What codes and standards does my project have to be in compliance with?
A very good question, and the starting point for all projects. The answer depends on the city and/or county in which your project is located. North Metro Fire Rescue District serves all of the City of Northglenn, the City and County of Broomfield and portions of unincorporated Adams, Boulder, Jefferson and Weld Counties. Each entity may adopt different building and fire codes and may adopt local amendments to those codes. Furthermore, adopted codes and amendments tend to change every few years as newer codes are developed.

It is best to confirm the design codes of record for a project with a member of the Fire Prevention Division before assuming the use of a particular code or standard.

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1. What codes and standards does my project have to be in compliance with?
2. I’ve heard that thumb-turn style door locks are illegal. Is this true? If so, what kinds of locks can I have in order to be in compliance with the code but also provide protection from theft?
3. How far from the road and from existing buildings can my building be?
4. Are duct smoke detectors required for my building? If so, do they need to be connected to the building’s alarm system?
5. I’m constructing a new building. Does my building need to be equipped with sprinklers?
6. I’m moving my offices into a currently empty tenant space within a two-story office building? Does my space need a fire alarm system?
7. What can really happen to me if I refuse to comply with the fire code?
8. Why does the fire district require that the exterior horn/strobe on my sprinklered building sound on all alarms as opposed to just water flow?
9. My project is unique and cannot be effectively built using the prescriptive requirements set forth within the code. What can I do?
10. I have been a fire protection contractor for over 20 years. Why do I have to change the way I’ve been doing things just for your jurisdiction?