Prohibits local planning boards from requiring sprinklers as a condition for a local permit.
Home Sprinkler Law
Note: This write-up was last updated in October 2015.
In 2009 the Building Code Review Board passed a measure calling for sprinkler systems in every newly constructed single- and two-family home and town house, starting in 2012. In 2011 the Republican-controlled House and Senate then passed two bills that prohibit communities from mandating sprinklers in homes: SB 91 and HB 109.
A 2008 study from the National Fire Protection Association found that the average cost of a home sprinkler system was $1.61 per square foot, roughly $3,200 for a 2,000 square foot home.
PROS & CONS
Opponents of sprinkler requirements claim that the requirements are too expensive for homeowners, and represent an overreach of state government. They also cite the cost-effectiveness of smoke detectors.
Should NH require sprinklers in new homes?
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