Home Sprinkler Law

Citizens Count Editor

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

"For" Position

By Citizens Count Editor

State Fire Marshal William Degnan argues that sprinkler systems save lives.

At least two states, California and New Jersey, have sprinkler mandates.

"Against" Position

By Citizens Count Editor

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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Veto Overridden

Prohibiting municipalities from requiring sprinklers

Veto Overridden

Prohibits local planning boards from requiring sprinklers as a condition for a local permit.

Should NH require sprinklers in new homes?

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