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Substitute House Bill No. 5550

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-138

AN ACT CONCERNING THE INSTALLATION OF FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS IN RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS OCCUPIED BY ELDERLY PERSONS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 29-315 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) When any building is to be built having more than four stories and is to be used for human occupancy, such building shall have an automatic fire extinguishing system approved by the State Fire Marshal on each floor.

(b) Each hotel or motel having six or more guest rooms and providing sleeping accommodations for more than sixteen persons for which a building permit for new occupancy is issued on or after January 1, 1987, shall have an automatic fire extinguishing system installed on each floor in accordance with regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Public Safety.

(c) Not later than October 1, 1992, each hotel or motel having more than four stories shall have an automatic fire extinguishing system approved by the State Fire Marshal on each floor.

(d) (1) Not later than January 1, 1995, each residential building having more than four stories and occupied primarily by elderly persons shall have an automatic fire extinguishing system approved by the State Fire Marshal on each floor. Not later than January 1, 1994, the owner or manager of or agency responsible for such residential building shall submit plans for the installation of such system, signed and sealed by a licensed professional engineer, to the local fire marshal within whose jurisdiction such building is located or to the State Fire Marshal, as the case may be. For the purposes of this subsection, the phrase "occupied primarily by elderly persons" means that on October 1, 1993, or on the date of any inspection, if later, a minimum of eighty per cent of the dwelling units available for human occupancy in a residential building have at least one resident who has attained the age of sixty-five years.

(2) EACH RESIDENTIAL BUILDING HAVING MORE THAN TWELVE LIVING UNITS AND OCCUPIED PRIMARILY BY ELDERLY PERSONS, AS DEFINED IN SUBDIVISION (1) OF THIS SUBSECTION, OR DESIGNED TO BE SO OCCUPIED, FOR WHICH A BUILDING PERMIT FOR NEW OCCUPANCY IS ISSUED OR WHICH IS SUBSTANTIALLY RENOVATED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 1997, SHALL HAVE AN AUTOMATIC FIRE EXTINGUISHING SYSTEM APPROVED BY THE STATE FIRE MARSHAL ON EACH FLOOR.

(e) No building inspector shall grant a building permit unless a fire extinguishing system as required by subsection (a) or (b) of this section is included in the final, approved building plans and no fire marshal or building inspector shall permit occupancy of such a building unless such fire extinguishing system is installed and operable. The State Fire Marshal may require fire extinguishing systems approved by him to be installed in other occupancies where they are required in the interest of safety because of special occupancy hazards.

Approved May 29, 1996. Effective October 1, 1996.

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