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Division of Safety Inspection

Occupancy Checklist

The following is a guide which may be used as a checklist to ensure that all required documentation and certifications are available on the job site the day the occupancy inspection is conducted by the Safety Inspector for the Division of Safety Inspection.  There may be additional documentation requested at the time of the occupancy.


  1. Portable Fire Extinguishers are in compliance with NFPA 10. 
  2. Testing/Certification of the automatic sprinkler system are in accordance with NFPA 13 and NFPA 25. 
  3. Contractor’s material list and test certificate for underground piping (for new sprinkler mains and lead-in, for new installations only) is in accordance with NFPA 13.
  4. Documentation for flame spread ratings for all new interior finishes (floors, walls, and ceiling) see NFPA 101, Chapter 10.
  5. Testing documentation of fire alarm system is in accordance with NFPA 72. 
  6. Testing documentation of smoke detection system is in accordance with NFPA 72.
  7. Testing documentation of emergency electrical system is in accordance with NFPA 101 and 70. 
  8. Underwriter’s electrical certification is in accordance with NFPA 70. 
  9. Documentation for installation and testing of the medical gas and vacuum systems are in accordance with NFPA 99. 
  10. HVAC system, fire and/or smoke dampers are in accordance with NFPA 90A. 
  11. Kitchen exhaust system is separated and installed in accordance with NFPA 96. 
  12. Smoking regulations are in accordance with NFPA 101, Operating Features of Occupancy Chapters.   
  13. All additional requests noted on plan approval letter (sprinkler, smoke, fire alarm systems, etc.) requiring plan submissions and approvals prior to the on-site occupancy inspection(s).
  14. Ensure access to view all fire-rated walls to include:  stair towers, elevator shafts, any vertical shaft, smoke barrier walls, building separation(s), hazardous areas and any rated enclosure.  Both sides of the wall must be accessible for inspection.
This checklist is based on compliance with the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, and the Mandatory References contained in Chapter 2, which has been adopted by the Department of Health.