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 apply online through the city's new permitting and licensing portal. If you have not used the online system, you will be required to create an account.  Applications must be received 5 business days before the event. A Fire Inspector will visit the site before a permit is issued.  Before applying, view the supplemental requirements to ensure you have a complete application.

  • 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 given. All fire stations, except Station #1, #2 and #5, will issue burn permits to residents. Click here to view station locations and contact information. You may also apply online through the city's new permitting and licensing portal. If you have not used the online system, you will be required to create an account. 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.

  • 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

    We are temporarily suspending our acquired structure program and will not be pursuing donations for the foreseeable future. We will continue to accept donated vehicles for extrication training. If you wish to donate an old vehicle to the Training Division please contact Captain Marcus Rainey at (208) 570-6742. 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, click on the hydrant map.  If you need further assistance, contact the administration front desk at (208) 570-6500.

     

     

  • Fire Hydrants (Access to Use a Hydrant)

    Residents should contact Suez 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) 608-7070 for new installation of fireplace and wood stoves.  Inspections  for a used unit are handled through private companies.  Contact the Chamber of Commerce or look in the white pages for more information.

  • 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 Roy Boehm at Boise Fire Prevention Division, (208) 570-6572.

  • 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. The form may also be emailed to PRR_Fire@cityofboise.org. 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 apply online through the city's new permitting and licensing portal. If you have not used the online system, you will be required to create an account. Applications must be received 5 business days before the event. A Fire Inspector will visit the site before a permit is issued. There are supplemental requirements for each permit you apply for associated with your event.

    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. Permit applications can be submitted at the Boise Fire Administration office in City Hall West, 333 N. Mark Stall Place. You may also apply online through the city's new permitting and licensing portal. If you have not used the online system, you will be required to create an account. Applications must be received 5 business days before the event. A Fire Inspector will visit the site before a permit is issued. Please view the supplemental documents required for a complete application.

    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 - If you are interested in accompanying Boise Fire Department personnel on a ride-along, you must:

    • Be at least 14 years of age. If you are under the age of 18, a parent/guardian must consent to and sign the Ride-Along Application.
    • Download, complete and submit a Ride-Along Application. The application may also be picked up and dropped off at the Fire Administration Office at 333 N Mark Stall Place, Boise. The office is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please submit a photocopy of your valid ID with your application. The completed application must be received at least three weeks in advance of the date requested. Upon authorization of your request, you will be contacted to schedule your ride-along. The department will notify you of any disqualification.

    Instructions for a ride-along:

    • Riders are to wear pants, closed-toe shoes, socks and collared shirts (without logos), excluding shirts of navy color or any type of uniform. Riders may also wear coats or gloves consistent with weather conditions.
    • Riders shall maintain appropriate hygiene and shall not use excessively odorous perfumes or colognes.
    • Riders are responsible for providing their own meals, drinks, and/or snacks.
    • Riders shall not carry any weapons or cameras (excluding cell phones).
    • Riders shall abide by all requirements and/or orders communicated.
    • The use of tobacco is prohibited.

    Once scheduled, if a cancellation is required, please provide 24 hours’ notice to Boise Fire Administration at firereception@cityofboise.org or at (208) 570-6500. If you have questions regarding the ride-along program, please contact the Boise Fire Administration front desk. Please submit your ride-along application and photocopy of your ID/Driver’s License to: firereception@cityofboise.org

    Or mail to: Boise Fire Department, Attn: Fire Reception, 333 N Mark Stall Pl. Boise, ID 83704

  • Weed Abatement or Complaints

    To report overgrown weeds, contact Boise City Code Enforcement at (208) 608-7060.