Sprinkler Systems

Sprinkler Systems

BC 1704.21

1704.21 Sprinkler system special inspection. New and altered sprinkler system shall be inspected in accordance with Sections 903 and 1704.21.1. The permit holder responsible for the sprinkler work shall perform all required acceptance tests, complete and sign the appropriate contractor’s material and test certifica­tions. The special inspector shall witness all required tests and shall verify that all installations of all materials, fittings, hang­ers, assemblies and signage are in accordance with the approved construction documents, that painting of the sprinkler system required by Section 903.6 of this code has been performed and that the contractor has transmitted required maintenance literature and instruction to the owner. The special inspector shall verify that the material and test certification forms have been transmitted to the Fire Department and the Department of Buildings‡.

Exception: The special inspector need not witness the hydrostatic pressure test when such test is witnessed by the department.

1704.21.1 Hydrostatic pressure testing. All new or altered sprinkler systems in buildings shall undergo successful hydrostatic pressure testing by a licensed master plumber or licensed fire suppression piping contractor in accordance with the requirements of this code, including Section 901.5, and NFPA 13.

Special Inspection: Sprinkler Systems
Code Section(s): BC 1704.21
Minimum Qualifications: Primary Inspector or Inspection Supervisor.

  • PE- Mechanical Engineering; and
  • 1 year relevant experience OR
  • NYC Licensed Class A or Class B Master FIre Suppression Piping Contractor License; and
  • Independent of installer
Supplemental Inspector (Alternative 1)

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering; AND
  • 3 years relevant experience in fire protection engineering.
Supplemental Inspector (Alternative 2)

  • Technician with NICET Level II Certification in Fire Protection – Inspection and Testing of Water-based Systems.