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Fire Alarm Permit

When is a Fire Alarm Permit Required?

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.

What is the Application Process?

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).


For instructions on scheduling or canceling your inspection, click HERE.

Appeal Information

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.

What will this permit cost?

The fee for the Fire Alarm Permit will vary. A 5% Automation Enhancement Fee will be added to the cost of the permit fee.

When will the permit be issued?

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.

Permit duration:

The permit is valid for one year from the issue date.


Application Package
  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  
Inspection Requirements
Fire Alarm Inspections Fire Alarm Inspections
Frequently Asked Questions
311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Fire Alarm Permit"
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
  Historical Society
  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)
  Miss Utility
  National Glass Association (NGA)
  MNCPPC: Historic Area Work Permits
  MNCPPC: MC Atlas
  MNCPPC: Zoning
  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.