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Fire Protection Permits Preliminary Screening

What is the Purpose of the Preliminary Screening?

The purpose of the screening is to provide a preliminary review of fire-protection-system plans for design/procedural errors that can delay plan approval.

What is the Applicability?

The screening applies to all fire-protection-system submittals, including those for sprinkler, standpipe, fire alarm, detection clean agent, wet and dry chemical and carbon dioxide systems.

What are the Procedures?

  1. The system designer(s) familiar with the plans and calculations must deliver the submittal, in person, on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 8:00 am to 11:00am and from 1:00pm-3:00pm and request this service.
  2. A member from the Fire Code Review staff will screen the submittal for an appropriate amount of time (not to exceed 15 minutes). If the submittal is complete and appears to be conforming, the submittal will be accepted. If not, a written list of deficiencies/code violations will be given to the submitter and the plan will be refused.
  3. If a plan submittal is refused based on this screening process, the corrected resubmittal must be accompanied by the list of deficiencies/code violations and an appropriate response to each.
  4. If a more detailed meeting is desired, prior to submittal, an appointment must be made with a plans reviewer.

What are the Limitations of the Screening?

  1. If the appropriate designer(s) do not accompany the submittal for consultation, the screening process cannot be done.
  2. This screening is preliminary in nature. There will be instances where major deficiencies are found subsequent to the screening.
  3. A maximum of 2 preliminary screenings will be allowed per project.
  4. On days when the county employees have liberal leave (such as snow emergency days), call before coming to make sure a screener is available.

What is the Cost?

There is no cost for preliminary screening.

Application Package
  Application for FPS
Fees and Taxes
No cost for Screening Executive Regulations
  Automation Enhancement Fee
  Credit Card Authorization Form
No Required Bonds  
Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations
   NFPA 101/2003 and COMAR NFPA 101/209
Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations
None at this time  
Inspection Requirements
Fire Code Enforcement 240-777-2457
Frequently Asked Questions
311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Fire Protection Sprinkler"
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 Prevention Association (NFPA)
  Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)
  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  Washington Gas Light Co.