Fire Alarm System Permit
Building Permit to Install a New Fire Alarm System or Upgrade, Repair or Alter an Existing Fire Alarm System
You need a Fire Alarm System Permit in Surrey to install, upgrade, repair, or alter an existing fire alarm system in a building where no other construction activity requiring a permit is taking place.
How to apply
Complete the Building Permit Application Form and submit the required documents, plans, and fees to the City of Surrey’s Building Division.
Professionals you may need
A Registered Professional (RP) is required to submit sealed, signed and dated firm alarm system drawings with an accompanying Schedule B.
Each fire alarm system shall be designed to meet the requirements of the BC Building Code, which will include device layouts, wiring protection, and interconnections with any other building systems that may be affected.
See Installing a New Fire Alarm System for more details.
Include the following documents with your Fire Alarm System Permit application:
- a Building Permit Application Form;
- a Schedule B to accompany the Registered Professional’s signed and sealed drawings; and
- an Owner Authorization Form (if the Applicant is not the Owner).
Include the following plans with your Fire Alarm System Permit application:
- four (4) sets of plans sealed, signed and dated by a Registered Professional:
- all applicable site plan(s), fire alarm system drawing(s), and electrical drawing(s).
The Building Permit fee is due at the time of application for your Fire Alarm System Permit.
After you apply
An Electrical Permit is required before installing a new fire alarm system and before making modifications to an existing fire alarm system. An Electrical Permit is not required for maintenance of an existing fire alarm system that only involves replacing devices if the types and positions of the devices do not change.
Installation of a fire alarm system
The installation of a fire alarm system shall comply with the requirements of CAN/ULC-S524 “Installation of Fire Alarm Systems” as specified in the BC Building Code and CAN/ULC-S536 “Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems” as specified in the BC Fire Code.
Fire alarm system verification
A fire alarm system is required to be verified by a qualified fire alarm technician as complying with the requirements of CAN/ULC-S537 “Verification of Fire Alarm Systems“ as mandated by CAN/ULCS524 and the Canadian Electrical Code. A copy of the verification report shall be submitted to the Building Official after installation.
Other permit information
- Code Compliant Fire Alarm Systems
- Failure of a Fire Alarm Control Unit
- Related Permits
- Electrical Permit
- Building Permit
Code Compliant Fire Alarm Systems
An existing fire alarm system that does not meet current building and fire code requirements, yet is functioning as originally designed and installed, is not required to be upgraded to meet current code requirements.
However, if an existing fire alarm system is out of service due to a fire alarm control unit failure, and a new fire alarm control unit that is not listed as being compatible with the existing system is being proposed, the existing fire alarm system will no longer function as originally designed and installed. Therefore, a new code compliant fire alarm system will need to be installed.
Failure of a Fire Alarm Control Unit
If an existing fire alarm system in an occupied building ceases to function due to the failure of a fire alarm control unit that cannot be repaired, immediately notify Surrey Fire Services and establish a fire watch. After the fire alarm system has been repaired, it must be verified by a qualified fire alarm technician and may require the involvement of a Registered Professional.