Fire Sprinkler Permit (OVERHEAD & UNDERGROUND)

All applications are submitted through PDF forms.

Before you start the permitting process, please be prepared to electronically upload plans and any supporting information.  Not providing necessary attachments will delay the permitting process. 


  • Plans are NOT REQUIRED for 20 or less head relocates (i.e. “arm-overs”)
  • Plans are NOT REQUIRED for underground fire line repairs.
  • Plans are NOT REQUIRED for the installation or replacement of a backflow valve device



Submit a Fire Sprinkler Permit


Step 1.Review the requirements

Sprinkler System Contractors and Master Plumber Contractors are registered through VisualVault.  Sprinkler System Contractors and Master Plumber Contractors are required to carry the insurance for a permit submittal. 

(OVERHEAD PERMITS) Sprinkler System permits shall only be issued to registered System Contractors. (UNDERGROUND PERMITS) Fire Sprinkler System Piping permits shall only be issued to currently registered Master Plumber Contractors.

(UNDERGROUND PERMITS) Before any Master Plumber Contractor may be issued a permit to make excava­tions in the public way of the city, such Contractor shall deposit with the Department of Building and Safety a $5,000.00 payment bond.  Said bond shall provide that the Contractor shall pay to the City of Lincoln the cost of refilling such excavation and replacing the surface thereof.

Applicable codes can be found on the City of Lincoln’s website. By completing the permitting process, it is agreed that all rules, regulations, and ordinances of the City of Lincoln, now in effect, will be complied with, and that the installation will be made in accordance with all applicable fire system regulations and the appropriate NFPA standards.

For help with understanding the requirements of licensing, registering, and code specific concerns, please contact the Fire Plan Reviewer at (402) 441-6440.

For assistance on the permitting process itself, please contact a permit assistant at (402) 441-7521.

Step 2.Make sure you have time to apply

The permitting process will take approximately 15 minutes once you have gathered the required information. You can save your application and resume later if you need more time.  

Step 4.Make your payment

Building and Safety will contact you via email with payment instruction.  All fees must be received before your permit can be reviewed by a plan reviewer.

You can pay online through Citizen Access

Having trouble navigating to pay? Navigate to our Citizen Access Information page.

Step 5.Schedule an inspection

The permit issued must be inspected before any work is concealed and inspected when the installation of the work completed.  Scheduling an inspection can be done through Citizen Access or by calling the 24 -hour inspection line at 402-441-5999.  Please have your permit number, date for inspection, and access instruction if necessary. 

Failure to submit satisfactory information or violating the above statements is sufficient grounds to void a permit already issued or to refuse issuance of a permit to an applicant.

Non-compliance with the codes may result in a reinspection fee.  

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