Fire Suppression Trade License

A Fire Suppression Trade License is required to the install, erect, enlarge, repair, alter, remove, convert or replace of any fire suppression systems within the City of Pittsburgh. Cooking hood work does not require a Fire Suppression Trade License.


 All Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections fees change annually. Consult the Current Fee Schedule  for new applications, renewals, and late fees.  


A 60 day grace period begins when your license expires. A late fee will be charged the day after your license expires. If your license is not renewed within 60 days of expiration, it is considered lapsed and closed. All contractor and trade licenses expire a year from the date of issuance.


  • Looking for additional info or clarification on your license requirements?
  • What exams will be accepted? 
    • ICC standardized test: PLI will accept any authentic, passed “Fire Suppression Installation Contractor” ICC exam, beginning with the 2015 code year and continuing
    • NICET standardized tests: PLI will accept any authentic, passed National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (“NICET”) exams including both the Level III Water-based Systems Layout and Special Hazards Systems Layout tests. Both tests must be completed to be considered equivalent to the ICC test defined above

Continuing Education Credits

  • PLI will accept relevant continuing education credits from accreddited institutions as listed by:
    1. The ICC Preferred Provider’s Directory. For a full list of current providers, visit, and click on “Providers Directory.”
    2. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s (PA - DLI) UCC continuing education providers. For a list of current providers, visit, and click on the “Continuing Education Providers” link.
    3. For Stationary Power Engineers, relevant trainings provided by the International Union of Operating Engineers (“IUOE”) and relevant Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) courses.
    4. Relevant trainings provided by trade-specific union and apprenticeship programs are accepted.
    5. PLI will review requests outside the above categories on a case by case basis
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