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Residential Fire Sprinkler Incentive Program - October 16, 2012

Last Updated on Oct 22, 2012 at 10:07am | Permits & Inspection Division
The County approved its Building Code Ordinance effective September 28, 2012 and deleted the residential fire sprinkler section thereby delaying the sprinkler system requirement in new homes until the next Code cycle (2015). While County agrees that the installation of sprinkler systems in new homes is an important safety benefit in saving lives and reducing fire-related injuries, the County believes that the delay in the mandatory implementation of the code may continue to disadvantage certain segments of the building industry which are not exempt; therefore, the County desires to establish an incentive program to promote and encourage the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems in new homes.
Effective on the 16th day of October 2012:
  1. The County shall provide a one-time incentive payment of $2,500 to those citizens that install a residential fire sprinkler system in their new home.
  2. This incentive program shall be effective for all approved building permits for new homes during the period of July 1, 2012 thru June 30, 2013 unless the term of this incentive program is extended by a majority vote of the Board of County Commissioners.
  3. In order to qualify for the incentive, the new home must be constructed with a residential fire sprinkler system that is properly inspected and approved.
  4. Payment shall be provided to the new homeowner by the County Finance Office upon written verification that the Use and Occupancy Permit has been approved by the Permits and Inspections Office.