Fire & Life Safety Section

DSC_0739 Fire Mark Brady

Photo Courtesy of Mark Brady, Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department.

The Fire & Life Safety Section conducts all reviews of projects that require a fire review within DPIE’s Building Plan Review Division. These include commercial building plans, suppression systems and fire alarm systems. We maintain a strong commitment to life safety, and sound code enforcement remains the paramount objective while delivering high quality services to the public. This function receives overall management and administration from the Fire Code Official.

NOTICE:  Fire Protection Designers, Consultants and Peer Reviewers

Effective Friday, July 1, 2016, all Fire Sprinkler Site releases for single family residences are required to go through the Third-Party Review and Approval process. This requirement, per Section 4-158 of the County Code, was postponed from the original implementation date of January 1, 2016 to allow for additional time to meet this mandate.

Should you have questions regarding this Notice, please call the Building Plan Review Division at 301-636-2070.

Third Party Review Program

Beginning January 2016, Fire Sprinkler SystemsFire Suppression Systems, Voice Alarm Systems and Fire Alarm Systems MUST go through the Third Party Review/Approval Process. The Third Party Review Program (TPRP) provides a quality assurance plan that reviews the process for ensuring the agency will perform contracted plan review, report non-conforming items to the attention of the owner/designer, and provide timely reports for each review or re-review, and submit a final signed report to DPIE.

Prince George’s County mandates a Third Party Plan Review Program for the review and approval of Fire Protection Systems through the Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement (DPIE). This program requires owners and applicants to select a DPIE-authorized Third Party Plan Review Agency (TPPRA) at their own cost to review and approve shop drawings of Fire Protection Systems in lieu of County staff. TPPRAs must be retained for Fire Protection Systems Review on all residential and commercial building projects. Shop drawings approved by the authorized TPPRA for Fire Protection Systems will be accepted by DPIE for permit issuance after paying all applicable permit fees.

Please refer to the following resources:

Applicable Codes

Our most frequently used codes and standards (other adopted codes and standards not listed here may be determined to be applicable based on the scope of work) are located under Building Codes and Bulletins.

Fire Protection Consultants

Refer to our list of approved Third Party Fire Protection Consultants for third party inspections and design evaluations. This list is not for approved peer reviewers or third party reviewers. Please contact the Homeowners and Mega Projects Suite for information regarding the Peer Review Program and a list of peer reviewers.

View the list of Third Party Fire Protection Consultants. View the list of Third Party Reviewers for Fire Protection Systems.

Walk-Thru Requirements

The following projects can be walked through the Permits Office for review:

  • Tenant fit-outs and minor interior renovations; refer to our Tenant Fit-Out Guide (PDF) for more information.
  • Exterior Work such as fences, antennas, light poles, etc.
  • Third-Party Fire Protection shop plans (fire suppression, hood suppression, fire alarm) which have been approved by the Third-Party Fire Protection Reviewer.

Status of Your Application

The status of your permit application can be tracked online via the Online Permitting System. Most permit applications are currently reviewed within 4 weeks. If you have a question regarding the status of your application, please contact us.

Forms & Checklists

Please click on the forms and guidelines listed below to assist with meeting plan requirements for fire review and approval.

Helpful Resources

Office of the State Fire Marshal
1201 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, Maryland 21208

Phone: 410-653-8980
Phone: 800-525-3124
Fax: 410-653-8988

Maryland Licensed Sprinkler Contractors  

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department
Office of the Fire Marshal
Fire Prevention and Life Safety
6820 Webster Street
Landover Hills, Maryland 20784 

Phone: 301-583-1830
Fax: 301-583-1945

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)
Permit Services
14501 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, Maryland 20707

Phone: 301-206-9772
FAX: 301-206-8624


Legislative/Zoning Information System

Prince George’s County Subtitles and adopted codes and standards can be found online through the County Legislative/Zoning Information System.

Female reviewing plans electronically