Use the index below to go directly to a particular section on this page:
The authority for the Office of the State Fire Marshal to enforce the Mississippi Fire Prevention Code is granted by Section 45-11-101 through Section 45-11-111, Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated:
"The State Fire Marshal shall promulgate the Mississippi Fire Prevention Code which shall apply to:
"The standards embodied in said code shall be based upon and shall be not less stringent than the standards established by the Standard Fire Prevention Code as promulgated by the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc., and as the same may be revised or amended; however, the State Fire Marshal shall have the authority to deviate from the minimum requirements of such Standard Fire Prevention Code when the imposition and enforcement of a specific requirement of the Standard Fire Prevention Code would cause unnecessary hardship or when such deviation would enable builders to take advantage of new methods, materials or equipment which is of recognized adequacy.
The Mississippi Fire Prevention Code shall include provisions that every new building over seventy-five (75) feet in height in the State of Mississippi for which a permit is issued after the passage of Sections 45-11-101 to 45-11-111 shall be equipped throughout the building with a totally automatic sprinkler system designed for life safety and fire prevention and protection.
This provision shall include every building over seventy-five (75) feet in height constructed after the effective date of Sections 45-11-101 to 45-11-111 or to any existing building in which twenty-five percent (25%) or more of the floor space is being reconstructed or added thereto. However, public utility company buildings in which water would cause severe damage to equipment such as telephone equipment, computers or electric services, and silos, grain elevators and other structures utilized solely for the storage of agricultural products are exempt from the automatic sprinkler system provisions of the code.
Unless otherwise provided, sections 45-11-101 to 45-11-111 shall apply to new or remodeled buildings, installations, equipment or conditions; however, sections 45-11-101 to 45-11-111 shall also apply to existing buildings, installations, equipment, conditions and occupancies where safety to life requires compliance with sections 45-11-101 to 45-11-111, as determined by the State Fire Marshal."
In case any building is constructed or reconstructed or any building is used in violation of the Mississippi Fire Prevention Code or of any ordinance or other regulation made under authority conferred hereby, the State Fire Marshal or the proper local authorities of any County or Municipality, in addition to other remedies, may institute any appropriate action of proceedings to prevent such unlawful construction or reconstruction, to restrain, correct or abate such violation or to prevent the occupancy of said building."
Any person, firm or corporation who shall knowingly and willfully violate the terms of provisions of the Mississippi Fire Prevention Code shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereforth shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1000.00), and in case of continuing violations without reasonable effort on the part of the defendant to correct same, each day the violation continues thereafter shall be a separate offense.
The authority for the Office of the State Fire Marshal to conduct inspections under the "Child Residential Home Notification Act" is granted by Section 43-16-11; 43-16-15; and 43-16-21, Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated.
"The department once a year shall make or cause to be made inspections limited to health, nutrition, cleanliness, sanitation, written medical records for children, discipline policy, and family communication policy of all child residential homes. Reasonable additional inspections may be made as often as may be deemed necessary by the department, but shall not be scheduled so as to disrupt the normal activities of the home. Department inspectors shall be persons knowledgeable with the states child abuse and neglect laws, child labor laws and compulsory education laws. The State Fire Marshal, or his designee, shall make or cause to be made annual inspections limited to the safety of all child residential homes. Any violations of state law on the premises of such child residential home shall immediately be reported by such inspection personnel to the appropriate law enforcement officer."
"Notwithstanding the existence of any other remedy, the department may, in the manner provided by law, in term time or in vacation, upon the advise of the Attorney General who shall represent the department in proceedings, maintain an action in the name of the State for an injunction or restraining order to remove the children from any child residential home. Such action shall be brought in the Chancery Court or the Youth Court, as appropriate, of the County in which such child residential home is located, and shall only be initiated for the following violations:
Some forms may be filled electronically but all of the forms may be filled manually. To fill a form electronically, follow the instructions contained on the form, type in the information, and print the form; the completed form cannot be saved. To complete a form manually, print the blank form, follow the instructions contained on the form, and write in the information.
To fill a form electronically, you must install the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. It may be downloaded free from the Adobe Website.
Plan Review: 601-359-1066
Code Questions: 601-359-1061