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Fire Alarm Permit

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What Is It?

You need an electrical permit when you are adding, replacing, or relocating fire alarm initiating devices, notification appliances, circuit power extenders, or control units. If your fire alarm system has 7 or more devices or this is a new system, you will need a Fire Department review of your plans. This review is conducted as part of the electrical permit issuance process.

You may also need a business license if you are working in Seattle, even if your office is outside the city.

How Much Does It Cost?

There is a basic fee for fire alarms. Each fire alarm controller and each device (such as horn, strobe, speaker, etc.) costs an additional small fee. Additional Fire Department fees apply.

How Long Does It Take?

You can apply at the Applicant Services Center. You don't need an appointment and the wait time is generally less than 20 minutes. Our review time for your permit depends on how complex your project is and the quality and completeness of your original application.

Steps To Get Your Permit


1. Complete Permit Application

If you are applying for an existing system with less than 7 devices, you can apply for your electrical permit online.

If you are applying for a new system (of any size) or an existing system with 7 or more devices, complete the electrical plan review application. You will need:

  1. The work site address and work activity location
  2. Work site owner or tenant contact name, address, and telephone number
  3. Contractor or installer information, including state electrical license number
  4. Description of work
  5. Three sets of scaled plans, not smaller than 11 x 17 inches. Your plans must include:
  • Floor plan indicating the use of all rooms
  • Riser diagram
  • Location of all alarm-initiating
  • Location of all alarm notification devices, including candela ratings for visible devices
  • Location of alarm control, transponders, and notification power supplies
  • Annunciation
  • Power connection
  • Battery calculations
  • Voltage drop calculations
  • Wiring types and sizes
  • Manufacturer's data sheets with model numbers and information for equipment, devices, and materials
  • Ceiling height and construction details
  • Interface of fire safety control functions

2. Submit Application

To submit your application, visit the Applicant Services Center. Be sure to bring payment information as specified on the permit application form.

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