Plans Review

The Fire and Life Safety Branch is staffed by one Senior Office Assistant, one Senior Community Educator, nine Fire Investigators, four Fire Inspectors, one Deputy Fire Marshal and one Assistant Fire Chief. The responsibilities of our Branch are divided into three areas:

Fire Code Compliance

The North Carolina Fire Prevention Code Addresses hazards and life-safety issues which can endanger business owners, employees, patrons, and fire fighters. Inspectors document violations and educate the responsible party on how to comply with the Code. The Fire Department strives to inspect all occupancies (with the exception of one and two-family dwellings) on an annual basis.

Additional Information

For additional information concerning the Fire and Life Safety Branch, email Michael Morton or call 336-773-7961.

Plan Review

Responsible for reviewing plans to ensure that they are designed in compliance with the Code. Reviewed plan types include:

  • Building construction plans
  • Extinguishing systems
  • Fire alarm Systems
  • Fire sprinkler and standpipe systems
  • Restaurant hood
  • Spray booth
  • Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems
  • Storage tank installation

Contractors wishing to install or up-fit any of the fire protection systems listed below must submit plans to the Winston-Salem Fire Department Online Portal and receive approval prior to commencing work. Each link below lists specific requirements for the respective type of work.

Plan Type
Fire Alarm$120.00
Extinguishing System$120.00
Emergency Responder Radio Coverage Systems$120.00
Tank Install$200.00

*Each review fee covers the cost of two review cycles as well as the necessary rough-in and final fire inspections related to the project.  In the chance of more than one two review review cycles for a single application, an additional charge will be added.

Submitting Plans:

  1. Visit  If you have never used the GeoCivix (formerly IDT) system before, you will need to create an account by clicking the Sign Up button.
  2. Sign in using your email address and the password you created.
  3. Click on the drop-down menu under Commercial Permitting.
  4. Select the correct application type, then follow the steps to complete the online permit application, upload your files, pay your fees, and confirm your submission.

**Access Control Plans (Mag Locks, Electric Strikes, Card Readers, etc.) require a separate building permit.  Contact the Building and Inspections Department (336-727-2624) for submittal requirements.**

Request Inspection After Plans Are Approved

Plan Review Fire Inspection Request Form

  • All Inspection requests are processed with the information received. 
  • Please allow 1-2 business days for scheduling response through the contact information provided on the application.  
  • Please allow for at least 5 business day lead-time between inspection scheduling and inspection date

*Be sure all work has been done in compliance with the approved plans and that all review notes have been addressed.

For additional WSFD Plan Review and Inspections questions, Please contact: , (336) 734-1290