Fire Department - Fire Prevention Bureau Plan Review Requirements

fire dept. badgeFor 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 automatic extinguishing 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, Tina Chappell, 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.

Automatic Extinguishing System Submittal Requirements
(Kitchen Systems, Paint Spray Booths, etc.)

The following information must be submitted to and approved by the Winston-Salem Fire Department prior to any installation per section 901.2 of the North Carolina State Fire Prevention Code and the Winston-Salem Fire Marshal’s Office:

  1. Submit ONE set of plans to  or mail 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

  1. Provide a cover letter with the following information:
    1. Project name and complete project address
    2. Installation Company name and address
    3. Contact Name, Phone number, and Fax number
    4. W-S Building Permit Number (if applicable)
  2. Payment of the plan review fee of $120.00; checks must be made payable to “City of Winston-Salem.”
  3. A scaled and detailed floor plan with the system designer indicated and the date of design. The preferable scale is 1/8 inch and the scale must be clearly indicated on the plans. An elevation view must also be included.
  4. The type of system being installed including the manufacturer’s model number, UL listing date and total flow points available.
  5. The business name and address of the installation must be indicated.
  6. The installer’s name, certification, and date of the last manufacturer’s training school attended; also include a copy of your certificate.
  7. Clearly indicate all of the systems components including a piping diagram.
  8. Number and dimensions of all exhaust ducts including the location, number, and height of all protection nozzles.
  9. Number and dimensions of all plenums including the location, number, and height of all protection nozzles.
  10. Number, description, and dimensions of all appliances being protected including the location, number, and height of all protection nozzles.
  11. Number, location, and temperature rating of all detection devices.
  12. Number and location of all manual activation devices.
  13. Four-page information form.
  14. Type of fuel being utilized and type of shutoffs provided.
  15. Location, type, and size of all portable fire extinguishers.
  16. The method of annunciation must be indicated.
  17. Booth specifications and UL Listing information.
  18. Ventilation specifications and CFM calculations.

For your convenience, we have included a link to an interactive informational form. E-mail it along with your plan to .

Codes used in the review process:
North Carolina State Fire Prevention
North Carolina State Building
North Carolina State Mechanical
Manufacturer’s Requirements / Manual
Applicable National Fire Protection Association Standards

NOTE – Additional information may be required prior to approval of the submitted plans. The above requested information is not all-inclusive.

Return to the General Plan Review Requirements and Checklists Web page.

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