Feb 2024

U.S. Legislative Review: Overview of Codes, Standards and Regulations in CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, MA, MI, MS, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, SC, TX, VA, WA, and WI

In their November/December 2023 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, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. A dash (-) indicates no response.

StateCode AdoptionNFPA 13 Edition AdoptedAdopted NFPA 25Requires PE to do Sprinkler Design Concepts
California2021 IBC & IFC, both amended2022Yes, 2011No
Colorado2021 IBC & IFC; NFPA 1012018Yes, 2020YesYes
Connecticut2012 IBC, IFC & NFPA 101 2012 NFPA 1 – amended2010Yes, 2011No
Florida2015 IBC, NFPA 1 & NFPA 101 – all amended2016Yes, 2017Yes
Georgia2012 IBC, IFC, NFPA 101 – all amended2013Yes, 2011NoNo
IllinoisIBC, IFC, NFPA 1 & 5000 – local option; 2015 NFPA 1CurrentYes, CurrentYes, varies by juris.Yes
Kansas2006 IBC & IFC, 2018 NFPA 1, 2018 NFPA 1012016Yes, 2017Yes
KentuckyNFPA 1 and 101 and IBC – amended2000YesYesNo
Massachusetts2015 IBC amended; 2015 NFPA 1 – amended2010Yes, 2014Yes
Michigan2012 NFPA 101 & 2006 NFPA 1 – both amended2010Yes, 2011NoNo
New JerseyDFS: 2015 IFC – amended DCS: 2021 IBC – amended, 2021 IFC, NFPA 101 Ch 35/IBCDFS: 20132014NoYes
New York2018 IBC & IFC, both amended2016Yes, 2017Yes
North Carolina2015 IBC & 2012 IFC, both amended2013YesNo
Ohio2009 IBC & IFC, both amended2010Yes, 2008Ohio Fire CodeYes
Pennsylvania2009 IBC & IFC2007NoNoNo
South Carolina2015 IBC & IFC, both amended2013Yes, 2014Yes
Texas2012 NFPA 101 amended2013YesNo
Virginia2015 IBC & IFC, NFPA 101 – all amended2010Yes, 2014Yes
Washington2015 IBC, IFC, NFPA 101, NFPA 5000 – all amended2013Yes, 2014No
Wisconsin2009 IBC & NFPA 1, both amended2007Yes, 2008No
 Inspection, Testing & Maintenance and Seismic Protection Requirements
StateRequired for those who perform inspection, testing and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems:Seismic protection required on fire sprinkler systems:
Level I
Level II
Level III
Other (CSA, Local)
GeorgiaNvia waiverYNN
MassachusettsNNNNPer NFPA 13, IBC
New JerseyYYNNY
New YorkNNNNBased on IBC req.
North Carolina
OhioNNY, state certY
South CarolinaY
VirginiaYBy specification on job
WisconsinYY, in some areas

Data for Canada and states not listed above can be found in the aforementioned Sprinkler Age article (Sprinkler Age Nov/Dec 2023 by SprinklerAge).

Risk Logic Inc. performs technical plan reviews and on-site property loss prevention surveys.  We can help to ensure that the above codes, as well as other applicable NFPA and FM Global standards, are being followed at your facility to lessen the chances of a major property loss.