Amendment 2024-1046h to HB1065 (2024)

Relative to fire sprinkler requirements in residential buildings.

Revision: March 14, 2024, 5:32 p.m.

Rep. Damon, Sull. 8

March 8, 2024





Amendment to HB 1065


Amend the bill by replacing section 1 with the following:


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.