House Bill No. 6694
               House Bill No. 6694

               PUBLIC ACT NO. 97-25


AN   ACT   CONCERNING   A   REVIEW  OF  PLANS  AND
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO THE  STATE  FIRE  SAFETY
CODE.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section  29-292  of  the  general  statutes is
repealed and the following is substituted in  lieu
thereof:
    (a)  The  State Fire Marshal and the Codes and
Standards Committee shall  adopt,  promulgate  and
administer  a Fire Safety Code and at any time may
amend the same. The  code  shall  be  revised  not
later  than  January 1, 1987, and every four years
thereafter to incorporate advances in technologies
and  improvements in construction materials unless
the State Fire Marshal and the  committee  certify
that a revision is not necessary for such purpose.
The regulations in said  code  shall  provide  for
reasonable  safety  from  fire,  smoke  and  panic
therefrom, in all  buildings  and  areas  adjacent
thereto  except  in  private dwellings occupied by
one or two families and upon all  premises  except
those  used  for  manufacturing, and shall include
provision  for   smoke   detection   and   warning
equipment in (1) residential buildings designed to
be occupied by  two  or  more  families,  (2)  new
residential  buildings  designed to be occupied by
one family for which a  building  permit  for  new
occupancy  is  issued on or after October 1, 1978,
requiring equipment complying with the fire safety
code,  and  (3) new residential buildings designed
to be occupied by one or more families for which a
building  permit for new occupancy is issued on or
after October 1, 1985, requiring equipment capable
of   operation   using   alternating  current  and
batteries.  Said  regulations  shall  provide  the
requirements  for  markings  and  literature which
shall  accompany  such  equipment  sufficient   to
inform  the occupants and owners of such buildings
of the purpose, protective limitations and correct
installation,  operating, testing, maintenance and
replacement procedures and servicing  instructions
for  such  equipment  and shall require that smoke
detection and warning equipment which is installed
in  such residential buildings shall be capable of
sensing visible or invisible smoke particles, that
the   manner  and  location  of  installing  smoke
detectors shall be  approved  by  the  local  fire
marshal    or   building   official,   that   such
installation shall not exceed the standards  under
which  such  equipment was tested and approved and
that such equipment, when activated, shall provide
an  alarm suitable to warn the occupants, provided
each hotel, motel or inn shall install or  furnish
such   equipment   which,  when  activated,  shall
provide  a  visible   alarm   suitable   to   warn
occupants,  in  at least one per cent of the units
or rooms in such establishment having one  hundred
or  more  units  or  rooms  and  in establishments
having less than one hundred units  or  rooms,  it
shall install or furnish at least one such alarm.
    (b)  No  certificate  of  occupancy  shall  be
issued for any residential building designed to be
occupied  by  two  or  more  families,  or any new
residential building designed to  be  occupied  by
one  or  more families for which a building permit
for new occupancy is issued on or after October 1,
1978,  unless  the  local fire marshal or building
official  has  certified  that  said  building  is
equipped   with   smoke   detection   and  warning
equipment complying with the Fire Safety Code.
    [(c)  Detailed  plans  and  specifications  of
structures subject to the State Fire  Safety  Code
may  be  submitted  to  the State Fire Marshal for
review and a determination  concerning  compliance
with  the  State  Fire Safety Code. The State Fire
Marshal shall  develop  a  schedule  of  fees  for
reviewing  such  plans  and  specifications, which
schedule shall provide for  fees  payable  to  the
State  Treasurer  in  amounts of not less than ten
dollars  nor  more  than  one   hundred   dollars,
depending  upon  the  complexity  of  the  review.
Municipalities shall be exempt from payment of any
such fees.]

Approved May 6, 1997