Submitting Plans for Review

The Santa Monica Fire Department is responsible for ensuring that fire and life safety is provided and maintained in the buildings that fall under its jurisdiction. The scope of work that requires review by the Fire Prevention Division includes: fire-rated construction, all types of fire suppression systems, fire alarm systems, mechanical smoke control systems, exiting (including exit signs and emergency lighting) and all high-rise construction (new and existing). Plans, including new work that triggers separate Fire Department permits (such as storage or use of hazardous materials, public assembly occupant loads, and high-pile storage), are routed to Fire Prevention to ensure compliance with the Santa Monica Fire Code.

These are the minimum requirements when submitting plans for review:
  • ALR - Alarm System
  • EXT - Clean Agent (Halon Alternative)
  • EXT - Wet Chemical (Hood) Systems
Section 8.44.050 Santa Monica Municipal Code outlines the requirements for automatic extinguishing and protection sprinkler systems. Click here to learn more. 
  • HAZ - Aboveground / Underground Tank 
  • HAZ - Medical  Gas Systems        

 Permit Entitlements for Each Permit Fee Paid
Included in Original Permit Fee Not Included In Original Permit Fee
  • Plan Review (1)
  • Plan Review Resubmittal (1)         
  • Rough Inspection (1)
  • Final Inspection (1)
  • Any additional plan review or site inspections other than listed under included are provided at an additional fee 
Submitting Plans for Review:
Please note the following:
Three sets of plans with all device related documentation ("cut sheets"), i.e., Fire Alarm, Fire Sprinkler, or Fire Extinguisher Systems, etc.
Please allow at least 2 weeks for your plans to be reviewed.  Typically, plans are reviewed on Mondays and Fridays.
You must have a valid Santa Monica Business License before approved plans will be released.
Fax: 310.395.3395
Fire Prevention
Santa Monica Fire
333 W. Olympic Dr., 2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90401
7:30am - 4:30pm
Over the Counter/By Appointment and Expedited Request
Fire Prevention offers Over the Counter for some projects and Expedited Plan Review. To learn more about these options, click here.
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