Fire Protection Permits - Sprinkler Permits
When is a Sprinkler Permit Required?
A sprinkler permit is required for all work involving any sprinkler additions or modifications.
The purpose of a Sprinkler Permit is to ensure the system’s compliance with building and fire codes.
What is the Application Process?
The contractor must be licensed with the State ofMaryland and the Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. The applicant must complete a Fire Protection System permit application, to include the name of a contact person. Two through five sets of folded plans and $170.50 filing fee must be submitted with the application.
Plans are submitted 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. and1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. The screening assesses whether the submittal is complete and conforms to the fire codes (see screening limitations).
For instructions on scheduling or canceling your inspection, click HERE.
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 regarding the appeal process.
What will the Permit Cost?
The fee for the Sprinkler Permit will vary. An additional 5% Automation Enhancement Fee is charged on the cost(s) listed above.
When will the Permit be Issued?
The Sprinkler Permit turnaround time varies with workload. Our goal is two weeks of processing time for regular system plans. If plans are submitted under the Fast-Track system, they may be processed within five working days. To meet the Fast-Track guidelines, plans must be less than 5,000 square feet and not requiring calculations.
What is the Permit Duration?
The permit is valid for one year from the issue date.
Notice to Sprinkler and Building Contractors:
Be advised, all fuel-fired equipment located in attics/concealed spaces of all residential occupancies in buildings up to four stories in height and one-and-two-family dwellings starting with building permit numbers (COMBUILD) #660755, (COMFAST) #600668, (BUILDING RESIDENTIAL) #600659 or greater must be protected with sprinklers. This requirement is in accordance with NFPA 13R, 2007 Sec. 6.9.6 and NFPA 13D, 2007 Sec. 8.6.5.