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 e-mail 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 fire alarm 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:
Norman Mitchell, 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.

(Including Generator Base and Day Tanks)

The following information must be submitted to and approved by the Winston-Salem Fire Department and the Building/Zoning Inspections Department, (Building Permit Must Be Obtained) 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 TWO sets of plans 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

2. 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
  1. Payment of the plan review fee of $200.00; checks must be made payable to “City of Winston-Salem.”
  2. Two sets of scaled and detailed plans with the system designer indicated and the date of design. All plans must be sealed by a North Carolina registered Professional Engineer (PE). At the discretion of the Fire Official, the PE seal requirement may be waived for simplistic systems of 300 gallons capacity or less. These plans must be submitted to and approved by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Zoning Inspector prior to the Fire Department review.
  3. The method of storage must be indicated.
  4. The method of dispensing must be indicated.
  5. The quantities and types of materials to be stored must be indicated.
  6. The distances from other tanks, dispensers, property lines, and buildings must be indicated.
  7. Vehicle access and all type and number of collision barriers must be indicated.
  8. All fire appliances must be indicated. This includes the location, type, and size of all portable fire extinguishers.
  9. The design and construction of the tank.
  10. The UL Listing of the tank, dispenser and related equipment.
  11. Tank supports and seismic design of the supports including bedding to be used for below ground tanks.
  12. All secondary containment and leak detection.
  13. All normal and emergency tank venting.
  14. Any vapor recovery provisions.
  15. All emergency controls.
  16. All overfill prevention.
  17. All signage to be used including emergency directions and normal operating instructions.

Codes used in the review process:
North Carolina State Fire Prevention
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.

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