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Fire protection certifications

The Philadelphia Fire Code requires property owners to have fire protection systems inspected and certified by qualified tradespeople.

What systems require inspection and certification?

Fire protection systems include:

  • Sprinkler and standpipe systems.
  • Special hazard suppression systems.
  • Fire alarm systems.
  • Smoke control systems.
  • Dampers (includes smoke dampers, fire dampers, combination fire/smoke dampers).

All sprinkler and standpipe, special hazard suppression, fire alarm, and smoke control systems must be inspected unless they are in a one-or two-family dwelling.

Dampers must be inspected when they are in:

  • Special assembly occupancies, such as nightclubs and music venues that hold 50 or more people.
  • Hospitals and other I-2 occupancies.
  • High rise buildings.

Inspection requirements

Require annual inspection;

  • Sprinkler and standpipe systems
  • Special hazard suppression systems
  • Fire alarm systems

Initial Smoke control inspections must be completed in 2020, and then annually after that.

Initial Damper inspections must be completed in 2020, and then every 4 years after that.

Hospitals and other I-2 occupancies must be inspected every 6 years after the initial inspection in 2020.

Inspections must be performed by specific types of licensed contractors:

  • Sprinkler and standpipe
    • Fire suppression system worker employed by a fire suppression system contractor
  • Fire alarm
    • Fire alarm inspectors
    • Electrical contractor 
  • Emergency and standby power
    • Electrical contractor
    • Emergency and standby power system manufacturer
  • Smoke control and dampers
    • Qualified sheet metal systems technician employed by a master plumber, contractor, fire suppression system contractor, or electrical contractor.


A certification that the system passed inspection or testing must be given to the property owner to keep on the property and to show to L&I upon request.

If a system fails inspection, the property owner is required to correct the problem and have the system reinspected and certified.  Unless the failure is corrected within 45 days (sprinkler and standpipe, special hazard suppression, and fire alarm systems) or within 90 days (smoke control systems and dampers) of the inspection, the inspector must send a deficiency notice to L&I.


Where to submit deficiency forms

Submit forms online using eCLIPSE.

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