The Cedarburg Fire Department has one Full-time Fire Inspector that conducts approximately 1,100 inspections per year in the City of Cedarburg and completes all plan reviews for fire protection systems. We also have one part-time Fire Inspector who conducts approximately 150 inspections each year in the Town of Cedarburg and assists with plan reviews. If you have any questions regarding fire inspections or plan reviews, please contact us at 262-375-7632 or

Fire Inspections:

The state of Wisconsin requires all fire departments to conduct semi-annual fire inspections of all commercial buildings in their coverage area, including apartment complexes. When a department completes all of the required semi-annual fire inspections, they receive what is called "2 percent dues" from the state, which acts as another source of revenue for the department. These inspections are conducted twice per year for most occupancies, although some are exempted to once per year based on their use. Checkout Common Violations Found on Fire Inspections to see some of the items we look for.

Maintaining up to date contact information for all of our commercial buildings is not only important for fire inspections, but also if an emergency occurs at that building. If we can let you know sooner what is occurring, we can help you quickly get to the next steps of recovering from an emergency. If you recently moved into or purchased a building in our service area, please complete the Occupancy Update Form so we can update the contacts in our system and start the pre-planning process for the building.

Plan Reviews:

The Fire Inspector reviews all building plans for any new construction, remodels, sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, and makes sure the proposed plans/buildings/renovations comply with the current applicable codes relating to fire protection features. Effective May 1, 2018, the State of Wisconsin uses the 2012 edition of NFPA 1, along with Chapter SPS 314 (Fire Prevention) of the WI Department of Safety and Professional Services, and the 2015 edition of the International Building Code (IBC), as the current codes.

All plans for Fire Protection systems should be sent to us prior to work starting on said system(s). If work is started on the system(s) prior to the plans being approved, a work stoppage order will be issued and in effect until the plan review is completed and given a conditional approval. Paperwork given to us for plan review should include three copies of the system plans to a 1/8"=1' scale, hydraulic and voltage drop calculations, and all spec sheets relating to equipment included in the system.


For City fire inspections and all plan reviews:

Blake Karnitz (City)
Lead Fire Inspector

For Town fire inspections:
Bill Koeppen (Town)
Fire Inspector, Asst. Chief (Ret.)

City of Cedarburg Fire Code

City of Cedarburg Ordinances

Town of Cedarburg Fire Code

Town of Cedarburg Ordinances