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Sprinkler requirements by state and community

 

States and communities that have passed home fire sprinkler requirements

California
The California Building Standards Commission voted to adopt the 2009 International Residential Code, including its requirements for automatic fire sprinkler systems in new one- and two- family dwellings, effective date January 1, 2011.  Read more about fire sprinkler codes in California.

Maryland
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development completed its adoption process of the 2009 IRC with a January 1, 2011 effective date. Read more from the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Status of home fire sprinkler requirements in other states:

State Promulgating body action Status
Alaska No statewide building code. No new local jurisdictions may adopt due to legislative action.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Ongoing
Alabama No statewide building code. No new local jurisdictions may adopt due to legislative action.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Legislative action prohibits adoption
Arkansas No statewide adoption, but local jurisdictions may adopt Ongoing
Arizona No statewide building code. No new local jurisdictions may adopt due to legislative action. See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Legislative action prohibits adoption
Colorado No statewide building code, but local jurisdictions may adopt. See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Ongoing
Connecticut Rulemaking body voted not to adopt one- and two-family dwelling fire sprinkler requirement.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Not adopted.
Delaware No statewide building code, but local jurisdictions may adopt. See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements.  Ongoing
District of Columbia 2012 IRC up for adoption Pending
Florida Rulemaking body unable to adopt due to legislative action.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Legislative action prohibits adoption
Georgia Rulemaking body unable to adopt due to legislative action.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements.  Legislative action prohibits adoption
Hawaii Local jurisdictions may not adopt due to legislative action Legislative action prohibits adoption
Idaho Rulemaking body unable to adopt due to legislative action Legislative action prohibits adoption
Illinois Local jurisdictions must adopt a building code. If locals don't adopt, the 2006 IBC is the default.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Ongoing
Indiana Rulemaking body removed the fire sprinkler provisions from the adoption of the 2009 IRC. Not adopted
Iowa Not adopted due to legislative action. Local jurisdictions may adopt.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Ongoing
Kansas No statewide building code. No new local jurisdictions may adopt due to legislative action. See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Legislative action prohibits adoption
Kentucky Mini-max state. Final decision on IRC 2012 adoption. See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Pending
Louisiana Rulemaking body unable to adopt due to legislative action. State Fire Marshals' Office is conducting study Legislative action prohibits adoption
Maine Rulemaking body voted not to adopt. Local jurisdictions may adopt. Ongoing
Massachusetts Rulemaking body voted not to adopt requirement.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Not adopted
Michigan Rulemaiking body voted not to adopt requirement. Local jurisdictions may not adopt.  Not adopted
Minnesota State voted to skip the 2009 code cycle for fiscal reasons. Regulations are moving forward that adopt the IRC with sprinklers. Pending
Mississippi No statewide building code. Local jurisdictions may adopt.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Ongoing
Missouri No statewide building code. Legislative action placed moratorium and mandatory option until 12/2019.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Pending
Montana No action in 2010. Legislative action in 2011 to prohibit adoption vetoed by governor. Local jurisdictions may adopt. Pending
Nebraska No statewide adoption by legislative action. Local jurisdictions may adopt. Ongoing
Nevada No statewide building code. Local jurisdictions may adopt. See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Ongoing
New Hampshire Rulemaking body voted to adopt. Legislative action nullified adoption Governor vetoed. Override action by legislature successful.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Legislative action prohibits adoption
New Jersey Rulemaking body voted to adopt. Executive action by governor nullified requirement.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Not adopted due to executive action
New Mexico No statewide adoption by legislative action. Local jurisdictions may adopt. Ongoing
New York 2012 IRC up for adoption this cycle. Pending
North Carolina Rulemaking body voted to include only the townhouse requirement or a two-hour separation between units.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Adopted with amendment
North Dakota Rulemaking body unable to adopt due to legislative action Legislative action prohibits adoption
Ohio The Residential Committee voted to remove sprinklers in lieu passive protection for engineered construction. Pending approval by rulemaking body Pending
Oklahoma Townhouse requirement adopted. One- and two-family dwelling moved to appendix allowing local adoption Ongoing
Oregon Rulemaking body moved the requirement to the appendix. Local jurisdictions may adopt. Ongoing
Pennsylvania Rulemaking body voted to adopt. Legislative action during the 2011 session nullified adoption.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Legislative action prohibits adoption
Rhode Island 2009 IRC up for adoption this cycle. Pending
South Carolina Rulemaking body voted to include only the townhouse requirement or a two-hour separation between units. Adopted with amendment
South Dakota Rulemaking body unable to adopt due to legislative action Legislative action prohibits adoption
Tennessee Rulemaking body voted not to adopt. Local jurisdictions may adopt.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Ongoing
Texas No statewide building code. Local jurisdictions may not adopt due to legislative action. Legislative action prohibits adoption
Utah Rulemaking body voted not to adopt requirement.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Not adopted
Vermont Rulemaking body unable to adopt due to legislative action. Legislative action prohibits adoption
Virginia Rulemaking body voted not to adopt requirement Not adopted
Washington Rulemaking body voted not to adopt requirement. Local jurisdictions may adopt under certain conditions.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Not adopted but allows local adoption
West Virginia Rulemaking body voted not to adopt requirement Not adopted
Wisconsin Rulemaking body unable to adopt due to legislative action Legislative action prohibits adoption
Wyoming No statewide building code. Local juriscitions may adopt.  See list of local communities with home fire sprinkler requirements. Ongoing