The Ohio Fire Code (OFC) establishes the minimum standards for fire safety in the State of Ohio. By law, the OFC is promulgated by the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal (SFM). The SFM must write administrative rules regarding, among other things, hotel licensure and inspection, flammability standards, fireworks regulations, and all matters of fire safety. The OFC sets the minimum standards for fire safety in the State of Ohio and is intended to safeguard life and property from fire and explosion. The OFC applies to all aspects of fire safety at all structures, buildings, premises, vehicles and other locations within the territorial jurisdiction of the State of Ohio.
Collectively, these OFC rules are independently published and known as the OFC, but are officially contained in the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) at sections 1301:7-7-01 through 1301:7-7-80. The official versions of OFC rules are maintained by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission and can be located via the following link: Ohio Fire Code, or via the link at the top of this page.
OFC provisions are also independently published by the International Code Counsel in a separate volume known as the Ohio Fire Code. Printed copies of the OFC can be printed from the ICC at: ICC Code Store (click on "State and Local Codes" under the "Categories" tab and search for Ohio).
For enforcement tools related to the 2017 OFC (the most current version of the OFC), please click on the "Module 1 Charts and Handouts" tile below.
For information regarding the SFM's process for adopting the OFC, please click on the " OFC Rule Revision and Development" tile below.