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December 2016: Legislative Review An Overview of Codes, Standards and Regulations in CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, MA, MI, MS, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA and TX

In their November/December 2016 issue, Sprinkler Age magazine featured its 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 in all 50 states. Listed below are 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 (-) indicates no response.

State

Requires
Certification of:

Requires for Sprinkler Drawings:

Plan
Reviewers

Inspectors

PE /
Architect
Seal

NICET Level
III

NICET Level
IV

California

N

N

Y

N

N

Colorado

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Connecticut

Y

Y

-

Y

-

Florida*

Y

Y

Y

-

-

Georgia

-

Y

N

Y

-

Illinois

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Massachusetts

N

N

Depends

Depends

Depends

Michigan

N

Y

N

N

N

Missouri

N

N

Y

Y

N

New Jersey

Y

Y

Only

NICET II

-

New York

N

Y

Y

N

N

North Carolina

-

Y

Y

Y

-

Ohio

Y

Y

N

N

Y & cert des.

Pennsylvania

Y

Y

N

N

N

Texas

Y

Y

Y

Y

-

*In Florida, a contractor can design systems with less than 49 sprinkler heads.

Inspection, Testing & Maintenance and Seismic Protection Requirements

State

Required for those who perform inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems:

Seismic protection required on fire sprinkler systems:

NICET
Level II

NICET
Level III

No
Requirement

California

-

-

-

Y

Colorado

-

-

No req.

N

Connecticut

N

N

-

Y

Florida

Y

-

-

N

Georgia

via waiver

Y

-

N

Illinois

Y or

Y or

Or union trained

Only as per NFPA 13

Massachusetts

State

License

-

Y in some areas

Michigan

N

N

-

Y

Missouri

N

-

No req.

Y

New Jersey

Y

N

-

Yes, some

New York

N

N

-

-

North Carolina

N

N

-

Y

Ohio

N

N

Y, state cert

Y

Pennsylvania

-

-

-

Y

Texas

Y

-

-

N

State

Code Adoption

NFPA 13 Edition Adopted

Adopted NFPA 25

Requires PE to do Sprinkler Design Concepts

Statewide

Locally

California

2015 IBC & IFC, both amended; numerous others

2016

2013

-

Yes

Colorado

2015 IBC & IFC; 2015 IRC; NFPA 101

2013

Yes

-

NICET III or above

Connecticut

2015 IBC, IFC & NFPA 101 2012 NFPA - amended

2010

2011

-

No

Florida

2012 IBC, NFPA 1 & NFPA 101 - all amended

2010

2011

-

Yes

Georgia

2012 IBC, IFC, NFPA101 - all amended

2013

Yes

No

No

Illinois

2006 or later IBC; 2000 NFPA1 - amended

Ed. in effect when sp sys installed

Ed. in effect when sp sys installed

-

Yes

Massachusetts

2009 IBC amended; IFC partial amended, 2012 NFPA 1 - all amended

2010

2011

-

No

Michigan

2012 NFPA 101 & 2006 NFPA 1 - both amended

2010

2011

-

No

Missouri

None

n/a

No

-

No

New Jersey

2015 NJ IBC New Construction; 2006 IFB NJ as maintenance code both amended

2013 as ref. by 2015 IBC

No

NO

Yes

New York

2006 IBC & IFC, both amended

2007

Yes, 2008

-

-

North Carolina

2009 IFC, amended

2013

Yes, 2014.

-

No

Ohio

2009 IBC & IFC, amended

2010

Yes, 2008

Yes, Ohio Fire Code

No

Pennsylvania

2009 IBC & IFC

2007

No

No

No

Texas

2012 NFPA 101 amended

2013

Yes

-

No

Risk Logic, Inc. can be of assistance regarding fire protection Codes and Regulations. We can ensure that the above codes, as well as NFPA and FM Global standards, are being followed to avoid a major property loss.