Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
December 2006
"Sprinkler" Hearing Set for December 21 in Madison

The Department of Commerce will hold a public hearing on proposed rules under chapters Comm 14 and Comm 60 to 66 relating to the Fire Prevention Code and the Commercial Building Code.The hearing will be held Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. in the First Floor Conference Room at the Thompson Commerce Center, 201 West Washington Avenue Madison.

The proposed rules contain a provision mandating sprinklers in multifamily dwellings with more than two units. Interested persons are invited to appear at the hearing and present comments on the proposed rules. Persons making oral presentations are requested to submit their comments in writing. Written comments receive the same consideration as oral presentations made during the public hearing. Please note that those submitting comments will not receive individual responses.

The hearing record on this proposed rulemaking will remain open until January 5, 2007, to permit submittal of written comments from persons who are unable to attend the hearing, or who wish to supplement testimony offered at the hearing. Written comments should be submitted to James Quast, at the Department of Commerce, P.O. Box 2689, Madison, WI 53701-2689, or email at jquast@commerce.state.wi.us.

The Wisconsin Commercial Building Code – chapters Comm 61 to 65 – and the Fire Prevention Code – chapter Comm 14 – contain standards for the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and inspection of public buildings and places of employment. These chapters, which were developed in 2001 and became effective on July 1, 2002, replacing previous requirements for such facilities with model-code requirements that are substantially in use elsewhere in this country. Those model-code requirements of the International Code Council® and the National Fire Protection Association were initially published in 2000, and were then substantially updated and republished in 2003.

The primary purpose of the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code and the Fire Prevention Code is to protect public health, safety, and welfare. Periodic review and update of the Codes is necessary to ensure that they still achieve that purpose. Additionally, the review and update allows the opportunity to recognize new construction products and practices.

-- Henry Kosarzycki

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