Code Council Removes Residential Sprinkler Mandate

After a long and drawn out four year process, the New York State Code Council voted down a proposed mandate to install fire sprinklers in all new one- and two-family homes and townhouses in New York State.

This puts New York State in line with 47 other states in the U.S. who have decided against instituting a mandate that would added between $10,000 to $20,000 to the cost of new home. This mandate would have created an insurmountable roadblock, preventing everyone in this state from participating in the American Dream.

NYSBA, and all of our members, will continue to encourage all home buyers to install fire sprinklers in their new homes.  That is why we worked so hard last year to get a law in place that requires home builders to present prospective home buyers with information on the benefits and costs of installing fire sprinklers in their new homes. This law makes us the biggest promoters of fire sprinklers in New York State. Something we are very proud of.

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