Fire Protection Systems Permit

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A fire protection systems permit is required for installing and making changes to fire protection systems such as:

  • Fire alarms
  • Fire sprinklers
  • Standpipes
  • Rangehood systems
  • Other suppression systems and components

Submission Requirements

Fire protection systems permit applications must be submitted online via ePlan.

  • Review ePlan online submission guidelines, which include document sizing and layout, standard file naming conventions, and file type requirements.
  • The property owner, designer, and/or contractor should submit the application.
  • Based on the permit holder and applicant for your project, you may be required to upload a Permit Authorization Affidavit.
  • Plans or other supporting documents must be provided at the time of application.
  • When you apply, you must identify the type of building in your project. Some residential properties are considered commercial per the Building Code and therefore require a commercial permit. Determine whether your project is considered residential or commercial.

Application Process

Apply online

Completeness check

  • Applications will be checked for completeness within 2 business days.
  • You will receive an email with further instruction if your application is incomplete.


  • Review times are based on the scope of work.
  • A project qualifies for a review time of 5 business days if it consists of 20 or fewer initiating and signaling devices, 20 or fewer sprinkler headers, or range hoods only.
  • All other projects take up to 15 business days to review.
  • Review times do not include completeness check or final processing windows.


  • Applicants will receive an email with any review comments.
  • View the Permit Revisions webpage to learn how to respond to comments and revise plans or documents.

Changes to applications previously submitted in paper or email

  • If the permit was not assigned a permit number, please submit a new application in ePlan.
  • If the permit was assigned a permit number, the applicant can decide either to remain in email or transition to ePlan. Transitioning to ePlan is strongly encouraged for efficiency.
  • To remain in email:
    • Send an amended Fire Protection Systems Permit Application to
    • Note on the application, “Amendment to <insert permit number>”.
    • Fill out all of the information exactly the same as the original application, except for the quantity of fixtures and equipment. Only include changing information in the fixture counts; do not include all original fixtures.
  • To transition to ePlan:
    • Fill out a “Trade Permit – Fire” application in ePlan with the same information as the paper application but in the scope of work field, please write, “This is a revision to <insert permit number>”.
    • Please view the video tutorials on how to apply for a fire protection systems permit and how to upload plans and documents.
    • Click the “Add” button, then upload all of the plans or other supporting documents.
    • Click “Submit for Review.”

Final processing

  • After required reviews and revisions are completed, contractor information will be verified and permit fees will be calculated.
  • You will receive an email with final processing information within 2 business days that includes a permit fee balance to pay online.

Approvals and printing

  • Once payment is received, you will receive a digital copy of the permit through your ePlan account.
  • An approved plan set will be available within one business day, also accessible through your ePlan account.
  • The applicant is responsible for printing the permit and plan set. Construction may not begin until permits have been approved and posted.
  • View printed plan set requirements.

Scheduling Inspections

Once your permits have been approved, you must schedule inspections to ensure the safety and proper progress of the project.

Please call 703-228-3846. Leave a voicemail with the permit number, the type of inspection, and your contact information. An Inspection Services Division staff member will contact you to coordinate the date of the inspection.


Fee schedules provide the range of fees charged for each type of application or activity related to land development in Arlington. Fees cover permitting, plan review, enforcement, inspection, service delivery, performance agreements, and conditions. There are separate fee schedules for Inspection Services Division (ISD), Zoning, and the Department of Environmental Services (DES). Some permits involve fees from more than one schedule.