PA 16-157—sSB 120

Public Safety and Security Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF DEPUTY FIRE MARSHALS AND FIRE INSPECTORS

SUMMARY: This act allows local fire marshals to delegate to deputy fire marshals or fire inspectors their authority to write citations for code violations, just as they may already delegate their authority to issue orders or permits. The act also makes technical and conforming changes, mostly clarifying that the inspectors and investigators referred to in the laws concerning the appointment and qualifications of local fire officials are fire code inspectors and fire investigators.

By law, the state fire marshal and local fire marshals may issue citations, instead of remediation orders, for certain fire prevention code violations. A citation must be signed by the fire official and must include, among other things, the specific offense charged. A citation for a fire prevention code violation subjects the violator to a fine of up to $250 (CGS 29-291c).

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2016

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