Automatic Sprinkler Systems in Buildings 45 feet or more in Height
An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in the following areas of buildings that have one or more stories located 45 feet (13 716mm) or more above the lowest level of Fire Department vehicle access:
- The level of exit discharge.
The owner of every building of five (5) stories or more in height shall submit the required compliance document—COMING SOON—to the Department by July 1, 2019*.
*Additional information will be posted on
as the implementation procedure is finalized. The Department will mail out notification letters to building owners affected by this ordinance with information about how to submit questions and/or upload the compliance documentation.
Bill #180746 was enacted on January 3, 2019. It revises the Philadelphia Property Maintenance Code as it relates to the periodic inspection of piers. The Property Maintenance Code has required periodic underwater pier inspections by a PA licensed engineer since 2002, after the tragic collapse of the Pier 34 nightclub.
The primary purpose of Bill #180746 is to revise the pier inspection requirements to align with other periodic inspections by simplifying the rating system and establishing a requirement to submit a summary report, similar to the forms used for building facades and fire escapes.
Code Changes Reminder
New construction codes went into effect throughout Pennsylvania on October 1, 2018. For Philadelphia, the 2018 International Codes apply to all non-residential construction. (The 2015 International Residential Code with state-modifications will apply for residential construction.)
Along with the new codes, the process for applying the previous code to design and construction contracts for permit applications was revised by the state, limiting this period to six (6) months.
Beginning Monday, April 1, 2019
, all permit applications submitted for new buildings or renovations to existing buildings must be reviewed under the new codes.
Refer to the
for additional information about the implementation of the new codes.