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February 20, 2006
City of Charlotte - Fire Department and Mecklenburg County Code Enforcement
Fire Alarm & Detection Systems Plan Review Requirements
This joint policy was developed in response to customer comments regarding the fire drawings submittal process. The purpose of the policy is two-fold:
Current Process: Sprinklers
In an effort to collect additional information about sprinkler systems before buildings are constructed, the Charlotte Fire Department and the Mecklenburg County Engineering and Building Standards Department (now known as Code Enforcement Department) revised their permit application process. Beginning October 1, 1997, permit applications required plan submittal on new building or additions with sprinklers in one of the following ways:
If the second option was selected, the sprinkler contractor shop drawing submittal was required as a plan revision to the previously reviewed plans, with the submittal indicating the original 6-digit tracking number.
2.1 Current Process: Fire Alarms
Similar to the above sprinkler submittal requirements in either one of the following ways:
A. Construction Documents
Construction documents for fire alarm systems shall be submitted for review and approval prior to system installation. For the purpose of this guideline architectural plans will be considered as construction drawings. Such drawings shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following:
B. Contractor Identification
Technical documentation bearing the name, address, and phone number of the system designer and installing contractor shall be available on-site for review and acceptance by the fire inspector and, shall include the following:
Appropriate fire alarm plan review fee and performance test fee(s) will be charged at the time of architectural review. Additional performance test fee(s) may be charged if fire alarm system performance field tests reveal system deficiencies and/or if contractor schedules a fire alarm system test and is not ready when fire inspector arrives on site.
The purpose of the preceding plan submittal criteria is to serve as an aid to A&E's in preparing permit drawings for submittal. This list does not replace the need for shop drawing review; those will still be required in the field. In addition, while this list fairly resembles the information needed by Fire Marshals in their review, actual shop drawing submittal requirements may vary, as job conditions dictate, at the discretion of the Fire Marshal.
This joint policy between Charlotte Fire and Code Enforcement will be become effective April 3, 2006.
Inquiries or questions regarding the joint policy should be addressed to:
Sprinkler shop drawings shall be submitted for review and approval prior to the systems' installation. Sprinkler shop drawings shall include as a minimum the following items:
Appendix B, "Building Code Summary Sheet" (18" x 24" minimum)
Due to special installations, protection of certain hazards, etc., additional technical information set forth in Chapter 8 of NFPA 13 may be required.