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Fire Protection Permits

When is a Fire Protection System Permit Required?

A fire protection permit is required for all work involving any fire protection system addition or modification. Permits are required any time that a fire protection system is affected by any sort of work including repair. Please note that fire alarm systems require a separate permit and are not part of the fire protection system permit.


The purpose of a fire protection system 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 of Maryland and the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services. The applicant must complete a fire protection system 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. Please see the ePlans submittal requirements for information regarding electronic plan submission.

Please note that beginning January 9th, 2017 all permit applications and plan submittals will be required to use eServices. Classes in the use of eServices are offered each Monday at 9 a.m. at DPS offices located at 255 Rockville Pike 2nd fl. Rockville Maryland. You can also click on the green eServices tab on the DPS homepage, email or by calling Aaron Smith @ 240-994-0335.

Electronic plans may be submitted any time. 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 conforms to the fire codes (see screening limitations). ePlans may be submitted anytime using DPS's eServices.


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 regarding the appeal process.

What will the Permit Cost?

The fee for fire protection systems permit will vary based on the number and types of equipment being affected by the work. Fees can be calculated using the Montgomery County DPS Fee Schedule.

When will the Permit be Issued?

The fire protection 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 will be reviewed within 24 business hours. To meet the Fast-Track guidelines, plans must be less than 5,000 square feet, on a single floor and must not require calculations.

What is the Permit Duration?

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


Application Package
Fire Protection Permit Application for Fire Protection Permit 
Sprinkler Submittal Checklist ePlans Sprinkler 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 Sprinkler and Standpipe Plans
Fees and Taxes
Fee Schedule Executive Regulation for Fees
Codes, Standards, Executive Regulations


  NFPA101/2015; COMAR
  NFPA13D/2013; COMAR

NFPA 13D/2013; COMAR


NFPA13R/2013; COMAR   

Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations
None at this Time  
Inspection Requirements
Fire Alarm Inspections Fire Alarm Inspections
Fire Protection System Inspections Fire Protection Inspections
Frequently Asked Questions
311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Fire Protection"
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.