Residential Sprinklers Required In New Home Construction Only

May 12, 2009

Residential sprinklers will soon be required in new home construction in West U., but council amended the ordinance not to include renovations to existing homes. That was welcome news to Brennan Reilly – who has been planning his home renovations for more than a year – but Reilly was still concerned that other code changes would require him to change his plans.


Reilly spoke at Monday night’s public hearing on the ordinance change, and told council he thought the original 10-days for the ordinance to go into effect was quite short.


“I was amazed walking into that office (Public Works) how many people walked into that office and turned right around and walked out because they were missing something (in their plans),” said Reilly. “And the things you are missing don’t take one day…you are waiting on electricians, plumbers…”


Council amended the code to go into effect 30 days after it is published in the newspaper, rather than 10.


“I feel more comfortable with 30 days,” said Mayor Bob Kelly.


Plans submitted prior to the effective date of the new ordinance falls under the old ordinance – if the plans are approved.


 To view the amendments or view information on the residential fire sprinkler requirements of the residential code, visit the Public Works Building at 3826 Amherst between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or click on the “Code Update” tab at

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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