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Fire Alarm Permit

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What Is It?

You need Fire Department review of your plans when you are adding, replacing, or relocating 7 or more fire alarm devices or control units. This review is conducted as part of the our 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

Complete the electrical permit application (plan review). 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 plans, not smaller than 11 x 17 inches. Your plans must include:
  • Floor plan
  • Riser diagram
  • Location of all alarm-initiating and alarm-indicating devices
  • Alarm control and trouble-signaling equipment
  • Annunciation
  • Power connection
  • Battery calculations
  • Voltage drop calculations
  • Wiring types and sizes

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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