The Home Builders Association of Illinois SUPPORTS H.A. #1 to HB4609 (Feigenholtz), a bill to give authority to mandate fire sprinkler systems to the Illinois General Assembly, and respectfully requests a YES Vote on its consideration. HBAI is joined in its support with the City of Chicago, the Illinois Municipal League and the Illinois Association of Realtors.
In 2013, the Illinois State Fire Marshal attempted to pass, by administrative rule, language mandating fire sprinklers in all newly constructed homes, multi-unit residential buildings, existing high-rises, and many other existing commercial buildings.
Negative response to this proposal was quick and massive resulting in the Fire Marshal’s office pulling their own language prior to consideration by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.
Cost increases on new homes would average around $6500 per unit, cost of retrofitting existing high rise units was estimated between $50,000 and $60,000 per unit.
With the withdrawal of the proposed rule, Illinois joined 43 other states in affirmatively denying this unnecessary and unreasonable mandate. Only two states, California and Maryland, have passed the mandate and it was done by their state legislatures.
HB4609 prohibits the State Fire Marshal from promulgating rules requiring the installation of fire sprinkler systems in any structure, but respects current law that requires these systems in certain circumstances.
By passing HB4609, consideration for the mandate will be elevated to the authority of the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor of Illinois. Citizens will have proper opportunity to state their positions, the issue will receive adequate public transparency in the media, and all elected Illinois lawmakers will have an opportunity to vote on this expensive, unnecessary, and unreasonable proposal. Vote YES on HB4609.