Amendment of Reference Standards Governing Fire Protection Systems
Proposed Rules: Closed to Comments
Statement of Basis and Purpose
In accordance with Section 28-103.19 of the New York City Administrative Code, the Department of Buildings (“DOB”) is proposing to add a new Section 3616-04 to Subchapter Q of Chapter 3600 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York (“RCNY”), which will adopt an amended version of National Fire Protection Association (“NFPA”) Standard 72, relating to the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. The DOB also proposes to repeal Section 907-01 of Chapter 9 of Title 1 of the RCNY, regarding fire protection systems.
NFPA 72 of 2010 covers the application, installation, location, performance, inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems, supervising station alarm systems, public emergency alarm reporting systems, fire warning equipment, and emergency communication systems.
This proposed rule requires compliance with proven safety practices based upon a nationally recognized standard, modified specifically for New York City. It will improve fire safety in buildings that are required to comply with the proposed rule.
If NFPA 72 is adopted and modified as proposed here, the substance of existing rule 1 RCNY 907-01 will become redundant. Therefore, the DOB is proposing to repeal the rule in its entirety.
Note that an asterisk (*) found within 1 RCNY 3616-04, following the number or letter designating a paragraph, indicates that explanatory material on the paragraph can be found in Annex A of NFPA 72.
New material is underlined.
[Deleted material is in brackets.]