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
Non-Tobacco Hookah Establishments:
Fire Department rule 3 RCNY 310-03 Non-Tobacco Hookah Establishments will take effect on July 1, 2020.
Emergency Preparedness/Evacuation Planning Checklist & Close The Door Notice:
Fire Department rule 3RCNY 401-06 Fire and Emergency Preparedness Guide, Checklist and Notices took effect on November 15, 2019.
Outdoor Stationary Storage Battery Systems:
Fire Department rule 3RCNY 608-01 Outdoor Stationary Storage Battery Systems took effect on October 1, 2019.
New and Amended Fees:
Fire Department rule 3RCNY 4601-01 New and Amended Fees took effect on June 1, 2019.
Outdated BSA Rules and Reorganization of Building Design Rules:
Repeal of Outdated BSA Rules and Reorganization of Building Design Rules took effect effect May 5, 2019.
Commercial Cooking/Portable Fire Extinguisher Rule:
Fire Department rule 3 RCNY 115-02 Issuance of Proof of Compliance to Company Certificate Holders took effect on June 1, 2018.
Apartment Building Emergency Preparedness Rule:
Fire Department rule 3 RCNY 408-02 Residential Fire Safety Guides and Notices was repealed effective October 1, 2018. It was superseded by 3 RCNY 401-06 Fire and Emergency Preparedness Guide, Checklist and Notices.
The Fire Safety Guide required to be distributed to apartment building residents and staff has been superseded by the NYC Apartment Building Emergency Preparedness Guide. The new Guide, revised Building Information form, Fire Safety Notices, Annual Bulletin, Individual Emergency Preparedness/Evacuation Planning Checklist, and Close the Door Notice are posted below in a PDF format suitable for distribution and posting:
The deadline for the distribution of the 2019-2020 Fire and Emergency Preparedness Annual Bulletin, the initial distribution of the Individual Emergency Preparedness/Evacuation Planning Checklist, and the posting of the Close the Door Notice, is April 30, 2020.
The Fire Emergency Preparedness Guide and Fire Safety Notices are available in multiple languages.
The Fire Emergency Preparedness Guide is also available in a large-print format.
Fire and Non-Fire Emergency Drills:
Fire Department rule 3 RCNY 401-07 Fire and Non-Fire Emergency Drills took effect on January 1, 2019.
The Fire Department encourages public participation in the rulemaking process. Anyone can comment on proposed rules.
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