Quick Reference for Required Fire Department Inspections

Inspection Description Reference Required Paperwork
1. FireLine Rough-In A visual inspection of underground placement of piping, valves, joints, thrust blocks (kickers), saddles, etc., from water main tap to the building.

More than one fire line rough-in inspection may be required if the line is constructed and buried in segments.

NFPA 24
2. FireLine Pressure Test A two-hour hydrostatic pressure test of the fire line. The fireline must maintain a minimum 200 psi for two hours. Flush to follow hydrostatic test. One minute of flushing required for every ten feet of the fire line. Certain circumstances may require that a flush be performed on a different date than a hydrostatic test. NFPA 24 Contractor’s Material and Test Certificate for Underground Piping
3. Fire Sprinkler Rough-In Visual inspection of above-ground piping, placement of sprinkler heads, brackets, hangers, etc. Confirmation of adherence to shop drawings and identification of necessary alterations to ensure complete sprinkler coverage due to unforeseen obstructions. Visual inspection of the standpipe. NFPA 13, 13R, 14
4. Fire Sprinkler Pressure Test Two-hour hydrostatic pressure test. All the above-ground systems must maintain a minimum 200 psi for two hours. Hydrostatic test of the standpipe. Visual inspection of riser components to be conducted at that time. NFPA 13, 13R, 14 Contractor’s Material and Test Certificate for Aboveground Piping
5. Fire Sprinkler Final Final visual inspection of fire sprinkler components including riser, FDC, sprinkler heads, escutcheon rings, etc. Acceptance testing performed at this time in conjunction with the fire alarm. Components tested to include flow switches, tamper switches and may include electronic devices on standpipes. Flow test of the standpipe. NFPA 13, 13R, 14
6. Fire Alarm Rough-In
7. Fire Alarm Final
8. Fire Protection System
9. Fire Department Final