State regulations mandate that anyone involved in installing or maintaining fire systems must have a fire systems permit in order to operate. Additionally, it’s not just your company that needs one: each employee you hire must have his own fire systems license in order to legally work for you. Ignore this law at your peril: should your city’s fire department find out you are operating without fire systems permits, you may be fined or even shut down.
Work Requiring a Fire Systems Permit
Not sure if your work qualifies you to need a fire systems license? If you’re involved in installing, maintaining, or even inspecting any of the following, you will likely need a building license for your fire system work:
- Fire protection and sprinkler systems
- Fire alarm systems
- Portable fire extinguishers
- Fire Pumps
Each of these types of equipment may require a different type of fire systems permit, so check with your business license bureau to ensure that you’re covered for all work you perform, and that you’ve got all the appropriate business licenses, permits & tax forms.
Getting Your Fire Systems License
In addition to the actual application, you will also be required to take a fire systems licensing exam that proves that you know the laws that pertain to the work you will be doing. See if your state partners with an online training and testing website. If so, you may be able to take practice exams and study for your test from home, which is convenient and easy. Once you pass your test, you can proceed with the fire systems license application.
Fire systems permits typically renew every three years, so make sure to track when each of your employees’ licenses are up for renewal so that you remain compliant at all times.
Staying Compliant on Every Job
For every installation job you work on, you are required to submit plans and technical drawings to your fire systems permit approval board before completion of the job. This is to ensure that you’re using approved equipment and procedures that protect the people who will be in the building you’re working on. A malfunctioning fire system could cause serious damage, or even lives, so it’s key to be in compliance with the law.