Final Inspection Before Use and Occupancy

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Final Inspection Before Use and Occupancy

  • Approved plans and comment letters must be available on site for the inspection. 
  • All comments must be addressed.
  • The inspector will check means of egress -- exit access, exits, exit discharge and lighting.
  • Inspector will check door operation and width (at least 32 inches clear).
  • Inspector will check door hardware and locking devices; key locks are not allowed on the egress side.  
  • Inspector will check that exit signs are illuminated in normal and emergency modes.
  • Emergency lighting must be wired to area lighting circuit. When the lighting for any area is turned off at the breaker, the emergency lighting in that area must activate.
  • Inspector will check stair riser and tread dimensions.
  • Inspector will check handrail/guardrail-dimensions.
  • Ceiling tiles must be in place where a sprinkler system or smoke/heat detection is present.
  • Sprinklers that have been painted must be replaced. 
  • Fire doors, frames and hardware must bear required labels. All labels must be visible. Fire doors must be self-closing and self-latching. Glass in fire doors, side lights or fire partitions must bear a label of fire resistance by an approved testing agency.
  • Inspector will require copies of information about finishes on walls, ceilings and floors:
    • Wall and ceiling flame spread specifications per NFPA 255 test or ASTM E84 test. For suspended ceilings, a copy of the ceiling tile box label is acceptable if it has this information. Specifications on wall finish must be provided.
    • Floor finish requirements, if required by the Life Safety Code: Carpet specification sheets to indicate the “critical radiant flux” per NFPA 253.
    • Specification sheets for curtains and other hanging materials per NFPA 701, if required by the Life Safety Code.
  • If fire lanes are not paved, inspector will require an engineering report stating that the fire lane will support a minimum of 35.5 tons. Fire lanes must be designated and marked in accordance with Fire Marshal Division specifications. Contact the Fire Marshal prior to the inspection to obtain marking specifications.
  • Fire hydrants and building sprinkler/standpipe connections must properly located, operational and accessible (18 to 42 inches above grade.)
  • Hydrants shall be within 10 feet of hard surface.
  • Fire department Connection (FDC) shall be within 100 feet of a hydrant.
  • Fire extinguishers must be installed in accordance with NFPA 10, Standard For Portable Fire Extinguishers. For business and mercantile occupancies, extinguishers must be located so the travel distance to reach one is not greater than 75 feet. They must be mounted on a wall with the top of the extinguisher not more than five feet off of the floor. Extinguishers must be accessible and visible.  
  • Building address must be displayed permanently on or near the property in numbers or letters at least six inches high on a contrasting background and posted so as to be visible from the street. For multifamily structures, the designation of each dwelling unit must be affixed to the exterior door of each unit in plain block numbers or letters at least six inches high.
  • The inspector will address other items specifically required for your project.