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Inspection Requests

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ALL inspections shall be requested by, and scheduled through, the project's General Contractor.  This includes inspections for all subcontracted items such as fire alarms, fire sprinklers, kitchen hoods, etc.  It will be the General Contractor's responsibility to coordinate these inspections with and for all Subcontractors.

The Conroe Fire Department requires a minimum 24-48 hour advance notice for all requested inspections.  Inspection should not be requested until all work is complete, and ready for inspection.  In order to maintain inspector availability and responsiveness for completed work, inspections will not be scheduled based upon projected completion dates or times.

All inspection requests shall be made by calling Conroe Fire Department Administration at (936) 522-3080.  Please do not submit inspection requests, via e-mail, directly to the Fire Marshal or any Deputy Fire Marshal as this may significantly delay fulfillment of your request.  The following information must be provided when calling for an inspection:

  • Permit number (if applicable)
  • Name and address of project/occupancy
  • Contact name and phone number
  • Type of inspection(s) requested.

Calling in to request an inspection does not mean the inspection has been scheduled.  This information will be forwarded to an inspector, who will make contact with the General Contractor, typically within one business day, to schedule the inspection.

A representative of the General Contractor and Subcontractor(s) (if applicable) must be present at the time of inspection.

On-Site Permit Requirements

Fire Marshal’s Office approved, stamped, and signed plans must be kept on the job site and presented to the inspector upon request.  Contractor shop drawings are not considered approved plans.  The issued permit, and all previous fire inspection forms, are also required to be kept on-site.

Inspections Performed by the Conroe Fire Department

  • Dedicated fire sprinkler underground line visual and hydrostatic test
    • Includes only piping dedicated to the supply of fire sprinkler systems and remote FDC piping.  All inspections for combination (domestic and fire sprinkler) piping and fire hydrant piping should be scheduled through the Conroe Engineering Department at (936) 522-3100.
    • Must be conducted prior to cover-up.  Piping, joints, thrust blocks, and tracer wire must be visible.  Piping between joints can be covered.
    • 2 hour, 200 psi hydrostatic test.
    • Approved plans must be on site at the time of inspection.  The installation must be consistent with approved plans.
    • State of Texas licensed “RME-G”, “RME-U”, or “RME-I” must be present for the test.
    • State of TexasContractor’s Material and Test Certification for Underground Piping form must be completed and 1 copy furnished to the inspector.
  • Fire sprinkler overhead visual and hydrostatic test
    • 2 hour, 200 psi hydrostatic test.
    • Sprinkler piping and hangars shall not be covered and/or concealed by any means prior to this inspection.  This includes drop grid style ceilings.
    • Approved plans must be on site at the time of inspection.  The installation must be consistent with approved plans.
    • State of Texas licensed “RME-G” or “RME-I” must be present for the test.
    • State of Texas Contractor’s Material and Test Certification for Aboveground Piping form must be completed and 1 copy furnished to the inspector.
    • The Conroe Fire Department does not witness partial system hydrostatic tests.  Only one test for each system riser will be scheduled.
  • Fire alarm inspection and test
    • Should be scheduled concurrently with building's temporary or final certificate of occupancy inspection, if applicable. 
    • Approved plans must be on site at the time of inspection.  The installation must be consistent with approved plans.
    • An “APS” or “FAL” State of Texas licensed individual must be present for the test.
    • State of Texas Fire Alarm Installation Certificate form must be completed and 1 copy furnished to the inspector.
  • Commercial cooking hood suppression system inspection and test
    • Should be scheduled concurrently with building's temporary or final certificate of occupancy inspection, if applicable.
    • Approved plans must be on site at time of inspection.  The installation must be consistent with approved plans.
    • “Type A” or “Type K” State of Texas licensed individual must be present for test.
    • State of Texas Fire Extinguisher System Installation Certificate form must be completed and 1 copy furnished to the inspector.
  • Clean agent extinguishing system inspection and test
    • Should be scheduled concurrently with building's temporary or final certificate of occupancy inspection, if applicable.
    • Approved plans must be on site at time of inspection.  The installation must be consistent with approved plans.
    • “Type A” State of Texas licensed individual must be present for test.
    • State of Texas Fire Extinguisher System Installation Certificate form must be completed and 1 copy furnished to the inspector.
  • Spray booth extinguishing system inspection and test
    • Should be scheduled concurrently with building's temporary or final certificate of occupancy inspection, if applicable.
    • Approved plans must be on site at time of inspection.  The installation must be consistent with approved plans.
    • “Type A” State of Texas licensed individual must be present for test.
    • State of Texas Fire Extinguisher System Installation Certificate form must be completed and 1 copy furnished to the inspector.
  • Access controlled door inspection and test
    • Should be scheduled concurrently with building's temporary or final certificate of occupancy inspection, if applicable.
    • Approved plans must be on site at the time of inspection.  The installation must be consistent with approved plans.
  • Underground and/or aboveground tank installation inspection
    • Must be conducted prior to cover-up of any system components.
    • 1 hour, 3-5 psi pressure test on tank and lines
    • Approved plans must be on site at the time of inspection.  The installation must be consistent with approved plans.
    • TCEQ “License A” or “License A+B” licensed individual must be present for test.
  • Underground tank removal inspection
    • Any underground tank removal must be witnessed by the Conroe Fire Department.
    • All applicable TCEQ rules and State of Texas laws must be followed.
    • TCEQ “License B” or “License A+B” licensed individual must be present for removal.
  • Commercial land clearing burn permit inspection
    • Must be conducted prior to commencement of burning.
    • Required components include a trench and blower, per TCEQ rules.
    • 1 time permit for clearing of land for commercial development only.

Final Certificate of Occupancy Inspection

This inspection shall be conducted when all Building Department inspections, including final inspection, have been completed and passed.  The Building Department will notify us when this has occurred.  You will then be contacted by an inspector to schedule the final fire inspection, typically within 1 business day.

The Conroe Fire Department will not schedule a final and certificate of occupancy inspection unless all fire protection systems are in place and are fully operational.  This includes fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, and other fixed fire extinguishing systems.  There will be no exceptions to this policy.

The following subcontractors/trades, along with a representative of the General Contractor, must be present at the final inspection:

  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • HVAC
  • Fire alarm (if applicable)
  • Fire sprinkler (if applicable)
  • Fixed fire extinguishing system(s) (if applicable)

There is no need to contact the Fire Department directly to request this inspection.  Doing so will not expedite the inspection and will generally only serve to confuse the process.

Other Notes

It is the responsibility of the project general contractor to plan and manage their project.  The Conroe Fire Department will not perform additional inspections, outside of the above parameters, due to project mismanagement and/or time pressures placed on the General Contractor.

Under normal circumstances, the Conroe Fire Department is equipped to fulfill inspection requests in a timely manner, during normal business hours.  There is currently no system in place that allows for after-hours inspections or expedited inspection requests.

Failed inspections or system tests will require payment of a re-inspection fee prior to scheduling re-inspection.  This policy also applies if it is discovered, upon arrival of the inspector, that the General Contractor, or Subcontractor, is not ready for a scheduled inspection or system test.