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Building Inspection Services

We conduct fire and life safety and security plan reviews and inspections to national and international building codes with independent, impartial and professional judgment — helping to ensure that your equipment is in compliance.

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Overview of fire safety and life safety inspections

It is important for buildings to be safe and to operate efficiently. That is no easy task. It takes a thorough understanding of complex issues, including regional code requirements, hidden maintenance needs and emergency response tactics.

We have the expertise to assist you in optimizing the compliance of your building’s life safety systems to international code requirements.  Our building inspections help identify building compliance gaps and guide improvements for proper operation of your fire, life safety and security systems. 

UL understands complex construction requirements across the globe, and we customize services to meet your needs.

UL’s Building Inspection Services include a review of fire safety, life safety, fire protection systems and security systems.

Applicable standards

We are accredited to test to the following standards:

ICC International Building Code ICC International Building Code
ICC International Fire Code ICC International Fire Code
NFPA 1 Fire Code
NFPA 5000 Building Code
NFPA 101 Life Safety Code
NFPA 80 Standard for Fire Doors and Other Opening Protectives
NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
NFPA 25 Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems
NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems

Benefits of fire safety and life safety inspections

We witness the operation of various building systems to verify that fire, life safety and security systems will operate as designed in the event of an emergency. This detailed and rigorous inspection process results in an objective reporting of compliance gaps which can be used to make informed decisions about improvements needed to achieve code compliance. By using our services, customers will demonstrate commitment to safety to occupants, insurers and local authorities.  

While some building owners conduct self-assessments of their buildings, a UL building inspection delivers added benefits:

  • Provides peace of mind that fire and life safety systems have been objectively inspected
  • Demonstrates a commitment to safety to occupants, insurers and local authorities
  • Delivers information to make informed decisions about improvements needed to achieve code compliance
  • Provides a thorough inspection report that can reduce the time authorities spend conducting periodic building inspections
  • Collaborates with system maintenance staff to ensure accurate direction of system service needs 

Why UL?

Trusted around the world, UL’s building inspection services leverage more than a century of experience in testing, certifying and inspecting fire, life safety and security products, as well as in-depth knowledge of local, national and international codes and regulations. Our goal is to perform customized inspections to help ensure that your building’s systems perform their critical functions to protect lives and enable business continuity.

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