I’m constructing a new building. Does my building need to be equipped with sprinklers?
Always a good question to ask up front to avoid surprises later down the road in the development process. Unfortunately, there is no clear cut answer. Whether or not your building will require an automatic fire sprinkler system depends on the city or county in which it is located, the size of the building, the number of stories, construction type, the occupancy classification, and use(s) or operation(s) to take place within the building, the configuration of fire department vehicular access to and around the building, and the water supply available for firefighting purposes.

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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?
11. What are impact fees and will they apply to my project?