Fire Prevention

International Fire Code Front and Back CoverPrevention Bureau

The Las Cruces Fire Department is currently using the International Fire Code (IFC) 2015 edition for fire code enforcement. Fire plan submittals must be submitted utilizing the 2015 International Fire Code (IFC). The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for providing inspection services to the community of Las Cruces. These services include:

  • Automatic Fire Sprinkler Plan Review and Testing
  • Construction Final Inspections
  • Existing Commercial Building Inspections
  • Fire Alarm Plan Review and Testing
  • Pre-Construction Site Plan Reviews

Existing commercial buildings and businesses have become accustomed to seeing the Fire Prevention staff in the role of fire safety inspectors and consultants. Fire Prevention also conducts investigations into all fires which occur within the City. Determining the origin and cause of fire plays a prime role in preventing future incidents. Division personnel remains "on-call" 24 hours a day to respond to fire incidents.


Business inspections are an important component of fire prevention tasks conducted by the Las Cruces Fire Department. We conduct these inspections for the purpose of reducing the risk of fire.

Prevention Services

Prevention Services is responsible for enforcing the state and local fire safety codes and ordinances in the City of Las Cruces. This is accomplished through the annual business inspections of all:

  • Business
  • Educational
  • Manufacturing
  • Mercantile and Places of Assembly
  • Storage

New Businesses

All new businesses within the City must pass a fire department inspection prior to the issuance of a business license by the City of Las Cruces. Additional information on Business Registration Applications can be obtained at the Community Development Department at:
700 N Main Street
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone: 575-528-3043.

Fire Investigator Collecting EvidenceInvestigations

Prevention Services personnel investigate the cause and origin of fires and explosions in commercial and residential properties within the City of Las Cruces. To ensure that fires and explosions of a suspicious nature are thoroughly investigated, the Las Cruces Fire Department employs investigators who are state-certified police officers for suspected arson cases. To report information on arson, call Prevention Services at 575-528-3473.

Fire Investigation Reports

Copies of Fire investigation reports need to be requested from the City Clerk’s Office located in City Hall. Phone number: 575-541-2115. Fire and EMS Reports can also be requested online.