Who is the Authority Having Jurisdiction for my Building?

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You’re an architect or engineer who wants to be in full compliance with local fire code for Emergency Responder Radio Coverage (ERRC) IFC 510 and NFPA 72/1221.

As you read the code requirements you ask, “Who is the Authority Having Jurisdiction” who will approve the ERRC system for this project?

Is it:

  1. the fire marshal,
  2. building planning department,
  3. permitting department,
  4. building inspection department,
  5. the city radio techs,
  6. all of the above?

If you answered “f,” you’ve probably had experience working with different jurisdictions on meeting the local ERRC fire codes.

The title “authority having jurisdiction,” or AHJ, covers a variety of regulating fire codes. NFPA officially defines AHJ as “the organization, office, or individual responsible for approving equipment, materials, an installation, or a procedure.”

So, how do you know who all the AHJs is who will certify your ERRC project? Best answer: get experienced help. There’s no single source that lists every AHJ for every project type and location.

Understanding the AHJ’s ERRC commissioning requirements is critical because failure to meet code could lead to fines or withholding the building CO. Work with a partner who understands ERRC fire codes. R.guerra@ibtconnect.com | www.ibtconnect.com