Plan Review & Acceptance Testing

Plan Review & Acceptance Testing

The purpose of plan review and acceptance testing is to increase fire safety for the public and our firefighters, and protect property. We provide code consultation, plan review, onsite inspections and testing. We grant permission for occupancy by applying the adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards, Department of Commerce Administrative Codes and City of Fitchburg Chapter 44 (Fire Prevention Ordinance). Applying these codes and ordinances the Fire Prevention Division seeks to ensure that all new and remodeled buildings and facilities meet all of the State and local Building and Fire Code requirements.

Plans are required prior to the issuance of any kind of permit. The size, type, and location of the proposed building will dictate the permits and approvals needed from the various City departments. This will also determine the type and number of inspections that will be required throughout the construction process.

Plan Review

Approval of Plans Required

No automatic sprinkler equipment shall be installed or altered in any building until plans have been submitted to and reviewed by the Fire Department. Three copies of the plans and specifications, two paper copies and one electronic copy, shall be submitted for review. Conditionally approved plans shall be stamped with the date of review. One paper copy shall be returned to owner, two retained by the Department for field use and property file reference.


Plans for sprinkler systems (including drawings, diagrams and other information required by NFPA 13, as needed) shall be submitted, to the Fire Department for review and conditional approval. Plans shall be conditionally approved prior to any installation or construction.


Calculations shall be submitted with all plans. In the event a pipe schedule is used, a written report with verified pressure information shall be submitted. The engineer completing such calculations shall stamp and sign the report.

Contact Deputy Chief Grossen for more information about plan reviews.