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Not all fire alarm, fire sprinkler or kitchen extinguishing system projects require a full plan submittal for a construction permit. Please see items below to determine if your project qualifies for this exception.
Please review all submittal guidelines, inspection guidelines and fire permit fee schedules.
Fire alarm permit plan submittals and applications shall be in electronic format. Information regarding electronic submittal requirements may be found on our eplans Electronic review page.
Fire alarm installation personnel shall meet the criteria set forth in NFPA 72 and this standard. Installation shall be supervised or completed by technicians holding a NICET II or higher level of certification.
Monitored residential fire alarm systems shall zoned by floor. Fully addressable point to point identification is no longer required. (Residential systems only). Combination systems are not approved for installation. Monitored detection is required throughout entire premise.
Wireless systems (RF) are only approved for installation for residential one and two family dwellings.
Detection location and spacing shall be per the latest version of NFPA 72, the 2015 IFC and as set forth herein:
Kitchens and garages are not required to have heat detection installed. Garages shall be either equipped with a sounding keypad or notification device.
Rooms containing (Alarm System) Control Units are not required to be furnished with smoke or heat detecting devices unless otherwise required by this standard or the latest version of NFPA
72. (Applies to residential systems only).
Storage rooms and closets are not required to have smoke detection. Unfinished crawl spaces are not required to have smoke detection.
Carbon monoxide detection is required to be installed per the latest version of NFPA 72 and Colorado HB 1091. Additionally the following installation requirements shall be met:
The installation of combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms is permitted provided the temporal sounding requirements of NFPA 72 and 720 are met.
Carbon monoxide detection shall be monitored when a building or residence is equipped with a monitored fire alarm system. If the existing system is not capable of monitoring carbon monoxide detection then plug in/battery back up detection shall be allowed until such a time that a system is upgraded or replaced. Please contact VF&ES if you have questions.
Fire sprinkler permit submittals and applications shall be in electronic format. Information regarding electronic submittal requirements may be found on our eplans Electronic review page.
All digital files shall be MS windows compatible. All digital documents shall be in PDF and compatible with Adobe Acrobat version 9.0 or greater.
Plans and hydraulic calculations must bear the signature and stamp of an F.P.E. or a NICET level III designer or above.
Plans shall bear the contractor license number for the Town of Vail and the State of Colorado registration number for the installation of water based fire protection systems.
Permit applications for small projects such as tenant finish improvements in commercial occupancies or small residential remodels may be submitted in letter form. Information regarding submittal requirements can be found at the fire alarm and sprinkler permit download page. Select the fire sprinkler-limited scope permit option.
The letter shall be submitted on the registered contractor’s letterhead. The letter shall explain the scope of work, start and completion date, and a statement that tenant finish, remodel, or additions do not affect the hydraulic demand design or integrity of the existing fire protection system.
The letter shall bear the signature and stamp of a NICET level III or above. More information regarding scope of work letters for sprinkler system modification is available on the fire alarm and sprinkler permit download page. Select the fire sprinkler-limited scope permit option.
Please contact VF&ES Fire Prevention at 970.479.2252 should you need more information.
Instructions for calculating FIRE ALARM or SPRINKLER permit fees (see applicable section below):
The following conversion factors need to be applied to the results of fire flow tests conducted within the Town of Vail. The conversion factor is applied to the results to compensate for "peak demand." The conversion factors are listed for each month in which a fire flow test is conducted.
Town of Vail Fire Alarm Permit Application
Review Town of Vail Fire Department Fire Alarm Installation Standard.
Topics to prevent a non-emergency response from the Vail Fire Department Suppression crews.
Important information about your property location to help the Town of Vail Fire Department.
Instructions for calculating fire alarm or sprinkler permit fees.
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Town of Vail Fire Sprinkler Permit Application.
Ordinance 1 of 2007 which adopts in-building public safety radio system coverage minimum standards. Specifications can be found in Attachment A, located at the end of the document.
All fire alarm and sprinkler permit submittal packages are required to be submitted electronically. Click on the link for information and requirements.