NYC Fire Code
- Overview of Fire Code
- The New York City Fire Code is a City law that establishes fire safety requirements for a wide range of activities in New York City. It applies to all persons and places in New York City. The Fire Code regulates such matters as emergency preparedness; the prevention and reporting of fires; the manufacture, storage, handling, use and transportation of hazardous materials and combustible materials; the conduct of various businesses and activities that pose fire hazards; and the design, installation, operation and maintenance of the buildings and premises that house such materials, businesses and activities.
- The Fire Code is codified as Chapter 2 of Title 29 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York.
- The 2008 Fire Code was originally enacted in June 2008 and took effect on July 1, 2008. It superseded the prior Fire Prevention Code (Chapter 4 of Title 27 of the Administrative Code), which was repealed as of that date.
- Pursuant to New York City Administrative Code, the Fire Code is reviewed every three years and appropriate amendments are submitted for City Council consideration. In December 2013, the City Council passed and the Mayor signed Local Law No. 148 of 2013, amending the Fire Code. To view a list of the significant changes (highlights) enacted by Local Law 148, click here.
- The 2014 Fire Code, which incorporates the amendments enacted by Local Law 148, takes effect on March 30, 2014. As with the prior 2008 Fire Code, all materials, operations and facilities regulated by 2014 Fire Code are subject to compliance with its requirements on March 30, 2014, except that, with certain exceptions, installations lawfully existing on March 29, 2014, may be continued under the 2008 Fire Code (or, if predating the 2008 Fire Code, prior laws and regulations). For additional information, click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions.
- Text of 2014 Fire Code (effective 3/30/14, with certain amendments effective 10/1/14)
- Table of contents (HTML links to individual chapters)
- Includes amendments enacted by:Local Law 148 of 2013 (effective March 30, 2014) updating and enhancing the Fire Code following the triennial review pursuant to New York City Administrative Code §29-104.Local Law 100 of 2013 (effective October 1, 2014) relating to hazardous materials installations in areas of special flood hazard.Local Law 17 of 2014 (effective October 1, 2014) relating to hold-open devices for fire doors.
- Text of 2008 Fire Code (in effect until 3/29/14)
- Table of contents (HTML links to individual chapters)
- Includes amendments enacted by:
Local Law 37 of 2009 (effective August 28, 2009) relating to the delegation of Fire Code enforcement authority to New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
Local Law 39 of 2009 (effective December 29, 2009) relating to the sharing of results of inspections among the Fire Department, the Department of Buildings and the Department of Environmental Protection.
Local Law 41 of 2009 (effective June 29, 2009) relating to the exemption of religious and charitable organizations from fees for Fire Department permits, inspections and witnessed performance tests.
Local Law 64 of 2009 (effective February 4, 2010) relating to requirements for construction site standpipe alarm systems, and notification procedures and work restrictions when such systems are out of service.
Local Law 2 of 2013 (effective May 7, 2013) relating to place of assembly permits.
Local Law 1 of 2014 (effective February 4, 2014) relating to the exemption of religious and charitable organizations from fees for Fire Department permits, inspections and witnessed performance tests. For additional information about this law, click here.
- Cross-Reference Tables
- Frequently Asked Questions and Responses
- The Fire Department’s Frequently Asked Questions web page provides official guidance about the Fire Code and rules, including explanations, clarifications and interpretations.
- To view the Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
- Public Inquiry Form
- Guidance with respect to the meaning or application of the Fire Code and Fire Department rules may be obtained from the Fire Department using the Public Inquiry Form on this website.
- The Fire Department endeavors to promptly respond to all inquiries, but due to the volume of inquiries, may not be able to respond to every inquiry.
- The Fire Department posts responses to inquiries of general concern on the Frequently Asked Questions web page to provide official guidance with respect to the Fire Code or Fire Department rules.
- To submit a Fire Code or Fire Department rule inquiry, click here
- Fire Code Informational Materials/Presentations
- Highlights of Local Law No. 148 of 2014 (Significant Changes Included In 2014 Fire Code) (December 30, 2013). To view this Word document, click here.
- Significant Changes Enacted By Local Law No. 148 of 2014 (Fire Safety Directors Association/Society of Fire Protection Engineers) (January 14, 2014). To view this Powerpoint presentation, click here.
- 2014 Fire Code Highlights (American Institute of Architects- Staten Island Chapter) (April 9, 2014). To view this Powerpoint, click here.
- Purchasing the Fire Code
- Fire Department Rules
- The Fire Department’s rules are codified in Title 3 of the Rules of the City of New York (RCNY). The section number of each rule parallels the applicable Fire Code section number. For example, rules relating to Certificate of Fitness (FC113) are numbered 113-01, 113-02 and so forth.
- To view the Fire Department’s rules, click here.
- The Fire Department will be amending its rules and promulgating new rules to implement the provisions of the 2014 Fire Code.
- To view rulemaking notices and proposed and adopted Fire Department rules, click here.
- Certificates of Fitness
- The Fire Code and Fire Department rules contain Certificate of Fitness requirements for many of the materials, operations and facilities regulated by the Fire Code.
- To view a list of all Certificates of Fitness required by the Fire Code and Fire Department rules, click here.
- For additional information about how to obtain Certificate of Fitness examination materials and how to apply for a Certificate of Fitness, click here.
- The Fire Code contains permit requirements for many of the materials, operations and facilities regulated by the Fire Code. To view a list of all required Fire