Alaska Fire System Permits

The Division of Fire and Life Safety, Life Safety Inspection Bureau manages the Fire System Permit program for the State of Alaska.

A company designing, installing, testing, or maintaining fire alarm signaling systems, or automatic fire suppression systems must employ sufficient personnel who hold valid permits in the appropriate classifications under this section to provide direct oversight and supervision of work being performed on the fire systems. A professional mechanical or electrical engineer registered under AS 08.48 who has relevant system design experience and the company that employs that engineer are exempt from the permit requirements of this section for system design. A plumber registered under AS 18.62 and certified by the manufacturer of the system may perform multi-purpose residential suppression system installations conforming to NFPA 13D.

Owner maintenance may be performed without a permit.

Fire alarm systems may be installed under the direction of an electrical administrator licensed under AS 08.40 without a permit provided that the final acceptance test and certification of the system is conducted by a qualified person who holds a valid permit.

A company that engages in the design, installation, or maintenance of a system shall record its work by annotating plans, test certificates, inspection reports, and system inspection tags with the permit holder's permit number, or professional engineer's registration number or seal.

A permit issued expires three years from date of issuance. The authority of a permit holder to design, install, or maintain a system under a permit ceases immediately upon expiration of the permit. A permit may be renewed upon application on forms provided by the fire marshal.

A company must employ at least one permit holder who holds a permit in the classifications that cover the work the company wishes to perform. A company may only perform work within the scope of the permits held by its employees, except that system design drawings may be prepared for that company by another company or individual who has the necessary permits. If a permit holder terminates employment with the company, the company shall immediately stop all activities within the scope of work authorized by the permits held by that individual except that a company may complete work designed by a permit holder following the permit holder's termination of employment with the company if the design plans for that work have been prepared and approved under 13 AAC 50.027 before the date of termination.

A permit holder may, within the scope of the permit holder's permit classification, perform or supervise the preparation of technical drawings, and the installation, inspection, or maintenance of fire alarm signaling systems, fire suppression systems, or any part of a system.

The following permits are issued:

Fire Alarm Systems:

  • IA - Maintenance and testing of fire alarm signaling systems and related devices.
  • IB-Special - Installation of fire alarm signaling systems and related devices.
    NOTE: Supervision of other individuals performing work within the scope of this level of permit is not allowed.
  • IB - Installation, maintenance, and testing of fire alarm signaling systems and related devices.
  • IC-DO - Design of fire alarm signaling systems and related devices.
  • IC - Design, installation, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm signaling systems and related devices.

Fire Sprinkler Suppression Systems:

  • IIA - Maintenance and testing of fire sprinkler and standpipe systems beginning at the point the water supply is used exclusively for the fire suppression system.
  • IIB - Installation, maintenance, and testing of water fire sprinkler and standpipe systems beginning at the point the water supply is used exclusively for the fire suppression system.
  • IIC-DO - Design of water fire sprinkler and standpipe systems beginning at the point the water supply is used exclusively for the fire suppression system.
  • IIC - Design, installation, maintenance, and testing of water fire sprinkler and standpipe systems beginning at the point the water supply is used exclusively for the fire suppression system.

Special Hazard Systems:

  • IIIA - Maintenance and testing of special hazard systems.
  • IIIB - Installation, maintenance, and testing of special hazard systems.
  • IIIC-DO - Design of special hazard systems.
  • IIIC - Design, installation, testing, and maintenance of special hazard systems.
  • IV - Limited to the installation, maintenance, and testing of pre-engineered dry and wet chemical fire suppression systems for restaurant and commercial hoods, ducts and associated cooking appliances.

Download the Alaska Fire System Permit Class Definitions, NICET, and Life Safety Requirements to learn how to qualify for a fire system permit.

You can download the applications/information below:

For further information please contact:

Amy Noket
5700 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
Phone: (907) 269-5637
Fax: (907) 269-5018