The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for the plans review and inspections for all commercial, industrial, multi-family, and institutional buildings. Plan review’s must be submitted electronically to the Fire Marshal. The Fire Prevention Division does assess fees based upon our fee schedule. Our review process has a 7-10 day turn around, and all plans are reviewed in-house. The current codes are the 2018 editions of the International Fire and Building Code (IFC, IBC), and any applicable National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes. During the various stages of construction, the Fire Prevention Division will visit the building to witness the flush test of the underground supply for the suppression system, a 200 PSI automatic fire sprinkler hydrostatic test, fire alarm test, and kitchen hood suppression test. Once the construction has been completed and before the business opens we will conduct a final fire inspection. To schedule an inspection or ask a question you can contact our office at 303-857-4603.
Exterior Key Safes
The Fort Lupton Fire Protection District requires the use of a Knox brand key box (Knox Box) for every commercial and multi-family building that has a fire alarm and/or sprinkler system. For security the Knox Company keys the box locks for each community, so a key from another town will not open a Fort Lupton box. The 3200 series, which is a 10 key box, is the minimum requirement. Location of the box shall be determined by the Fire Prevention Division. Applications for the Knox box can be obtained from the Fire Prevention Division office located in the Administration office behind station #1 or at Knox Box.
Fort Lupton Fire Protection District requires that all plans be submitted electronically to the Fire Prevention Division for review. Please contact the administration office for the proper email address to send plans to. All plans are reviewed in-house, and the Fire Prevention Division is responsible for the proper design and installation of fire alarms, automatic fire sprinklers, and special suppression systems like restaurant hood and duct or automotive paint spray booths. Fire alarm and fire sprinkler drawings must bear the stamp of a NICET Level III, or higher, in the appropriate field of engineering. We will review all construction plans to verify that they comply with applicable codes and building standards, then conduct inspections during the construction process to field verify that the approved plans are being followed. We are always ready to meet with, or answer any questions the building owner or contractor may have. Once all the construction is completed, and just before the business is set to open we will perform one last fire and life safety inspection before final approval is given.
Automatic Fire Sprinklers
All new construction shall have automatic fire sprinklers installed in accordance with the requirements of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Chapter 13, 13R, and 13D. Currently one and two family homes are exempt. Sprinkler shop drawings must be electronically submitted with the original building permit application directly to the Fort Lupton Fire Prevention Division. The electronically submitted sprinkler drawings shall include the following:
- Scaled shop drawings.
2. Hydraulic calculations.
3. Manufacturers’ cut sheets.
4. A copy of the contractors State license to include Fire Suppression System Contractors – Underground.
Upon approval of the drawings the stamped drawings will be returned electronically to the the permit applicant Stamped drawings must be on the job site at all times. The Fire Prevention Division shall inspect the underground piping prior to being covered and shall witness a flush test and two (2) hour 200 PSI hydrostatic test of the underground supply per NFPA 24 prior to connecting any system piping and a Contractor’s Material and Testing Certificate for Underground Piping shall be completed by the installer. The Fire Prevention Division does require rough inspections prior to internal building piping being covered by drywall or drop ceilings. Once the sprinkler work is completed Fire Prevention shall witness a successful two (2) hour 200 PSI hydrostatic test of the system before final approval will be given. Dry pipe systems shall also be required to pass a twenty-four (24) hour pneumatic test at 40 PSI.