Fire Suppression Systems & Permit Application

Fire Suppression Systems & Permit Application

The Lake Villa Fire Protection District is the authority having jurisdiction for permit issuance and acceptance testing and inspections of Fire Suppression Systems. This includes new systems and/or modifications/alterations to existing systems. Fire protection systems include, but are not limited to sprinkler systems, dry pipe systems, standpipe systems and Ansul Systems etc. All required fire protection systems must be approved by the Fire Prevention Bureau before an occupancy permit will be issued by the building department.

  • Basements and mechanical penthouses, and areas under canopies, where vehicles have access, shall be included when calculating the building square footage.

Exceptions

Electrical Equipment shall meet NFPA 13 Section 8.15.11.3 “Sprinkler protection shall be required in electrical equipment rooms. Hoods or shields installed to protect important electrical equipment from sprinkler discharge shall be non-combustible.”

Electrical rooms/closets and sprinklers shall not be required where all of the following conditions are met:

  1. The room is dedicated to electrical equipment only.
  2. Only dry-type electrical equipment is used.
  3. Equipment is installed in a two-hour fire-rated enclosure including protection for penetrations.
  4. No combustible storage is permitted to be stored in the room

The exempt locations must provide a fixed-temperature heat detector, separately zoned at the FACP.

Standpipe Systems

Class III standpipe systems shall be installed throughout buildings or structures (1) in all newly constructed buildings so that all areas in excess of 120 feet from the nearest point of enter ti the building shall be covered by a standpipe; (2) in all areas of existing structures which have been remodeled or added to in such a manner that those areas are located in excess of 120 feet from the nearest point of entry to the building; (3) in all newly constructed buildings or structures more than two (2) stories in height or more than two (2) stories below the highest level of fire department vehicle access so that all areas on those floors are within 120 feet of a standpipe; and (4) in all buildings or structures more than two (2) stories in height or more than two (2) stories below the height level of fire department vehicle access which have been remodeled or added to in such a manner so that those areas are located in excess of 120 feet from the nearest standpipe. The standpipes shall be provided with a 2½” to 1½” reducer and cap with no fire hose. There Shall be an approved fire department connection at grade and hose connections located at each floor level.

Fire Department Connection (F.D.C.) shall be a 2½ inch Siamese connection.

Inspections

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

Fire Sprinkler Systems

  • Rough inspection of piping and flush test
  • Flow test
  • Hydrostatic test
  • Final acceptance/performance test

Ansul Systems

  • Trip/Dump test (Includes verification of fire panel zoning)
  • Final acceptance/performance test

Other Systems

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

Inspections may be scheduled by calling (224) 444-8222, at least 48 hours in advance. When inspections are scheduled, all appropriate installers must be present.

If an inspection/test fails, the Fire Prevention Bureau will attempt to accommodate the fire protection 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 for each system retest for any reason.

Permit Issuance

Plans for each fire protection system must be submitted to the Lake Villa Fire Prevention Bureau, 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 three (3) sets of plans for each fire protection system
  • Fire protection system calculations
  • Manufacturers specification sheets on all devices
  • Plan Review Submittal Form

The plan review fee must accompany the submitted plans.

Fire protection systems must be designed and installed and function in accordance with locally adopted codes and locally adopted amendments to the codes.

Fire Suppression Systems

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