The Contractor’s Corner gathers all the information a contractor working in the Northwest Fire District may need in one place. Find answers to your questions regarding plan submittal and review, inspections, specific requirements and more.
A guide for the construction and design community to assist you with completing your project
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fire code construction and development handbook
This guide is provided by the Northwest Fire District Prevention and Safety Division to provide answers to frequently asked questions regarding construction inspections, fire code requirements and detailed specifications relevant to new construction sites, tenant improvement projects and existing businesses in need of updated signage, etc.
The handbook is available in PDF format. You can view the complete handbook in one file or browse individual chapters.
Individual Handbook Chapters
Contractor’s Coffee Forum
Join us for the next Southern Arizona Regional Contractor’s Coffee Forum – a semi-annual exchange of information between Fire Prevention staff from across the southern Arizona region and contractors, engineers, architects as well as members of the public invested in community development.
Contractor Coffee Forum dates for this year:
These forums will include subjects such as:
fire systems design and installations, new enforcement policies, clarification of existing code requirements, future code proposals, special hazards, and any topic important to you and other members of your industry.
Next Forum Date:
Wednesday, November 15th, 2023
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (Meet and Greet)
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (Forum)
- NFPA 13/72 Paperwork
- Fee Schedule
- RVFD Fee Schedule
- Plans On-Site
- Contractors Guidebook (If finished)
- 2024 IFC Code Update
- Amendment Proposal – Water tank on rural/ag. Property
Enter any topics you would like to discuss at future Contractor Coffee Fourm events below, then hit Submit to send us your ideas.
In this section, you will find information to assist with the plan review process from submittal through approval.
Collaborating for Safety Sake
Prevention and Safety is the inspection, education and enforcement division of the District providing fire and life safety services through code enforcement and inspections during the new business development process, general fire inspections, operating and special use permitting and complaint investigation – all with an eye toward keeping our community safe.
We have a team of inspectors who review plans for new construction and inspect existing businesses and special events. NWFD’s Own Your Zone business inspection program is designed to strengthen the partnership between inspectors, emergency responders and business owners by assigning a fire inspector to a specific geographic area. The Own Your Zone program allows inspectors and businesses to develop valuable working relationships that result in solid customer service and sound fire prevention practices.
Fire Inspection Scheduling
Need to schedule an inspection? Please refer to our Scheduling Procedures for more information.
There are two main types of inspections:
Inspections that take place during new construction and remodel projects. Inspectors provide technical expertise in reviewing construction plans for sprinkler and alarm systems. They also conduct final inspections of fire protection systems prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy by the Town or County Building Department.
We have collected important information for construction professionals in our Contractor’s Guide.
Existing Occupancy Inspections
Northwest Fire conducts fire and life safety inspections throughout the boundaries of the District.
This program assists building owners, managers and occupants identifying and resolving fire and life safety issues that could cause injury to people and damage to property or businesses.
Education and proper prevention methods are discussed during regularly scheduled inspection visits across a mix of buildings including apartments, churches, light industry, commercial, retail, office, schools, motels, hotels and other similar buildings
Fire Inspection Scheduling Procedures
The following information must be provided:
- Permit Number
- Exact address including suite number
- Name of project and type of occupancy
- Purpose for requiring an inspection and
- A call back phone number, name of company and contact person’s name.
You will receive a confirmation of the date and time (morning or afternoon) for your scheduled inspection.
Please ensure to have approved plans bearing the Northwest Fire District stamp on the job site. No inspections or tests will be conducted without them and will result in a reinspection fee.
The contractor is responsible for inspecting their own work to ensure it conforms to the approved plans, maintaining approved plans on site for the inspection, pre-testing any system(s) to ensure they function properly and verifying that the work to be inspected is in all manner ready for inspection prior to calling to schedule the inspection.
In the event a contractor is not prepared for the inspection at the time the inspection is scheduled, the contractor must cancel the inspection a minimum of two (2) hours prior to their scheduled time. If the inspection is not canceled a minimum of two (2) hours prior a reinspection fee will apply.
To schedule a fire inspection:
To schedule a fire inspection, call:
(520) 887-1010 extension 5051.
This is a recorded request line and it must be called in on a business day before 3:00 p.m. for the inspection to be scheduled within the next two (2) business days.