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Fire Inspections

Maintenance and Testing of Fire Protection Systems

Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems

Periodic maintenance and a Five Year Service Test are required for sprinkler and standpipe systems per Title 19, Chapter 5 and the 2006 California Edition of NFPA 25. A licensed contractor (C16 license) must perform the service test every five years.

Maintenance forms for Sprinkler Maintenance (PDF) and Standpipes Maintenance (PDF) can be downloaded to use.

A license is not required to perform maintenance inspections.

Fire Alarm Systems

A fire alarm system must be tested periodically in accordance with the California Fire Code and the 2007 Edition of NFPA 72 as amended by the State of California.

  • The alarm system must be tested annually.
  • Supervisory valve switches (including those which are part of a sprinkler or standpipe system), and the water flow (i.e. main drain test) and Inspector's Test which are part of a sprinkler system, must be tested semi-annually.
  • The person performing the test must either be a licensed alarm contractor (C7 or C10) or must have received specialized training for the system (per NFPA 72 guidelines) for which he/she is responsible.

Systems Out of Service

  • When a fire protection system is out of service, a fire watch may be required. In addition, the Fire Communications Center should be notified at (858) 974-9891 as well as Fire Prevention Bureau at (619) 533-4400.
  • See the policy on Disrupted Service-Fire Protection Systems (PDF) for further details.