Residential Fire Sprinklers Video
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Per 2010 California Building Code (CBC) Section 903.2.8 and 2010 California Residential Code (CRC) Section R313.2, an automatic residential fire sprinkler system shall be installed in one and two family dwellings. Stand alone and multi-purpose wet-pipe sprinkler systems that do not include the use of anti-freeze shall be designed in accordance with CRC R313.3. If an anti-freeze system proposed, it shall comply with NFPA 13D.
Per Business & Professions Code Section 7026.12, the installation of a fire protection system, excluding an electrical alarm system, shall be performed only by a contractor holding a fire protection contractor classification (C-16), or by an owner-builder of an owner-occupied single -family dwelling, if not more than two single-family dwellings on the same parcel are constructed within one year and are not intended for sale.
Per California Code of Regulations Section 832.16, a Class C-16 Fire Protection Contractor lays out, fabricates and installs all types of fire protection systems, including all the equipment associated with these systems, excluding electrical alarm systems.
A one or two family dwelling sprinkler system must be designed and installed by the same
C-16 Contractor. A C-16 contractor cannot install another C-16 contractor's designed system. An architect cannot design a sprinkler system. A 13-D system is not a plumbing system; i.e. a plumber cannot design and install a sprinkler system.
Within the Town of Truckee and per agreement with the Truckee Fire Protection District, the review of plans, permitting and inspecting of these systems in one and two family dwellings is the responsibility of the Building Division.
A residential fire sprinkler permit shall be submitted, reviewed, approved and issued prior to requesting a rough inspection on the residential permit. Please allow for appropriate amount of time for this process.
Submittal for residential fire sprinkler system requires:
- A separate permit application request form.
- (3) sets of plans (designed by C-16 Contractor).
- (2) sets of hydraulic calculations.
- (2) copies of the latest technical data/manufacturer's data for proposed sprinkler heads and all proposed fixed loss devices.
- A plancheck fee of one hour at the current standard hourly rate (if the square footage of habitable space and garage is less than 2500 square feet); or two hours at the current standard hourly rate (if the square footage of habitable space and garage is greater than 2500 square feet) is charged at the time of permit submittal.
Prior to issuance of the residential fire sprinkler permit, written approval by Truckee Donner PUD (530) 587-2896 shall be obtained by the applicant (suggest concurrent submittal to the TDPUD at the time of permit submittal). The TDPUD will determine water capacity available and determine as adequate for system design or require appropriate upgrades. For this reason it is mandatory to include TDPUD in the development phase of the project.
Once plans are approved and TDPUD approval is obtained the permit can be issued.
- A permit fee of approximately one hour at the current standard hourly rate (0- 2500 square feet); or approximately two hours at the current standard hourly rate (>2500 sq. ft.) will be due at issuance. (Additional minimal fees are generated for these permits - contact permit technician regarding actual final payment amount prior to completing a check for payment).
Prior to final of the sprinkler permit, written approval by Truckee Donner PUD (530) 587-2896 shall be obtained by the applicant. The TDPUD requires a test of the backflow prevention device in order to obtain their final approval.
Click here for a list of the current plan correction items for sprinkler installations.
Additional resources for residential fire sprinklers:
Civilian fire Fatalities
Office of the State Fire Marshall