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 the Bureau of Fire Prevention Registration Application.  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 Sprinkler System Contractors. (UNDERGROUND PERMITS) Underground 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.Applications

When submitting for a permit, please see the submittal process listed below the fee schedule, shown in the associated application.  Applicants will have the option to either submit electrically (via email) OR hardcopy.

Apply Now - Sprinkler Application(PDF, 191KB)

Apply Now - Underground Piping Permit(PDF, 153KB)

Step 3.Make your payment

All fees must be received before your permit can be reviewed by a plan reviewer.

You can pay online through Citizen Access.

Contact our office at 402-441-7521 or visit our Citizen Access Information page if you need assistance with paying your permit fee.

Step 4.Schedule an inspection

The permit must be in an issued status before any inspections can be scheduled. You are able to schedule an inspection through Citizen Access or calling the 24 hr. inspection line at 402-441-5999.  Please have your permit number, date for inspection, and special instruction if necessary. For same day inspection please schedule before 7:30 AM. For next day inspection please schedule before 12 PM.

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

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

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