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Richardson Fire Department – Fire Marshal’s Office
136 N. Greenville Avenue, Richardson, TX 75081
Telephone:  972-744-5750     Fax:  972-918-0971

[revised 07/20/2010]
This page and the documents herein are subject to revision -- Please check for changes prior to each application submittal.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for reviewing Fire Protection System Permit Applications, and for issuing Fire Protection System Construction Permits. Our goal is to provide a complete and accurate review of new applications within ten (10) business days, and of resubmittals, fire service mains, and finish-out applications, within five (5) business days.

Your compliance with the following will significantly help us review your Permit Application, with minimal delay:

General Information:

  • Permits shall be in accordance with Section 105 of the 2006 edition of the International Fire Code;
  • Fire Protection System Permit Submittals contains general requirements for submittals. Compliance with this document will help avoid delays in permitting. Submittals that do not comply with this document may be returned, unapproved, for revision;
  • Applications will not be reviewed unless the applicant has a contract to install the system;
  • No work may commence on any non-exempt job prior to receipt of a valid permit;
  • The permit must be available at the job site, for review, upon request.


  • The original Fire Protection System Permit Application and related documents should be submitted to the Fire Marshal's Office at 136 N. Greenville Avenue. The original Fire Protection System Permit Application and related documents should be submitted to the Fire Marshal's Office at 136 N. Greenville Avenue.
  • The Fire Marshal’s Office will notify the applicant of the permit status, as soon as the review is complete;
  • If you are not notified within 10 business days, please call (972) 744-5750 to check the status of your application.

Approved Permit Applications:

  • Permit fees [see below] shall be paid by check only upon pick up of the permit;
  • Applicant must retrieve the permit, Plan Review Notes, and submittals from the Fire Marshal’s Office;

Non-approved Permit Applications:

  • Applicant must retrieve the original application, Plan Review Notes, and submittals from the Fire Marshal’s Office;
  • A completed Permit Application must be attached to the resubmitted documents indicating the original permit number, where requested.

Unclaimed Documents:

  • Submittals and permits not retrieved within 30-days after notification, will be destroyed, and the permit will be voided;


  • Fees for Fire Protection System permits are one percent (1%) of the total cost of the permitted work:
    • The minimum permit fee for all fire protection system permits is $60.00.
  • Permit fees must be paid by check only, payable to the “City of Richardson” - Cash and credit cards will not be accepted;
  • Payment is due upon pick up of permit. Payment will not be accepted before plans have been reviewed.
  • Re - Inspection Fees: No fee is assessed for the Initial inspection and first re-inspection of any permitted system. For each necessary inspection thereafter, a fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) shall be assessed.

Inspections and Acceptance Tests:

  • Work that is exempt from permitting does not require an inspection;
  • Inspections shall NOT be requested prior to the issuance of a permit;
  • Applicant is responsible for inspecting and pre-testing all work PRIOR to requesting a test or inspection – applicable Pre-test Reports should be available prior to the start of the inspection or test – see Fire Protection System Permit Submittals for information;
  • The applicant is responsible for requesting all inspections and tests by calling (972) 744-5750;
  • Inspection requests must be made a minimum of one-full business day prior to the requested time. The Fire Marshal’s Office will try to accommodate the inspection request, but cannot guarantee availability for the requested time. 

Documents and Forms:
The documents below are subject to revision - please check for updates prior to submitting each application.

Click here for links to other RFD forms, permit applications, and permit information documents. 

Fire Code Amendments

Permit Fee Schedule as of 10/01/2008: Ordinance 08-14

Required Construction Permits:

  • Automatic fire-extinguishing systems;
  • Battery systems;
  • Compressed gases;
  • Fire alarm and detection systems and related equipment;
  • Fire pumps and related equipment;
  • Flammable and combustible liquids;
  • Hazardous materials;
  • Industrial ovens;
  • LP-gas;
  • Private fire hydrants;
  • Spraying or dipping;
  • Standpipe systems;
  • Temporary membrane structures, tents and canopies – see “tent permits”.

Permits Are Not Required When:

  • Fire Alarm and Detection: When the work affects fewer than five (5) devices.
  • Fire Sprinkler: When the work affects fewer than ten (10) sprinklers.
  • Other Systems: When specifically exempted by the Fire Code.
Last updated: 1/27/2016 5:43:10 PM