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



Steps for plan review and permitting:

1)   Plans are to be submitted via email to

2)   Attachments shall be in PDF format. Total attachment size is limited to 23MB. If documents exceed the 23MB file size, please break the documents into parts and label them part 1, part 2, etc.

3)   In the email subject line type “Plan Review-Project Address-Permit Type  (If needing to send multiple emails because of attachment size, please include part 1,2,3, etc in the subject line)

Permit type examples are:
a. Fire Sprinkler
b. Fire Alarm
c. Access Control
d. Tent Permit
e. If other type of permit, provide description

    Sample Email subject line: “Plan Review-5005 LBJ Suite 500-Fire Alarm-Part 1 of 1”

    4)   You will receive notice once plans are reviewed. This will include the cost of the permit.

    5)   Pay your permit fee by calling972-919-2640. Payment will be processed over the phone via a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover

    6)   The stamped drawings/documents/receipt will be emailed to you upon receipt of payment. Remember to print the stamped drawings/documents and keep them on the job site, as they are your permit.

    7)   Permit applications are available on-line at Please include a completed application with your submittal.

    Call Scott Burke at 972-919-2655 if you have any questions


    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