Commercial Fire Suppression Systems Permit

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Commercial Sprinkler Permit

TPA Plan Review is no longer accepted as of 1/1/2018.  PLI will review all drawings and applications for all Sprinkler Permits.  The standard permit fees will be assessed.

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 Fire Suppression Trade License holder registered with the City of Pittsburgh.

Items Required for Permit

  • Commercial Fire Suppression System Permit Application by the registered Fire Suppression Trade License holder 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/money order to pay the permit fee, due when permit is issued. We accept credit card payments at the counter. There will be a 2% + $0.25 convienence fee in addition to the permit fee.

How To Apply

  1. Submit the completed Fire Protection Permit 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
  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 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 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:

2019 Fee Schedule

2019 Fee Schedule

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