The Howard County Fire Department is responsible for conducting preventive inspections in all locations that are permitted by the Howard County Fire Code. This includes making sure that fire alarm systems are inspected at least once a year by a certified company or authorized individual. After the notice of intent documents have been received, a representative from the Division of Environmental Health Services will review them and notify the owner or operator if they do not comply with the applicable laws and regulations. The Fire Marshal's Office also enforces the FOG provisions of the Food Service Center Regulations and provides information related to FOG in the Baltimore County FOG Control Program Manual.
This manual covers a wide range of topics related to personal and fire safety, such as fire protection and occupant safety systems and equipment in both new and existing buildings, hazardous materials, flammable and combustible liquids, LP gas, and more. If an owner or operator of a food service facility wishes to allow customers to bring their dogs into the outdoor seating area, they must notify their local health department at least 30 days before implementation. A list of food service facilities is available for download on the Baltimore County website. The Fire Marshal's Office is dedicated to ensuring that all locations permitted by the Howard County Fire Code are inspected regularly for safety and compliance with regulations and standards. Inspection reports and deficiency correction reports must be submitted annually to the Code Officer, so that any issues can be addressed quickly.