The Florida Building Code and the Florida Fire Prevention Code require that a permit be issued for any new construction or renovation of a structure. When the permit is issued, the plans are reviewed for compliance to the Florida Fire Prevention Code for fire safety features and fire protection systems.
Once the permit is approved and issued, the fire protection features incorporated with the structure must be inspected. The Florida Fire Prevention Code, Section 1.7.11 provides the authority having jurisdiction over fire-safety the responsibility for enforcement of the Florida Fire Prevention Code.
These inspections are a necessary part of the building construction and safety of the public. With this in mind, Estero Fire Rescue is providing you the information regarding what inspections need to be conducted and the process for scheduling the required inspections.
Fire inspection types that are required to be inspected.
- LP Gas Pressure test
- Standpipe and hydrostatic test
- Fire Alarm system
- U/G Fire lines hydrostatic test
- U/G Full Bore Flush
- Floor Penetrations
- Fire Retardant Spray
- U/G Tank Installation
- White Box final
- Fire Pump Test
- Fire Dampers
- Fire Suppression Gaseous
- Fire Sprinkler final
- Overhead fire sprinkler rough/hydrostatic test
- Building Final
- Fire Rated Separation
- A/G Tank Installation
- Hood/Duct Assembly
- Fire Rated wall penetrations
Who schedules these inspections?
The project supervisor/foreman is responsible to contact Estero Fire Rescue to schedule the required inspection. If a particular trade wants an inspection, the lead person of that trade should notify the project supervisor/foreman of the inspection required and when they would like the inspection to occur.
How is an inspection scheduled?
The project supervisor/foreman shall contact Estero Fire Rescue at 390-8000 at least 24 hours prior to the inspection and shall inform the Administrative Assistant of the location of the inspection, the type of inspection needed to be conducted and the date and time you desire the inspection to occur. The Administrative Assistant will advise the project supervisor/foreman of the date and time that is available and will schedule the inspection accordingly.
What if I want to cancel an inspection?
If a scheduled inspection is to be cancelled, the project supervisor/foreman shall contact Estero Fire Rescue as soon as possible at 390-8000 and inform the Administrative Assistant of the location of the inspection, the type of inspection that was to be performed and the date and time the scheduled inspection. If a new date and time is known at this time, the project supervisor/foreman can reschedule the inspection with the Administrative Assistant at this time.
What if I fail an inspection?
Any inspection that is failed is required to be re-scheduled for a re-inspection at a later date. The project supervisor/foreman is responsible to contact Estero Fire Rescue at 390-8000 to schedule the re-inspection with the Administrative Assistant.
Is there a re-inspection fee?
Yes. The first re-inspection is $50.00 per half hour or any portion thereof. If the re-inspection fails again, the second re-inspection fee is $100.00 per half hour or any portion thereof.
What if I am ready for a building or fire system final inspection for CO?
When a fire protection system is ready for a final inspection or the building is ready for a final inspection, the project supervisor/foreman shall contact Lee County and schedule a 902 Final inspection using the automated system. The project supervisor/foreman MUST also contact the Estero Fire Rescue Administrative Assistant to schedule the final inspection. Upon satisfactory completion of the inspection, the fire inspector will sign the 902 and fax it back to Lee County.
Does Estero Fire Rescue provide pre-construction meetings?
Yes. Estero Fire Rescue highly recommends that you have a pre-construction meeting with Estero Fire Rescue and all crafts and for the project so everyone understands the fire inspections requirements and any questions at that time can be answered.
What if I have a question that needs an answer or interpretation?
The project supervisor/foreman can:
submit the linked Information Request Form online;
contact the fire inspector for the project.
Please note that interpretations will not be given out over the phone. This is necessary to ensure that all parties involved have information in writing so as to avoid delays in your projects.