City of Cuero Fire Marshal

CFD Barrie

The City of Cuero's Fire Marshal is Chief James P. Barrie, CFPS, FEMT.  With over 23 years of fire service experience,  Chief Barrie brings a broad range of experience to the City of Cuero.  Chief Barrie is an Arson Investigator, Fire Inspector, and holds a Master Peace Officer license.

The City of Cuero Fire Marshal's Office is responsible for conducting fire and life safety inspections for many different types of occupancies, such as daycare facilities, foster homes, restaurants, doctor offices, retail stores, and many more. The purpose of these inspections is to ensure the safety of the business owners, visitors, and even our firefighters.  The Fire Marshal conducts these inspections to identify and correct any hazards or conditions that could cause a fire, contribute to its spread, and that could endanger occupants and firefighters during a fire.  Each and every inspection is done with everyone's safety in mind. Prevention and preparation is key!

Currently the Fire Marshal conducts fire and life safety inspections following the City adopted International Fire Code, 2009 edition. This code is available through the International Code Council, and a copy is available for review in the Fire Marshal’s Office located at the Cuero Fire Department.

A business wishing to open and operate within the city limits of Cuero must be inspected by the Fire Marshal, and issued a Certificate of Occupancy PRIOR to opening to the public. If you have any questions, please contact the City of Cuero Building Department to see if you require a building permit, then contact the Fire Marshal to obtain fire code requirements for your business. A flow chart is available below with a basic road map to help find your way!

To schedule a fire inspection, you can call our office at (361) 275-6114 Ext. 620, email the Fire Marshal at JBarrie@cityofcuero.com, or stop by the fire station at 219 E Main Street, Cuero, Texas 77954 . Inspections must be requested with at least 24 hours notice, and are subject to availability on a first come, first served basis.

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New Construction

All newly constructed buildings, new additions, and renovations that qualify as 'substantial improvement' must receive a permit and be reviewed by the Fire Marshal and Building Department prior to construction and occupancy. A plan review is conducted prior to issuance of a permit, and this requires engineered drawings to be submitted to the City Building Department for review. Fire Protection System plans get reviewed by the Fire Marshal after the building plans have been approved and permit issued. No construction is permitted to commence until a building permit has been issued.

Existing Building Renovations

For existing buildings that are not remodeling over 50% of the building's assessed tax valuation, engineer/architect stamped drawings are not required to be submitted. Drawings can be submitted without an engineer/architect provided they are legible and in accordance with the samples below. Hand drawn plans will only be accepted if they are legible and are in accordance with the sample below. 

What is required to have a permit? What is required to have a Fire Marshal plan review?

A flow chart has been provided below, which will help guide you through the process. The Fire Marshal's Office will review all existing and new construction projects for fire and life safety compliance. The Cuero Building Department will only issue construction permits for new construction. If your project is limited to paint, carpet, and other minor cosmetic changes, a construction permit will not be required. Please refer to the Building Department's webpage on this site for more information.

What does the Fire Marshal inspect before I can open my business?

Once you are permitted (if applicable) and construction is completed, you will request a final inspection from the Fire Marshal using the appropriate form below. The Cuero Fire Marshal will inspect your business for fire and life safety issues, such as EXIT signs, door locks/handles, emergency lighting, basic electrical issues, fire extinguishers, fire alarm/fire sprinkler/kitchen hood systems, and means of egress (how you get out of the building). A checklist is provided below as a basic idea of what may be included in a fire inspection. This list is not an all-exhaustive list. A copy of the 2009 International Fire Code is available for review at the Fire Marshal's Office at the fire station.

Foster Home Inspections

Foster homes will be inspected by the Cuero Fire Marshal as required by the State of Texas and licensing standards, utilizing the Texas State Fire Marshal form (provided in the packet below).  The City of Cuero does not have additional requirements for foster homes.

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 If you have a fire hazard complaint to report please call the Fire Marshal's Office, or stop by the Cuero Fire Department to report the hazard for immediate assistance. 

Examples of Fire Hazards Include:
  • Locked/Blocked EXIT Doors
  • Expired Fire Extinguishers, Fire Sprinklers, Fire Alarms, Kitchen Hoods
  • Hazardous Operations 
  • Active Gas Leaking Inside A Building
  • Open Electrical Wiring
  • Use of Extension Cords In A Commercial Business
  • Compressed Gas Cylinders Not Secured
  • Excessive Flammable Liquid Storage In A Commercial Business
  • Open burning/burning trash or debris (Within the City Limits)