What components of the sprinkler or standpipe system must be painted?
Buildings Bulletin 2010-014 (PDF) clarifies the components that need to be painted.
Where do I find the Certificate of Compliance with Color-Coding Form?
The form is available in the Plumbing Forms section.
Where should I keep the certificate?
The certificate should be kept at the building's fire command station. If the building does not have a fire command station, keep the certificate where other required building inspection and maintenance documents are kept. This space should be open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.
How long do I have to keep the certificate?
The certificate must be kept on the premises at all times as proof that the building is in compliance with the painting requirements.
What is the penalty for failing to comply with the painting requirements?
Failure to comply with the painting requirements may result in the following violations:
- Failure to properly paint the standpipe or sprinkler systems. This violation is a Class 2 violation that carries a minimum penalty of $1,600. It cannot be cured.
- Failure to produce a Certificate of Compliance with Color-Coding Form. This is a Class 2 violation that carries a minimum penalty of $500.
Does the special inspector need to verify that the concealed piping has been painted?
Yes. The special inspector must certify that painting has been completed prior to the concealing of pipes.
On new buildings, who is responsible for certifying proof of color-coding?
A special inspector can certify compliance on the color-coding certification form. Certification is for the entire building. If the special inspector cannot certify compliance for the entire building, the owner must hire an appropriate professional to certify.
What is considered "exposed piping"?
Exposed piping is piping that is easily accessible within a building, such as piping in halls or closets. Piping in ceilings and behind walls is not considered exposed. Exposed cross connections and riser piping must be painted in accordance with Buildings Bulletin 2010-014 (PDF).
What is the difference between sprinkler cross connections and horizontal branch lines?
Sprinkler cross connections provide a connection between standpipe risers and Fire Department siamese connections. Horizontal branch lines receive water from the riser and deliver water to the sprinkler heads. Cross connections and standpipe risers must be painted red. Horizontal branch lines are not required to be painted.
If piping is to be labeled and listed and not obscured by painting, are contractors supposed to paint around labeling and listing?
Which Certificate of Fitness holders can certify proof of color-coding?
Holders of the following FDNY Certificates can certify:
Residential Sprinkler Systems off City Main/Domestic Water (F-95)
F-15 Standpipe Systems with Pressure Tanks
F-23 Sprinkler Systems with Pressure Tanks
F-48 Sprinkler Systems with Pressure Tanks Complex-wide
F12 - Standpipe Systems with Fire Pumps and Gravity Tanks
F14 - Standpipe Systems with Fire Pumps
F21 - Sprinkler Systems with Fire Pumps
F49 - Sprinklers Systems with Fire Pumps Complex-wide
F-10 Standpipe Systems with Gravity Tank
F-18 Sprinkler Systems with Gravity Tank
F-47 Sprinkler Systems with Gravity Tank Complex-wide
F-09 Dry Standpipe Systems
F-11 Standpipe Systems with City Mains
F-16 Yard Hydrant System
F-17 Sprinkler Systems with City Mains
F-20 Autodry Sprinkler System
F-46 Sprinkler Systems with City Mains Complex-wide
Supervision of Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems Citywide - NYCHA Pilot Program (H-01)
Citywide Sprinkler Systems Maintenance (W-12)
Generic Standpipe/Sprinkler Systems - No employment address (Z-00)