City Fire Codes

In an effort to better protect its citizens, the City of Hobbs has adopted the 2009 International Fire Code. You may view the entire code, or a summary of items of interest below.  To report a non-emergency fire code violation, please contact us.  For emergencies, dial 911.

8.32.010 - International Fire Code—Adopted.


There is adopted by the City Commission, for the purpose of prescribing regulations governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire, hazardous materials or explosion, that certain code and those certain standards known as the International Fire Code, 2009 Edition, published by the International Fire Code Institute, along with the following appendix chapters:


Appendix B, Fire-flow requirements for buildings;


Appendix C, Fire hydrant locations and distribution;


Appendix D, Fire apparatus access roads or as determined by authority having jurisdiction.


The International Fire Code mentioned in subsection A of this section, including the enumerated appendices, is adopted, saved and except such portions as are deleted, modified or amended by this chapter. One (1) copy is filed in both the office of the City Clerk and the City Fire Prevention Bureau, and the same is adopted and incorporated as fully as set out at length herein, and the provisions thereof shall be controlling within the City.


All references to Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing in the International Fire Code are deleted and the blended codes as adopted by the New Mexico Building Code are referenced in this Fire Code.

(Ord. 923 §§ 1, 2 (part), 2004)

(Ord. No. 991, 6-16-2008; Ord. No. 1054, 4-16-2012)


Fire code requirements for assembly occupancies
Occupancy load
Smoke alarms in rental properties
Landlord/owner responsibilities
LP Gas and Charcoal Grills
Fire lanes
Recreational Fires



Fire code requirements for assembly occupancies (have its own page when clicked from city fire codes)

Overcrowding Prevention for Assembly Occupancies

Common Hazards in Bars and Nightclubs

Notify management if you notice any of these hazards:

The safety of our citizens is our number one priority.  This is why every assembly occupancy in the City of Hobbs is required to comply with the 2009 International Fire Code, adopted by the City of Hobbs. These codes were adopted to prevent overcrowding and other safety hazards in bars, nightclubs and other establishments where many citizens gather.

Roles and Responsibilities of Owners and Employees

To protect the safety of you, your employees and your patrons, be aware of these fire code regulations.

Helpful Tools for Assembly Occupancies

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Occupancy load

The International Fire Code, adopted by the City of Hobbs states that "every room or space that is an assembly occupancy shall have the occupant load of the room or space posted in a conspicuous place, near the main exit or exit access doorway from the room or space."

IFC 1004.3
The occupancy load must be established by a Licensed Architect, and is reviewed by Building Development Services for the City of Hobbs. The occupancy load allowance is based on occupant egress and other life safety factors. An occupancy load exceeding the posted maximum occupant load for an individual room or building shall be considered an unsafe condition and will be addressed by immediately reducing the number of occupants in the room or building, and may result in additional measures including the issuance of a court summons.
For additional information, contact the City of Hobbs Fire Prevention Bureau or the Community Services building division code enforcement at 575-391-8158

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Smoke alarms in rental properties

Smoke Alarm Regulations for Rental Properties

The fire code adopted by the City of Hobbs requires that owners/landlords of rental property provide smoke alarms in property rented or leased or otherwise provided to the public for housing or sleeping accommodations. Smoke Alarm Regulations for Rental Property can be located at section 907.2.8 of the International Fire Code 2009. These code requirements are not intended to burden property owners but, rather, to provide a minimum of life safety protection to tenants.

Following is a list of responsibilities regarding the placement of smoke alarms in rental property and the relevant code references. These are the general regulations that cover the smoke alarm requirements for residential rental property. There are additional regulations which cover transient accommodations and other types of rental units. Please contact the fire administration office if you have any questions regarding your responsibility for the installation of smoke alarms in your rental property.

Sec. 74-271. Responsibilities of Owner
The owner of the building shall supply and install all required smoke alarms. The owner shall test and maintain in a fully operable condition all smoke alarms in common areas. No owner shall rent, lease or let any dwelling unit or room that does not have functional and working alarms at the time of occupancy. The tenant shall sign a statement signifying that all smoke alarms were in fully operative condition on the date of lease. The owner shall be responsible for providing each tenant with written information regarding alarm testing and maintenance. The owner shall not be liable for any damages caused from the smoke alarm being tampered with or disabled in any way by the tenant.
Sec. 74-272. Responsibilities of Tenant
The tenant shall provide and maintain functional batteries for each battery powered smoke alarm and shall not disconnect the electrical source from electrically powered smoke alarms. The tenant shall not remove or relocate any smoke alarm installed by the owner. The tenant shall test and maintain alarms within the dwelling unit or room and notify the owner or agent in writing of any deficiencies.
Sec. 74-273. Location
Smoke alarms shall be located to comply with the International Fire Code/2009, the International Building Code/2009 and the International Residential Code/2009.
Sec. 74-274. Quality
Smoke alarms shall comply with the standards set forth in the International Fire Code/2009, the International Building Code/2009 and the International Residential Code/2009


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Landlord/owner responsibilities

Landlord/Owner Responsibilities

The International Fire Code, as adopted by the City of Hobbs, requires landlords and property owners to take certain steps to protect residents of rental properties. While most of these codes only pertain to buildings with more than two units, the City of Hobbs Fire Department strongly urges landlords and property owners of all rental properties to follow these guidelines. Doing so could not only protect your investment, but potentially save lives as well!

