Rules & Regulations

The State Fire Safety Code consists of Parts 1 through 10 of the Rhode Island Code of Regulations (RICR) Title 450 - refer to the individual parts listed below.

     


    NOTE: Parts 7, 8 and 10 set forth the RI amendments to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes adopted - in order to properly utilize the State Fire Safety Code, BOTH the NFPA core document AND the associated RI amendments must be read jointly.

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    450-RICR-00-00-1

    Part 1:  Fire Safety Code Sections 1 through 6

    • 1.1 Dedication
    • 1.2 Declaration of Policy
    • 1.3 Consolidation of Rhode Island Fire Safety Code
    • 1.4 Authority
    • 1.5 Definitions
    • 1.6 Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal and Review
    • 1.7 Administrative Powers of the Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal and Review

    Part 7: Rhode Island Fire Code (NFPA 1 - 2018 edition) of the Rhode Island Fire Safety Code

    Core document: NFPA 1

    RI Amendments: 450-RICR-00-00-7

    Part 8: Rhode Island Life Safety Code (NFPA 101 - 2018 edition) of the Rhode Island Fire Safety Code
    (Part 8 is where the primary code requirements affecting all new and existing buildings in the state can be located)

    Core Document: NFPA 101

    RI Amendments: 450-RICR-00-00-8

    Occupancy Chapter Index

    • Chapter 9: Building Service and Fire Protection Equipment
    • Chapters 12/13: New/Existing Assembly Occupancies
    • Chapters 14/15: New/Existing Educational Occupancies
    • Chapters 16/17: New/Existing Day Care Occupancies
    • Chapters 18/19: New/Existing Health Care Occupancies
    • Chapters 20/21: New/Existing Ambulatory Health Care Occupancies
    • Chapters 22/23: New/Existing Detention and Correctional Occupancies
    • Chapter 24: One- and Two-Family Dwellings
    • Chapter 25: Three-Family Apartment Buildings
    • Chapter 26: Lodging or Rooming Houses
    • Chapter 27: Emergency Shelter Occupancies
    • Chapters 28/29: New/Existing Hotels and Dormitories
    • Chapters 30/31: New/Existing Apartment Buildings (4+ units)
    • Chapters 32/33: New/Existing Residential Board and Care Occupancies
    • Chapters 36/37: New/Existing Mercantile Occupancies
    • Chapters 38/39: New/Existing Business Occupancies
    • Chapter 40: Industrial Occupancies
    • Chapter 42: Storage Occupancies
    • Chapter 44: Hazardous Conditions

    450-RICR-00-00-9

    Part 9: Rehabilitation Building and Fire Code for Existing Building and Structures (SRC-1 / 510-RICR-00-00-20)

    Part 10: Rhode Island Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72 - 2019 edition) -- also see Part 8, Chapter 9

    Core Document: NFPA 72

    RI Amendments: 450-RICR-00-00-10 

     

    [Note: There are no local amendments to NFPA 72]

    All parts may be accessed here directly.

    SMOKE ALARM AND CARBON MONOXIDE (CO) DETECTION REQUIREMENTS for 1-, 2- and 3-family dwellings

     

    SMoke Alarms
    * Only WORKING smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives! *
    1. Code regulations for 1- and 2-family dwellings are located in Chapter 24 of the RILSC.
    2. Code regulations for three-family apartment buildings are located in Chapter 25 of the RILSC.

    Additional installation requirements and reference information for residential smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can be found in Chapter 29 of NFPA 72 (2019), National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.


    A summary of all requirements can be viewed on the State Fire Marshal's Office website under Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms.


     

    TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THE POWER SUPPLY MODIFICATIONS LISTED BELOW!

     

    Smoke & CO Alarm Power Supplies

    SPECIAL NOTE: Section 9.6.1.6 of the current amendments to the RILSC provides that  "Whenever the terms “hardwired 120 vAC-powered” “hard-wired” or “hardwired” are used in this Code as it relates to the primary power supply for single- or multiple-station smoke alarms or carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, the provisions of § 72:29.9.1 (2019) shall apply", allowing for various alternate power supply methods.