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Exception: Water bill payments and new service requests can be made at City Hall from 10 am to 3 pm weekdays.

Questions? Call 336-373-CITY (2489).

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 2018 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 and Permitting, contact:
    Captain M. P. Zimmerman
    Phone: 336-373-7694
    Fax: 336-333-6056

For emergency repairs and work, email Emergency Permitting
Required information for email:
    1. Your email address
    2. Your Full Name.
    3. Subject of the request
    4. Provide the full address, phone number and scope of the work on in comments.
After emailing Emergency Permitting you may begin the work. We will contact you during regular business with the next steps in the process to follow. Reminder: maintenance work is not considered emergency work. 

For scheduling of Certificate of Occupancy inspections and acceptance testing contact:
Captain Hunter Pegram 
    Phone: 336-373-7829
    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
Two NICETT Level III sets of plans / two sets cut sheets / one site plan showing hydrant / fire department connections / flow test within one year from Greensboro Water Resources.
Fire Alarm Systems $125 Two sets of professionally engineered plans / two sets cut sheets / calculations showing wire runs
Commercial Cooking Systems $75 Two sets of plans
Spray Booths $75 Two sets of professionally engineered plans
Tank Installation $75 Two sets of professionally engineered plans

Plan Submittal Guidelines

  • Requirements conform to the 2018 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)


  • Two sets of NICETT Level 3 or 4 plans in accordance with NFPA 13 are required to be submitted with hydraulic calculations.
  • Provide cut sheets on heads and pipe materials.
  • If adding, relocating  or moving more than 20 heads requires plans submittal.
  • Questions about calculations, if over 20 heads? Contact the Construction Services Division at 336-373-2830.
  • Site plan / Underground.


  • 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.
  • All communicator changes require submittal and acceptance tests.

Commercial Cooking Systems

  • Two sets of plans and cut sheets showing tank, flow points, appliances, pipe sizes, pull station location, nozzles used and the heights are required to be submitted.
  • 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 professionally engineered 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 shall be designed in accordance with NFPA 30 and applicable chapters of the 2018 NCIFC.