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December 2004: Legislative Review - An Overview of Codes, Standards and Regulations

In the November 2004, Sprinkler Age magazine featured its 17th annual legislative review for the United States and Canada. This summary of legislation and codes offers an overview of regulations affecting the fire sprinkler industry in individual states. The information was obtained from a survey mailed to the fire marshals of the 50 states. We have listed below the responses and findings for California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. A dash (-) means there was no response.

State Licensing & Certification Requirements
State Requires Certification of: Requires for Sprinkler Drawings:
Plan Reviewers Inspectors PE / Architect Seal NICET Level II NICET Level IV
California Y Y Y N N
Colorado Y Y Y Y Y
Connecticut Y Y Y Y N
Florida N Y N - -
Georgia N Y - Y -
Illinois N N Either Either -
Massachusetts N N - - -
Michigan Y Y N N N
Missouri N N Y N N
New Jersey Cert. Y Y - -
New York N Y Y N N
North Carolina Y Y Y Y N
Ohio Y Y Y N N
Pennsylvania Y Y Y - -
Texas N N - Y -

 

Inspection, Testing & Maintenance and Seismic Protection Requirements
State
Requirements for those who perform inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems:
Seismic protection required on fire sprinkler systems:
Inspection
Testing
Maintenance
California
N
N
-
Y
Colorado
-
-
-
-
Connecticut
-
-
-
-
Florida
N
N
-
N
Georgia
-
Y
-
N
Illinois
N
N
N
Per LSC & NFPA 13
Massachusetts
State license
State license
State license
Y
Michigan
N
N
-
Y
Missouri
N
N
-
N
New Jersey
Y
N
N
Y
New York
N
N
-
-
North Carolina
-
-
-
Y
Ohio
N
N
State certification
Y
Pennsylvania
-
-
-
Y
Texas
N
N
-
-

 

State State Code Adoption NFPA 13 Edition Adopted Adopted NFPA 25 State Requires PE to do Sprinkler Design Concepts
Statewide Locally
California 1997 UBC, 1997 UFC, both amended 1999 No No Yes
Colorado UBS, EFC and NFPA1 - all 1998 1997 current, in process of adopting 1999 Yes Yes No
Connecticut BOCA 1996, NFPA 101 1997, both amended 1999 Yes Yes Yes or NICET
Florida 2000 NFPA 1 & NFPA 101, both amended 1999 1998 ed. - No
Georgia 2000 NFPA 101 amended, 2000 IBC & 2003 IFC, both amended 2002 2002 ed. Yes Yes
Illinois NFPA 101 2000 amended As ref by 2000 LSC No No -
Massachusetts State Building Codes Mass. Modified 1993 Boca amended 2002 1995 ed. No No
Michigan 1999 NFPA 101, 2003 IBC amended 1999 1998 ed. - No
Missouri NFPA 101 - No No No
New Jersey 1996 BOCA amended-maintenance, fire prevention; 2000 IBC & 2000 IFC amended- new construction 1999 for new installs Yes - No
New York 2000 IBC & IFC 1999 w/in IFC Yes, as contained in IFC - Yes
North Carolina 2000 IBC & IFC, both amended 1999 as ref. in code No, 98 by ref. in code - Yes
Ohio 1996/1999 BOCA-Fire amended 1996 1998 ed. - Yes
Pennsylvania 2003 IBC & IFC; NFPA 101 used by PA Dept. of Health for health care facilities 1999 as per IBC 2003 No No Yes
Texas 2003 NFPA 101 1994 - - No

 

If you would like ny information regarding additional states or an explanation of any of the above, please contact us.