To: Head of Fire Departments
From: Stephen D. Coan, State Fire Marshal
Date: August 21, 2000
Re: Automatic Sprinkler Plans Review

It has come to the attention of our office that there are many questions regarding plan reviews on Automatic Sprinkler systems. The sixth edition of the State Building Code sets the criteria for the installation of automatic sprinkler systems. Which edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) applies?

The State Building Code references the edition of NFPA regarding the installation of automatic sprinklers. The State Building Code (780 CMR) Appendix A references the 1996 edition of NFPA 13. It further references the 1995 edition of NFPA 231 and the 1995 edition of NFPA 231C. At this time no one should use the 1999 edition of NFPA 13 until it has legally been adopted by the State Building Code.