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Deadline Impending: Fire Protection Inspection Certifications Due By May 31, 2024

Written by: Alex Goldberg



The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) recently issued a crucial reminder to property owners in Philadelphia about the impending deadline for certain fire protection inspection certifications. These certifications are essential for ensuring the proper functioning and compliance of fire protection systems within buildings. This proactive approach is critical for several reasons:

  1. Life Safety: Functioning fire protection systems can save lives by providing early warning of fires, containing them, and allowing occupants to evacuate safely.
  2. Property Protection: Effective fire protection measures help minimize property damage in the event of a fire, reducing repair costs and business disruptions.
  3. Legal Compliance: Compliance with fire protection inspection certifications is mandated by local regulations, and failure to comply can result in fines, penalties, and legal consequences.
  4. Insurance Requirements: Many insurance policies require proof of regularly maintained fire protection systems to ensure coverage in case of fire-related incidents.

The deadline for submitting these certifications is May 31, 2024, and property owners are urged to act promptly to avoid lapses in compliance that could compromise the safety of occupants and property. Mayor Cherelle Parker’s initiative to enhance safety within the City, particularly regarding fire protection systems, underscores the importance of regular inspections and certifications. Fire protection systems subject to inspection include fire sprinklers, alarms, emergency standby power, smoke control systems, dampers in high-rise buildings, and other fire suppression systems.

Qualified individuals licensed by the City are responsible for conducting these inspections, and certifications must be submitted using designated city forms. Property owners are advised to consult their operational manuals for maintenance and testing guidelines specific to the fire protection systems installed in their properties. 

Property owners can easily submit their certificates to L&I through the online portal, eCLIPSE. Additionally, property owners can verify the status of their certifications using Atlas, the City’s public access portal, to stay informed and avoid potential violations or investigations.

Failure to meet the May 31, 2024 deadline for certification submission may result in violations and associated monetary penalties and fines. Property owners whose buildings no longer utilize fire protection systems must complete a form by the deadline, accompanied by relevant information demonstrating compliance with the Philadelphia Code.

If you need assistance with this pivotal governmental filing, please direct inquiries to Alex Goldberg at alex.goldberg@nochumson.com or (215) 907-7102.