There are two very broad categories of inspections conducted by the Fire Department:
  • Inspections of existing occupancies
  • Inspections of new construction

Inspection of Existing Occupancies

The Fire Inspector conducts inspections of existing occupancies according to the type of occupancy and fire companies conduct inspections through the Company Inspection Program (CIP) according to geographic location. If your building is equipped with any fire-protection systems, you must have each one tested and certified annually. Examples of systems that you may have include:
  • Fire Alarm System 
  • Fire Doors
  • Fire Escapes
  • Fire Sprinkler System 
  • Hood Systems
  • Smoke Detectors 
  • Standpipes of any type  
You do not need to schedule these ongoing inspections for existing occupancies; fire department personnel will conduct the inspection at the appropriate interval.

Inspection of New Construction

There are three general types of new construction inspections commonly conducted by the Fire Prevention Bureau:
  • Fire Sprinkler Inspections
  • Fire Alarm Inspections
  • The final "FPB" Inspection
Typically, separate "rough" and "final" inspections are required for any fire sprinkler and / or fire alarm work in new installations. Fire Sprinkler and Fire Alarm inspections should be requested and scheduled by the contractor performing the work.

There is a fee required for the inspections which is covered in the permit fee(s). Re-inspection fees may be assessed, however, under certain circumstances, most often due to the contractor failing to make required corrections or to meet specified deadlines, necessitating additional trips by the Fire Inspector.

The FPB inspection should be requested at the end of your project, when everything required by the Fire Department has been completed.

Automatic Fire Sprinkler Plan Submittals Requirements

  • Plan size shall be no smaller than 24”x36" 
  • Scale shall be no smaller than 1/8” = 1 foot 
  • A minimum of three (3) sets of plans is required 
  • A minimum of two (2) sets of hydraulic calculations is required 
  • Proof calculations may be required
  • Full height section of the structure is required showing slopes, beams, and other architectural features that may affect discharge patterns
  • Current water availability documentation shall accompany all submittals of new systems and TI additions to MRA
  • Installation must be by currently licensed c16 contractors
  • A full set of sprinkler plans must be maintained on the job site for rough and final inspections
  • Underground piping installations by other than sprinkler contractor must be approved prior to approval of fire sprinkler plans
  • Smoke detectors are required
  • A minimum one (1) inch water meter is required
All plan checks are done at the San Gabriel Fire Prevention Bureau.

Contact Information:

To arrange for an inspection or for questions and concerns regarding inspections, please contact Captain Art Stafford
(626) 308-2883