A Fire Alarm Permit is required for all work involving installations, alterations or modifications of a fire alarm system.
The purpose of a Fire Alarm Permit is to ensure the system’s compliance with life safety and building codes.
The applicant must complete a Fire Protection System permit application, which includes the name of a contact person; two through five sets of folded plans (depending on the number of plans the applicant wants submitted with the application) and a filing fee of $162.75.
Plans are submitted to a permit technician between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. The applicant may request a free screening on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The screening assesses whether the submittal is complete and in conformance with the fire codes (see Preliminary Screening for Fire Protection System Submittals).
If the permit is denied, the applicant may appeal to the Montgomery County Board of Appeals. Applicants may call the Board of Appeals at (240)777-6600 for further information on the appeal process.
The fee for the Fire Alarm Permit will vary. A 5% Automation Enhancement Fee will be added to the cost of the permit fee.
The Fire Alarm Permit turnaround time varies with workload, goal is two weeks of processing time for regular system plans. If plans are submitted under the Fast-Track system, they can be processed within five working days. To meet the Fast-Track guidelines, plans must be less than 20,000 square feet without requiring a main control panel.
The permit is valid for one year from the issue date.
|Fire Protection Systems Application|
|Plan Submittal Checklist||ePlans Fire Alarm Systems Submittal Checklist|
|Screening Information||Preliminary Screening For Fire Protection Submittals|
|Over the Counter Review||Over the Counter Review for Fire Protection System Submittals|
|Sprinkler and Standpipe Plans||Requirements for Submittal of Sprinkler and Standpipe Plans|
|Fees and Taxes|
|There is currently no cost for Screening||Exceutive Regulations for Fees|
|Automation Enhancement Fee||Automation Enhancement Fee|
|Credit Card Authorization Form||Credit Card Authorization Form|
|No Bonds at this Time|
|Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations|
|Life-Safety Code||NFPA-101/2012 (04-08-2014); COMAR|
|Fire Alarm Code||NFPA-72/2010 (04-08-2014); COMAR|
|Sprinkler Code||NFPA-13/2010 (04-08-2014); COMAR|
|Residential Sprinkler||NFPA-13D&13R/2010; COMAR|
|Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations|
|None at this time|
|Fire Alarm Inspections||Fire Alarm Inspections|
|Frequently Asked Questions|
|311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Fire Alarm Permit"||http://www3.montgomerycountymd.gov/311|
|Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections|
|Online Data Search||Search DPS|
|Call for More Information|
|In Montgomery County||311|
|Outside of Montgomery County||240-777-0311|
|Other Agencies to Contact|
|Other Agencies and Utilities to Contact||Allegheny Power|
|American Institute of Architects (AIA)|
|American National Standards Institute (ANSI)|
|American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)|
|Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (BG&E)|
|Board of Appeals|
|International Code Council (ICC)|
|Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation|
|Maryland Department of the Environment|
|Maryland Division of State Documents|
|Masonry Institute of America (MIA)|
|National Glass Association (NGA)|
|MNCPPC: Historic Area Work Permits|
|MNCPPC: MC Atlas|
|National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)|
|Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)|
|U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)|
|Washington Gas Light Co.|