Fire Safety Officer (FSO)

One or more Fire Safety Officers (FSO) may attend your event for the safeguarding of life and property. An FSO may be required for the following events:

  • Public Assemblies in High-Rise Buildings
  • Change of Use Public Assemblies In Buildings Not Classified by the Santa Monica Building Code For Public Assemblies
  • All Fireworks Displays and/or Special Effects
  • Fenced Outdoor Special Events
  • City Owned Facilities
  • Events With Generators Greater Than 2K
  • Filming With More Than 49 People
  • Tents With Greater Than 500 People
  • Barker Hangar Events With More Than 299 People
  • Any Event When Determined by Fire Marshal

Typically, the FSO is required to be on-site an hour before the event.

If you anticipate needing an FSO, please complete the Fire Safety Officer Form found on our Application & Forms page

Please note that Fire Prevention will determine the number of Fire Safety Officers (FSOs) needed. If the event takes place on more than one day, a separate request form must be submitted for each day.



Forms and applicable fees shall be submitted 3 business days in advance of the event to ensure sufficient time for review and processing. All applicable fees must be paid before a permit will be issued.

Fax: 310.395.3395
Mail: Fire Prevention
Santa Monica Fire
333 W. Olympic Dr., 2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
7:30am - 4:30pm


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