Fire Alarms

Alarm Criteria
  • All fire alarm systems shall meet the criteria of the 2003 International Building Code, International Fire Code and all applicable provisions of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Life Safety Code.
  • Plan submittal with required approval and permits must be secured through the City of La Porte Building Inspection Department.
  • All system inspections and tests should be scheduled through the Fire Marshal’s Office.
  • Please allow 24 hours notice before testing.
  • Upon completion of the system, the Fire Marshal’s Office is to be provided with a signed, legible copy of the installation/inspection certificate.
2 sets of drawings are required when submitted for approval. A copy will be returned to you with notations and approval. The plans submitted should include the following:
  • A copy of the Texas Fire Alarm license for both the designer and installer must be on file in the Fire Marshal’s Office before permits are approved
  • A zone map is required, indicating the location of devices and wire
  • All alarm systems shall be inspected and test prior to approval to ensure complete and proper operation
  • All fire alarm systems and zones are to be properly labeled in accordance with NFPA 72
  • Battery back-up calculations for system
  • Designer seal on plans
  • Power supply for fire alarm system shall be a dedicated and marked circuit
  • Specifications and UL listing of all components to be installed
  • Where 10 or more devices are attached to a single zone, voltage drop calculations should be included
Fire Alarm Monitoring
Where the fire alarm is required to be monitored, it shall meet the following criteria:
  • Verification of alarm connection to an alarm company shall be submitted in writing by a representative of the alarm company to the Fire Marshal.
  • Alarm companies must meet current NFPA 72 Standards.