Submit a Safety Fire Plan for Review

Before you can begin any new construction, you must submit a safety fire plan for review and approval.

The Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner sets the minimum fire safety standards in the state. The office enforces the fire safety rules and regulations for hotels, apartment buildings, schools, day care centers, personal care homes, churches, hospitals, nursing homes, mercantile occupancies, buildings four or more stories in height, and race tracks. 

The Safety Fire Engineering team is in charge of reviewing, amending, and approving construction plans to ensure they adhere to all Georgia state adopted fire codes and standards. Fire Safety Compliance Officers examine new and existing structures for compliance with safety fire laws.

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How Do I Submit a Safety Fire Plan for Review?

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    Gather What You’ll Need

    The documents, forms, fees, and other materials you submit along with your plans will vary depending on a number of factors (e.g., building purpose, square feet, occupancy, size, number of stories, location, construction type, etc.).

    If you’re not certain about what you need to submit, it’s best to contact our offices before moving forward. An incomplete submission is subject to immediate rejection. Generally, your submission should include:

    • Construction Plans
      • At least 2 (but preferably 3) sets of architectural, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical plans and specifications; all plans must bear the seal of a Georgia Registered Architect or Engineer
      • A completed 354 Plans Transmittal Form
    • Fire Alarm Plan
      • At least 2 (but preferably 3) full size sets of fire alarm plan drawings. These drawings would include:
        • The printed name, signature, and Georgia license number of the Low Voltage Contractor who is submitting the fire alarm plans for review
        • Written narrative providing intent and system description
        • A floor plan layout view diagram (drawn to scale) showing location of all devices and control equipment
        • Room names, door locations, ceiling fixtures
        • The fire alarm system wiring layout design which includes the gauge(s) of wiring installed
        • The matrix of sequence/operations
        • A fire alarm riser diagram
        • Speaker wattages and decibel ratings for both horn alarm and voice evacuation system components
        • The candela rating shown for drawings for each strobe device and each illuminated emergency exit sign
      • A set of NAC voltage drop/load calculations and a set of battery calculations for the fire alarm system
      • A system equipment submittal including: technical data sheets for all components specified in the fire alarm system design
      • A completed 354-A Fire Alarm Plans Transmittal Letter form 
      • Fire alarm plan review fee payment (if applicable)
        • $150.00 fee for each fire alarm plan review for all non-public buildings
        • Make check or money order payable to the “Safety Fire Division”
    • Sprinkler Plan
      • At least 2 (but preferably 3) full size sets of sprinkler plan drawings. The drawings would include:
        • A site plan (to scale) that shows the hook-up connections to the local water supply, the location of hydrants and cross streets in relation to the building site, the location of the PIV(s), the location of the fire department connection(s) to the building, and the location of any external pump house(s) and backflow prevention devices
        • The signature, stamp, and certificate of competency number of the designer of the sprinkler system
        • A riser detail drawing that would likely show the fire department bypass connection to the sprinkler system
        • Pump system detail drawings for the main pump, jockey pumps, and sensing system (if necessary)
        • Typical system hangar detail drawing(s)
        • Cross section views of the building in order to clarify: the structure of any attic or interstitial spaces within the building; if the piping and sprinkler locations are at any inclined angles and how water flows through the system to the different floors of the building
        • A sprinkler piping detail drawing* for each floor of the building showing the size of pipes being used throughout the system, the location of system hangers, and the location and type of all fire protection equipment
        • A reflected ceiling plan drawing* for each floor that shows the room designations, sprinkler head locations, and the locations of walls within the building (this would also be a good place to identify any fire rated walls, doors, etc. so that the reviewer can more easily determine why a particular room doesn’t have sprinklers in it)
        • *Note: If the building is not that complicated, the piping detail drawing and the reflected ceiling plan drawing can be combined. A good rule of thumb is that if the drawing looks “too busy” to you then it will probably confuse the reviewer
      • A set of hydraulic calculations for both the most remote and the most hydraulically demanding areas for each sprinkler system in the building (please note that these may be different areas in the building)
      • Site Water Flow test data. Note: the test must have been performed within 6 months of the plan submittal to this office and the instruments used for the test must have been calibrated within the year preceding the actual test date. Finally, the local fire and/or water departments having jurisdiction may require that a representative be present during the actual test
      • Technical literature for the equipment expected to be used on the project. This would include:
        • Specific manufacturer, model, and SIN number of all sprinklers
        • Pump performance curves for fire pumps and the total volume and elevation of any water tanks
        • Any associated data for Backflow Prevention Devices, check valves, fire department connections, etc.
      • A completed 354-S Fire Suppression System Transmittal Letter form
      • Fire alarm plan review fee payment (if applicable)
        • $150.00 fee for each sprinkler plan review for all non-public buildings
        • Make check or money order payable to the “Safety Fire Division”
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    Next Steps

    • Once we receive your plans, you’ll be notified that they are in review; note: incomplete submissions are subject to immediate rejection
    • If your plans are approved, they will be returned to you by one of our staff members or via FedEx, UPS, or courier
    • If your plans are not approved, they will annotated and returned to you by one of our staff members or via FedEx, UPS, or courier
    • Once approved, you’ll be cleared for construction
    • If there are changers or edits to the plan, additional fees may apply:
      • 80%, 100%, and first follow-up inspections will be allowed under the construction permit with no additional charge
      • A second follow-up inspection will access a fee of $150.00
      • A third and any subsequent follow-up inspections will assess a fee of $220.00 each