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The following fire protection publications have been linked to this page to consolidate all of the fire protection-related information into one location. In addition, the San Diego Fire Department website contains policies and procedures related to fire protection issues. For all information bulletins, technical bulletins, and forms, please visit the following sections:

Please note that the following bulletins and forms are a supplement to the California Building and Fire Codes and are not intended to be less restrictive to the Codes and Standards in effect.

Publication Number Subject Description Revision
Date
File Type
GENERAL
DS-162 Request for Fire Inspection Request for Fire Inspection
Use this form to request a fire inspection.
September 2014 PDF
(Form Filler)
DS-3032 General Application General Application
Use to apply for a permit for construction, plumbing, electrical, mechanical work, grading, work in the public right-of-way, demolition/removal permits, development permits or policy approvals.
August 2013 PDF
(Form Filler)
501 Fee Schedule, Building Permit Fee Schedule for Construction Permits - Structures
Use this fee schedule to determine building permit and plan check fees.
July 2014 PDF
FIRE SPRINKLERS
FIRE-9-1 Sprinklers, Standpipes, Fire Pumps and Secondary Water Supply for High-Rises Sprinklers, Standpipes, Fire Pumps and Secondary Water Supply for High-Rises
The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to establish the minimum requirements for the design of sprinkler systems, standpipes, secondary water supply and fire pumps in high-rise buildings. High-rise buildings are defined in the California Building Code (CBC) as a building having an occupied floor located more than 75 feet above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access.
September 2014 PDF
FIRE-9-3 Sprinkler Protection for Balconies, Canopies, Porte-cochères, and Decks Sprinkler Protection for Balconies, Canopies, Porte-cochères, and Decks
The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to establish the minimum requirements for the design and installation of sprinklers for balconies, canopies, porte-cochères, and decks.
July 2014 PDF
FIRE-9-5 Design of Sprinkler Systems in Shell Buildings Design of Sprinkler Systems in Shell Buildings
The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to provide the design criteria and requirements to the applicant for providing sprinkler systems in shell buildings without a specific tenant and/or use.
July 2015 PDF
RESD-3-1 Residential Fire Sprinklers Protection of Existing Buildings with Residential Fire Sprinklers
The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to clarify the City of San Diego's policy on when fire sprinkler protection is required for additions and alterations to existing dwellings not protected with a sprinkler system.
March 2014 PDF
113 Cross-Connection Control Cross-Connection Control
This information bulletin describes the City standards and minimum requirements related to cross-connection control/backflow protection review.
July 2014 PDF
124 Residential Fire Sprinklers How to Obtain a Permit for Residential Fire Sprinklers
This Information Bulletin covers the procedures for obtaining a fire sprinkler permit for single family homes and duplexes. See Information Bulletin 139 for fire sprinkler systems permitting requirements for all other uses.
January 2015 PDF
139 Fire Sprinkler Systems How to Obtain a Permit for Fire Sprinkler Systems
This bulletin covers the procedures for obtaining a permit to install a fire sprinkler system and applies to all National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13 and 13R sprinkler submittals.
July 2014 PDF
166 Water, Sewer or Fire Service How to Obtain a Permit for Water, Sewer or Fire Service
Use this bulletin when obtaining a permit to install water, sewer or fire services.
July 2012 PDF
180 Hydrant Flow Data How to Obtain Hydrant Flow Data
This information is required when applying for fire sprinkler or standpipe permits requiring hydraulic calculations within the City's jurisdiction.
September 2014 PDF
181 Private Underground Fire Service and Hydrants How to Obtain a Permit for Private Underground Fire Service and Hydrants
This information bulletin covers the procedure for obtaining a permit to install private underground fire service mains and fire hydrants.
September 2014 PDF
DS-160 Hydrant Flow Request Hydrant Flow Request
Request this form to review the available water flow and pressure for a hydrant. This information is used by the customer to design fire sprinkler systems.
March 2014

PDF
(Form Filler)

DS-161 Affidavit for Fire Sprinkler Alterations Affidavit for Fire Sprinkler Alterations or Tenant Improvements (TIs)
The purpose of this affidavit is for designers/contractors to obtain a "no-plan permit" for fire sprinkler systems when the scope of work is limited to the addition or alteration of 0-20 sprinkler heads in existing, sprinklered commercial buildings.
April 2014 PDF
(Form Filler)
FIRE ALARM AND SMOKE CONTROL
BLDG-9-1 Design and Testing Requirements for Smoke Control Systems Design and Testing Requirements for Smoke Control Systems
The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to provide the smoke control guidelines and requirements to the building permit applicant. This bulletin also describes the minimum requirements for smoke control design and special inspection.
March 2014 PDF
FIRE-9-2 Fire Alarm Control Panels Requirements for Fire Alarm Control Panels
The purpose of this technical bulletin is to describe the requirements for fire alarm control panels.
April 2014 PDF
FIRE-9-4 Fire Alarm Wiring Fire Alarm Wiring
The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to provide fire alarm system wiring guidelines and requirements to the permit applicant. In addition to the information provided in this Technical Bulletin, the permit applicant shall follow definitions, guidelines and requirements from adopted codes and standards.
January 2015 PDF
137 Fire Alarm Systems How to Obtain a Permit for Fire Alarm Systems
This bulletin covers the procedures for obtaining a permit to install a fire alarm system and applies to both required and voluntary National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 72 fire alarm system projects.
July 2014 PDF
DS-163 Affidavit for Fire Alarm Alterations Affidavit for Fire Alarm Alterations or Tenant Improvements (TIs)
The purpose of this affidavit is for designers/contractors to obtain a "no-plan permit" for fire alarm systems when the scope of work is limited to the addition or alteration of 0–4 fire alarm devices and/or appliances in existing buildings.
April 2013 PDF
(Form Filler)
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AND HIGH-PILED STORAGE
116 Hazardous Materials Reporting Requirements for Hazardous Materials
Any hazardous materials that will be stored in a building when construction is complete must be reported in advance.
January 2014 PDF
DS-164 High-Piled Combustible Storage High-Piled Combustible Storage
This form is required to be submitted for all new or existing High-Piled Combustible Storage as defined in the California Fire Code.
January 2014 PDF
(Form Filler)
DS-165 Hazardous Materials Reporting Hazardous Materials Reporting
All non-residential projects (except retaining walls, fences and similar projects) must have a completed Hazardous Materials Reporting Form at the time of project submittal. This information is used to determine the occupancy classification of the proposed structure(s) along with the fire and life safety protection systems and procedures required.
January 2014 PDF
(Form Filler)

The following sprinkler policies are in the process of being updated. Since the following policies are not consistent with current codes and standards, the City of San Diego will be enforcing concepts addressed in these policies that are clarifications to the current adopted codes or that are more restrictive than the currently adopted codes. Note that the City of San Diego has adopted the 2013 California Codes and its referenced standards as of January 1, 2014.