Sprinkler systems

Attention: Architects, professional engineers, sprinkler system designers and installers

NFPA 13-2013 provides the minimum requirements for the design and installation of automatic fire sprinkler systems.  The standard identifies specific certificates and signs which are required to be provided or installed in the building.

As per current practice, building permits can be issued prior to the submission of sprinkler drawings.  However sprinkler drawings are required to be submitted prior to installation of the sprinkler system.

4.3 Owner’s Certificate

The owner of a building where the fire sprinkler system is going to be installed shall provide the sprinkler system installer with specific information prior to the layout and detailing of the fire sprinkler system. For a sample of the Owner’s Information Certificate, please contact [email protected]

Effective January 1, 2017, a copy of the Owner’s Information Certificate, in accordance with NFPA 13-2013, Subsection 4.3, shall be included with the sprinkler drawings for all occupancy types that may contain dangerous goods or hazardous substances.  Such occupancy types include, but are not limited to, industrial occupancies (including warehouses), laboratories, doctors/dentists offices, medical supply stores, hospitals, nursing homes, schools, repair garages, and construction rental stores.

25.5 Hydraulic Design Information Sign

The installing contractor shall identify a hydraulically designed sprinkler system with a permanently marked weatherproof metal or rigid plastic sign, secured with corrosion-resistant wire, chain, or other approved means.  Such signs shall be placed at the alarm valve, dry pipe valve, preaction valve, or deluge valve supplying the corresponding hydraulically designed area. For a sample of a Hydraulic Design Information Sign, please contact [email protected]

Effective January 1, 2017, a Hydraulic Design Information Sign, installed in accordance with NFPA 13-2013, Subsection 25.5, shall be installed at time of final building inspection, prior to occupancy of the building.

25.6 General Information Sign

The installing contractor shall provide a permanently marked weatherproof metal or rigid plastic General Information Sign, secured with corrosion-resistant wire, chain, or other acceptable means.  Such signs shall be placed at each system control riser, antifreeze loop, and auxiliary system control valve. For a sample of a Sprinkler System General Information, please contact [email protected]

Effective January 1, 2017, a General Information Sign, installed in accordance with NFPA 13-2013, Subsection 25.6, shall be installed at time of final building inspection, prior to occupancy of the building.

For more information

Jeremy Laur, Building Services
519-837-5615 extension 2379
[email protected]