Codes & Standards
Building Codes & Standards
On March 9, 2016, the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council completed a major update to the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the New York State Energy Conservation Code. A Notice of Adoption was published on April 6, 2016, establishing an effective date of October 3, 2016, for the 2016 New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the New York State Energy Conservation Code. Building permits submitted on or after the effective date will be reviewed for compliance with the 2016 New York State Building Codes.
New Code Requirements for Certificates of Compliance
- - Emergency Guides are required for multiple dwellings (R-2) and required to be given to each tenant prior to initial occupancy.
- - Multiple dwellings are required to have fire extinguishers installed per FC 906.
- - Smoke alarms are now required to be installed on a ceiling or wall in each bedroom and outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of bedrooms.
- - Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector requirements were revised in the 2010 version of the Fire Code to include; a 15-foot maximum distance that a CO detector can be installed from a bedroom and a CO detector must be installed on the same story as the CO source.
- - Exit signs are required in multiple dwellings (Group R-2) where the exit or path of egress travel is not immediately visible to the occupants. Exit signs shall be internally or externally illuminated. (FC1029.7.4)
- - Emergency lights are required in the means of egress where occupancies require two or more means of egress.