Fire and Life Safety System Testing and Fire Hydrant Testing
The installation of fire suppression and life-safety systems will require that the Charlotte Fire Department inspector assigned to your project be on site during all acceptance tests.
All newly installed private fire hydrants for commercial properties, including multi-family occupancies, are required to be tested and approved in order to determine the available fire flow.
City-owned fire hydrants may be tested at the request of architects, engineers, fire sprinkler designers, etc. to determine the available water supply for the purpose of designing fire sprinkler systems. The hydrant closet to the tap shall be utilized for testing purposes, and this test must be completed by the Fire Department's water supply officer. Test results more than 12 months old shall require a new test.
To request a test, you may either contact the Fire Department's Fire Hydrant Coordinator at the telephone number or email address below, or you may download the flow test request form below and mail or fax it to the Charlotte Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau Office at the address or fax number, also indicated below. There is a fee associated with each test, so please read the instructions carefully. Please provide an email address somewhere on the form so that we may contact you.