This is a fully integrated custom code based on the 2003 International Fire Code. The 2008 New York City Fire Code is a fully integrated custom code based on the 2003 International Fire Code -- Enacted by Local Law No. 26 of 2008.
This code, including any appendices hereto, shall be known as the New York City Fire Code, hereinafter referred to as "this code" or "the code." All section numbers in this code shall be deemed to be preceded by the designation "FC."
This code governs:
- The manufacturing, storage, handling, use, sale and transportation of hazardous materials and combustible materials, except for the installation of storage tanks and auxiliary storage tanks for oil-burning equipment
- The design, installation, operation and maintenance of devices, equipment and systems designed to prevent, mitigate, control and extinguish fire, explosions or other life safety hazards
- Emergency prepardness and planning, including the orderly evacuation of occupants of buildings, structures or premises in the event of fire, explosion, biological, chemical or hazardous material incident or release, natural disaster or other emergency, or the threat thereof
- The prevention, mitigation and control of hazards to firefighters and emergency responders during emergency operations
- The operation and maintenance of any manual, automatic or other fire alarm or fire extinguishing device, equipment or system
The purpose of this code is to establish reason able minimum requirements and standards for life safety and property protection. This Fire Code is the first comprehensive revision of New York City's fire safety laws in almost a century.
By enacting a Fire Code based on the International Fire Code, New York City joins a growing number of state and local jurisdictions across the country that have adopted uniform fire safety standards, with appropriate modifications to address local conditions and concerns.
The Fire Code Revision Project was undertaken with the participation of:
- Fire Department fire officers, engineers, inspectors and attorneys
- Law Department and Department of Buildings staff
- City Council members and staff
- Representatives of building management, design/engineering, manufacturing, public utility, real estate, trade and union organizations
If you are planning the construction of buildings within the city of New York, you need this code as a refernence so that you'll be in compliance with the specialized requirements for New York City Fire Code!