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.

ANNUAL INSPECTION FEES
Inspection Fees will be invoiced via email by FIRE RECOVERY USA
    • Annual Fire Inspection Fee Information
    • Two ways to pay:
      • Follow the link to the payment screen found in the invoice emailed from Fire Recovery USA
      • Pay by mail with check or money order payable to:
City of Farmers Branch
C/O Fire Recovery USA, LLC
P.O. Box 935667
Atlanta, GA 31193-5667

If you have payment questions, please contact Fire Recovery USA at 1-888-650-5320
PERMIT APPLICATION AND PLAN SUBMITTAL PROCESS (NEW!)

Apply for permits and submit plans via the Citizen Self Service Portal


Select the "Apply" tab.
Associated fees can be paid through the Citizen Self Service Portal

Fire Protection Systems Permits are required 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 Acceptance testing is required for:
  • All permitted fire alarm work 
  • All permitted sprinkler work
    • Visual inspection required on ALL permitted sprinkler work
    • Hydrostatic test required with 20 or greater "adds" or "relocates"
POLICIES

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