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CodeUpdate Our New York City Fire Alarm Code Update keeps you informed on the most current Department of Buildings and New York City Fire Department information. Fire Alarm Code is constantly evolving, and missing even one minor change can negatively impact a client: either with respect to deadlines/time constraints, or legal requirements. As a recipient of our code update memorandums, you’ll receive these changes to your inbox monthly, or when changes are applied. We also maintain an archive of past code updates here on our website for you to view at your convenience. Remaining up to date on code requirements is crucial for construction projects, and we make it easy for you to access this information at any time, online.

General Forms

  • Purpose: This is a copy of FDNY Rules.
    The FDNY Rules are available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This is a copy of FDNY Form FA-16, a temporary work permit.
    The FDNY Form FA-16 is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This is a copy of a standard A-433.
    The FDNY Form A-433 is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This is a copy of FDNY Form FA-15, the fire alarm certification form.
    The FDNY Form FA-15 is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This is a copy of FDNY Form FA-14, the affidavit of compliance.
    The FDNY Form FA-14 is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This is a copy of the FDNY Request for Inspection form.
    The FDNY Request for Inspection form is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This is a copy of the FDNY Request for Reconsideration of Electrical Defect form.
    The FDNY Request for Reconsideration of Electrical Defect form is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This is a copy of the FDNY Request for Extension of Violation Order or Letter of Defect form.
    The FDNY Request for Extension of Violation Order or Letter of Defect form is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This is a copy of the FDNY Request for Overtime Inspection form.
    The FDNY Request for Overtime Inspection form is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This is a copy of the form for cancelling an FDNY Inspection.
    The form for cancelling an FDNY Inspection is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This is a copy of the FDNY Fire Alarm Acceptance Test Checklist.
    The FDNY Fire Alarm Acceptance Test Checklist is available via the link here.

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General Building Codes

  • Purpose: This document is a copy of Chapter 9 of the 2014 New York City Building Code, which relates to Fire Protection Systems.
    The full text of Chapter 9 of the 2014 New York City Building Code is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This document is a copy of Local Law 141 which amended section 908.7.2 of the New York City Building Code, which relates to Carbon Monoxide detection. Local Law 141 specifies where these detectors should be installed in the applicable occupancies, among other CO detection requirements.
    The full text of Local Law 141 is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This document is a copy of Chapter 9 of the 2008 New York City Building Code, which relates to Fire Protection Systems.
    The full text of Chapter 9 of the 2008 New York City Building Code is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This document is a copy of Chapter 3 of the 2008 New York City Building Code, which details Use and Occupancy classifications.
    The full text of Chapter 3 of the 2008 New York City Building Code is available via the link here.

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Fire Alarm Inspection Unit Bulletins

  • Purpose: Information Bulletin 06-01-15 is to identify impending changes in operational procedures regarding the Fire Alarm Project Information System, reconsiderations and technical inquiries.
    The full text of this bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Information Bulletin 03-15-15 clarifies the legalization requirements for existing sprinkler alarm and supervisory monitoring systems.
    The full text of this bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Information Bulletin 12-01-12 details the expedited Letter of Approval process put in place for buildings affected by Hurricane Sandy.
    The full text of this bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Technical Advisory Bulletin 11-01-12 addresses the use of multiple Fire Alarm control units in existing building-wide Fire Alarm systems.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Information Bulletin 08-02-12 details the mounting heights for Fire Alarm equipment.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Information Bulletin 08-01-12 details and supersedes the previous update relating to the application of stand-alone sprinkler and automatic fire suppression subsystems in multi-hazard locations.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Information Bulletin 09-03-11 clarifies installation requirements for notification appliance circuit power extenders.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Information Bulletin 08-02-11 details the application of stand-alone sprinkler and automatic fire suppression subsystems in multi-hazard locations.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: SOP 06-02-11 details the Standard Operating Procedure for acceptance/reacceptance testing of fire alarm, emergency and automatic extinguishing systems.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Information Bulletin 08-01-11 details the new format for the FDNY Letter of Approval.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This document details the guidelines for minimum requirements and acceptable number of system/equipment defects in new construction projects and existing buildings.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This update suspends the self-certification of Letter of Defect program.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.

