Fire Sprinkler System

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Plans for new sprinkler systems or systems with 12 new heads or more should be submitted to the South Carolina Fire Marshal's office for review in addition to the City.  Their plan review process can take up to 30 days. The information below should be submitted to the City to obtain your fire sprinkler system permit.  Fire sprinkler system plans for modifications to an existing system adding 11 or fewer heads can be reviewed solely by the City.  City plan review make take up to 10 business days.

  • Sprinkler Drawings - View the Fire Sprinkler System Plan Checklist for more information about what to include on your plans.  Plans may be submitted the following ways:
    • Electronically - Electronic plan submission is preferred. Please combine all sheets into one .pdf file and add bookmarks listing the sheet number to each page. Once plans are approved a paper copy will be requested. Submit plans using the following -
    • Paper - Plans may be mailed or hand delivered to the PAC. Two paper copies are needed.
  • Approval letters from the SC State Fire Marshal for Aboveground Piping and Underground Piping, if applicable.
  • Fire Protection Sprinkler System Specification Sheet (FSSSS) - Must be signed and sealed by a professional engineer licensed in this state.
  • Certificate of Compliance (COC) certifying the fire sprinkler system was designed in accordance with the “Fire Sprinkler System Specification Sheet”(FSSSS). Must be signed and sealed by the design professional for the sprinkler system.
  • Contractor’s Material and Test Certificate for Aboveground Piping in accordance with NFPA. Must be completed by the licensed fire sprinkler contractor responsible for the installation of the fire sprinkler system.
  • Contractor’s Material and Test Certificate for Underground Piping in accordance with NFPA. Must be completed by the licensed fire sprinkler contractor responsible for the installation of the fire sprinkler system.
  • Permit application – this form should be completed by the fire sprinkler system installer/contractor. If the sprinkler contractor is listed on the building permit for a project, a separate sprinkler permit is not needed.
  • Plan Submittal Form – this form tells us who to notify with plan review comments/ plan approval notice.

The engineer of record and the fire sprinkler contractor are required to obtain a City of Rock Hill business license.

The City will verify that the fire sprinkler system design matches the approved civil construction plans and/or building plans for the project, if applicable.  Please coordinate with the civil engineer and architect to ensure your sprinkler design matches the approved plans. The approved plans, stamped by the City, are required to be kept at the job site for the fire inspector. 

If a fire sprinkler system is installed in an existing building and no building permit is required, then a separate fire sprinkler permit is issued. Adding a fire line to an existing building may also require Civil Construction Plans.

Licensing

Fire sprinkler system installers are required to be licensed by the SC Contractors' Licensing Board. A City of Rock Hill business license is also required.

Fire sprinkler system design or changes to an existing system may be required to be approved and certified by a S.C. licensed engineer per state law. Visit http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t40c022.php for more information. 

Contact

For more information about plan submittal, please contact Cecilia Carey. For specific building code questions, contact Mike Nugent.

Related Information

Fire Sprinkler System Plan Checklist 

Fire Sprinkler/Fire Suppression Permit Application

Fire Marshal Inspection Checklist

State Fire Marshal Website

State Fire Marshal Forms

Occupant Load Notice for Businesses

City Standard Building Fire Riser Detail

City Standard Fire Line Connection Detail