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Palo Alto Fire Department Page Updated on 4/27/2009
Participating Agency (PA)

Fire/Hazardous Materials

The Fire Department administers the following programs through the Fire Prevention Bureau. Visit the Municipal Code, Titles 15 and 17 to view these code amendments and ordinances.

  • California Fire Code (with local amendments)
  • Hazardous Materials Storage Ordinance
  • Toxic Gas Ordinance


As a Participating Agency (PA), the Department also administers the following Hazardous Materials related state programs: *

  • Hazardous Materials Business Plans (California Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.95)
  • Aboveground Storage Tanks (California Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.67)

Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health's Hazardous Materials Compliance Division (HMCD) is the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) and administers the Hazardous Waste Generator Program and Tiered Permitting (California Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.5), Underground Storage Tank Program (California Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.7) and the Risk Management Program (California Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.95). *

Inspections required by these programs are usually pre-scheduled and can be coordinated on request by contacting either Palo Alto Fire Department or HMCD.

*Effective 1/1/2009, responsibility for the UST program transferred to Santa Clara County CUPA.

Environmental Compliance Division

The Environmental Compliance Division of Public Works administers the following programs. Visit the Municipal Code, Title 16.09 to view the Sewer Use Ordinance.

  • Stormwater and Wastewater Pollution Prevention Permitting and Enforcement
To Submit Documents For More Information

Palo Alto Fire Department
P.O. Box 10250
250 Hamilton Avenue, 6th floor
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-329-2184
Fax: 650-327-6951

eMail: Click here

Regional Water Quality Control Plant
Environmental Compliance
2501 Embarcadero Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-329-2598
Fax: 650-494-3531

For Fire and Hazardous Materials information, visit the Palo Alto Fire Department web site.

For Stormwater or Wastewater related information, visit the Environmental Compliance section of the City's website.

Palo Alto Municipal Code (See Titles 15 and 17 for Fire and Hazardous Materials, Title 16 for Building and Sewer Use)