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February 2006: Legislative Review

In the November 2006, Sprinkler Age magazine featured its 18th 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 N N Y - -
Colorado Y Y Y Y Y
Connecticut Y Y Y Y N
Florida Y Y Y Y Y
Georgia N Y N Y N
Illinois N N Either Either -
Massachusetts N Y - - Y
Michigan Y Y N N N
Missouri N N N N N
New Jersey Cert. Y Y - -
New York N Y Y N N
North Carolina Y Y - - -
Ohio - - - - -
Pennsylvania N N N N N
Texas N N - Y N

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:
NICET Level II
NICET Level III
No Requirement
California
*
*
-
Y
Colorado
-
-
-
-
Connecticut
N
N
-
Y per Bldg. Code
Florida
Y
-
-
N
Georgia
N
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
-
-
-
-
Ohio
-
-
State certification
-
Pennsylvania
-
-
-
Y
Texas
**
**
**
N

Key:

* = State contractor/State Fire Marshal Licenese required

LSC = Life Safety Code

** = Work for licensed contractor

State State Code Adoption NFPA 13 Edition Adopted Adopted NFPA 25 State Requires PE to do Sprinkler Design Concepts
Statewide Locally
California 1997 UBC, 2000 UFC, both amended 1999 No No Yes
Colorado 2000 IBC, IFC, NFPA 1; 1997 UBC & UFC, NFPA 11,11A, 12, 13, 13D, 13R, 20, 22, 24, 25, 72, 72A, 231D, 409, 423, 705, 2001 1997 2002 - No
Connecticut BOCA 1996, NFPA 101 1997, both amended, NFPA 13, 13D, 13R, 25 1999 Yes - Yes or NICET
Florida 2003 NFPA 1 & NFPA 101, both amended 2002 2002 - Yes, 50 heads
Georgia 2000 NFPA 101 amended, 2000 IBC & 2003 IFC, both amended 2002 2002 Yes No, NICET
Illinois NFPA 101 2000 amended As ref by 2000 LSC No No -
Massachusetts State Building Code Mass. Modified 1993 BOCA amended 2002 1995 - No
Michigan 2000 IBC & IFC amended 1999 1998 - No
Missouri No State Code - No No No
New Jersey 1996 BOCA amended-maintenance, fire prevention; 2000 IBC & IFC amended- new construction 1999 for new installs Yes - Yes or architect
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, by ref. in code - Yes
Ohio 2003 IBC & IFC, both amended 2002 1998 - -
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 IBC & IRC in cities; 2003 NFPA 101 2002 - pending 98 for contractors Yes No

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