HB 461, sponsored by Representative Brent Yonts, tightens the statutes on the installation of underground piping. The bill prohibits anyone other than a certificate holder, or an employee of a certificate holder to install, design or repair sprinkler systems. It deletes the previous language allowing for the "supervision" by a certificate holder. Site contractors will be prohibited from installing underground piping for sprinkler systems.
In an agreement with the Plumbers, a change to the building code will be sought on combination lines. The change will differentiate the responsibilities of the Sprinkler Contractor vs. the Plumber. The connection point for the sprinkler system will be placed ahead of the meter for the potable water supply. This change will clearly draw the line between work to be done by the respective trades. This will also create a clear line on the areas that site contractors may work on. It also strengthens the enforcement powers of the Department of Housing, Building & Construction.
The Enacted Legislation will take effect on January 1, 2013. Watch for updates on its implementation. To download the enacted legislation, click HERE
The complete statutes relating to Fire Sprinkler Inspectors that were enacted in 2010 can be found HERE
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HB 220 Passes in 2010 General Assembly and Signed by Governor
Changes to Kentucky Sprinkler Law
HB 385 was passed by the General Assembly and became law on July 15, 2008. This law criminalizes the act of designing or installing a fire protection system without a valid Kentucky sprinkler license prior to work commencement. This is an important change and will need to be a part of your business plans. Click HERE to download the full text of HB 385