The Fire Department implements the New York City Fire Code by adopting rules. A rule is an agency regulation that has the force of law. All of the Fire Department rules are compiled in Title 3 of the Rules of the City of New York. Before any Fire Department Rule is adopted, it is posted on the NYC Rules website, and the public is given an opportunity to review it and submit comments. The Fire Department also conducts a public hearing at Fire Department Headquarters. Final Department rules are published by NYC Rules, and generally take effect 30 days after publication
The Fire Department encourages public participation in the rulemaking process. Anyone can comment on proposed rules.