Downtown sprinkler ordinance drafted

SSN Staff  - 
Wednesday, October 1, 2003

MONTPELIER, Vt. - City lawmakers here have drafted an ordinance that would require all buildings in the city’s downtown area to be fitted with a fire sprinkler system after a fire leveled a building in that section of the city in May, according to The Barre Times/Montpelier Argus.

The proposed, two-part ordinance would not apply to any single-family dwellings, but would cover multi-unit apartment buildings and other commercial buildings. All new construction that falls under those specifications would require a sprinkler system, while existing structures would also require retrofit.

City officials are looking for sources of funding, including financial programs, to help business and property owners foot the bill for the installations.

If approved, the ordinance would require all buildings covered in the ordinance to be outfitted with a sprinkler system within the next ten years.