The Kitchener Fire Department will no longer be providing inspection services for commercial purposes, effective January 1, 2011. The discontinued inspections include the following:

  1. Requests made by lawyers, real estate agents, purchasers, vendors or owners for the purposes of real estate transactions;
  2. Requests made by lawyers, financial institutions, private lenders, insurance companies or building owners for the purposes of mortgage approvals, insurance coverage, or private funding.

They suggest that Home Inspectors be used for fire inspections on houses, townhouses, semi-detatched, and duplexes. They suggest architects or engineers provide the inspection service for triplexes, apartment buildings, high rises, commercial buildings etc.

File search services will still be provided by the Kitchener Fire Department, however a File Search Request form must be completed and signed by the owner, with all required documentation provided.