Office of the Fire Marshal

CONTACT INFORMATION: Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, Lobby Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
703-246-4800 TTY 711
12099 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
John Walser
Assistant Chief, Fire Official - 703-246-4753

Engineering Plans Review

Commercial Fire Plans Submission Checklist - effective September 7, 2020

Please read the letter to industry regarding the requirement for a Commercial Fire Plans Submission Checklist.

The Engineering Plans Review Branch reviews fire alarm, building, sprinkler, tank, range hood, site and other plans for conformance to the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC or a.k.a. Fire Prevention Code), the Fairfax County Fire Prevention Code, Public Facilities Manual (PFM) Chapter 9 and NFPA Standards.  Plans Review provides code interpretation for the building industry and general public on plans for new construction, renovations or modifications of sites, buildings, building tenants and fire protection systems.

Over 25 different plan types are reviewed that directly affect life safety.  Visit the Plans Review Inventory area of our website to view the number of plans on-hand and their lag time for the past week.

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Office of the Fire Marshal Plan Review Metrics

March 2024

                                Review Type

 

Total Plans on Hand (Average)

Weekly Average Queue Days

Monthly Average Queue Days

3-Month Rolling Average Queue Days

Sprinkler Review

 

 

 

 

Shell Building

8.0

20.2

24.3

23.0

Tenant with calculations

7.8

21.8

14.9

14.5

Tenant w/out calculations

9.4

2.6

2.0

3.4

Fire Alarm Review

 

 

 

 

Shell Building

5.0

20.0

17.3

21.5

Tenant

17.0

4.0

6.2

4.9

Architectural Review

 

 

 

 

Class 4 and greater

17.6

11.2

7.7

10.9

Site 11.4 11.6 8.6 9.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional Resources

Code Reference Packages

NFPA Standards

Code Interpretations, Modifications and Appeals

Fire Protection Engineering Consultants

 

Plan Review Submittal Requirements - Commercial

Plan Review Submission Checklist - Commercial

Plan Review Submission Checklist - Building/Tenant

Fire Plan Review - Commercial Building, Peer Review 2018

Common Rejection Reason Comments for Fire 2018

 

Smoke Control Manual

Smoke Control Supplemental Checklist

 

Acceptance Testing of Fire Protection Systems & Special Locks

Emergency Planning & Preparedness

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