The City of Bellevue, along with the state, adopted the 2012 International Fire Code (IFC) effective July 1, 2013. The Bellevue Fire Department has created amendments to the IFC, which have been incorporated into the city's fire code.
As stated in Section 23.11.102 of the city fire code, any code violation or failure to comply with an order by the Fire Department may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or may be treated as a civil violation under Chapter 1.18 of the city code.
The purpose of the fire code is to establish the minimum requirements consistent with nationally recognized good practice for providing a reasonable level of life safety and property protection from the hazards of fire, explosion or dangerous conditions in new and existing buildings, structures and premises and to provide safety to firefighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.
City amendments to earlier editions of the Fire and Building Code are available.