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LAA Changes Effective 12/31/14

There are significant changes to the New York City Department of Buildings fire sprinkler and standpipe Limited Alteration Application effective December 31, 2014. The changes include:

LIMITED SPRINKLER ALTERATIONS. An alteration to a sprinkler system that is limited in scope, falling into one of the following categories:
Category 1. An alteration to an existing sprinkler system where the total cost of the proposed category 1 work in the building does not exceed thirty-five thousand dollars in any 12-month period and where the proposed work is limited to the following:
1. Replacement of parts required for the operation of a sprinkler system;
2. Changes that do not alter the type of sprinkler system;
3. Relocation of piping that does not affect the operation of the sprinkler system;
4. Rearrangement of not more than 20 sprinkler heads in areas classified in light hazard occupancy, as such term is defined in NFPA 13 as amended by appendix Q of the New York city building code, provided such areas are already sprinklered and such areas will remain in such occupancy;
5. Rearrangement of not more than 20 sprinkler heads in restaurant service areas classified in Group 1 ordinary hazard occupancy, as such term is defined by NFPA 13 as amended by appendix Q of the New York city building code, provided such areas are already sprinklered and such areas will remain in such occupancy;
6. Rearrangement of not more than 20 sprinkler heads in mercantile areas classified in Group 2 ordinary hazard occupancy, as such term is defined by NFPA 13 as
amended by appendix Q of the New York city building code, provided such areas are already sprinklered and such areas will remain in such occupancy; and
7. The installation of up to five new sprinkler heads off of an existing sprinkler system.
Category 2. An alteration to an existing sprinkler system that is not subject to cost or duration limitations and that is limited to the replacement of sprinkler heads, provided that orifice sizes, type and deflector positions remain the same.

LIMITED STANDPIPE ALTERATIONS. An alteration to an existing combined standpipe system that is limited in scope falling into the following category:
Category 1. An alteration to an existing combined standpipe system where the total cost of the proposed work in the building does not exceed thirty five thousand dollars in any 12-month period and the proposed work is limited to one or more of the following:
1. Replacement of parts required for the operation of a combined standpipe system; and
2. Relocation of combined standpipe auxiliary hose sources and cabinets within 10 feet (3048 mm) of their original location, provided that the existing covered area is not affected and provided that such relocation complies with this code for a new installation.

A new LAA form is available on the Department of Buildings websitenycdob. Please do not use this form before December 31, 2014.