Permits / Code Compliance

Permits and Codes


The following permits are required from the Fire Prevention Divisions of the Fire Department:

Fire Prevention


  • Day Care - operating a day care facility
  • Hood suppression system - installation of a fire suppression system in an exhaust hood
  • Alarm permits - installation of fire alarm systems
  • Sprinkler permit - installation of a sprinkler system

Current Codes


The following codes are currently enforced by the City of Bismarck, Fire Department:
  • International Building Code – 2015
  • International Fire Code - 2015 (including Appendix B,C and D) 
  • International Residential Code - 2015 (including Appendix E and J) 
  • International Mechanical Code - 2015
  • International Fuel Gas Code - 2015
  • North Dakota State Plumbing Code - 2009 (including Appendix H)
  • National Electrical Code - 2014
  • Laws, Rules, and Wiring Standards of North Dakota - 2014
  • NFPA 13 Installation of Sprinkler Systems - 2013
  • NFPA 13R Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies up to and including 4-stories in height - 2013
  • NFPA 14 Installation of Standpipe Systems - 2013
  • NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm Code - 2013

For code interpretation, please call the Building Division at 701.355.1465 and for fire code interpretation call the Fire Division at 701-355-1400.

Please refer to the City Attorney's website Code of Ordinance, Title 4 for adopted amendments to these codes.