Fire sprinkler permit
You need a fire sprinkler permit to install a sprinkler system in any commercial, industrial, institutional, or multi-family home, or in a new single-family home within a fire limits area.
Who can apply
Fire sprinkler systems can only be installed by licensed contractors, and only a contractor can apply for the permit.
How to apply
To apply for a fire sprinkler permit:
- Review the requirements on this page
- Prepare electronic copies of any required documents
- Complete the online application form
The application form will open in a new tab so you can continue to view this page without having to exit the form.
Important to know before you apply
- You must receive your permit before the work can begin
- If the work is related to a building permit, we will not issue your fire sprinkler permit until your building permit has been issued
- You must have a valid business licence in the District, and a valid trades qualification certificate
If you are installing six or more sprinkler heads, you'll be asked to include electronic copies of these supporting documents with your application:
- Signed and sealed design drawings
- Schedules B1 and B2 of the Building Code
- Confirmation of professional liability insurance
Be sure you have prepared these documents before you start your application. You won't be able to save a partially completed application form and return to complete it later.
These documents must be approved by a mechanical inspector before your permit will be issued.
After you submit your application
- We'll review your application and contact you if we need additional information
- Once your application has been processed, we'll email you a link to pay the permit fee online. If you prefer not to pay online, you can pay by credit, debit, cash, or cheque by coming to District Hall in person
- After payment is received and all applicable reviews have been completed, we will contact you
Having your permitted work inspected
Most work you do with a permit requires an inspection. It is your responsibility to arrange for all inspections at the right time. Before requesting a final inspection you must provide this information, if applicable:
- Backflow Prevention Assembly Test Report
- Completed Building Code Schedule ‘C’ from all registered professionals
- Field reviews (where required)
The permit fee is based on the number of fixtures and sprinkler heads being installed.
Get your work inspected
Much of the work you do with permits requires a follow-up inspection. It is your responsibility (or your contractor's) to arrange for all inspections at the right time.
You can request your building and mechanical inspections online (with the exception of electrical).