Please note: some code requirements vary based on the type or age of your building.  For more information on your property, contact the
Prevention Division of the City of Hobbs Fire Department or view the fire code online.  Please note:  the City of Hobbs may have adopted amendments to this fire code.



Fire Extinguishers

Smoke Alarms


Sprinkler Systems 

Sprinkler systems are the single greatest way to save lives and reduce property damage. While not all properties are required to install them, the City of Hobbs Fire Department strongly recommends all property owners consider making the investment. 

If you have a sprinkler system, follow these requirements:

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Address and Apartment Numbers

Exiting and Egress  exit   


BBQ Grills


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LP Gas and Charcoal Grills

With the adoption of the Fire Code, if you live in an apartment building that has 3 or more apartments you are prohibited from operating an open-flame cooking device (LP Gas or Charcoal) on a combustible balcony or within 10 feet of combustible construction.

Section 308.1.4 IFC

the City of Hobbs adopted the 2009 Edition of the International Fire Code, for the purpose of safeguarding life, and property in the City of City of Hobbs, Missouri from hazards of fire and explosions.

The National Fire Data Center estimates in 1998 outside cooking grills caused 6,000 fires, 5 fatalities, 170 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. In 2000 City of Hobbs had 7 fires related to the use of gas-fueled and charcoal cooking grills.




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Fire lanes

Fire Lanes

The City of Hobbs has an ordinance against the blocking of a Fire Apparatus Access Road or Fire Lane.

Section 503.4 IFC
Fire apparatus access roads shall not be obstructed in any manner, including the parking of vehicles. The minimum widths and clearances established in Section 503.2.1 shall be maintained at all times.

Fire Access Roads or Fire Lanes must be unobstructed so the fire department may gain access to a building or structure for rescue, emergency, evacuation, and firefighting operations.


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Fireworks In the City of Hobbs are prohibited and may be confiscated by authorities. Section 5601.1.3 of the adopted City Fire Code states the possession, manufacture, storage, offer or exposure for sale, selling at retail, handling and discharge of fireworks are prohibited. An exception is granted for the use of the fireworks for a public display with a valid permit. Novelty items, described as snappers, party poppers, toy smoke devices or glowworms, and some sparklers, have been declassified as explosives from the DOT Hazardous Materials Regulations

Each year, thousands of Americans, half of them children, are treated in emergency rooms for fireworks-caused injuries. 


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Recreational Fires

Recreational Fires/Burn Permits

A recreational fire is an outdoor fire where the fuel is not contained in an incinerator, outdoor fireplace, barbeque grill, or barbeque pit. It is used for pleasure, ceremonial, cooking, warmth or similar purposes. 

All recreational fires will require a burn permit issued by the Fire Prevention Bureau. The following criteria must be met to be approved for a burn permit. Fire Prevention Officers can deny any burn permit request if deemed unsafe.

There must be a means of extinguishing the fire present at all times.




  1. The permittee shall notify the Hobbs Fire Department prior to beginning any open burning at 397-9265.


  1. The permittee shall be responsible for the cost of any fire suppression and/or damage to other properties and is not relieved of this responsibility if the burn is conducted in accordance with all conditions of this permit.


  1. Burning shall be conducted at least three hundred (300) feet from any occupied dwelling, workplace, or place where people congregate.


  1. The burning of household trash is not allowed.  (No Exceptions)


  1. The Hobbs Fire Chief or designee approves of the weather conditions and compliance of the proposed burn.


  1. Smoke shall not inhibit visibility on any roadway.


  1. The burning of petroleum, plastic, or natural / synthetic rubber products is not allowed. (No Exceptions)


  1. All burning, except agricultural burning, must take place between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.


  1. All applicable restrictions, codes and ordinances, whether temporary or permanent, of other governmental bodies shall be complied with (e.g. Municipal Code, County or State Ordinances).


  1. The wind direction at the site must be such that the smoke will generally be carried away from areas of human habitation.


  1. The material to be burned must be dry.


  1. All burning will cease when atmospheric conditions are such that the U.S. Weather Service issues air stagnation advisory for the area.


  1. A garden hose or water supply or other fire-extinguishing equipment shall be on hand and a competent person shall be in attendance until all fire has been extinguished.