Fire Code and Life Safety
Plan Reviews, Inspections, and Code Enforcement
The State Fire Marshal has deferred a portion of the Matanuska Susitna Borough (MSB) to the Central Mat-Su Fire Department (CMSFD). We conduct all fire and life safety plan reviews and inspections for the Central Mat-Su FSA (previously known as Wasilla-Lakes Fire Service Area). To check which FSA you are in, search for the property by owner or address at myProperty. You may also contact the Permit Technician listed below.
Contact Number: (907) 861-8030
Building Official: District 1 Fire Chief, James Steele
Physical Address: 1911 S Terrace Court, Palmer
MAILING Address: 101 W Swanson Ave, Wasilla, AK 99654
Before beginning the construction, alteration, repair, or changing the occupancy of a building, a substantial land structure, or structure regulated by state division of fire and life safety (or their designated Jurisdiction Having Authority [JHA]), plans and specifications regarding that building's or structure's location on the property, area, height, number of stories, occupancy, type of construction, fire-resistive construction, interior finish, exit facilities, electrical systems, mechanical systems, flammable or combustible liquid and gas storage tanks and their appurtenances, automatic fire-extinguishing systems, and fire alarm systems must be submitted by the owner or the owner's representative for examination and approval. This review does not address structural considerations or mechanical or electrical review beyond that necessary to confirm compliance with fire or life safety requirements. A copy of the approval must be posted as required in 13 AAC 55.100.
It is prohibited to occupy a building for which plans have not been examined and approved if the construction, alteration, repair, or change in occupancy began on or after December 5, 1956. The JHA may post a building constructed without a plan review, as set out in 13 AAC 50.070(b).
Note: Residential housing that is triplex or smaller are exempt from this requirement.
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Adopted Building Codes
Title 13 of the Alaska Administrative Code, Chapters 50 through 55, was adopted and amended to the 2012 International Building, Fire, Fuel Gas and Mechanical Codes. This new code took affect on May 19, 2017. Projects submitted after that date will be reviewed under the new code.
- Alaska ICC Code Amendments
- 2012 International Building Code
- 2012 International Fire Code
- 2012 International Mechanical Code
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Building Permit Process
Submit completed plan review application form and construction documents (see above) to the Administrative Secretary of the Fire Code Office.
- Fire system plan reviews (fire alarm, fire suppression, hood suppressions, and fuel systems) will be submitted using the Plan Review Application above.
- A plan review fee will be calculated by the Administrative Secretary.
- The plans are reviewed by a Fire Code Official after receipt of the fee.
- The review is usually completed within a two-week time frame, however, additional information may be required.
- Once the review has been approved as submitted and/or modified, an approval certificate will be issued.
- A copy of the certificate must be posted as required in 13 AAC 55.100(b).
- Once work has been completed on-site and ready to open to the public, contact Michelle (907-861-8030) to schedule a final inspection.
- If there are deficiencies noted at the inspection, a timeframe will be established for completion of corrections. Once any deficiencies have been corrected, a certificate of occupancy will be issued and the plan review will be closed.
Fees for Plan Review
The plan review fee is established by the State of Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety as adopted in the Alaska Administrative Code: 13 AAC 50.027(c);
- upon application for a plan review, a plan review fee must be paid to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough (Central Mat-Su FSA is a deferred jurisdiction within the MSB);
- the value of the proposed construction will be determined by the Fire Code Office using the valuation schedule, the plan review fee table and the plan review fee formula (13 AAC 50.027(c)(6)(7)(8));
- renovation, alterations, and mechanical changes and fuel system installation and replacement valuation is determined by the project cost;
- the fee schedule will then be applied to the calculated fee; if the Fire Code Office cannot determine project value using the valuation schedule or the construction estimate, an hourly fee of $95 (minimum of 2 hours) will be charged;
- the minimum review fee for industrial (oil, gas, and mining) use facilities is $1000;
- the plan review fee for home day cares is $150;
- the plan review fee for a relocation review is $150;
- the minimum fee for other uses requiring administrative approval, such as impairments, code modifications, foundation, and framings is $150;
- if plans are revised to an extent that requires a new plan review, the charge will be the same as for new plans;
- the charge for a plan review for plans submitted for identical structures within the same subdivision or planned unit development is the full fee for one original set, and 60% of the full plan review fee for each additional set of plans of the same identical structure; each identical structure shall be issued a separate approval permit;
- if any work for which a plan review and approval is required by this subsection has been started without first obtaining plan review and approval, a special processing plan review fee will be charged; the special processing plan review fee is an additional charge equal to the amount of the standard plan review fee for the project; subsequent violations by the same person or business will result in an additional special processing fee multiplied by the number of previous violations;
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