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Fire Plan Submittal and Review Guideline Followed in North Carolina

Fire plans review and inspections are conducted through the Office of Lee County Fire Marshal. Fire Detection/Protection Equipment submittals ought to include at least 1 complete set of documents. Parties expecting a signed set of documents with comments approved by the Fire Marshal’s Office should submit at least 2 sets of documents at the time of submittal along with a full-size, self-stamped addressed envelope. The second set of plans need to be stamped “Approved” and returned to the applicant. A complete set of documents comprising of comments must be available on-site at all times during installation. Submittals for New and Up-fit Construction need to be prepared in compliance with the Office of Lee County Fire Marshal Developmental Services Policies and Guidelines.

 

Fire detection/protection equipment and associated systems must be a different plan submittal and permit fee from Site and Building Plan submittals. Permits should be issued for each individual plan submittal with all subsequent inspections and test being conducted accordingly.

 

Plans approved by the Office of Lee County Fire Marshal give permission for installation of the fire protection system. It must be noted that installation cannot begin without a permit. Final approvals are subject to field inspections. Any approval issued by the Fire Marshal’s Office does not sets contractor or property owner free from the responsibility of complete compliance with applicable codes.

 

All installations require to comply with the approved plans. Any digression from the plans ought to be discussed with the Plan Reviewer for the project before incorporating alterations. Some changes do require a re-submittal to the Fire Marshal’s Office for re-approval.

 

 

Contractor’s License Required:
The General Statutes demand that general construction, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, or gas work should be executed by a licensed individual. As per Chapter 3, Section 301.6- North Carolina Administrative and Enforcement Code, no permits for such work should be issued to an unlicensed person or firm.

 

Site Plan Submittal Requirements:
Site Plan documents for new construction requires to be submitted for review and approval before site preparation work begins. Design, Construction and installation must comply with the appropriate Lee County Ordinances, North Carolina Fire Prevention Code requirements and NFPA Standards. Site plan documents for construction projects need to include the information mentioned below:

 

  • Fire lane locations and pavement marking specifications
  • Fire hydrant locations with associated water lines
  • Fire department connection locations and “FDC” sign specifications
  • Turning radius drawings and pavement driving lane markings
  • Landscaping details including overhanging trees and shrubbery
  • Building overhangs and drive-through locations and height clearances
  • Building entrance and exit locations
  • The anticipated fire flow requirements for the building
  • The intended use of the building including secondary uses
  • A NFPA 241 letter has to be submitted at the time of plan submittal
  • Drawings requires to be scaled
  • Any other items requiring fire department consideration.

 

 

Building Plan Submittal Requirements:
Construction documents for new and up-fit construction should be submitted for review and approval before work beginning. Construction, installation and testing must be according to the appropriate Lee County Ordinances, North Carolina Building/Fire Prevention Code requirements and NFPA Standards.

 

Information contained in the Building plan submittals are as follows:

  • Building Floor Plan with an Appendix B
  • Intended occupancy use classifications and secondary uses
  • Building Elevations and Topography
  • Fire rated assembly locations and specifications
  • Fire separation locations and specifications
  • Fire door locations and door specifications
  • Hazardous Materials storage array locations and specifications
  • Installation or Removal of Tanks for liquid motor fuels and LPG, LNG, CNG
  • The sizes and locations of tanks must be indicated
  • Tank specifications has to be included
  • High-piled combustible storage and rack storage array details
  • It is mandatory that the plans have drawings, diagrams and specifications on Rack Storage arrangements
  • Kitchen Hood Installation locations and specifications
  • Paint Spray Booths and Associated System locations and specifications
  • Flammable/Combustible Liquid Storage Rooms, Hazardous Materials Storage Rooms and Clean Room locations and specifications
  • Special Agent Protection Systems
  • Compressed Gas or Medical Gas System piping diagrams
  • Plans should specify all valve locations
  • Plans should specify all emergency shut off locations and related equipment and signs
  • Pipe sizes and working pressures should be specified
  • Drawings and specification for all buildings must indicate way to maintain the required fire separations and fire resistive integrity:
  • Where penetration of a fire separation wall, floor or rated assembly will be made, drawings require to specify in detail methods to maintain the fire resistive integrity
  • Where penetrations are sealed, plans must comprise of specification on the materials proposed to be used to seal penetrations
  • Fire detection and protection equipment installations
  • Any other items requiring fire department consideration
  • Drawings should be scaled

 

Fire Plan Submittal and Review Guideline Followed in North Carolina

 

Fire Alarm System Plan Submittal Requirements:
Construction documents for fire alarm systems must be submitted for review and approval before the installation of the system. Submittals need to be prepared in adherence to Section 907.1 of the North Carolina Fire Code. Systems need to be designed and installed as per NFPA 72 (2002).

 

  • The fire alarm submittal ought to incorporate battery calculations, voltage drop calculations, sequence of operations, a riser diagram, a symbol legend, and, when utilizing ceiling mounted strobes, the suitable ceiling heights, as needed in NFPA 72 (2002)
  • Fire alarm system plans and specifications should be prepared in compliance with NFPA 72 by professionals who are experienced in proper design, application, installation, and testing of the fire alarm systems. A review by a NICET Level III or Level IV or Professional Engineer should prove helpful
  • Drawings need to be clear and understandable. Drawings must be of a fire alarm design only, not combination drawings using reflected ceiling plans, electrical, mechanical, etc
  • Drawings ought to be scaled

 

Fire Sprinkler/Standpipe System Plan Submittal Requirements:
Working plans must be submitted for approval before any equipment is installed or remodeled. The sprinkler submittal should comprise of hydraulic calculations, manufacturer’s data sheets, and any other documents required to be in accordance with NFPA 13 (2002), 14 (2003), 22 (2003), 24 (2002) and 25 (2002).

 

  • The plans, calculations, specifications, and other required information calls for a review and signature by a design professional certified as a NICET Level III or Level IV, as defined by the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies, or a Professional Engineer or other approved design certification or illustrate equivalent training and experience
  • Drawings must be clear and comprehensible. Drawings should be of a sprinkler system alone, and not combination drawings with plumbing, mechanical, etc., unless those systems are critical to the sprinkler system design
  • Systems need to be designed and installed in accordance with the appropriate NFPA standard (13, 13D, 13R)
  • Drawings require to be scaled

 

Fire Suppression System Plan Submittal Requirements:
The suppression system submittal must include a design manual or summary sheet of nozzle applications for the specific pre-engineered system to be installed. Systems shall be designed and installed in accordance with the appropriate NFPA standard.

 

The submittal must also include the following:

  • Dimensions of the appliances, nozzle specifications for each appliance, duct, booth, room or plenum protected
  • The design number of flow points and flow points used be each bottle
  • The plans, calculations, specifications, and other necessary information has to be reviewed and signed by a design professional certified by the system manufacturer, a Professional Engineer, or other approved certification or equivalent training and experience
  • Drawings should be drawn to scale with clarity and detail to show the nature and character of the work. Drawings require to be of a suppression system alone
  • In buildings with a fire alarm installed, activation of the system shall activate the fire alarm system. If possible, the system requires to be zoned separately from other detection devices
  • In buildings without fire alarms installed, a horn/strobe shall be installed. Activation of the system activates the horn/strobe. The location of the horn/strobe ought to be at the discretion of the Fire Official. For review specification sheets of the devices it is important to submit them
  • A sign reading “If Horn Activates, Call 911” should be installed at the horn/strobe location. The sign must be red in color with white letters. Sign and Letter size are determined by the Fire Official.

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