Is a Fire Sprinkler System Required?

Automatic fire sprinkler systems are required to be installed in many buildings located in the areas served by the Fire Prevention Bureau.

New and Existing Structures

Each fire district has its own individual amendments to 2010 California Fire Code (CFC) 903.2. Contact the appropriate agency for information about the requirements for a specific fire district.

Who to Contact

  • Fire code questions should be referred to the Fire Prevention Bureau at 209-552-3700 for the following Stanislaus County areas:

  • Burbank Paradise Fire District
  • Ceres Fire Protection District
    (District only, not within the City limits)
  • Denair Fire District
  • Hughson Fire District
  • Hughson City Limits
    Commercial Projects only
  • Industrial Fire District
    District area under suppression contract with City of Ceres
    District area under suppression contract with City of Modesto
  • Keyes Fire District
  • Mountain View Fire District
  • Newman City
    Projects by Fire Department request
  • Salida Fire District
    Del Rio
  • Turlock Rural Fire District
  • West Stanislaus Fire District
    Crows Landing
    Diablo Grande
    Newman (non-incorporated areas)
  • Westport Fire District
  • Woodland Avenue Fire District
  • All areas of the County not served by a fire district
    Division One North
  • The following cities each operate their own fire prevention. Contact the fire prevention division directly for assistance with all fire code questions and plan submittals within these city limits.
  • Ceres 209-538-5701
  • Hughson (residential) 209-883-2863
  • Patterson 209-895-8130
  • Turlock 209-668-5580
  • Stanislaus Consolidated fire district should be contacted at 209-869-7470 for assistance with all fire code questions for the following areas:
  • Empire
  • Hickman
  • Knights Ferry
  • La Grange
  • Oakdale City
  • Oakdale Rural
  • City of Riverbank
  • Valley Home
  • Waterford

For isolated buildings or groups of buildings located in the Fire Districts of Hughson, Keyes, Oakdale, Salida, Stanislaus Consolidated and Turlock Rural, where water is not available from a municipal water system a fire sprinkler system source of water meeting all of the following criteria shall be considered an acceptable alternative to a fire sprinkler source of water otherwise required by applicable NFPA standards.

  • The required sprinkler demand (not including hose stream allowance) is provided by a hydro pneumatic tank for a minimum duration of 15 minutes. The tank may be pressurized by the domestic well pump and may serve both the fire and domestic supply but must have a tank equal to or greater than the calculated sprinkler demand.
  • A separate water storage tank or other approved water supply acceptable to the fire department is provided that is capable of providing an additional 30 minutes of sprinkler and hose stream demand (buildings classified as Group R-3 are exempt from this requirement)
  • The fire sprinkler system must be monitored by an approved monitoring company.