Boise City Fire Inspectors.  Please contact Boise City Fire Administration at (208) 570-6500 for questions or Inspector's contact information.

  • Donating a Vehicle or House

    For information to donate a house to enhance firefighter training, contact Captain Rich Kuehn at Boise Fire Training Division, (208) 570-6541. Firefighters are trained on Vehicle Extrication with donated cars. If you wish to donate an old vehicle to the Training Division please contact Captain Rich Kuehn at (208) 570-6541. The owner will need to present the vehicle title. 

  • Fire Extinguishers and Equipment

    Looking for service on an extinguisher? Boise Fire Department does not endorse any particular company to service extinguishers, ladders or alarms. Please refer to the yellow pages in the local phone directory for a company that carries Underwriters Laboratory (UL) equipment.

  • Fire Hydrants Closest to Your Home

    For information on the nearest fire hydrant to your home, contact the fire station in your district. Click on Master Siting Map to view all Boise's districts. Click on station locations to view station addresses and phone numbers.  

  • Fire Hydrants (Access to Use a Hydrant)

    Residents should contact United Water for water access from a fire hydrant. Call (208) 362-7304 for more information.

  • Fire/BBQ Pits

    Permits are not required for a fire pit. The pit must be located at least 25 ft. from structure or combustible material. Prior to digging a pit, contact DigLine at (208) 342-1583 to mark gas, electric and telephone lines. Please contact non-emergency dispatch at (208) 377-7351 and the Department of Environmental Quality at (208) 373-0313 prior to burning. Fire must be attended at all times with a hose nearby.

    No permit is required for cooking food in an outdoor BBQ pit. Pit must be located at least 25 ft. from structure or combustible material. Prior to digging a pit, contact DigLine at (208) 342-1583 to mark gas, electric and telephone lines. Please contact non-emergency dispatch at (208) 377-7351 and the Department of Environmental Quality at (208) 373-0313 prior to burning. Fire must be attended at all times with a hose nearby.

    

  • Fireplace and Wood Stove Inspections

    Inspections are available through Boise City Building Department at (208) 384-3807.

  • First Aid Classes

    First Aid class information is available by contacting Captain Parker Sheehan at Boise Fire Training Division, (208) 570-6543.

  • Information on Incidents, Investigations or Statistics

    Click on  Records Request Form to print the form. Complete the form and fax back to (208) 570-6586 or mail to Boise City Fire Department, 333 N. Mark Stall Place, Boise, ID, 83704.  You may also visit Boise Fire Administration Office in person at City Hall West, 333 N. Mark Stall Place. Requests will be filled within three business days unless an extension is necessary.

  • ISO Rating

    Homeowner's insurance policies require the local fire department's ISO rating. If you live within Boise City limits, the ISO Rating is "3".

    Idaho Surveying and Rating Bureau

    

  • Juvenile Fire Setters

    Boise Fire Department offers a program designed to educate youth about the dangers of experimenting with fire.  If your child is experimenting with fire or combustible materials, please call Captain Gordon Goldsmith at Boise Fire Prevention Division, (208) 570-6577.

  • Knox Box Orders

    Knox Boxes are recommended for commercial buildings within City limits.

    You can order them online at www.knoxbox.com.

    For assistance, click here Ordering Procedure

  • Public Records Request

    Click  Records Request Form to print. Complete form and fax back to (208) 570-6586 or mail to Boise City Fire Department, 333 N. Mark Stall Place, Boise, ID, 83704.  You may also visit the Boise Fire Administration Office in City Hall West at 333 N. Mark Stall Place. Requests will be filled within three business days unless an extension is necessary.

  • Special Events Permits

    Boise Fire Department issues permits for a variety of events such as exhibits, trade shows, etc. Price varies according to type. Permits are available by visiting the Boise Fire Administration office in City Hall West at 333 N. Mark Stall Place. You may also click on the link below to print the application and mail with a check, payable to Boise Fire Department, 333 N. Mark Stall Place, Boise, Idaho 83704. Mailed applications must be received 5 business days before the event. A Fire Inspector will visit the site before a permit is issued. Please contact (208) 570-6500 for questions about prices or requirements.  Application for Permit

    View Permit Supplemental Information for Vehicles in Buildings and Open Flames & Candles for Department Requirements.

    Please note that an additional $150 will be added to the fee for a weekend inspection.

  • Storage Tank Permits

    Under ground and above ground storage tanks require a permit when installed or removed. A written plan must accompany the permit application. Price varies accordingly. Click on  Application for Permit to print. Mail the application with check, made payable to Boise Fire Department, 333 N. Mark Stall Place, Boise, Idaho 83704. Mailed applications must be received 5 business days prior to the removal or installation of tanks. A Fire Inspector will visit the site. Permit applications can also be submitted at the Boise Fire Administration office in City Hall West at 333 N. Mark Stall Place, (208) 570-6500.

    Please note that an additional $150 will be added to the fee for a weekend inspection.

  • Tent Permits

    Boise Fire Department issues permits for a public and commercial tent or canopy. The fee is $90.00. Permit applications can be submitted at the Boise Fire Administration office in City Hall West, 333 N. Mark Stall Place. You may also click on the link below to print the application and mail with a check, payable to Boise Fire Department, 333 N. Mark Stall Place, Boise, Idaho 83704. Mailed applications must be received 5 business days before the event. A Fire Inspector will visit the site before a permit is issued.   Application for Permit - View Permit  Supplemental information for Department requirements.

    Please note that an additional $150 will be added to the fee for a weekend inspection.

  • New Construction Inspections

    Please note that New Construction inspections are done by the Building Department. For more information, go to http://pds.cityofboise.org/building/ or call 384-3830. 

  • Station Tours/Ride Alongs

    Fire Station Tours - Guided tours of Boise Fire stations are available to groups such as scout troops or schools at no charge. Please contact the Boise Fire Administration office at (208) 570-6500 to schedule a tour. Click here for station locations. *

    Ride-Along Program - This free service is open to people 18 years or older who are interested in a fire fighting career. Interested adults can spend a few hours with a station crew riding the engine to emergency responses and get a glimpse of the requirements that a firefighter needs to succeed in the occupation. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver. The number of ride-alongs is limited to one per person. Call the Boise Fire Administration office at (208) 570-6500 to schedule. Appropriate Attire: Shirt with collar (without logos), long pants, close-toed shoes with socks and layering appropriate to weather conditions. *

    *A two week noticed is required for Tours or Ride Alongs.

  • Weed Abatement or Complaints

    To report overgrown weeds, contact Boise City Code Enforcement at (208) 384-3845.