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October 2007: Legislative Review

In the November 2007, 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 of the 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 - means there was 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
-
-
Colorado
Y
Y
Any of these three
Connecticut
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Florida
Y
Y
Y
-
-
Georgia
N
Y
N
Y
N
Illinois
N
N
Y
-
-
Massachusetts
N
N
Y
-
Y
Michigan
N
Y
N
N
N
Missouri
N
N
Y
-
-
New Jersey
Cert.
Y
Y
-
-
New York
-
Y
N
N
N
North Carolina
Y
Y
Y
Y
N
Ohio
-
-
-
-
-
Pennsylvania
Y
Y
Y
N
N
Texas
N
N
-
Y
N

 

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
-
-
No req.
Y
Colorado
N
N
-
-
Connecticut
N
N
-
Test. & Maint. - CT sprinkler lic.
Florida
Y after 7/1/08
N
-
N
Georgia
-
Y
-
Y
Illinois
Illinois Under development now
Per NFPA 13
Massachusetts
-
-
No req.
Y
Michigan
N
N
N
Y
Missouri
-
-
No req.
N
New Jersey
Y
N
N
Y
New York
N
N
-
-
North Carolina
N
N
-
Y
Ohio
-
-
-
-
Pennsylvania
-
-
No req.
Y
Texas
Work for licensed contractor
N

 

State
Code Adoption
NFPA 13 Edition Adopted
Adopted NFPA 25
Requires PE to do Sprinkler Design Concepts
Statewide
Locally
California
1997 UBC, 2000 UFC, both amended
2002
2002 Ed.
-
No
Colorado
2006 IBC, IFC, NFPA 1, NFPA 5000, IRC
2002
2002 Ed.
-
No
Connecticut
2003 NFPA 101, IBC & IFC - all amended
2002
Yes
-
Yes or NICET
Florida
2003 NFPA 1 & NFPA 101, both amended & Florida specific
2002
2002 Ed.
-
Yes, 50+ heads
Georgia
2000 NFPA 101 amended, 2006 IBC & IFC, amended; NFPA standards published 2003
2002
2002 Ed.
-
No
Illinois
NFPA 101 2000 amended
1999 out of 2000 LSC
As ref. by 2000 LSC
-
Yes
Massachusetts
1993 BOCA, 2003 IBC later this year
2002
1995 Ed.
-
-
Michigan
2003 IBC & IFC, both amended; 1997 NFPA 101
1996
1995 Ed.
-
No
Missouri
-
2007
2004 Ed.
-
Yes
New Jersey
1996 BOCA amended maintenance, fire prevention; 2000 IBC & 2000 IFC amended- new construction
1999 for new installs
Yes
-
Yes or Architect
New York
2003 IBC & IFC, both amended
2002
Yes, 1998
-
Yes
North Carolina
2003 IBC & IFC, both amended
2002
1998 Ed.
-
No
Ohio
2003 IBC & IFC
2002
1998 Ed.
-
-
Pennsylvania
2006 IBC & IFC; NFPA 101 used by PA Dept. of Health for health care facilities
2002
No
No
Yes
Texas
2003 IBC & IRC in cities; 2006 NFPA 101 in counties
2002
1998 Ed. For Contractors
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.