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
Outdoor Stationary Storage Battery Systems:
Fire Department rule 3RCNY 608-01 Outdoor Stationary Storage Battery Systems will take effect October 1, 2019.
New and Amended Fees:
Fire Department rule 3RCNY 4601-01 New and Amended Fees took effect 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Outdated BSA Rules and Reorganization of Building Design Rules:
Repeal of Outdated BSA Rules and Reorganization of Building Design Rules took effect effect May 5, 2019.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Fire Department rule 3 RCNY 408-02 Residential Fire Safety Guides and Notices was repealed effective October 1, 2018. It was superseded by 3 RCNY 401-06 Fire and Emergency Preparedness Guide and Notices.
The Fire Safety Guide required to be distributed to apartment building residents and staff has been superseded by the NYC Apartment Building Emergency Preparedness Guide.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, unchanged Notices and annual bulletin are posted below in a PDF format suitable for distribution and posting:
2019 Fire and Emergency Preparedness Bulletin: The 2019 fire and emergency preparedness bulletin is currently in development and will be available in September 2019. The bulletin will serve to supplement the Apartment Building Emergency Preparedness Guide with timely fire and/or emergency preparedness information and guidance.
These documents 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 will take 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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