Fixed Suppression

What is it?

You need a Fixed Suppression System Permit when you install a new or modify an existing fire-extinguishing system provided for protection of commercial-type cooking operations that produce grease-laden vapors.

You will also need a separate Electrical Permit and Fire Alarm Permit for the low voltage wiring associated with fire alarm systems to connect it to the building fire alarm system.  

How Much Does it Cost?

Fees are based on the number of releasing panels or devices being installed or relocated as outlined in Table B of Fire Fee Schedule. A device is defined as a detector, fusible link, nozzle, manual pull station, or agent cylinder. Half the permit fees are due at time of permit application. The balance is due upon permit issuance.  

How Long Does It Take?

You can apply at the Development Services Center. Intake appointments are required when you are submitting any permit that requires plan review or issuance of three (3) or more permits over-the-counter. Your application and plans will be reviewed for completeness by our Fire Prevention counter staff to determine if your project qualifies for an expedited review. If so, your project will be reviewed and the permit issued within 3-5 business days. Otherwise full plan review generally takes 2-4 weeks.

Steps to Get Your Permit

1. Complete the Fixed Suppression System Permit Application  
Electronic plans and documents shall be provided and named as specified in bold type below:
  • Completed permit application
  • Floor plan(s) showing location, size of hood(s), equipment under hood(s), manual pull station extinguishing agent/actuator location
  • Isometric plan(s) showing location/type of nozzles/pipe lengths, extinguishing agent tank(s), fusible link locations
  • Manufacturer’s cut sheets for nozzles used, specific to each piece of equipment being protected; extinguishing agent tank size(s) with system design criteria

Complete the Electrical Permit Application and Fire Alarm Permit Application for connection of the suppression system to the building fire alarm system or Simple Online Permit Application (SOPA).

2. Submit Application
To submit your application, visit the Development Services Center. Be sure to bring payment information as specified on the permit application form.

3. Permit Issuance
Pick up or print permit. You will be contacted when your plans are approved. You can pick up your permit and approved plans at the Development Service Center with a blank USB drive or log into the E-Track Portal where you can print your permit and approved plans.
4. Pay fees
You will need to pay all outstanding fees to pick up or print your permit.