If a building has an NFPA 13R system and the building is now being converted to a commercial building and does not require a sprinkler system for new construction, can you remove the system?
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4/8/2021 08:15:03 am
Our jurisdiction requires a sprinkler to either be maintained or removed if it is not a requirement...
John J Frandina
4/8/2021 08:43:12 am
Some jurisdictions do not allow a change that reduces the current level of protection.
To the best of my understanding, the previous comment is correct. An installed automatic fire sprinkler system shall be maintained or removed if it is not required. In order to be removed, you should get authorization from the local authority having jurisdiction. For the City of St. Louis you have to submit a formal request explaining the circumstances for allowance for removal.
4/8/2021 08:57:35 am
I agree with Henry. My big question is what codes do you adopt and why isn't the new tenant/business required to be sprinklered.
4/8/2021 09:05:19 am
Since the new occupancy classification doesn't require a fire sprinkler system, the existing system can be demolished.
4/8/2021 09:24:38 am
Agree with all of the above comments - Either make the system in compliance with current requirements or remove the formerly compliant system.
4/8/2021 06:40:15 pm
when you say not required have you checked all possibilities?
4/9/2021 08:09:38 am
As per NFPA 13, 2019, 29.2.2
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