Fire Safety

Open Burning
Open burning is not allowed within the city limits of Clive (both Polk and Dallas County).  This includes recreational fires in: fire pits, burn pits, chimneas, outdoor fireplaces and other similar products.  For more information, please click here

What type of grill is allowed on balconies?
Per City of Clive Ordinance and Fire Code, multi-story dwellings (i.e. – apartments, condominiums) are permitted to have a gas grill with a propane cylinder. The propane cylinder may not be more than 20 lbs. in size. Barbecue grills or other devices which produce ashes or embers are not permitted.

• Reference: Clive City Code: 10-8-4: Amendments to International Fire Code

One and two family residences and townhouses are not regulated by the City of Clive and/or Clive Fire Department; however we recommend that grills be placed at least 10 feet from any structure or flammable material. This is especially important with charcoal burning grills.

The Fire Department, through the Prevention Bureau provides residents and businesses in the Citywith many services aimed at reducing life safety risks and property loss.  These services include: fire code inspections of commercial and educational occupancies, multi-family dwellings, retirement and assisted living communities, places of public assembly, new construction and remodel plan reviews, fire code enforcement and interpretation, fire investigations, and public education.  For questions regarding the fire code, plan reviews or building inspections, contact the Fire Marshal at (515) 223-1595.

635318709147830000Smoke detectors are installed free of charge to residents of the City of Clive.  If you do not have a smoke detector, or if yours is not working properly, please call (515) 223-1595 for information about the Smoke Detector Program.

Why you need a working smoke detector

There are several important organizations that work to prevent fires in the U.S. and educate the public about fire prevention:

The National Fire Prevention Association, ( NFPA) and the United States Fire Administration, (USFA) are two of the leading organizations that help to educate the public about the importance of fire prevention.   These organizations work continuously to provide education, codes and standards to prevent fires and reduce the loss of lives and property caused by fire. 


The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training and education. NFPA membership totals more than 75,000 individuals from around the world and more than 80 national trade and professional organizations.

Established in 1896, NFPA serves as the world's leading advocate of fire prevention and is an authoritative source on public safety. In fact, NFPA's 300 codes and standards influence every building, process, service, design and installation in the United States, as well as many of those used in other countries. NFPA's focus on true consensus has helped the association's code-development process earn accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).


As an entity of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the mission of the USFA is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy, coordination and support. We serve the nation independently, in coordination with other federal agencies and in partnership with fire protection and emergency service communities. With a commitment to excellence, they provide public education, training, technology and data initiatives.

America's fire death rate is one of the highest per capita in the industrialized world. Fire kills 3,700 and injures more than 20,000 people each year.  Firefighters pay a high price for this terrible fire record as well; approximately 100 firefighters die in the line of duty each year.  Direct property losses due to fire reach almost $11 billion a year.

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