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Department of Buildings Bulletins

  • Purpose: Buildings Bulletin 2016-010 revises the established operational procedures for the Professional Certification Program, which allows a Professional Engineer (PE) or Registered Architect (RA), as an applicant, to certify the job’s compliance with the New York City Construction Codes, Zoning Resolution and all applicable laws and rules on related application(s).
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Department of Buildings is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Buildings Bulletin 2015-025 clarifies the types of work involving an existing fire alarm system, designed and approved under the 2008 building code or prior codes.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Department of Buildings is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Buildings Bulletin 2015-002 clarifies section 2702.4 of the 2008 and 2014 New York City Building Code with respect to optional standby power systems.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Department of Buildings is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Buildings Bulletin 2014-015 clarifies when to apply the 2008 Construction Codes or the 2014 Construction Codes to new buildings, alterations, partial demolitions, and full demolitions, including the applicable provisions of Chapter BC 33 (Safeguards During Construction or Demolition).
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Department of Buildings is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Buildings Bulletin 2014-004 clarifies when a redundant smoke detector required by section MC 607.3.2.1, Item 1, may be omitted.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Department of Buildings is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Buildings Bulletin 2013-012 clarifies 2008 Code and 1968 Code requirements with regard to fire alarm equipment and panels, data gathering panels, terminal transmission boxes and all associated wiring in stair enclosures.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Department of Buildings is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Buildings Bulletin 2011-013 refers to the Fire Department Technology Management Bulletin of 2011, which provides the performance and filing requirements for an in-building radio communication system that is installed pursuant to Exception 1 of section BC 907.2.12.3.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Department of Buildings is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Buildings Bulletin 2011-012 clarifies the protection requirements for wiring used in smoke control systems.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Department of Buildings is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Buildings Bulletin 2009-023 clarifies the exception provided for smoke detectors in elevator lobbies and elevator machine rooms in buildings in Occupancy Group R-2.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Department of Buildings is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: Buildings Bulletin 2009-022 clarifies the types of work involving an existing fire alarm system, designed and approved under the 1968 building code or prior codes, which are subject to the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Department of Buildings is available via the link here.

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Technology Management Bulletins

  • Purpose: The Office of Technology Management Bulletin #12-1/2015 is an FDNY Technology Management NYC Building Industry-wide Advisory to foster and promote design of fire alarm systems for the type of High rise/Large Area Mixed Use Occupancy in which stairs, elevators and Building Service Systems are Shared, Separated and/or Combined.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: The Office of Technology Management Bulletin #10-02/2009 (rev. 7-2015) describes the clarification of Fire Department and Department of Buildings Consultative Determination regarding replacement of control equipment and/or fire command stations of existing prior approved or new replacements of entire Advisory Class “E” fire alarm systems.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: The Office of Technology Management Bulletin #12-01/2013 describes the guidelines for the design and installation of a Secondary Fire Command Center.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here. 
  • Purpose: The Office of Technology Management Bulletin #07-01/2013 is a Clarification of Fire Department Policy Regarding Fire Alarm Maintenance, Testing and Inspections Computerized Records in accordance with 2008 NYC Fire Code § 901.6.2.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here. 
  • Purpose: The Office of Technology Management Bulletin #05-3/2013 clarifies the Fire Department’s filing procedures when submitting an application for impairment of an existing sprinkler or standpipe system. An application for modification (variance) “BFP-MOD (10/9)” shall be required when an existing standpipe system is placed out of service or when a sprinkler system is impaired on more than five (5) contiguous floors.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here. 
  • Purpose: The Office of Technology Management Bulletin #11/2012 provides general guidance and establishes appropriate emergency procedures for restoring damaged fire alarm systems in buildings affected by Sandy.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: The Office of Technology Management Bulletin #3/2012 states the guidelines for legalization of existing building fire alarm systems.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: The Office of Technology Management Bulletin #10-2/2009 clarifies FDNY and DOB consultative determination regarding replacement of control equipment and/or Fire Command Stations of existing prior approved Advisory Class ‘E’ fire alarm systems or new replacements of entire systems of the Advisory Class E fire alarm systems.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the FDNY is available via the link here.

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Long Island Code Updates

  • Purpose: This recently approved Nassau County Fire Prevention Ordinance sets forth the minimum requirements for design drawings for Fire Alarm (and other) systems.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Nassau County Fire Marshal is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This document is an addition to Article VIII of the Nassau County Fire Prevention Ordinance clarifying the law for the life safety requirement of carbon monoxide detection in all new and existing commercial buildings within the County of Nassau.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Nassau County Fire Marshal is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This document is a copy of the Nassau County Fire Prevention Ordinance No. 56-1962.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Nassau County Fire Marshal is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This document is an update of the recently approved addition to Article VIII of the Nassau County Fire Prevention Ordinance dealing with the requirement for carbon monoxide detection in all new and existing commercial buildings.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Nassau County Fire Marshal is available via the link here.
  • Purpose: This document is an explanation of the recently approved addition to Article VIII of the Nassau County Fire Prevention Ordinance dealing with the requirement for carbon monoxide detection in all new and existing commercial buildings.
    The full text of the bulletin released by the Nassau County Fire Marshal is available via the link here.