Multifamily

FIRE SPRINKLERS ARE REQUIRED IN NEW CONSTRUCTION MULTIFAMILY DWELLINGS OF THREE UNITS AND GREATER

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David Bloom, Fire Chief, Town of Madison Fire Department
Effective since January 1, 2011, Wisconsin state law requires the installation of an automatic fire sprinkler system in all new construction multifamily dwellings of three units and greater. The requirement replaces the previous threshold of nine units and greater that went into effect March 1, 2008, and twenty units before then.

The requirement is contained in Wisconsin Commercial Building Code, SPS 362.0903, which follows the 2009 International Building Code, Section 903.3.

“The Town of Madison has taken the State’s requirements one step further by creating a local fire sprinkler retrofit ordinance for remodels in existing multifamily dwellings that meet the following criteria: 1) the cost of the remodel is equal to or greater than 25% of the assessed value of the existing building, or 2) the square footage of a remodel/addition is equal to or greater than 50% of the existing building.

The addition of this fire sprinkler retrofit ordinance further protects residents in the Town of Madison, especially given that multifamily dwellings account for 85% of the Town’s housing. Fire sprinklers suppress fires early and prevent injuries and fatalities among residents and firefighters alike.”