Fire Marshal Announcement
May 12, 2016
Fire Marshal Code Reference Package (CRP) Update
The Fire Marshal Code Reference Package (CRP) is authored and compiled by members of the Engineering Plans Review Branch. The CRP publication provides technical information and procedural guidance to architects, engineers, designers, and installers about document submittal and plan review requirements associated with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), the Fire Prevention Code, and the Fairfax County Public Facilities Manual (PFM) for projects requiring fire marshal review and approval.
In addition to document submittal and plan review requirements, the CRP provides installation and acceptance testing guidelines and policies for fire protection equipment and systems as well as detailed guidance related to means of egress locking arrangements, fire lane installations and markings, and aboveground and underground fuel storage tanks. The CRP also includes fire protection and safety requirements for buildings under construction and renovation as well as occupancy requirements for new buildings and alterations to existing buildings as required by the Fairfax County Special Inspections Program (SIP).
For code compliance information not contained within the CRP, consult our code compliance information page for information about operational permits, public safety plans, fire safety and evacuation planning, and other non-construction or non-installation related code compliance topics.
The 2009 Edition of the CRP is based on the 2009 USBC as well as current editions of the PFM and SIP, and is known as the 2009 CRP. The 2009 CRP was previously updated to include details related to requirements for fire lane installations and markings. Building code permit applicants may choose to use the technical provisions of the 2009 or 2012 USBC until July 13, 2015. Mixing provisions between the two editions of the code is prohibited. Beginning July 14, 2015, all building code-related applications and plans must meet the 2012 USBC requirements.
The 2012 Edition of the CRP is based on the 2012 USBC, 2012 Fire Prevention Code, as well as current editions of the PFM and SIP, and is known as the 2012 CRP. The 2012 CRP has been thoroughly revised and expanded. It now includes information on Clean Agent Systems, Wet and Dry Chemical Systems, and Tanks for Liquefied Petroleum Gases (LP-Gas). All building permits applied for after July 13, 2015 must comply with the requirements of the 2012 USBC, and all trade permits associated with these building permits (i.e. sprinkler, fire alarm, etc.) must comply with the NFPA Standards referenced by Chapter 35 of the 2012 USBC.
Fire Protection Engineering Consultants
The Fairfax County Office of the Fire Marshal (FMO) encourages the use of fire protection engineers (FPE’s) on architectural design teams for all building projects. Historically it has been found that the use of fire protection engineers from the very beginning of a project improves the fire and life safety code compliance of the design, and reduces the number of comments generated from plan reviews conducted by FMO engineering staff. This in turn reduces the number of plan resubmissions and generally decreases the time it takes to obtain final approval of the plans from this office.
We highly recommend use of FPE’s on all high-rise buildings and other complex buildings including shopping malls, places of assembly, nursing homes, hospitals, day care facilities, buildings with storage planned to exceed 12 feet in height (high-piled storage), and buildings using or storing moderate to large amounts of hazardous or flammable materials. We also recommend use of FPE’s to consult on all fire protection systems contractors’ shop drawing submittals for these types of buildings.
This list includes known firms or individuals located in the Washington / Baltimore metropolitan area, and other firms from outside this area who have previously done work in Fairfax County. Anyone with questions or concerns regarding this list, or if you wish to be added to this list, should contact William C. Aceto, P.E., Chief Engineer with the Office of the Fire Marshal at 703-246-4806 or by email at email@example.com.
Companies and individuals listed are not intended to be an endorsement or recommendation by Fairfax County. Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is not liable for any work done or not done by any of these consultants on this list. You should conduct your own investigation into the qualifications, licenses, bonds, insurance, and references of each company or individual prior to hiring any of them to do any work.
User Feedback Welcome. Users of the CRP publication are encouraged to provide constructive feedback about needed changes and improvements. To provide us with your feedback, call the Engineering Plans Review Branch at 703-246-4806 or simply email us at Fire Marshal Code Reference Package (CRP) Update
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