Certificate of Occupancy Requirements

 Street Address Numbers shall be posted in a location visible and easily read from the street and rear of the building (if required).  Numbers shall be a minimum of six (6) inches in height, ½” in width and contrast with background.  Multiple occupancies – four (4) inch suite numbers (minimum) shall be posted on rear doors.  

Illuminated Exit Signs with emergency egress lighting and 90-minute battery backup, shall be installed if two or more exits are in place, occupant load is over 49 or travel distance is over 75'.  Exit paths shall not travel through hazardous areas. 

Exit Locking Hardware   “No Knowledge” single action lever or panic bar on all doors. Main entrance door may have “key locking” hardware on the door when a sign stating “Door Shall Remain Unlocked While Building Is Occupied” is posted. Additional deadbolt locks are not allowed unless thumb-turn style. Panic hardware and outward swinging doors are required when occupant load exceeds 49.  Manual flush bolts prohibited.  

Fire Extinguishers shall be mounted near egress exit doors and stairwells.  Fire extinguishers shall be five pound ABC with a UL Rating of 2A:10B:C or larger, one per 1,500sf and located within a 75’ travel distance of all areas of building.  Larger and/or additional fire extinguishers may be required depending on the occupancy use/conditions.  Fire extinguishers shall be mounted with the bottom a minimum of four inches above the floor and the top no higher than 60 inches above the floor.  Fire extinguishers shall have a current State of Texas inspection tag attached. 

Fire Alarm Systems (if applicable) shall be operational with a current State of Texas inspection tag attached to the main alarm panel.  Two phone/communication lines for monitoring shall be in place and operational. 

Fire Suppression Systems (if applicable) shall be operational with a current State of Texas inspection tag in place.  Commercial cooking operations shall have a Type I hood with UL300 extinguishing system installed and shall be connected to the building fire alarm (if applicable).  Sprinkler systems shall be monitored for water flow, tampering and trouble alarms.  Spare heads, wrench and head box shall be mounted near the riser.  Knox FDC plugs shall be installed.  Fire Riser Room shall be identified.  An alarm horn/strobe shall be mounted on the exterior of the building, as close as possible to the FDC.  The FDC shall be identified with a sign with “FDC” in six-inch white letters on a red background. 

Knox Key Box (3200 or 4400 series) shall be required at main entrance and riser room, and shall contain keys and/or access cards for emergency access, fire alarm and elevator (if applicable).  Gates restricting FD access shall have Knox key switch or Knox padlock installed.  Knox Box shall be in place when fire protection systems are active.  

Electrical Shunt or Exterior Main Disconnect
shall be installed if building is 6,000sf or larger, has three-phase electrical or if required by Fire Marshal.  Electrical/Mechanical rooms shall be identified and electric meters shall have suite numbers if multi-occupancy.   

Fire Lanes
shall be in place, accessible and properly marked per code on the curb face. 

Occupant Load
shall be posted near the main entrance to the building and in all assembly areas.  An electronic copy of the as-built building floor plan shall be submitted to the Fire Marshal’s office. 

CO Inspection
by both the Fire Marshal and the Building Inspection Department shall be completed prior to any furnishings or stock being placed in the occupancy.  Both City Departments must inspect the building before a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued

Contacts:           Fire Marshal                (972) 775-7662
                         Building Inspections     (972) 775-7134

We recommend a pre-construction meeting be held with both departments to insure all questions regarding code compliance are addressed.