Plan Check Services

Plan Submittal
How to Register for an Account
Create a New Account1. In the Home Page, click NEW USERS: REGISTER FOR AN ACCOUNT.

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2. Under the Account Registration section, read the disclaimer, click box to accept the terms, and click CONTINUE REGISTRATION.

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3. Enter your Account Information in the Login Information section.

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4. Click ADD NEW in the Contact Information section

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5. In the pop-up window, select Contact Type from the drop down menu and click CONTINUE.

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6. Enter your Contact Information in the pop-up window and click CONTINUE

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7. Confirm that the Contact added successfully and verify contact information. Click CONTINUE REGISTRATION.

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8. Confirm all account and contact information.  Click LOGIN NOW to log into your new account.

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Plan Submittal Instructions - Construction
Create and Submit a Fire Permit Application (Construction)You may submit an online application for the following record types:

  • Detection-Communication System
Examples: Fire Alarm, Refrigeration Detection, Methane Detection, ERRCS

  • Fire Suppression System
Examples: Fire Sprinkler, Standpipe, UL300, Private Hydrants, Extinguishing Systems

  • Other Miscellaneous
Examples: Methane Barrier, AST, Oil Well Related Records, Haz Mat Related, High Piled Storage

Instructions:

1. Go to the Accela Citizen Access home page and click on the Create an Application icon under "Fire".

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2. Read the disclaimer and accept. Then, click on the Continue Application to proceed.

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3. Select the record type pertaining to your scope of work by clicking on one of the circular buttons. Then, click Continue Application

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People > Contact Detail

1. Click Look Up. Select License Type as Contractor and enter State License Number. Click Look Up again to add the Licensed Professional.

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NOTE: A valid Contractor’s License is required to submit this application. If no results are found after searching the license number, the HB City Business License may require renewal. Please call Fire Prevention at (714) 536-5411 for assistance.

2. Click Continue Application once the contact is added successfully.

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NOTE: If the contact details are inaccurate, please visit Account Management > My Account > Contact Information to update.

Location > Location Details

1. Enter in the address (street no. and street name) of the property for which you are applying for a permit and click Search.

For example, the address 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 should be entered exactly as shown below.

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2. A pop-up may appear if the search yields multiple results. Mark the address with the correct parcel and property owner; then, click Select. Click Continue Application once you have confirmed the address, parcel and owner.

Information> Details 

1. Enter an Application Name to title the project.
2. Enter in a detailed description of the scope of work for the project you are proposing

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3. Select fire suppression system type. May select more than one option, for large-scale projects.

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4. Click Continue Application.

Documents> Details

1. Upload required documents.

A permit application and plans are required to submit. Other documents such as hydraulic calculations, cut sheets, specifications, may be uploaded as well as Supporting Documents.  

2. Click Add to upload files
 
3. Click Add in the pop-up screen, and then locate and select the file you wish to upload. After the status bar reaches 100%, click Continue.
 
4. After each file is uploaded, select the type of file from the drop down menu and enter a description. Repeat as many times as necessary.

5. Once all files are uploaded, Save. Then, click Continue Application.

Note - after clicking Save, you cannot make any changes or delete the uploaded documents. Do not click Save until the last step.

Review

1. Review each section of your permit application. Click Edit to make changes if necessary.
2. Once the application is determined to be accurate, click Continue Application.

Submittal Complete

Your application submittal is complete. This is not a valid permit until your application is approved. HBFD will process your application based on the order received and contact you via email once the application is ready to issue with the balance due.

Please retain the Record Number for status check or inspection requests.
Plan Submittal Instructions - Non-Construction
Create and Submit a Fire Permit Application (Non-Construction)You may submit an online application for the following record types:

  • Environmental Review
Examples: Reports to comply with City Specifications 422, 429 and 431-92

  • Event
Examples: Temporary Special or Specific Events

  • Pre-Construction Review
Examples: DSA Reviews and Fire Master Plans

Instructions:

1. Go to the Accela Citizen Access home page and click on the Create an Application icon under "Fire".

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2. Read the disclaimer and accept. Then, click on the Continue Application to proceed. 

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3. Select the record type pertaining to your project by clicking on one of the circular buttons. Then, click Continue Application

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People > Contact Detail

1. Click Select from Account to populate user as contact.

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2. Click Continue Application once the contact is added successfully.

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NOTE: If the contact details are inaccurate, please visit Account Management > My Account > Contact Information to update.

Location > Location Details

1. Enter in the address (street no. and street name) of the property for which you are applying for a permit and click Search.

For example, the address 2000 Main Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 should be entered exactly as shown below.

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2. A pop-up may appear if the search yields multiple results. Mark the address with the correct parcel and property owner; then, click Select. Click Continue Application once you have confirmed the address, parcel and owner.

Information> Details 

  1. Enter an Application Name to title the project.
  2. Enter a detailed description for the project or event you are proposing.
  3. Click Continue Application.
Documents> Details

1. Upload required documents.

A permit application and plans are required to submit. Other documents such as flame certificate, cut sheets, specifications, may be uploaded as well as Supporting Documents.  

2. Click Add to upload files
 
3. Click Add in the pop-up screen, and then locate and select the file you wish to upload. After the status bar reaches 100%, click Continue.
 
