Office of Life Safety

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General Guidelines

Acceptable Turnarounds for Emergency Response Vehicles
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Knox Box
Plowable Fire Hydrant Markers
Posting Addresses
Speculative Shell/Core

Private Hydrant Information

Private Hydrant Testing Report

Private Hydrant Testing Guidelines


Fire Alarm & Detection Systems (NFPA 72 -2013)

Permit Application and Fees

Residential Fire Sprinkler Requirement

Ordinance 06-26-422 requires a fire sprinkler system for all new residential occupancies including, but not limited to, 1 or 2-family dwellings, modular dwellings and mobile homes, applied for on or after July 1, 2007.

The Residential Fire Sprinkler Ordinance 06-26-422 was adopted on July 20, 2006 by the Board of County Commissioners. Further details regarding this requirement can be found in the Fire Sprinkler Notice and Ordinance below.

Fire Sprinkler Notice

Fire Sprinkler Ordinance – 06-26-422

Suppression Systems

General Information regarding Sprinklers

Speculative Shell/Core Building Sprinkler System Requirements

Suppression/Sprinkler Application and Fees


Submittal Requirements 

BDA Fire Alarm Checklist

Policy for 2 Way Radio Communications Systems


Code Requirements and UL Listing


The Office of Life Safety administers the Frederick County Fire Code as it relates to the permitting and development review process. The office issues and inspects fire systems permits including suppression and fire alarm systems and reviews life safety requirements for site plans and non-residential building permits.