HB 1709 - AS INTRODUCED
HOUSE BILL 1709
SPONSORS: Rep. McWilliams, Merr. 27; Rep. Fox, Merr. 23; Rep. Acton, Rock. 10
COMMITTEE: Executive Departments and Administration
This bill addresses zoning and fire code requirements applicable to home-based day care providers. This bill provides that family day care homes and family group day care homes shall not be required to install sprinkler systems or to obtain food service licenses and may operate in residential zones.
The bill is a request of the study committee established in 2019, 173 (HB 524).
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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.
Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]
Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.
STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty
Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:
170-E:6 Applications; Compliance With State and Local Codes; When Required.
I. Any person who intends to operate a child day care agency as defined in RSA 170-E:2, IV, shall apply for a license to operate one or more types of child day care agencies. Application for a license to operate a child day care agency shall be made to the department in the manner and on forms prescribed by rules adopted by the commissioner pursuant to RSA 541-A. Such forms shall provide for the names, birth names, birth dates, and addresses of all persons having responsibility for care of or regular contact with children at the agency.
II.(a) The applicant shall obtain approvals in accordance with state and local requirements pertaining to health, safety and zoning, as applicable; provided that:
(1) In no case shall a sprinkler system be required for licensure as a family day care home or a family group day care home. Either the state fire marshal or the local fire department shall review compliance of the family day care home or family group day care home with the appropriate single family or multi-unit dwelling provisions of the state fire code. Family day care homes and family group day care homes shall be exempt from local fire regulations and ordinances, provided that the homes comply with the requirements of the state fire code.
(2) No applicant for licensure as a family day care home or a family group day care home shall be required to obtain a food service license pursuant to RSA 143-A.
(3) Family day care homes and family group day care homes shall be permitted to operate in residential zones. No application for licensure as a family day care home or a family group day care home shall be denied on the basis of residential zoning restrictions.
(b) School age programs located in currently operating public or private schools shall be exempt from the requirement to provide documentation of approval pertaining to fire, health, and zoning.
III. The state fire code and associated rules shall not require automatic fire suppression or sprinkler systems in detached one, or 2-family dwelling units in a structure used only for residential purposes or as a family day care home or family group day care home.
VI. The state building code review board shall not adopt or enforce any rule requiring the installation of fire sprinkler systems in any new or existing detached one- or 2-family dwelling unit in a structure used only for residential purposes or as a family day care home or family group day care home. This paragraph shall not prohibit a duly adopted requirement mandating that fire sprinkler systems be offered to the owners of dwellings for a reasonable fee.
|Feb. 4, 2020||House||Hearing|
|Feb. 12, 2020||House||Exec Session|
|March 11, 2020||House||Floor Vote|
|Jan. 8, 2020||Introduced 01/08/2020 and referred to Executive Departments and Administration HJ 1 P. 32|
|Feb. 4, 2020||Public Hearing: 02/04/2020 01:00 pm LOB 306|
|Feb. 12, 2020||Executive Session: 02/12/2020 10:00 am LOB 306|
|Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate (Vote 19-1; CC)|
|March 11, 2020||Committee Report: Inexpedient to Legislate for 03/11/2020 (Vote 19-1; CC) HC 10 P. 17|
|March 11, 2020||Inexpedient to Legislate: MA VV 03/11/2020 HJ 7 P. 30|