Fire Department - Fire Prevention Bureau Plan Review Requirements

For all Commercial, Multi-Family and Industrial building projects inside the city limits of Winston-Salem (excluding WS/FC Schools), the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Building Inspections Division will forward a set of construction plans to the Winston-Salem Fire Department for review. The Winston-Salem Fire Department will contact the person, indicated on the plans as the contact person, to discuss Fire Code requirements for the project. A fax or email will also be sent to the contact person with the requirements listed. A building permit will not be signed off, by this office, if further information or a resubmittal of the plans is required.

The following information details the plan review submittal requirements to the Winston-Salem Fire Department for sprinkler and/or standpipe systems. Submittals should be made electronically to  or mailed to:

Winston-Salem Fire Department Plans Review
Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building (formerly ‘City Hall South’)
Suite 328
100 East First Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Contact Information:
Angela Sowell, Deputy Fire Marshal 336-747-6935 office
 336-727-2792 fax

Upon approval of the plans, an approval letter will be issued for the installation of the particular system. When requesting a final inspection from the Winston-Salem Fire Department, you must submit the Statement of Compliance prior to any inspection being scheduled. If there are multiple fire protection systems being installed at the same location, the final inspection may be held until all trades have completed their installations so that this office may conduct one inspection. Rough-in inspections can be scheduled after approval of any fire protection system.

Please contact our office at (336) 734-1290, to request an inspection or if you should have any questions regarding these requirements.

Statement of Compliance

Section 901.2.1 of the North Carolina State Fire Prevention Code states the following:

“Before requesting final approval of the installation, where required by the Code Official, the installing contractor shall furnish a written statement to the Code Official that the subject fire protection system has been installed in accordance with approved plans and has been tested in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications and the appropriate installation standard. Any deviation from the design standards shall be noted and copies of the approvals for such deviations shall be attached to the written statement.”

The above-referenced Statement of Compliance shall be furnished to the Winston-Salem Fire Department upon request for a final inspection of any fire protection system installation. This Statement of Compliance shall be on the installing companies’ letterhead with the project name and address clearly indicated along with the type of fire protection system installed. The installer shall print their name and sign their name to this Statement of Compliance.

Additional certifications or information may be required at the final inspection, such as aboveground and belowground test certificates for sprinkler and standpipe systems.


The Winston-Salem Fire Department-Fire Prevention Bureau has had several requests from sprinkler companies to review our plan submittal requirements for small jobs. Even though we have been able to turn around plans in a very timely manner, we feel that some changes or less stringent requirements are in order. Life safety and the protection of property are always our number one concern. The following are the changes that will be implemented beginning October 01, 2007. We hope this will make the processes on plan submittal easier for you and your company. As always, do not hesitate to call me or the Fire Marshal, Robert Owens, if we can further assist you concerning this matter or any other related issues.

The following list describes a “Small Job”:

  1. 20 heads or less that have been added, relocated, or changed out.
  2. Can not be located in or affect the remote area.
  3. No phased-in work. If the overall job will affect over 20 heads, plans would need to be submitted as normal.
  4. This change only applies to light and ordinary hazard occupancies/areas only.

The following is what you would need to submit for these “small jobs”.

1. Provide scaled drawing for our records.
2. No calculations would be required.
3. Review fee would remain at $120.00 to cover our costs.
4. Hydrostatic report (working pressure only), and letter of certification at the time of the inspection will be required.

Norman Mitchell
Deputy Fire Marshal
Winston-Salem Fire Department
(336) 747-6935

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