Sprinklers no longer a mandate in Pennsylvania!
Governor Tom Corbett today signed his first bill, House Bill 377 which removes the sprinkler mandate on all newly constructed one- and two-family homes. The new law is Act 1 of 2011.
Now that sprinklers are a consumer choice, builders must offer a buyer the option of installing sprinklers. Builders must also provide the buyer with information made available by the State Fire Commissioner on the possible benefits of installing a sprinkler system.
Among other things House Bill 377 will also change the codes adoption process in Pennsylvania and require increased standards for fire protection of flooring.
As of January 1, 2010, sprinklers are mandated in newly constructed townhomes. Act 1 will not change this requirement.
The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® thanks you for your ongoing support of this issue. Over the past three years, PAR members have sent over 5,000 emails and placed countless calls to the legislature asking them to take action and repeal the sprinkler mandate.