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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PR- 393-06
November 9, 2006

MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION STREAMLINING INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

Remarks by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws

"The next bill before me today is Introductory Number 426-A, sponsored at the request of the Administration by Council Members Dilan, Comrie, Gonzalez, Nelson, Seabrook, Stewart, Baez, Sears, Dickens and Weprin.  This legislation streamlines the inspection requirements of sprinkler systems in certain residential occupancies.

"Currently, the Department of Housing, Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Fire Department (FDNY) are both responsible for overseeing sprinkler system inspections throughout the City.  This overlapping jurisdiction combined with differing and redundant requirements for sprinkler inspections in the Housing Maintenance Code and the Fire Prevention Code has left building owners unclear as to their responsibilities under the law.

"Intro. 426-A, would streamline the process of inspecting and testing sprinkler systems by ensuring that all owners of multiple dwellings, single room occupancy dwellings and converted dwellings in the City will be subject to a single set of sprinkler system maintenance requirements under a single enforcement agency- namely, the Fire Department.  This bill will also require three-or-more unit buildings to have flow tests annually, but if a pressure gauge is installed on the sprinkler maintenance system, then the test would only need to occur once every 30 months.  In addition, FDNY will now require monthly inspections of single room occupancy dwellings, converted dwellings and three-or-more dwelling units, by the holder of a Certificate of Fitness or other appropriate license.

"I would like to thank HPD Commissioner Shaun Donovan, and FDNY Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, and their staffs for their tireless work on this bill.  I would also like to thank the Council for approving this bill."







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