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What to Do When You Receive a Violation

Last updated 4 years ago

It can be difficult to keep up with latest fire safety regulations in New York City, but fire safety is one of the most important design features in any structure. There are a variety of items a building may receive a violation for that owners may not be aware of.  Just take a look at this brief guide to learn how to cure them. 

Contact a Licensed Fire Sprinkler Contractor

Rather than attempting to decipher building code legalese (which can vary between municipalities), it’s important to immediately consult with a professional fire sprinkler contractor about the notice. Violations typically have a “cure” date of approximately 30 days after the violation is issued, during which time you may be able to schedule necessary repairs and testing to avoid the court date. 

What to Do if You Miss the Cure Date

Failure to correct violations within the cure date will require you to attend the court date, which typically results in a fine regardless of whether corrections were made in the interim since the cure date. However, any corrections performed prior to the court date will still bring your building into code and help you avoid future violations.

Common Violation: 5 Year Hydrostatic Testing

The NYC Fire Department requires routine hydrostatic testing every five years to ensure the integrity and functionality of your fire sprinkler system. This testing is performed by a licensed sprinkler contractor and must be witnessed by the fire department, but it can take several days to schedule so timing is important. Be sure to immediately send over any notices to your sprinkler contractor so that they can schedule a date with a fire department official.

Contact Capitol Fire Sprinkler today to resolve any fire safety violations quickly and professionally. We’ve been providing contractors throughout New York City with reliable installation, inspection, and repair services for over 60 years. Call (718) 533-6800 with any inquiries.


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