Building permits are required for many types of occupancies in Oklahoma. The general classification for buildings requiring a permit are: schools, hospitals, churches, asylums, theaters, meeting halls, hotels, motels, apartment houses, rooming houses, rest homes, nursing homes, day nurseries, convalescent homes, orphanages, auditoriums, assisted living facilities, dormitories, factories, stadiums, warehouses, casinos, prisons and jails. Please CLICK HERE to ascertain if an architect is required.
For a statewide list of cities, towns, counties and colleges capable of conducting building plan reviews and/or inspections, please CLICK HERE. If the city, town, county or college having jurisdiction conducts the building plan reviews and/or inspections, it is not necessary to request building plan reviews and/or inspections by this Agency.
Oklahoma Uniform Building Code Commission (OUBCC) has completed new code adoptions effective November 1, 2015 (http://www.ok.gov/oubcc/). State law mandates all plans submitted to the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal's Office for review and permitting shall be designed to those new codes adopted by the OUBCC. This Agency will not accept any plans prepared under any other codes than those currently adopted by the OUBCC at the time of submission.
All plan reviews that do not fall within the above list of statewide cities, towns, counties or colleges having jurisdiction must be submitted to the State Fire Marshal's Office for review and permitting.
**Attention: Architects, Designers, and Building Contractors**
BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR PROJECT FOR REVIEW - CLICK HERE to review a plan submittal requirements/changes presentation.
Plan review submittal procedures have changed. Please refer to the Plan Review Handbook below:
Plan Review Handbook
Please complete one of the Application Forms below when submitting building, storm shelter, fire sprinkler, fire suppression and/or fire alarm plans for review:
A Plans Processing Checklist is REQUIRED to be completed and included with all Application forms or the plan review submittal process will be deemed incomplete and all documents will be returned WITHOUT REVIEW.
Contractor Final Inspection Letter - The Contractor Final Inspection Letter is REQUIRED to be completed in this format and submitted along with
the Contractor Binder to the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal's Office before a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued to the project owner.
If plans are DISAPPROVED or REJECTED you must re-apply and re-submit all documents with full payment of permit fees again for resubmittal.
Certain buildings require plans be designed by an Architect. Please refer to the Oklahoma Architectural Act for more information.
Visit the web site of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for read-only access to the NFPA codes and standards referenced in our state's statutes and/or regulations.
Those wishing to obtain a building permit must first determine if the property where said building is scheduled to be erected is on Tribal Lands. If the property is Tribal Lands our office does not have jurisdiction. In areas that are not Tribal Lands, those wishing to obtain a building permit must determine the authority having jurisdiction in the given area of the state where said building is scheduled to be erected. A number of cities will have the authority to enforce the state adopted building codes. Those cities not having such authority fall under the jurisdiction of the State Fire Marshal and must obtain a building permit from this agency.
A certificate of occupancy will not be provided by the State Fire Marshal's Office unless the building plans were reviewed and approved by this office.
To further assist with certain interpretations when designing plans, please see the State Fire Marshal Directives below:
Directive #1 - Rescue Windows in Classrooms
Directive 2013-3 - Fire Watch Requirements
Directive 2013-4 - Fire Alarm Requirements for Additions to Existing Buildings and/or Remodels of Existing Buildings
Directive 2013-5 - Fire Alarm Requirements for Shunting Visual and/or Audio Distractions in Existing Buildings and/or Remodels of Existing Buildings
Directive 2013-6 - Fire Alarm Requirements for Shunting Gas Lines-Requirements for Additions to Existing Buildings and/or Remodels of Existing Buildings
Directive 2013-7 - Hood Suppression System Requirements for Cooking Appliances Used for Warming Purposes Only
Directive 2013-8 - Fire Alarm System Requirements for New and/or Remodeled Buildings without a Fire Hydrant within 1,000 feet
Directive 2013-9 - Means of Egress Requirements for New Assembly and Educational Press Boxes
Office of the Oklahoma State Fire Marshal
2401 NW 23rd, Suite 4• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107
405-522-5005 • Fax: 405-522-5028 • TDD/TTY:1-800-722-0353
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