What guidance does the NFPA Standard 915 provide for remote inspections?

May 13, 2024

by Nils Deacon, Manager, Inspections and Rating Services

NFPA 915 addresses various aspects of Remote Video Inspections (RVIs).

Remote inspections can take different forms, which would include a walkthrough of a facility or business for various purposes. This could be for municipal code compliance, insurance underwriting needs, or system maintenance checks by a contractor

A very important section of the standard deals with the responsibility of the AHJ, (Authority Having Jurisdiction). This includes the suitability of performing an RVI on the premises in question, proper documentation, technology used, and scheduling requirements.

RVIs can be conducted by drones or robots. Use of drones is already well established, especially by insurance companies checking roofs for underwriting or claims purposes. Robots can be useful for inspecting areas with environmental or safety concerns, such as underground service spaces.

The standard addresses data collection procedures and the devices used for inspection. Unmanned aerial aircraft usage is also covered in the standard.

Guided by the standard, the author has conducted RVIs with satisfactory results. This has included inspecting automatic sprinkler controls and commercial cooking installations.

DISCLAIMER: This information reflects the interpretation of MSO, Inc. with regard to NFPA Standards and Codes. It does not represent NFPA’s official position on the items discussed.

Representational screen grab of a commercial cooking installation.