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Maintenance and Testing of Fire Protection Systems

The Compliance Engine

The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department has instituted a new process for service providers who inspect and test fire protection systems.  Effective 04/15/2020 all compliant and non-compliant fire protection system test reports are required to be electronically submitted to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department online via The Compliance Engine at www.thecomplianceengine.com. Visit the Compliance Engine page for more information.

Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems

Periodic inspection, testing and maintenance is required for sprinkler and standpipe systems per Title 19, Chapter 5 and the current adopted version of California Edition of NFPA 25. A licensed contractor (C16 license) must perform the service test every five years.

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 current adopted 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 as specified in the current adopted NFPA references as amended by the State of California.
  • The person performing the test must either be a licensed alarm contractor (C7 or C10) or must have received specialized training for the system for which he/she is responsible.

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