Field Inspections

Schedule/Request a Field Inspection

Scheduling of all inspection requests shall be coordinated by contacting one of our office plan reviewers at 832-394-8853.

Please contact our office several days in advance to check the availability of our field inspectors. Depending on how busy we are you may be able to schedule an inspection the same day you call, the next day or the next week.

Information needed when calling for an inspection

  • Name and address of project
  • Fire Protection Contractor Company name
  • Contact name and number
  • Permit number
  • Type of inspection being requested
  • An estimated amount of time needed

When the Field Inspector Arrives

Please make sure a representative of the Fire Protection company is present along with any building personnel that may be needed to allow access into the structure for the inspection.

A representative of the Fire Protection company who is issued the permit should be the one to schedule an inspection. In certain situations, companies use permitting services to schedule inspections. Please make sure that the permitting service has communicated and coordinated the correct dates and times of the inspection with the Fire Protection company to avoid a re-inspection fee.

Fire Marshal’s Office approval stamp and signed plans must be located on the job site and presented to the Fire Inspector upon arrival. Plans without the Fire Marshal’s stamp will not be used and are not considered approved plans.

Our field inspectors will also verify that the Fire Protection Company’s current project numbers that apply to the job site match the General Contractor’s project numbers if the project numbers are attached to the General Contractor project numbers.

Keep permits and approved plans on the job site at all times during the construction process.

The Field Inspector may request additional inspections be performed as necessary.

Final Inspections

For a project to be finaled all ceiling tiles, sheet rock, and mill work must be in place and completed. This allows for our field inspectors to verify that device coverage is still adequate after the beginning stages of the project when pipe sizing and device coverage was uncovered.

It also allows the fire inspector enforcing the fire and building codes and the fire protection contractor to make any necessary changes prior to requesting and obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy.

Governing Documents

All tests shall be in compliance with applicable City of Houston Ordinances, the Houston Fire Code, the Houston Building Code and all applicable NFPA Standards.

Type of Inspections Performed

  • Fire alarm system general
  • Fire alarm system in High-rise buildings
  • Standpipe systems
  • Wet pipe sprinkler systems
  • Dry pipe sprinkler systems
  • Pre-action sprinkler systems
  • Underground tank inspections
  • Aboveground tank inspections
  • Spray booth
  • Underground fire lines (prior to cover)
  • Fire pumps
  • FM 200 systems

Most common reasons inspections fail

Sprinkler systems – Hydrostatic pressure test fails do to a leak in sprinkler piping
Fire Alarm systems – Visual devices (strobes) not in synchronization
Fire Alarm systems – Audio devices not reaching the required decibel levels
Fire Alarm systems – system red tagged
Fire pump run – Pump fails to run for the required length of time
Pre-action system – pre-action valve not performing as designed
Dry pipe systems – dry pipe valve not sending an alarm within the required time limit.