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Announcements

Please check back here regularly for updates and announcements concerning the State Fire Marshal's Plan Review section.


Interpretive Memoranda

Click here http://sfm.dps.louisiana.gov/sfm_interp.htm for a complete list of Interpretive Memoranda published by this office.

Adoption of 2012 Life Safety Code and 2012 IBC

Effective January 1, 2014, the plans and specifications for every structure built or remodeled in the state of Louisiana must be drawn in accordance with the requirements of the 2012 Edition of the Life and Safety Code (excluding Chapter 5 and all TIA's) of the National Fire Protection Association and also in accordance with the requirements of the 2012 Edition of the International Building Code (Chapters 9 and 10). See Memorandum 2014-01 for more information:

pdf Memorandum 2014-01


CLASSROOM SECURITY FOR EXISTING EDUCATIONAL (GRADES K - 12) AND DAY-CARE FACILITIES

This office has received numerous requests for variances to code required locking arrangements in reaction to the recent outbreak of violence occurring in schools nationwide. The intent of this memo is to address the current unprecedented security needs of our educational system and the economic hardships associated with retrofitting existing hardware installations. Specifically, this memo addresses requirements that will allow for one additional releasing operation on existing classroom doors. Read more here:

pdf Formal Interpretation 2013-01


IBC A-2 ASSEMBLY OCCUPANCIES - SPRINKLER THRESHOLD INCREASED TO 300 OCCUPANTS

Effective January 1, 2013, one of the major thresholds for requiring sprinkler systems in Group A-2 Assembly occupancies was increased from 100 occupants to 300 occupants. In a vote taken by the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council (LSUCC) in December, the International Building Code (IBC) Section 903.2.1.2, 2. was amended in order to provide relief to buildings in this classification. Buildings that are intended for food and/or drink consumption are classified as A-2 occupancies and are affected by this change. Please note that the additional criteria requiring sprinkler protection still apply, (such as "fire areas that exceed 5,000 square feet; fire areas located on a floor other than the level of exit discharge; bars with live entertainment, dance halls & nightclubs, miscellaneous other circumstances). Also, a few other structural modifications / reinstated allowances were included in the vote. The full notice can be viewed here:

http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/osr/emr/emr.htm


ACCESSIBILITY APPEALS

After consulting with the Office of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the Office of the State Fire Marshal may grant appeals from full accessibility on a case by case basis where a suitable equivalency is offered. The appeals indicate an exemption to the requirements to comply with state regulations and do not guarantee or attempt to circumvent compliance with federal law.

Application for appeals can be found here:
http://sfm.dps.louisiana.gov/doc/pr/prf_appeal-request.pdf


ADOPTION OF THE 2010 ADA-ABA ACCESSIBILITY GUIDELINES

On October 1, 2011, the Office of the State Fire Marshal began reviewing under and enforcing the new 2010 ADA-ABA Accessibility Guidelines as mandated by state law.  

In order to accommodate typical design lead times and project schedules, our office will allow a 6 month ‘grace period’, whereby a project may be submitted for review under the previous ADAAG (94 edition) if accompanied by a written request at the time of submittal.  The documentation should clearly indicate the reason that a review under the previous code is being requested.

NOTE:  The ‘grace period’ will end on March 15, 2012, at which time the federal government has mandated that all new construction shall comply with the 2010 ADA-ABA Accessibility Guidelines.


Release Date of Updated ADA Rules
Posted 10.18.11

The following excerpt is from the Department of Justice ADA homepage.
http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/factsheets/title2_factsheet.html

1. EffectiveDate. The rule will become effective six months after publication in the Federal Register. Eighteen months after publication, compliance with the 2010 Standards are required for the new constructions and alterations. In the period between the publication date and compliance date, covered entitles may choose between the 1991 Standards and the 2010 Standards. Covered entitles that should have compiled with the 1991 Standards during any new constructions or alterations of facilities or elements, but have not done so by 18 months after the date of publication of the final rule, must comply with the 2010 Standards.

ADA Rules

Plan Review for DHH Health Care Facility Licensing Requirements:
Posted 09.22.11

The Office of the State Fire Marshal is now providing plan review for determination of compliance with the Health Care facility licensing requirements on behalf of the Department of Health and Hospitals. All facilities that require a plan review prior to licensure by DHH must be submitted to the State Fire Marshal prior to application for licensure. The memorandum and the plan review checklist can be viewed here: Formal Interpretation 2011-06

Act 391 of the 2011 Louisiana Regular Session becomes effective on August 15 of this year. It involves code enforcement for fire protection and egress systems in commercial buildings.
    Posted 08.16.11

     Act 391 Memorandum
    

New Accessibility Standard Update:
Posted 09.13.11

In the 2011 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, House Bill No. 536 was passed and then signed by the Governor. The new law can be viewed through the Louisiana Legislature website: http://www.legis.state.la.us/archive/11rs/11rs.htm

Prior law defined "ADAAG" as the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines in effect on Sept. 1, 1994, as adopted by the US Department of Justice pursuant to the ADA. New law defines "ADA Standards" as the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design as adopted by the US Department of Justice pursuant to the ADA and any subsequent amendments or additions to or editions adopted by the Department of Justice.

The Office of State Fire Marshal will begin enforcing the new Accessibility Standards beginning October 1, 2011. Free copies of the standard can be ordered from United States Access Board website: http://www.access-board.gov On the 'Home' page, look in the right hand column for 'Order Publications', click on that link and you will find an order form. You will want to order the 'ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines.'


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