In the plan review process, a Fire Protection Analyst evaluates an occupancy's accessibility for the general public and emergency vehicles, as well as fire hydrant location and building construction (new and renovation). He or she then checks for compliance with the Life Safety Code, the GA Accessibility Code, the State and International Fire Code, and any other applicable city ordinances. The Fire Marshal's office also reviews the plans and calculations for fire alarm, fire Sprinkler, and alternative fire protection systems in both commercial and residential applications; fire protection systems must be permitted separately from the main building permit (see the City of Marietta Sprinkler Ordinance for details).
Step 1 - Obtain a Building Permit Application
Building Permit applications are obtained through the Building Department on the second floor of City Hall located at 205 Lawrence Street NE. Fire protection system permits are issued by the Fire Department.
Step 2 - Submit Building Plans to the Fire Department
After an individual obtains a building permit, he or she submits two sets of hardcopy plans and one set of digital plans to the Fire Prevention Division located on the second floor of the fire headquarters building at 112 Haynes Street. The Fire Department only performs electronic plan review therefore a digital copy must be provided. Digital plans can be provided on disc, flash drive, or emailed to our Fire Protection Engineer . Plan review takes up to five business days, in most cases. When there is deficiency in the plans, the Fire Protection Analyst notes the deficiency and may return the plans for revision. Contact the Marietta Fire Prevention Bureau at 770-794-5466 or Lt. Jason Garner at 770-794-5459 if you have questions.
The following are the submission requirements for building plans, including, new buildings; additions to buildings; tenant remodels; and tenant finishes. A complete submittal will assist us in quickly processing your plans submission.
The original Marietta Building Permit application.
Proof of approved site plans, when applicable.
Scope of work letter explaining the construction if any, being done with your permit.
Business operation letter explaining the function to be performed in the building or space.
One complete set of plans in PDF Format, if larger than 11" X 17".
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Two (2) sets of drawings - Minimum Submittal Requirements:
Job Name & Project address on the plans - show a top view of the tenant location inside the building.
Overall area of the space shown - it must be scaled or show dimensions of each room.
Show all door, window and wall locations, as well as furniture layout, merchandise, shelving/fixtures of the tenant space.
Identify and label each room on the drawings - show all exit sign, emergency light and fire extinguisher locations.
- Accessibility features and details including - accessible route, turning radius, counter heights, reach range, and restroom features.
Key Plan (show the proximity of the space in conjunction with building and/or property).
Complete egress route to outside of building (showing how to access two exits).
Step 3 - If Needed, obtain a Fire Protection Systems Permit
The Fire Prevention Division permits all fire protection systems, including fire alarm, fire sprinkler, fire hood vent, hood fire suppression, and alternative fire protection systems.
Only the fire protection systems contractor, or an authorized agent, can apply for this permit, and must do so in person. Please provide one digital copy ONLY at the time of the permit application. Digital plans can be provided on disc, flash drive, or emailed to our Fire Protection Analyst
Step 4 - Plans that are reviewed by our Fire Protection Analyst
The Fire Prevention Division evaluates all construction projects for code compliance in the following areas:
Building plans (Architectural and Engineering sets)
Fire sprinkler plans
Alternate fire suppression systems
Fire alarm systems
Step 5 - Building Plans are sent to the Building Department for review
Once the Fire Department has approved plans under review, the plans are sent to the building department where they review plans for current building and construction code compliance.
Once the building department completes their review of the plans, contact is made with the contractor by the building department communicating plan approval.
Step 6 - Payment and Plans released for construction
When building plans have been approved, payment for permit must be made at the building department. At this time, plans are released and construction can begin.
When fire protection system plans have been approved by the fire department, payment for permitting must be made at the fire headquarters. At this time, plans are released and construction can begin.
Step 7 - Inspections
Inspections are completed throughout the construction or fire systems installation process. Learn more about this phase of your project on the Marietta Fire Inspections page.
Sample code summary outline
Tenant Plan Review 3000 SF One Story
Civil Site Plan Review Checklist
Fire Alarm System Checklist
Hood Suppression Plan Review System Checklist
96 Hood Vent System Checklist
New NFPA 13 Fire Sprinkler System Checklist
NFPA 13D Checklist
Commodity Protection Assessment and Arrangement Plan Checklist
NFPA 13 Owners Information Certificate