Plan Reviews for Building Permits

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About AFR Site Plan Reviews

The Review Plan establishes regulations affecting or relating to structures, processes, premises, and safeguards regarding: 

  1. The hazard of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling or use of structures, materials or devices; 
  2.  Conditions hazardous to life, property or public welfare in the occupancy of structures or premises; 
  3. Fire hazards in the structure or on the premises from occupancy or operation;
  4. Matters related to the construction, extension, repair, alteration or removal of fire suppression or alarm systems.
  5. Review plans and specifications for proposed buildings and structures, issue building permits when plans are approved, and conduct fire safety inspections of such buildings and structures 

It shall be unlawful to construct, erect, or alter any commercial building without construction documents approved by the fire chief or his designee for fire department accessibility, fire hydrant requirements, Life Safety Code requirements for assembly occupancy and flammable and combustible liquid tank installations.

How can I schedule a plan review?

For more information related to the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Plans Review process, please contact our Fire Protection Engineer 404.546.7000

What do I need to submit to complete my Plan Review? 

Construction documents shall be submitted in one or more sets and in such form and detail as required by Atlanta Fire Rescue. The construction documents shall be prepared by a registered design professional where required by the City of Atlanta in which the project is to be constructed. 

Construction documents shall be drawn to scale upon suitable material. Electronic media documents are allowed to be submitted when approved by the fire code official. Construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature, and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of this code and relevant laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations as determined by the fire code official. 

It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the construction documents include all of the fire protection requirements and the shop drawings are complete and in compliance with the applicable codes and standards. 

What is needed for a Plan Review? 

1. 3 sets of plans must be provided drawn to scale and stamped by a licensed architect
2. Payment is expected at the time services rendered, presently the only form of payment accepted is check or money order. No cash.
3. Plan review cost may be more than $50 because the field inspection is included in the cost of plan review. (That fee is based on square footage which is noted in the plan review applications)
4. Consultations with the Plan Reviewer cost $50 and can last up to an hour.

Site development Plan review $50.
Places of public assembly Exhibit and Trade Shows (NR) Plan review to include: Trade shows, exhibitions, displays, contests, etc. Note: Fees required for each individual set of plans includes site inspection. Activity not allowed in non-permitted facilities $79. 
Final Plan(s) approval is subject to site inspection. The minimum fee for any activity not listed shall be $50.

When will I need a Plan Review by the AFRD?

Permitting for projects which contain any of the following require an approved review plan by the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department (AFRD): 

  1. Site Development and or a change of occupancy 
      • Construction area 
      • Proposed structure 
      • Utility installations (show all hydrants, exits, FDC, transformers ... 
      • Property Boundary lines 
      • Street widths 
      • Change of usage of the structure or property 

  2. Flammable/combustible liquids storage; including: 
      • AST (aboveground storage tanks) or UST (underground storage tanks) installations or removals 
      • Gas stations 
      • Fleet service//card key stations 
      • Heliports 
      • Generator installations 
      • Biodiesel installations 
      • Oil water separators 
      • Fuel farms 
      • Fuel hydrant systems 

  3. Public assembly(occupant loads of 50 or more); including: 
      • Spas 
      • Swimming pools/courtyards 
      • Dance studios 
      • Multipurpose rooms 
      • Gymnasiums 
      • Production studios 
      • Auditoriums 

  4. LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas), LNG ( Liquefied Natural Gas), and CNG (Compressed Natural Gas); including: 
      • Filling stations 
      • Utility plants 
      • Automotive dispensing locations 

  5. Tents/Carnivals 
      • Festivals 
      • Floor show plans 
      • Carnivals 
      • Circus
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