Permits And Services

The Summit Fire & EMS Community Risk Division is responsible for enforcing International Fire Code regulations governing construction activity in the Summit Fire & EMS Fire Protection District. In addition to reviewing and conducting inspections for construction applications, the Community Risk Division also maintains a robust educational and public-outreach program that includes:

  • Fire-extinguisher training
  • Free car-seat inspections
  • Presentations to civic organizations, businesses and neighborhood groups
  • School programs
  • Free defensible-space evaluations and wildfire preparation
  • Required defensible-space inspections for new construction and additions

Permits for new construction, remodels, sprinklers, alarms, slash-pile burns, backyard campfires and other actions are required by the Community Risk Division. Permits may be submitted in person to the Community Risk Division, 0035 County Shops Road, Frisco, CO 80443 or online (prior permission only) at under permits. Permit fees are due at time of application by check, credit card, or cash. Call Summit Fire & EMS 970-262-5100 if you have further questions. Permits may be sent to:

USPS                                                 FedEx/UPS
Summit Fire & EMS Summit Fire & EMS
P.O. Box 4910 0035 County Shops Road
Frisco, CO 80443                               Frisco, CO 80443

Summit Fire & EMS has adopted guidelines for limiting exposure to COVID-19 at building sites and during fire inspections that should be reviewed by all contractors here: Guidelines for SF&EMS fire inspections under COVID-19 safety protocols. If you have any questions please e-mail Fire Marshal Division Chief Kim McDonald.

The Summit County Building Department’s website has been updated with information related to inspections, electronic submittals and office submittals during the coronavirus outbreak.  A link to the webpage is included below for your convenience.

If you are interested in outreach or educational programs conducted by the Community Risk Division, please contact the Summit Fire Community Resource Officer.

Permits and Regulations

The following procedures and regulations apply to all construction-related permits under the jurisdiction of Summit Fire & EMS. For any permit or application-related questions, please contact Fire Marshal/Division Chief Kim McDonald.

Summit Fire & EMS and Red, White & Blue Fire (Breckenridge) and the towns within Summit County as well as Summit County itself have adopted the 2018 International Fire Code with amendments. 

Additional codes and policies

  • Current edition of: NFPA 13, 13R, 13D (building fire sprinklers)
  • Current edition of: NFPA 72 (fire alarms)
  • Summit County Fire Alarm and Extinguishing Systems False-Alarm Policy


  • A fire-department permit is required for all:
    • Tenant finishes
    • Remodels
    • New construction (including commercial buildings and residential buildings with three or more attached dwelling units)
    • Fire detection and suppression systems
    • Other permits required by the currently adopted fire code as amended
  • When work has been started without the receipt of a permit, the permit fee will be doubled.
  • All fire department permits shall be maintained on the site of permitted work.
  • Lost permits will be subject to a reissuing fee of $25.

Summit Fire & EMS fee schedule


  • The Summit Fire & EMS inspection-request line at (970) 262-5215, must be called at least 48 hours in advance for an official inspection request. Any other informal requests may not be honored. 
  • Each permitted contractor must request inspections of that contractor’s specific work
  • Fire sprinkler and alarm final inspections shall be coordinated and scheduled for the same time.
  • Any incomplete inspections will be subject to a reinspection fee.
  • Cancellation of scheduled inspections within 24 hours may be subject to a reinspection fee.
  • Any contractor requesting an inspection must provide the necessary testing supplies.
  • No work shall be performed without an approved set of plans.
  • All fire-system piping and wiring must be visible for a proper inspection.
  • Certification letters are required before any system receives final approval.


  • Application requirements include one printed set of drawings of appropriate size ("C" size, 24 inches by 36 inches preferred) and one digital copy, submitted as a .pdf file on a thumb drive or via e-mail.
  • Minimum acceptable scale is 1/8 inch to the foot.
  • Name, address, and telephone number of owner representative and installing contractor shall be furnished with drawings.
  • Name, physical and mailing address of project shall be furnished with drawings.
  • Contractors license classification and number shall be stamped on drawings.
  • Equipment data sheets for each device must be submitted with applicable information highlighted.
  • State of Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Plan Registration Form shall accompany all sprinkler submittals.
  • All symbols should adhere to NFPA 170.
  • Ceiling heights and ceiling detail shall be shown.
  • Square footage shall be shown.
  • Any missing or inaccurate information may lead to the rejection of the plans and a resubmittal fee may be charged.