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Fire Sprinkler Requirement to Resume in Multi-Family Dwellings

Monday, March 01, 2021

Beginning April 19, 2021, the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) will resume enforcing a code provision that requires fire sprinkler systems in certain multi-family dwellings.

Any building plans submitted to the department (or municipalities with delegated authority to review plans on behalf of the department) or delivered with a postmark on or after April 19, 2021, will need to reflect compliance with fire sprinkler requirements established in Wis. Admin. Code SPS § 362.0903. Specifically, a multi-family dwelling with three or more attached dwelling units will need to have an automatic fire sprinkler system installed unless the building meets the narrowly defined exceptions outlined in Wis. Admin. Code SPS § 362.0903(5).

“The International Code Council promulgated this standard and the department adopted it because fire sprinkler systems prevent injuries and save lives,” said DSPS Secretary-designee Dawn Crim. “Enforcing this provision will protect individuals and families that live in multi-family dwellings and it will protect the fire fighters who respond to calls.”

To read the full article by the DSPS, click here.