Amendment of Reference Standards Governing Fire Protection Systems

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Local Law 52 of 2014 changed the effective dates of amendments of the New York City Construction Codes pursuant to Local Law 141 of 2013 and certain other local laws from October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.   


By rule effective December 19, 2014 (see rule titled “Amendment to Change Effective Date of Miscellaneous Rules Related to 2014 Construction Codes”), the Department of Buildings amended the effective date of rules that were previously adopted pursuant to the 2014 NYC Construction Codes to conform them to the new effective date of the code (December 31, 2014). 



Therefore, this rule went into effect on December 31, 2014, not October 1, 2014.



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 adding 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 adopts an amended version of National Fire Protection Association (“NFPA”) Standard 72, relating to the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.  The DOB is also repealing 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 rule requires compliance with proven safety practices based upon a nationally recognized standard, modified specifically for New York City.  It improves fire safety in buildings that are required to comply with the proposed rule.

The adoption and modification of NFPA 72 renders the substance of existing rule 1 RCNY 907-01 redundant.  Therefore, the DOB is repealing 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.]