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PLAN REVIEW, SYSTEMS TESTING & OCCUPANCY

 

This page contains information related to building construction, testing of life-safety systems, and building occupancy.  Click on any of the links at left under this category to find more information.

 

*Notice to building owners and contractors:

Per IFC 912.4.1 "The fire code official is authorized to require locking caps on the outlets on dry standpipe connections standpipes where the responding fire department carries key wrenches for the removal that are compatible with locking FDC connection caps."

This will take effect for all new buildings effective January 1, 2019 

This will take effect for all existing buildings effective January 1, 2020

When enforcement is required where the fire official determines either the need for maintenance or flushing of a fire protections system due to vandalism, theft or other reasonable cause a locking cap will be required immediately.

 

FOR CONSTRUCTION PERMITS AND WATER PLANS REQUIRED PER SECTION 105.7 OF THE FIRE CODE, PLEASE SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY.  

DFD Water Plan eReview Guide (PDF)

Fire Permits Online Information Flyer (PDF)

For more information and for permit submittals please visit DEVELOPMENT SERVICES E-PERMITS

 

 

PLAN REVIEW & TESTING SERVICES

The City and County of Denver requires that plans and specifications be reviewed by plan review experts prior to approval of building or installation permits. The purpose is to provide safety through ensuring compliance with local ordinances, including the fire code.
 
The plan review process involves personnel from a number of different agencies, so in most cases you will need to start elsewhere--not directly with the Fire Department--and the appropriate portions of the review will be directed to us. 
 
Here are some general guidelines:
 

If you are planning . . .

  Please see:

a multi-family or commercial construction project

 Denver Development Services website

a single-family residence or small project

to install life-safety systems (fire alarm, fire sprinklers, smoke detection, carbon monoxide detection, smoke control, emergency communications systems, etc.) that are not part of a larger, overall construction project
 
   

If you would like to discuss specific issues or design questions about your project with our Plan Review personnel before submitting formal plans

  Pre-Application Plan Review Service

Denver Fire Department Fire Protection Engineers and uniformed firefighters in the plan review unit review:

  • Site plans
  • Water plans
  • Building and life safety system plans and specifications

 

They are also equipped to prepare recommendations or consult with individuals involved in building construction, remodeling or renovations. They contribute a high level of technical ability to the plan review process, interpretations, consultations, and the preparation of recommendations for a broad range of complex fire protection problems, and their expertise is recognized by architects, engineers, builders, and other professionals involved in the building process.

Electronic Permit Submittal Guidelines (PDF)

If you have specific questions about the requirements of city ordinance and how they affect specific design issues in your project, Fire Prevention personnel will provide interpretations of specific code sections and review and comment on specific design issues prior to application for a permit or entering into a property lease or sale.
Note: Prior to scheduling a plan review meeting, please provide your specific questions in writing, along with plans that accurately reflect the proposed project or building occupancy use (rack storage, hazardous materials use, storage or manufacture, high-piled storage, etc).
 
There is no fee for an informal meeting to discuss specific issues; however, a fee is charged in cases where a thorough pre-application plan review is requested. 
 
To request a plan review meeting, please contact the Plan Check unit:
 
Fire Department Plan Check 
Denver Development Services
201 West Colfax Avenue, 2 nd floor
Denver, CO 80202     
720-865-2963

After a life-safety system has been installed, inspection personnel from the Fire Prevention unit must conduct an inspection to determine that is has been installed properly and is functional. 
 
Life-safety systems that require testing include:
  • fire alarms
  • fire sprinklers
  • smoke detection and alarms
  • carbon monoxide detection and alarms
  • smoke control
  • public-address systems
  • firefighters emergency communications systems
  • emergency generators
  • fire pumps
  • radio enhancement systems
  • kitchen hood extinguishing systems
  • special extinguishing systems
  • emergency elevator recall

A successful life-safety systems acceptance test usually results in a temporary or permanent certificate of occupancy.
 
There is no charge for initial acceptance testing unless you need to schedule the testing for a time outside normal business hours. If initial acceptance testing occurs outside normal business hours, a fee is charged. A fee is also charged for any re-tests (i.e., in cases when the initial test or subsequent tests determined that the system did not function in accordance with applicable standards). 
 

PLEASE NOTE: Inspections and fire systems tests that occur outside of normal business hours must be cancelled within one business day (24 hours) from the start time of the inspection or test. 

Any cancellations outside of this timeframe will be assessed the applicable fees. If the inspection or test occurs, and fails, the normal re-inspection fee schedule ($300 first re-inspect, $500 all subsequent re-inspections) will be assessed in addition to the applicable fees for outside of normal hour testing. All cancelled tests will be rescheduled by calling the testing line. 

Fees for construction-related Services
Fire Prevention has fees in place for two construction-related services:

  • Fire Safety Systems Retest - for systems (smoke alarms, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, etc.) that have failed a previous functionality/compliance test. In many cases, we find that, due to pressures to move the project forward, the contractor has not pre-tested the system; in other words, contractors are using the first City test as their pre-test.  We encourage contractors to perform their own pre-test to avoid having to pay a retest fee. The fee is $300 for the first retest and $500 for each subsequent retest. (There is no change for initial acceptance testing unless you need to schedule the testing for a time outside normal business hours.)
  • Contractor-paid Overtime / Standby Personnel - for fire safety system inspections or fire safety systems acceptance testing that the contractor has requested be conducted outside normal business hours. The hourly fee is $80. In accordance with Denver Fire Code Section 106.2.9, this fee also applies to standby personnel.

Both fees can be avoided by a contractor’s diligent preparation (i.e., pre-testing systems) and scheduling of all inspections and testing during normal business hours.

Refer to the installation permit for details about timing of and arranging for a post-installation inspection, or contact the Life-Safety Systems Acceptance Testing Group at 720-913-3480 or  derrick.johnson@denvergov.org.

CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) SYSTEMS USED IN BEVERAGE DISPENSING APPLICATIONS POLICY 

Please see the CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) Beverage Dispensing Applications Policy here: 

CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) BEVERAGE DISPENSING APPLICATIONS POLICY

INFORMATION BULLETIN - NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) SYSTEMS USED IN BEVERAGE DISPENSING

For permitting questions regarding Inert Gas Systems including Carbon Dioxide (CO2) beverage, CO2 industrial and Nitrogen (N2) systems please contact:

Fire Protection Engineer J.D. Lanz at 720-865-2952; James.Lanz@denvergov.org or

Flammables Lt. Eric Reed at 720-913-3518; Eric.Reed@denvergov.org

 

Plan Check Services

If you are planning to install life safety systems (fire alarm, fire sprinklers, smoke detection, public-address systems, etc.) that are not incorporated into a larger construction project, please contact us directly at:

Fire Department Plan Check 

Denver Development Services
201 West Colfax Avenue, 2 nd floor
Denver, CO 80202
Antonio.Caro@denvergov.org  
720-865-2963