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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 maintenance and a Five Year Service Test are 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.

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 PDF icon Disrupted Service-Fire Protection Systems for further details.