New/Existing Occupancy Inspections

The following information and links are helpful to the professional community involved with building, remodeling, or maintaining commercial occupancy.

Fire Inspections

Every occupancy will have a life and fire safety inspection regularly. An engine company may also visit occupancy and conduct a pre-fire incident plan. A pre-fire incident plan is a means for an engine company to be familiar with a business and locate hazards that may complicate an emergency response to that location. See Prevention Permit Fees for Applications and Fee Schedules.

Site Inspections
All occupancies must have all fire inspections prior to obtaining a certificate of occupancy. Supplement inspections and acceptance test must be completed and passed prior to the fire final.

Inspections that follow are required inspections, however, not limited to only these inspections. Other supplement inspections may be required in order to serve a special purpose or hazard.

Sprinkler Systems

  1. Hydrostatic test on all piping including underground.
    2. Visual on all piping including underground
    3. Fire pump acceptance test
    4. Flow test (usually same time as alarm test)
    5. Main drain test

Fire Alarm Systems

  1. Fire alarm acceptance test
    2. Anything the fire alarm is responsible for, and or connected to, such as but not
    limited to, elevators, kitchen hoods, fire pumps, etc.
    3. Flow test (in conjunction with sprinkler contractor).

Hood Systems

Acceptance test on any fire suppression hood system including, but not limited to, kitchens, paint booths etc.

Automatic Gate Openers

  1. Must be 3M or compatible, OpticomT opener
    2. Must have a manual override, Knox Box system
    3. Must have an acceptance test

Fire Final

Fire Final inspections are conducted prior to any move in of people or stock in all occupancy’s. Must have Fire Final prior to application for a Certificate of Occupancy. A Fire Final consists of the following list, is not limited to this list.

  1. Means of egress – exit signs, emergency lighting
    2. Fire lane striping
    3. Fire Extinguishers properly mounted and inspection tags in place
    4. Fire caulking completed
    5. Knox Box mounted and keys ready for installation
    6. All applicable fire codes, local ordinances, Life Safety Code 101

Fire Final Requirements

Knox Box

Knox Box rapid entry system is designed to allow the fire department to gain access to occupancy without causing damage to the occupancy, during an emergency or a false alarm. The Round Rock Fire Prevention Division requires a Knox Box with current keys to business occupancies. Lists of requirements are as follows:

  1. If the occupancy has a fire alarm or a sprinkler system
    2. If the occupancy has 5000 sq ft or greater of floor space
    3. If building has more than one tenant
    4. If the fire official deems an extraordinary hazard
    5. If the occupancy has a sprinkler system, Knox FDC caps are also required

Foster Care and Adoption Inspections

The Prevention Division has provided a Fire Marshal Foster/Adoption Checklist for individuals that are applying for and requiring an inspection for foster care, adoptive care, or group home setting within their home.

This easy and self-explanatory form will guide you through setting up your home in order to pass a required Fire Department inspection. Once this Evaluation Checklist has been completed, you should then download the permit application, located on the permit application fee page on this web-site and make payment for the inspection. Once application and payment are received at the Central Fire Station the Round Rock Fire Department Prevention Division will schedule your home inspection to be done within normally 48 hours.

Any questions regarding the Fire Safety Evaluation Checklist, how to obtain a permit application, where to pay the fee or how to schedule an appointment or any other questions, please call the Round Rock Fire Prevention Division at 512-218-6628.