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Fire Alarm Permit

A fire alarm permit is required to modify an existing fire alarm system or install a new fire alarm system. All work under a fire alarm permit must be performed by an Electrical Contractor registered with the City of Pittsburgh. Items Required for Permit

  • Fire Alarm Application completed by the registered Electrical Contractor with their original ink signature. Incomplete forms WILL be returned without processing the fire alarm application. Please review our Fire Alarm Permit Plan Review checklist prior to submission.
  • Two sets of drawings prepared and sealed by PA licensed Engineer/Architect.
  • If work is related to a building permit, a copy of the approved building permit.
  • All fire alarm permits require electrical permits.

How to Apply:

  • Submit the Fire Alarm Application, check/money order and two copies of drawings to the Engineering Counter at 200 Ross St, 3rd floor or mail them to:
    City of Pittsburgh
    Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections
    200 Ross Street Room 320
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
  • Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections staff reviews and processes the application. Please be aware that fire alarm permits are logged into our queue and processed in the order in which they are received. Once issued, the permit will be mailed to the registered Electrical Contractor.


The permit will list the assigned Combined Construction Inspector and provide their phone number. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to arrange for all required inspections by contacting the Inspector. Please note you will need to submit a Statement of Compliance in order to schedule the inspection.

Required inspections include:

  • A rough-in inspection before any work is concealed.
  • A final inspection when all work is complete. A Record of Completion will need to be submitted prior to final inspection.

The following additional forms may be required depending on the scope of work:

  • Smoke Control Certificate
  • Stair Pressurization Certificate

All Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections fees change annually. Please consult the Current Fee Schedule.

2019 Fee Schedule

2019 Fee Schedule

Note once a permit or license has been issued, refunds are not provided.