Fire Alarm Systems & Permit Application

Fire Alarm Systems & Permit Application

The Lake Villa Fire Protection District is the authority having jurisdiction for the issuance of fire alarm permits and acceptance testing and inspection of Fire Alarm Systems. This includes new system and/or modification/alteration to existing systems. All required fire alarm systems must be approved by the Fire Prevention Bureau before the building department will issue an occupancy permit.

The Lake Villa Fire Prevention Bureau also provides guidelines and requirements for the installation, maintenance and testing of fire alarm systems in the District.

Areas under canopies, where vehicles have access, shall be included in calculating the building square footage AND protected, if required.

Where a change in Occupancy includes any use which requires the entire structure to be protected with a fire alarm system, such a system shall be installed throughout the structure before an occupancy permit for the premises is issued.

Fire Department Key Lock Box: To facilitate Fire Department entry to a building, a Fire Department key lock box (model and type to be approved by the Fire Department) shall be provided adjacent to a doorway (Location shall be approved by the Fire Department). All keys placed in the lock box shall be tagged for property identification.

Inspections

Fire alarm systems must be inspected at certain intervals according to the following schedule:

Fire Alarm Systems

  • Rough wire inspection (Not required in all instances)
  • Final acceptance/performance test

Other Systems

Information is provided on the plan review comment sheet/form, included with your permit.

  • A contractor’s Certificate of Completion shall be provided to the Fire Prevention Bureau prior to the Bureau witnessing a performance test of the system. (Per NFPA 72)
  • Inspections may be scheduled by calling (224) 444-8222, 48 hours in advance. When inspections are scheduled, all appropriate installers must be present.

If an inspection/test fails, the Fire Department will attempt to accommodate the fire alarm system installer’s request by scheduling a re-test the next business day. Any re-inspection/re-test will result in a fee of $110.00.

Permit Issuance

Plans for each fire alarm system must be submitted to the Lake Villa Fire Prevention Bureau, P.O. Box 269, 910 East Grand Ave. Lake Villa, IL. 60046 for review purposes. Plans are generally reviewed and written comments provided within 10 business days. After the review is completed, the applicant will be furnished with at least one (1) set of stamped drawings, which are required to be on-site and available for the Bureau Inspector.

The plan submittal shall include:

  • A minimum of two (2) sets of plans for each fire alarm system
  • Manufacturers specification sheets on all devices
  • Standby battery calculations
  • Plan Review Submittal Form (download at right)
  • Fire Alarm System Application Form (download at right)

Fire alarm systems must be designed and installed and function in accordance with locally adopted codes and locally adopted amendments to the codes. This information, and other general information regarding Fire Protection Systems and Fire Alarm Systems is available from the Lake Villa Fire Prevention Bureau.

Fire Alarm Service

To take a fire alarm out of service or to return an alarm to service after testing and repairs are complete, call
FoxComm E9-1-1- Center at
(847) 587-3100

Fire Alarm Systems

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