Alarm & Sprinkler

Obtaining & Submitting a Permit
When installing a Fire Alarm System, Sprinkler System, or Cooking Suppression System, you are required to obtain a permit from the Fire Prevention Bureau. For a Fire Alarm System a separate Electrical Permit Application needs to be filled out and submitted. If the Fire Alarm or Sprinkler System is part of a larger construction and / or remodeling project, provide your permit number from the general contractor on the job. If you do not have one, contact the Community Development Department at (630) 368-5101 for instructions on obtaining the required permit. Please view Requirements for Fire Alarm and Sprinkler Plan Submittals.
  • If this is the only work to be done and it is not part of a larger construction and / or remodeling project, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at (630) 368-5220.
  • In both of the above situations, you will need to supply a minimum of two sets of as-built drawings and cut sheets for the work being performed. Sprinkler drawings should be accompanied by hydraulic calculations if required for the system being installed.
Turn-Around Time
The turn-around time for the sprinkler and alarm permit process is approximately 7-14 working days.This does not include the time needed by Community Development if this is part of a larger construction and / or remodeling project.

Once the Fire Alarm and / or Sprinkler System work is completed, an inspection of the work is required for final approval. You will need to call (630) 368-5220 to schedule the inspection. Prior to calling, please note the following:
  • A test may be scheduled Monday through Friday upon availability between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Before or after normal business hours, testing requires an additional fee.
  • Be sure to have a qualified individual available for the test to accompany the inspector (e.g. alarm or sprinkler contractor).
  • Before the test is performed take the fire alarm out of service for the test day by contacting the emergency communications dispatcher at (630) 690-8245 and have the alarm number available. After the test is finished, contact the emergency dispatcher again to put the alarm back in service.
  • Have a Fire Alarm Equipment test report prior to any alarm inspection.
  • Have your permit number ready and the approximate square footage of the area being inspected.
  • Make sure that the management and tenants of a multiple tenant building are aware that testing will be taking place.
  • A 24-hour business days' notice is needed prior to the inspection call at (630) 368-5220.
Additional Information
Browse through the inspection Guidelines / Checklist. If you have any questions regarding an inspection please contact them at (630) 368-5220.