Fire Engineering

Engineering and Plan Review

A fire systems inspector or engineer reviews plans for sprinkler systems, alarm systems, kitchen hood, and special suppression systems meeting the required threshold. The fire engineer also reviews building plans in conjunction with the building plan review department for other life-safety systems, including exiting and separations.

The engineer consults with design professionals, building owners, and other City agencies to assure conformance with all fire and life-safety requirements in Saint Paul buildings. The engineer also is available to consult with Fire Prevention Inspectors for code correction assistance and advice.

Specialized fire sprinkler inspectors also review plans and make inspections for the approval of fire safety systems. The fire sprinkler contractor must be licensed by the State Fire Marshal. Fire alarm contractors must also be licensed by the State.

Permit Process

**New applications effective June 2020**

Online Permits

Each contractor must be pre-registered in order to use the  Saint Paul Online Services portal (https://online.stpaul.gov/stpaulportal/sfjsp?interviewID=Apply-permit), the City's online permit application system. Only one person per company may be registered online and must hold a current license. Once registered, you can use the system for any permit. If plans are required, the contact listed on the permit will receive an email to upload plans to the City’s Electronic Plan Review platform. Most file types are accepted. Permit fees will be accepted prior to plan review.

Your online fire alarm permit application will automatically be created when you fill out your electrical permit application.

After filling out the required information, our staff will ensure the correct documents have been received before approving the application. The contact on the application will receive a notification once the application has been accepted. The review will not begin until the application has been accepted. You must receive an approved permit before commencing work.

Fax or email in the inspection request form to receive an inspection. An inspector will respond to the request within 2 working days to get an inspection scheduled.

Fax: 651-266-9118
Email: DSI-EG@ci.stpaul.mn.us

Paper Permits

Paper permits will no longer be accepted for permits requiring plan review after October 1st, 2020. All sprinkler permits with over 25 heads and alarm permits with over 100 devices will require plan review.

Permits not requiring a plan review will still be accepted in hard copy. Click on the links below to obtain a paper permit application. The application, along with any plans or submittals, can either be mailed or dropped off in person at the DSI office (375 Jackson Street, 2nd floor).  At least two copies of the plans are required. The City keeps one set of plans and returns the rest to you. Only provide one set of submittals or hydraulic calculations as we do not return any copies to you. Please make checks out to City of Saint Paul. You must receive an approved permit before commencing work.

Fax or email in the inspection request form to receive an inspection. An inspector will respond to the request within 2 working days to get an inspection scheduled.

Fax: 651-266-9118
Email: DSI-EG@ci.stpaul.mn.us

Forms

Fire Suppression

Fire Alarm

Smoke Control

Sprinkler Financial Program