4. After each file is uploaded, select the type of file from the drop down menu and enter a description. Repeat as many times as necessary.

5. Once all files are uploaded, Save. Then, click Continue Application.

Note - after clicking Save, you cannot make any changes or delete the uploaded documents. Do not click Save until the last step.

Review

  1. Review each section of your permit application. Click Edit to make changes if necessary.
  2. Once the application is determined to be complete and accurate, click Continue Application.
Submittal Complete

Your application submittal is complete. This is not a valid permit until your application is approved. HBFD will process your application based on the order received and contact you via email once the application is ready to issue with the balance due.

Please retain the Record Number for status check or inspection requests.
Resubmittal Instructions
Resubmittal Guide for Fire Permit ApplicationsInstructions:

1. Login to your Accela Citizen Access account.
2. Click on Fire tab to view your dashboard for all records related to Fire.

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3. Select the record number for the project that requires a resubmittal.

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Note:  If you do not see your record, please review our instructional guide to becoming an associated contact for a record.

4. Click on Record Info drop down and select Attachments

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5. Select Add

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6. Within the pop-up, upload your desired plans, and click continue when all plans have been uploaded.

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7. On the Attachment screen, the type of attachment is Plans, add a description, and check the applicable submittal check box.  Once that is filled out, hit the save button.

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8. When your plans have been successfully uploaded, a green message will appear. Your resubmission has been completed and the HBFD will review your resubmitted plans.

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How to Pay Fees
Fire Department FeesInstructions:

1. Once your online application has been processed and a permit is ready to issue, you will receive an email notification stating payment is due. Within the body of the email, select the Citizen Access hyperlink to access the ACA portal to pay outstanding fees.

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2. Login to your Accela Citizen Access Account.
3. Click on the Fire tab to view the dashboard. Once you have located the record to pay, click on Pay Fees Due.

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4. Review all outstanding fees and click Continue Application.

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5. Fill out all required credit card information, excluding the shipping address and click Next to proceed to confirmation screen. Note: We do not accept American Express.

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6. Review payment information and click Authorize.

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Download Approved Fire Construction Plans
Download Approved Fire Construction Permit Plans
1. Login to your Citizen Access account and click on the Fire tab to view your related records.

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2. Select the record number for the plans you want to download.

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3. Approved plans will only be available for records with an "Issued" status.  Approved plans will not be uploaded for records with a status of "Awaiting Signature" or "Pending Payment".
 
  • Pending Payment = Fee has not been paid.
  • Awaiting Signature = The "Fire Permit" needs to be signed and emailed to the HBFD.
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4. Click on the "Record Info" dropdown and select Attachments.

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5. The approved plans will be found in the attachments section.  The file name will include the record number and will be listed as "Approved Plans" under the "type" column.

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Customer Help Center
Applications & Forms
Applications & Forms
Fire Flow Information
ACA - Submit Fire Flow Application1. Go to the Accela Citizen Access home page and click on the Create an Application icon under "Fire".

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2. Select “Fire Flow” as the Record Type and select continue.

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3. Select the applicant for the fire flow, to select yourself choose the “Select from Account” button. Then select Continue Application when all contacts have been added.

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4. Fill out the Information section, below are some tips to help you with the application.

  1. Application Name – If a large development then input the name of the project. If a single family home, then simply state “Single Family Home”.
  2. Project Address – Input project address.
  3. Fire Hydrant Location – Input the closest intersection.
  4. Type of Project - Use the drop down window to select the applicable project type.
  5. Add the Estimated Water and Pressure needed for the project.
5. Select Continue Application when ready to submit.

6. Documents – Documents are optional for a fire flow record. Upload a site plan if you need to clarify the location of the requested hydrant.

7. Verify all items in the record are correct and then select Continue Application when ready to submit.

8. An invoice will need to be paid prior to the release of your fire flow report.  The hourly fee is determined by the Public Work Engineer that performed the fire flow analysis. See the how to pay a fee section for instructions.

9. The fire flow report will be completed in 10 working days.
Inspection Services
Request a Fire Construction Inspection Online
Fire Inspections1. Go to the Accela Citizen Access home page and log in using your username/e-mail and password. Click on the Schedule an Inspection icon under "Fire".

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2. Your records will display at the top of the page. Select a project from this list or scroll down to perform a search. In the General Search form, there are different search criteria available. The most accurate way to search is by Record Number. You can also search by the address, parcel or other criteria.

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3. Click the Search button near the bottom to execute the search. You can refine the search by changing, adding or removing criteria until the search is successful.

4. A successful search will display the query results. View Record Info to verify address and permit description. 

5. Once you have verified that you are on the correct permit, click on Record Info, Inspections, then Schedule or Request an Inspection.

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6. Select the inspection type by clicking on the circular button. Then, click Continue to proceed.

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7. Select the date you would like the inspection to occur, select “All Day”, and hit the continue button. Please note there is a 3-Day buffer for all requested inspections. 

8. Verify contact information and location of inspection, then click Continue. 

9. Please take a moment to verify that all information is correct, including the inspection type selected and the contact information. Add an additional note for the inspector if needed, and then click Finish.

10. Your request has been submitted. Your inspection is NOT confirmed until a Fire Inspector has contacted you to confirm the inspection date and time. If you have not received confirmation within 48 hours, please call (714) 536-5411.
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