Fire Protection Systems, Permits, and Inspections
If you are considering installing a fire alarm, fire sprinkler, standpipe, hood or other alternative systems, or underground fire lines, here is what you need to know. If you have any questions about this process, please call the Fire Marshal’s Office at (979) 209-5960 and select option “No. 1.”
Permit Application: This form is to be completed when submitting plans for fire alarm, fire sprinkler, standpipe, hood or other alternative systems, or underground fire lines. The form should be submitted with 2 paper sets of scaled plans (if you need only one stamped and returned) along with 1 digital set. The digital set may include a copy of the designer and installer’s license, insurance, and cut sheets. Otherwise, these should be provided on paper. If done on paper, please only provide one copy of data sheets. Please allow 14 days for review.
Fees and Inspection: The Bryan Fire Department does not have a Plan Review Fee at this time, but there are testing fees that will be applied for each inspection. Please provide a request to the Fire Marshal’s Office at least one day before a test is needed so that we can make sure it is scheduled. If we find that the system is not ready or it fails the inspection after it is scheduled a separate inspection fee will be charged. Also a statement signed by the license holder stating that the system meets the required standard will be required.
Fire Code Plan Requirements
The International Fire Code 2015 adopted codes for the City of Bryan Fire Department. These codes provide reference to NFPA documents for plan submittal, installation, and maintenance of fire protection equipment, but they also have requirements that must be met. Please verify that your installation will also meet the adopted code before submission of plans. Below is a short listing of plan requirements that come from the NFPA standards. Please be sure to provide these at a minimum. An approved set of plans must be at the job site.
The plans shall include a floor plan with usage of all rooms, initiating devices, notification devices with ratings, panel, annunciator panels, transponders, power supplies, power connection, battery and voltage calculations, conductor size, cut sheets, details of ceiling height and construction, interface of any fire safety controls, and classification of supervising station.
Sprinkler and Standpipe System
The plans shall include: Name of owner and occupant and contractor, Street address, Compass point, Full height cross section, Elevation drawings, Location of; partitions, fire walls, concealed spaces, small spaces not protected, riser nipples, hangars, pipes, heads, drains, valves, check valves, test connections, initiating devices, FDCs, PRVs, hydrants, public and private mains and any controlling valves, other water sources, riser access rooms, hose outlets, monitors, joints, welds; Standard of installation, Sprinkler head data, Identify dead end main distances, Total area protected on each floor, Number of heads on each riser per floor, Setting on each PRV, Data on valves and piping schedule, Flushing provisions, Nameplate data, Detail on antifreeze systems, Scale of plan on sheets of uniform size, Hydraulic reference points, Calculations of loads for sway bracing, Design criteria for system, and any other data that may be needed for review.
The plans should show the kitchen layout with the type of equipment to be protected. Cut sheets of the appliances shall be provided to verify installations. A diagram of the hood system showing the location and type of nozzles, links, bottle, gas valve, panels, and manual pull stations shall be provided. All gas and electrical systems including the lights under the hood shall shut down on activation of the system except for the exhaust air. A statement that the installation conforms to the standard and manufacturer’s instructions shall be provided. The hood suppression system shall be connected to a fire alarm if one is located on site and will be required to activate the alarm during the test. A test cylinder is required to be used for the test.
Testing of Systems
IFC 2015 Section 901.5 Installation acceptance testing: Fire detection and alarm systems, fire-extinguishing systems, fire hydrant systems, fire standpipe systems, fire pump systems, private fire service mains and all other fire protection systems and appurtenances thereto shall be subject to acceptance tests as contained in the installation standards and as approved by the fire code official. The fire code official shall be notified before any required acceptance testing.
901.5.1 Occupancy: It shall be unlawful to occupy any portion of a building or structure until the required fire detection, alarm, and suppression systems have been tested and approved.
Underground Storage Tanks
Underground storage tanks will be installed or removed in accordance with 2015 ICC Codes, city ordinances, and TCEQ Guidelines.