Building Permit Plan Review
The Fire Prevention Program reviews the plans of all new Commercial and
Industrial buildings and tenant improvements. This is done as part of the
Building Permit Plan Check process. The Building Permit Technician will route
building plans to the Fire Prevention Office.
Spec Building or Shell
If a building is being built as a shell or spec building, there may not be many
requirements but the contractor or building permit applicant must submit a
Business Activity Notification Form.
For tenant improvements each tenant shall complete the Business Activity
It is very important that when a building is being built for a specific use
or occupancy or a tenant improvement is made that the plans indicate the kinds
of industrial uses, hazardous materials and process equipment that will be used.
A list of activities requiring special review is on the back of the Business
Activities and Owner/Operator forms. There are also some Standard Industrial
Building and Development Review Plan Check Comments that can be viewed.
Fire Protection and Fire Alarm Systems
All Fire protection and Fire Alarm Systems are plan reviewed. This includes Fire
Sprinkler Systems, Private Fire Main and Hydrants, Cooking Hood and Duct
Systems, and Fire Detection and Pull Stations.
A separate application form (use BLES application form) and plans are to be
submitted to the Fire Prevention Program for review and approval. Once the
plans are approved a permit will be issued and work can commence.
The permit applicant or contractor is responsible for calling the BLES general
phone number to schedule inspections. There may be several inspections required,
please be sure to consult the inspector as to what inspections are required. A
final permit sign off should be obtained.
If there are building permits in addition to the fire protection system, the
building permit - fire final inspection will not be done until the fire protection
system and/or alarm system permits are finaled.
Special Equipment Review
Underground and aboveground tanks, emergency generators, spray painting booths
and other process equipment are also plan checked during installation, removal
or modification (including repair).
During the various plan reviews, city inspectors determine if the specific
requirements of the codes and regulations are being met.
Policies and Standards
The Unidocs web site contains many standard policies that apply to Fire Code
Permit Occupancies, hazardous materials process and storage systems. Go to
Standard Building Plan Check Comments Commercial/Industrial
Standard Fire Comments for Residential Hillside
Standard DRG Comments For Commercial/Industrial Buildings