The following are general guidelines for submitting plans for review by the Fire Safety Inspection Services for permits. Specific requirements will be addressed at the time of review of a particular project and/or system review, based on the 2010 Florida Fire Prevention Code. Contractors are encouraged to contact the Fire Safety Inspection Services with any questions prior to submitting plans. All plans submitted are required to be engineer sealed, as per FS 471.025. Submitted scaled plans must contain complete and accurate information including complete name and address of business or project, (with suite or space numbers if applicable), contractor information and contact numbers (Office & Fax), type occupancy, type construction (Type I A/B, II A/B, III A/B, IV, VA/B), square footage, and complete contact numbers. [Plans submitted with partial or incomplete information will be automatically rejected.] A total of three (3) complete sets of plans need to be submitted for permitting, (1) for Building Services and (2) for FireSafety Inspection Services. A pre-construction meeting is required with the general contractor and all subcontractors, prior to the building permit being issued.
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PLANS
1. All plans are to be submitted to Building Services for routing to Fire Safety Inspection Services for review, and must meet the requirements for permitting as per FS 553.79
2. Projects requiring fire sprinkler, fire alarm or hood systems shall submit engineer sealed design criteria with construction documents prior to a building permit being issued.
3. Hydrants must be installed and functional prior to combustible construction materials being on site. Hydrants shall meet city specifications (See attached)
4. Access roads shall be constructed of an all- weather-driving surface not less than 20 feet in width and a minimum vertical clearance of 13’ 6” and support minimum of 32 tons.
FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS
1. Plans must be submitted by certified contractor for review, permitting and inspections and must meet criteria to meet NFPA 13 / 24 / 25 as well as meeting local requirements.
2. Underground Fireline: Required inspections include underground visual of pipe and connections, hydrostatic pressure test as per NFPA 24/25, and flushing of the line until water runs clear. If separate certified (Class V licensed) contractor is performing underground fireline work, separate permit and plans shall be submitted. Class V license required as per Fl. Statute 633. (New Underground Only)
3. Aboveground Sprinkler System: Required inspections include aboveground visual of piping and connections, hangers, heads, etc. Hydrostatic pressure test, as per NFPA 13, and flow and tamper switch operation.
4. Copies of Certification papers for both underground and aboveground piping, etc., to be supplied to Fire Safety Inspection Services.
5. All plans for systems are to be submitted to Building Services for routing to the Fire Safety Inspection Services, prior to permitting.
FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS
1. Plans must be submitted by certified contractor for review, permitting and inspections. Systems must meet criteria for NFPA 72 and occupancy use, as well as meeting local requirements.
2.The Fire Safety Inspection Services requires an inspection for a fire alarm system which includes testing of any and all components of the system, as per NFPA 72.
3. Printout from monitoring company to verify signals being received may be required for fire department records.
4. All plans for fire alarm systems are to be submitted to Building Services for routing to the Fire Safety Inspection Services prior to permitting.
FIRE SUPPRESSION & HOOD SYSTEMS (Includes Paint Booths)
1. Plans must be submitted by certified contractor for review, permitting and inspections. Hood systems require submittal by mechanical contractor for ductwork, fan, etc. as per NFPA 96.
2. Suppression system plans to be submitted by certified contractor for review, permitting and inspections as per NFPA 17 / 17A(Hood systems) Isometric (3D) drawings are required for systems.
3. Hood duct inspections require liquid test of all seams and welds on sections of ductwork being installed. Once ductwork had been installed, a liquid test inspection will be required on welds and seams necessary to install ductwork.
4. Final inspections for suppression systems will include inspection of operation and components of systems, including fuel shut off, etc.
5. All plans are to be submitted to Building Services for routing to the Fire Safety Inspection Services prior to permitting.
ABOVE GROUND AND UNDERGROUND TANKS
1. Plans must be submitted by certified contractor for review, permitting, and inspections. Tanks must meet requirements for NFPA 30.
2. Underground tanks require inspection of slab, anchors, and piping.
3. Aboveground tanks require inspection of supports and other protective requirements.
4. All plans are to be submitted to Building Services for routing to the Fire Safety Inspection Services prior to permitting.