Fire Code Guidelines / Permit Info

The City of Farmers Branch has adopted the 2018 edition of the International Fire Code, which regulates and governs the safeguarding of life and property from fire and explosion hazards arising from the storage, handling and use of hazardous substances, materials and devices, and from conditions hazardous to life or property in the occupancy of buildings and premises.

2018 IFC Amendments - Ordinance 3607
of the City of Farmers Branch, Texas, amends the code of ordinances by amending Chapter 38 titled "Fire Prevention and Protection."  For a complete list of City Ordinances go to Municode.

Inspection Fees will be invoiced via email by Fire Recovery USA

Farmers Branch Fire Department Plan Review Submission Requirements and Process:

  1. Plans and supporting documents shall be submitted in PDF format on a USB "thumb drive." (Drive will be returned)
  2. A completed permit application shall accompany the USB.
  3. Upon review completion, the drive will be returned with stamped/notated plans.
  4. Contractor is responsible for providing a printed version of the stamped/notated plans on the job site. The printed plans will serve as proof of permit.
At this time, plan submittals are not being accepted via email or cloud-based file sharing. 
Please mail or deliver application and USB to:

 Farmers Branch Fire Administration
Attn: Permits/Prevention
13333 Hutton Drive
Farmers Branch, TX 75234


Fire Protection Systems Permits
A permit is required if:
  • Adding/relocating 10 or more fire sprinkler heads
  • Adding any single initiating device
  • Adding or relocating 5 or more notification devices
If a permit is NOT required:
  • Submit a scope of work letter prior to the work
  • Submit a work completion letter when the project is finished 
Fire Protection Systems Testing
  • All permitted fire alarm work requires acceptance testing
  • All permitted sprinkler work requires visual inspection 
  • Adds/relocates of 20 or greater heads require a hydro-static test


The following items are fire department policies designed to clarify existing code requirements and address additional life safety requirements