Building / Fire System Plan Reviews

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Fire Department Plan Reviewer/Fire Marshal Duties

  • Review construction plans for commercial and public accessible buildings and multi-family dwellings to make sure construction materials and methods meet the minimum fire and life safety requirements of the 2012 NC Fire Code, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, and amendments to the fire code as adopted by the City's Code of Ordinances.
  • Issue certificates of occupancy. 

Prices are listed below for specific types of review.

All plan submittals must be accompanied by a completed Commercial Fire Protection System Permit Application. No exceptions.

Also, review this Downtown Fire District Map.

Submit your building plans through the City's Electronic Plan Review System and send your fire systems plans by mail or in person to:
    Greensboro Fire Department - Fire & Life Safety Division
    c/o Asst. Fire Marshal Jeff Pritchett
    Melvin Municipal Office Building
    300 W. Washington St.
    Greensboro, NC 27401
        Phone: 336-373-2830
        Fax: 336-333-6056

For questions about TRC/Site Reviews, contact:
Asst. Fire Marshal Hunter Pegram
    Phone: 336-373-7694
    Fax: 336-333-6056

Learn more about related requirements for your project by visiting Development Services.

Fees & Plan Requirements for Review

Plan Types Cost Quantity
Sprinkler/Standpipes $125
per riser
four sets of plans / two sets cut sheets / one site plan showing hydrant / fire department connections
Fire Alarm Systems $125 two sets of plans / two sets cut sheets
Commercial Cooking Systems $75 two sets of plans
Spray Booths $75 two sets of plans
Tank Installation $75 two sets of plans

Plan Submittal Guidelines

  • Requirements conform to the 2012 NC Fire Code, as adopted and amended by the City, and any applicable NFPA standards.
  • Guidelines do not replace or supersede any codes and/or ordinances adopted by the City or any determinations by the Plan Reviewer/Fire Marshal.
  • All fire alarm plan submittals must be sealed by a professional engineer (PE). Contact the Plan Reviewer/Fire Marshal for additional guidance.
  • All plan submittals and calculations must be accompanied by the appropriate plan review fees.
  • Plans are reviewed in the order they were submitted. 
  • Plan reviews will be completed as soon as possible. Plan revisions, changes, or incomplete submittal packages may delay your final plan approval.
  • Any deviation from the approved plans requires a plan resubmittal prior to inspection. Failure to submit revised plans prior to the inspection may result in a delay for inspection and sign-off.   
  • Building construction plans are not reviewed until the civil plans have been approved.
  • Plan approvals give final authorization for construction and are subject to field inspection and verification.
  • Plan approvals do not release the contractor or property owner from responsibility of full compliance with all applicable codes and ordinances relating to the construction project.

Plan Type Specifics (from chart above)


  • Three sets of NICETT Level 3 or 4 plans are required to be submitted with hydraulic calculations.
  • Provide cut sheets on heads and pipe scheduling.
  • If adding less than 20 heads, a plan submittal is not required, but a field inspection is required.
  • Questions about calculations? Contact the Construction Services Division at 336-373-2830.


  • Two sets of professional engineered (PE) signed and sealed plans are required to be submitted.
  • If PE signed fire alarm plans are included in the electrical plans for building plan submittal, shop drawings will suffice.
  • Battery calculation need to be included in the plans.
  • If adding less than five devices, no plan is required, but a field acceptance testing is required.
  • If replacing a fire alarm control panel, cut sheets and a review with acceptance test is required.

Commercial Cooking Systems

  • Two sets of plans showing tank, flow points, nozzles used and the heights are required to be submitted.
  • Plans need to show appliances, pipe sizes, and pull station location.
  • Acknowledge class K extinguisher and interconnection with fire alarm system, if it is present.

Spray Booths

  • Two sets of plans showing booth dimensions, nozzles and protection areas are required to be submitted.
  • Duct and plenum compliance with NFPA 17.
  • Show location of manual pull station.
  • Building plans for spray booths are also required to be submitted.

Tank Installation

  • Two sets of plans showing site plan with tank location are required to be submitted.
  • Cut sheets on tank with UL listing and secondary containment are required to be submitted.
  • Tank installation will be reviewed in accordance with NFPA 30 and NCIFC Chapter 22 and 34.