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Requirements to Comply with Local Law 26 in New York City- NYC


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Numerous fire safety regulations must be adhered to by building owners to ensure compliance and safeguard both their property and its occupants. Among these regulations is Local Law 26 (LL26).


What is Local Law 26? Implemented in 2004, LL26 mandates a range of fire safety measures for office buildings of certain heights. These measures encompass the installation of compliant sprinkler systems, backup power sources, and safety signage. By July 1, 2019, certain buildings were required to install a specific type of sprinkler system to meet LL26 requirements.


Who Does it Affect? LL26 applies to business occupancy buildings exceeding 100 feet in height. It's important to note that occupancy classifications have been altered over time, with the business occupancy group transitioning from Group E to Group B. Nevertheless, LL26 applies to properties falling under the Group E category at the time of its enactment. Consulting a fire safety expert or professional engineer is the most effective means of determining if LL26 pertains to your property.


Consequences of Non-Compliance Failure to comply with LL26 can result in fines that persist until the situation is rectified and compliance achieved. Furthermore, non-compliance jeopardizes the safety of occupants and the property itself.


How to Meet Local Law 26 Requirements If your building is not yet compliant with LL26, corrective measures may include the implementation of an entirely new sprinkler system or backup power sources.


For the installation of a sprinkler system, it's imperative to enlist the expertise of a professional engineer to obtain the necessary permits and understand the process to get your building up to compliance with Local Law 26. Ensure your building adheres to LL26 by seeking guidance from a Built Engineer professional without delay!

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