New York City Fire Code
The New York City Fire Code and the following additional resources may be viewed on this website:
- Fire Code
- Overview of Fire Code
The Fire Department's four-year Fire Code Revision Project culminated on May 28, 2008, with the City Council's enactment of a new Fire Code for New York City. The legislation, Local Law No. 26 of 2008, was signed by Mayor Bloomberg on June 3, 2008, and became effective on July 1, 2008. The existing Fire Prevention Code (Chapter 4 of Title 27 of the Administrative Code) was repealed on that date.
The Fire Code is codified as Title 29 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York. All materials, operations and facilities regulated by the Fire Code are subject to compliance with the requirements of Local Law 26 of 2008 as of July 1, 2008, except that installations lawfully existing on June 30, 2008, may, with certain exceptions, be maintained under the prior laws and regulations.
Since July 1, 2008, five additional local laws amending the New York City Fire Code have been enacted:
Local Law 37 of 2009 (effective August 28, 2009) relating to delegation of Fire Code enforcement authority to New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
Local Law 39 of 2009 (effective December 29, 2009) relating to the sharing of results of inspections between agencies (Fire Department, Department of Buildings and Department of Environmental Protection).
Local Law 41 of 2009 (effective June 29, 2009) relating to exemption from fees for Fire Department permits, inspections, and witnessing of required system performance tests. For more information, click here. To view the list of Fire Department fees, click on these links: (Fire Code Appendix A) (Fire Department rule 3 RCNY §4601-01).
Local Law 64 of 2009 (effective February 4, 2010)relating to requirements for construction site standpipe alarm systems, and notification procedures and work restrictions when such systems are out of service.
Local Law 2 of 2013 (effective May 7, 2013) relating to place of assembly permits.
- Frequently Asked Questions and Responses
The Fire Department has established a Frequently Asked Questions web page to provide official guidance about the Fire Code and rules. To view the Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
- Fire Code and Rule Public Inquiry Form
Questions about the new Fire Code and rules may be submitted to the Fire Department using the Fire Code inquiry form on this website. To submit a Fire Code or rule question/inquiry, click here.
The purpose of the inquiry form is to identify significant issues as to the meaning or application of the new Fire Code and rules that require Fire Department interpretation or guidance. Responses to inquiries of general concern will be posted on the Frequently Asked Questions web page. Due to the anticipated volume of inquiries, the Fire Department may not be able to respond to every inquiry.
- Certificates of Fitness
The Fire Code and rules contain certificate of fitness requirements for many of the materials, operations and facilities regulated by the Fire Code.
To view a list of all Certificates of Fitness required by the Fire Code and rules, click here.
For additional information regarding how to obtain Certificate of Fitness examination materials and how to apply for a Certificate of Fitness, click here.
The Fire Code contains permit requirements for many of the materials, operations and facilities regulated by the Fire Code. To view a list of all required Fire Department permits, click here.
- Fire Code Presentations
- Fire Department Rules
The Fire Department has repealed and repromulgated its rules, with the final installment effective July 1, 2010. The new rules have been numbered to parallel the new Fire Code chapters and sections.
To view Fire Department rules, click here.
To view a cross-reference table indicating the prior section numbers of current Fire Department rules, click here.
To view proposed and final rulemaking notices, click here.
- Purchasing the Fire Code
The Fire Code can be purchased online or at CityStore, in the Municipal Building at One Center Street, North Plaza, in Manhattan.