Thank you for contacting the City of Seward Fire Department and Building Department. Beginning March 17th, the City of Seward has moved to a Level III Emergency Operations level in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At such time, all non-essential personnel were instructed to stay home for the immediate future. All City offices have been closed to the public until April 24th or until otherwise determined. Emergency services will still be provided as needed.

Until this operations level has been lifted or reduced, please be patient as remote responses will be used for the duration.

In the event that you have a time sensitive issue please contact the essential person for the Fire and building department, Fire Chief Clinton Crites via or 907-224-3445. Please leave a detailed message or email and we will respond as soon as we are available.

Thank you in advance,

Clinton Crites

Fire Chief

For the latest information on the COVID-19 please refer to the following web sites:         Borough              CDC      WHO         State of Alaska Epidemiology


 The Building Department is responsible for permitting, planreview and inspections of new constructions including:

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • New structures, additions and remodels
  • Temporary Structures
  • Demolitions


  • Underground Plumbing
  • Footing
  • Foundation
  • Framing
  • Rough Plumbing
  • Rough Electric
  • Insulation Vapor Barrier
  • Sheetrock
  • Final

Stop by the building department located at the Fire Station to discuss your project ideas!


Current City Adopted Codes:

2012 IRC International Residential Code

2012 IFC International Fire Code

2012 IMC International Mechanical Code

2006 IBC International Building Code (Commercial) (State Fire Marshal has adopted 2012)

Specific Code Revisions for the City of Seward can be found at: Seward Code Revisions