HB1065 (2024) Detail

Relative to fire sprinkler requirements in residential buildings.


HB 1065 - AS AMENDED BY THE HOUSE

 

28Mar2024... 1046h

2024 SESSION

24-2313

12/10

 

HOUSE BILL 1065

 

AN ACT relative to fire sprinkler requirements in residential buildings.

 

SPONSORS: Rep. Damon, Sull. 8; Rep. Alexander Jr., Hills. 29; Rep. Read, Rock. 10; Rep. McConkey, Carr. 8; Rep. Yokela, Rock. 32

 

COMMITTEE: Special Committee on Housing

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill adds an exception to the state fire code for fire suppression or sprinkler systems requirements for certain existing residential buildings with no more than 4 dwelling units.

 

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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Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

28Mar2024... 1046h 24-2313

12/10

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty Four

 

AN ACT relative to fire sprinkler requirements in residential buildings.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  State Fire Code and Rules; Fire suppression or Sprinkler Systems.  Amend RSA 153:5, III and IV to read as follows:

III.  Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, the state fire code and associated rules shall not require fire suppression or sprinkler systems in detached one, or 2-family dwelling units or existing buildings for no more than 4 dwelling units in a structure used only for residential purposes.  Fire suppression or sprinkler systems shall not be required in existing buildings intended for no more than 4 dwelling units if that building is in compliance with the state fire code.

IV. The state fire marshal may exempt a building, structure, or equipment from such rules if he or she finds that such exemption does not constitute a hazard to the public welfare and safety. A reasonable time, as determined by the state fire marshal, shall be allowed to make necessary alterations. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent municipalities from adopting bylaws or ordinances relative to a subject area of rules adopted by the state fire marshal in accordance with this section if such bylaws or ordinances are no less restrictive than rules adopted by the state fire marshal.  However, counties, towns, cities, and village districts shall not adopt rules, regulations, or ordinances that are more stringent than the state fire code relative to residential sprinkler systems.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Amendments

Date Amendment
March 14, 2024 2024-1046h

Links


Date Body Type
Feb. 16, 2024 House Hearing
March 8, 2024 House Exec Session
March 8, 2024 House Floor Vote

Bill Text Revisions

HB1065 Revision: 41430 Date: March 28, 2024, 9:42 a.m.
HB1065 Revision: 41237 Date: March 14, 2024, 5:32 p.m.
HB1065 Revision: 39534 Date: Nov. 28, 2023, 8:39 a.m.

Docket


April 2, 2024: Introduced 03/21/2024 and Referred to Executive Departments and Administration; SJ 8


March 28, 2024: Ought to Pass with Amendment 2024-1046h: MA VV 03/28/2024 HJ 10


March 28, 2024: Amendment # 2024-1046h: AA VV 03/28/2024 HJ 10


March 15, 2024: Committee Report: Ought to Pass with Amendment # 2024-1046h 03/08/2024 (Vote 10-0; CC) HC 12 P. 18


Feb. 20, 2024: Executive Session: 03/08/2024 01:00 pm LOB 302-304


Feb. 20, 2024: Full Committee Work Session: 03/08/2024 11:00 am LOB 302-304


Jan. 18, 2024: Public Hearing: 02/16/2024 09:30 am LOB 302-304


Nov. 27, 2023: Introduced 01/03/2024 and referred to Special Committee on Housing