Deferred Submittal

What is A Deferred Submittal?

by | Sep 18, 2023 | Blog

We all know that efficiency is one of the main goals during any type of project, but it is especially critical in commercial construction.  From planning to completion, it is important to make progress quickly and to maintain a high level of quality. But, what happens when one part of design is holding up the process?  Well, this is when deferred submittals come into play– read on to learn more.

What is a Deferred Submittal?


A deferred submittal (commonly referred to in the context of fire sprinklers) refers to a process where certain aspects or components of a system are not submitted for approval during the initial project review but are instead submitted at a later stage. This deferred submittal process allows for flexibility in construction scheduling and design, especially when specific details of the fire sprinkler system may not be finalized during the early phases of a construction project.


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The Deferred Submittal Process


Here’s how the process typically works:


  1. Initial Submittal: When a construction project is being planned and designed, various building systems, including the fire sprinkler system, are designed and specified. The initial submittal includes the overall fire protection system design and general plans for the system.
  2. Deferred Submittal: In some cases, certain details of the fire sprinkler system may not be available or may need further refinement at the time of the initial submittal. These could include specific sprinkler head types, locations, or other design details.
  3. Review and Approval: The deferred submittal is typically reviewed by the relevant authorities or stakeholders at a later stage of the project, once the specific details have been finalized. This allows for more accurate and detailed plans to be submitted and ensures that the final system meets safety and code requirements.
  4. Integration: Once the deferred submittal is approved, the detailed design elements are integrated into the overall fire sprinkler system. This may involve the installation of specific sprinkler heads, pipe routing, and other components.
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Deferred submittals are common in construction projects, as they allow for adjustments and refinements to be made to various building systems as the project progresses. However, it’s important to note that any changes made in deferred submittals must still comply with local building codes and safety regulations to ensure that the fire sprinkler system remains effective in protecting the building and its occupants from fires.


Are you ready to get started on your construction project?  Even if you are still very early in the planning stages, reach out to us today and we’d be happy to schedule a meeting or to start putting together an estimate for your project– you can reach us at or 480-832-9808.