Commercial Fire Suppression Systems Permit

Commercial Sprinkler Permit

PLI Plan Review to begin 12/1/2017: Beginning December 1, 2017, The City of Pittsburgh, Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections will resume Plan Review of drawings and applications for all Sprinkler Permits. Third Party Agency plan review is not required, and the standard permit fees will be assessed. 
TPA Plan Review accepted until 1/1/2018: Any drawings submitted with Third Party Agency Approval will be accepted for permits at the discounted rated until 1/1/2018, at which time only City of Pittsburgh Plan Review will be accepted.
Please review our Above Ground and Under Ground Permit Plan Review Checklist prior to submission. 

A sprinkler permit is required to modify an existing sprinkler or to install a new sprinkler or fire extinguishing system (wet/dry chemical, clean agent or hood suppression). New underground mains require a separate sprinkler permit from the above ground sprinkler or fire extinguishing system.

All work under a sprinkler permit must be performed by a General Contractor registered with the City of Pittsburgh.

Items Required for Permit

  • Fire Protection Permit Application completed by the registered General Contractor with their original ink signature. Incomplete forms WILL be returned without processing the sprinkler application.
  • Two sets of shop drawings. For new underground fire mains, two sets of the PWSA approved drawings will be required.
  • If work is related to a building permit, a copy of the approved building permit.
  • All clean agent systems require an HVAC permit to exhaust the system as required by the City of Pittsburgh's code amendments.
  • A check or money order for the permit fee.

How To Apply

  1. Submit the completed Fire Protection Permit Application, check/money order and twocopies 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
  2. Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections staff reviews and processes the application. Please be aware that sprinkler 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 General Contractor.


The permit will list the assigned Fire Inspector and provide their phone number. It is the responsibility of the permit holder to arrange for all required inspections by contacting the Fire Inspector. Inspectors are in the office from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and are in the field for the remainder of the day.

Please note you will need to submit a Statement of Compliance and Hydrant Flow Test 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.

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

All Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule below:

2017 Fee Schedule

The permit and license fees for the Department of Permits, Licenses, and Inspections undergo periodic adjustments.

Please consult the current year Fee Schedule.

2017 Fee Schedule

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