Residential Sprinklers

When properly maintained, automatic fire sprinklers are extremely reliable. Automatic sprinkler systems are recognized as the most reliable of all fire protection devices in controlling or extinguishing a fire at an early stage. The presence of an automatic sprinkler system enhances life safety of building occupants and reduces the loss of property.  The Residential Fire Sprinkler Resale Inspection requirement was implemented to maintain the reliability of fire protection systems installed in Woodland homes to meet minimum fire and life-safety regulations.

Home Fire Sprinklers

All homes in escrow or transferring ownership within the City of Woodland are required to have a Residential Sprinkler Inspection completed and any corrections made, prior to close of escrow.  Inspection requests can be made via the inspection portal on the Fire Department website or by emailing

This inspection is valid for six months from last resale inspection date.

Payment can be made by cash, credit card or check in person at 300 First St, Woodland, CA 95747. Checks may also be mailed. Checks can be made payable to "City of Woodland". 

Please note: As of July 1, 2019, we are no longer able to accept checks paid through escrow. 

Final report will not be issued until payment is received.

What is done during a Fire Department Residential Resale Fire Sprinkler Inspection?

A Community Risk Reduction Specialist will come to the residence to inspect the following:

  1. Ensure the supply valves and piping are sized and arranged properly.
  2. Check the sprinkler riser is accessible (typically located in the garage or primary bedroom closet). The area around the sprinkler riser access cabinet must be clear (i.e., no shelving or boxes covering it). 
  3. Check to ensure the check valve, gauge, test valve, and flow switch are working properly. This test has two parts. Part one involves flowing the water through the system. Part two includes shutting off the residence's water utilizing the shut-off valve in the water meter box, purging the remaining water from the system, and checking the valve holds appropriate pressure. 
  4. Do a walk-through of all sprinklered areas to ensure the escutcheon covers are in place. A fire sprinkler escutcheon is a metallic trim plate used to cover the annular space around a sprinkler head.
  5. Check that all additional or remodeled areas have been properly protected.
  6. Ensure the interior and exterior alarm devices activate properly when water flows in the sprinkler system (smoke alarms, fire bell, etc.). 

For More Information on Residential Fire Sprinklers:

Know Your Home Fire Sprinklers (Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition)

It's Easy to Live with Home Fire Sprinklers - Video (Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition

Homeowner's Booklet

For Real Estate Agents: Selling A Home Protected by Fire Sprinklers - Video (Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition)

Fire Protection Contractor List - Updated 11/01/2023 - A C16 licensed contractor is certified to work on fire protection systems. All work completed on fire protection systems must be completed by a C16 licensed contract within the City of Woodland. A Fire protection contractor lays out, fabricates and installs all types of fire protection systems; including all the equipment associated with these systems, excluding electrical alarm systems (§7058 and 7059 of the Business and Professions Code).Note: All contractors, including out of area contractors, working within the City of Woodland are required to obtain a business license. More information available at:

You are reminded that prior to hiring any contractor, insure that the company you are proposing to use is in fact a currently licensed and insured contractor in good standing. Verifications can be made via the California Contractors State License Board web site at or call toll free 1-800-321-2752.

The list contains vendors who provide fire sprinkler contracting services within the area. Be advised that this list is provided for your information only, as the Woodland Fire Department does not recommend, endorse, nor exclude any particular contractor. This list is subject to change at any time and may not include all vendors.