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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. Permits are required any time that a fire alarm system is affected by any sort of work including repair.


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 alarm permit application using DPS' ePermits (Apply Online) and provide electronic copies of plans and supporting information using ePlans (ProjectDox). The minimum filing fee must be paid, using Apply Online prior to plan review taking place. ePermits and ePlans account may be created by emailing or by calling 240-777-0311. Specific fire alarm permit application requirements can be found here.

Plans must be submitted using DPS eServices as noted above. 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 applicable fire and building codes.


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 depending the number of devices being affected by the work and can be calculated using the Montgomery County DPS Fee Schedule.

When will the permit be issued?

The Fire Alarm Permit turnaround time varies with workload but our goal is two weeks of processing time for regular system plans. If plans are submitted requesting a "fast-track" review they should be processed within 24 business hours. To meet the fast-track guidelines, plans must be a single floor, less than 20,000 square feet and not include the replacement or installation of a main fire alarm control panel. Once the review process is complete the applciant will need to print their approved plans and permit from ePlans and ePermits repsectively and have the information on site and available for immediate review by DPS personnel.

Permit duration:

The permit is valid for one year from the issue date. Permits may be extended by visiting DPS offices located on the second floor of 255 Rockville Pike Rockville, MD 20850. A permit extension fee will apply.


Application Package
 Fire Alarm Permit Application Link to ePermits (Apply Online)
Plan Submittal Checklist ePlans Fire Alarm Systems Submittal Checklist
Screening Information Preliminary Screening For Fire Protection Submittals
Fees and Taxes
 There is currently no cost for Screening Exceutive Regulations for Fees
Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations
Life-Safety Code NFPA-101/2015; COMAR
 Fire Alarm Code  NFPA-72/2013; COMAR
 Sprinkler Code  NFPA-13/2013; COMAR
 Residential Sprinkler

 NFPA-13D&13R/2013; COMAR

Repair, Replacement and Upgrade Policy

 Fire Alarm Repair, Replacement and Upgrade Policy

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.