Automatic Fire Sprinkler Requirements

The Village of Palatine maintains a Zero Square Foot rule for automatic sprinkler systems in all new commercial construction and when required by a review for existing commercial buildings that change use conducted in accordance with the IBC Chapter 34 – 2009 Edition.

Commercial buildings within Palatine that are equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system shall be installed in accordance with NFPA 13 – “The Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems”, 2007 Edition and/or NFPA 13R – “The Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies up to and Including Four Stories in Height,” 2007 Edition. Additionally, the alarm system for the sprinkler system must transmit full fire, trouble, and supervisory signals through the radio transmitter.

Automatic Sprinkler Systems require completion of a Fire Sprinkler Technical Submittal Worksheet. Submitted sprinkler drawings shall include the following:

  • 3 complete sets of scaled shop drawings.
  • 3 sets of the hydraulic calculations.
  • 3 sets of the manufacturers’ cut sheets for all sprinkler system components.
  • 1 copy of the contractor’s state sprinkler license.

Upon Village approval of the drawings, the permit applicant will be given two stamped sets back, one of which must be on the job site at all times. Prior to enclosing sprinkler piping Fire Prevention needs to conduct a visual inspection of the hangers and bracing of the system. This is often paired with the hydrostatic test.

The following Inspections are required to be complied by Fire Prevention prior to obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy with the Village.

  • Fire Sprinkler Shop Drawing
  • Sprinkler Underground Flush
  • Wet Sprinkler Hydrostatic Test (If Applicable)
  • Dry Sprinkler Hydrostatic Test (If Applicable)

If you have additional questions about Automatic Sprinkler Requirements, or to schedule an inspection please contact the Fire Prevention Office at 847-359-9029.