Plan Review Bureau

The Division of Fire and Life Safety is the State Building Official.

Construction, repair, remodel, addition, or change of occupancy of any building/structure, or installation or change of fuel tanks must be approved by the Division of Fire and Life Safety before ANY work is started.

Residential housing that is three-plex or smaller is exempt from this requirement.

The Division of Fire and Life Safety has statewide jurisdiction for fire code enforcement and plan review authority except in the following communities which have received deferrals:

The following jurisdictions have accepted a deferral for full code enforcement and plans should be submitted directly to the city:

Plan Review

Plans and specifications regarding the location of the building or structure on the property, area, height, number of stories, occupancy, type of construction, interior finish, exit facilities, electrical systems, mechanical systems, fuel storage tanks and their appurtenances, automatic fire-extinguishing systems, and fire alarm systems must be submitted by the owner or owner's representative to the Division of Fire and Life Safety for examination and approval. This review does not address structural considerations or accessibility requirements. Mechanical and electrical review is limited to that which is necessary to confirm compliance with fire and life safety requirements.

It is prohibited to occupy a building for which plans have not been examined and approved.

If any work for which a plan review and approval is required has been started without first obtaining plan review and approval, an additional special processing plan review fee of $100 is charged for the first violation. The special processing plan review fee for a subsequent violation by the same person is an additional charge equal to the amount of the standard plan review fee for the project.

The Building Permit Process

Submit completed plan review application form and construction documents (applications and forms below) to the Plans Review Bureau.

Fire system plan reviews (fire alarm, fire suppression, hood suppressions and fuel systems) will be submitted using the Plan Review Application.

Authority: AS 18.70.080

Alaska Administrative Code: 13 AAC 50.027

For further information please contact:

Plan Review Bureau
5700 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99507
Phone: (907) 269-2004
Fax: (907) 269-0098