Town of Bedford, NH
Hillsborough County
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This article is only applicable to those structures where suppression systems are not required by any other adopted code.
After the date of adoption of this chapter, in locations where a public water supply presently exists, no new-construction building used or designed for permanent or temporary human residence, of three or more stories and/or six or more attached wood-frame units, other than a single-family dwelling, shall be permitted to be constructed unless furnished with a sprinkler system installed in accordance with standards set forth in the current adopted Fire Prevention and Building Code and NFPA Standard 13, 13D, or 13R.
A. 
After the date of adoption of this chapter, in locations where a public water supply presently exists, all new construction of nonresidential structures of three or more stories and/or totaling at least 12,000 square feet of floor area shall be fully sprinklered.
B. 
"New construction" shall refer to construction of new structures, reconstruction of existing structures destroyed or damaged to such an extent as to be unsuitable or unsafe for occupancy, or where cumulative remodeling is equal to or greater than 50% of the existing building.
C. 
In those cases where additions to existing structures bring the total gross square footage of the entire structure to or above the threshold of 12,000 square feet, both the new construction and the preexisting area shall be sprinklered.
D. 
All motor vehicle fuel-dispensing facilities shall be protected by a fully automatic suppression system, complying with NFPA 17, located at the dispensing location.
A. 
In locations where a public water supply is within 1,000 linear feet of the property line, the owner of the property shall be responsible for extending the waterline to provide fire sprinkler protection for new construction.
B. 
After the date of adoption of this chapter, in those locations where a public water supply does not exist within 1,000 linear feet of the property line, new construction started after this date shall be required to provide sprinkler systems retroactively, i.e., within one year of the time that water becomes available.
A. 
Requirements.
(1) 
Four-inch Storz connection provided for the FDC.
(2) 
Electric bell located above the FDC.
(3) 
Locks (if provided) shall be Knox-Box® exterior-rated padlocks.
(4) 
Direct access via an exterior door to the sprinkler room or an exterior PIV shall be provided.
B. 
NFPA 13D systems.
(1) 
Flow alarm shall activate the smoke alarms.
(2) 
Flow alarm shall activate the exterior electric bell.
All systems required by the preceding sections or by any of the adopted codes must be serviced and maintained per NFPA 25 or the appropriate governing NFPA standard. Documentation of the maintenance must be submitted to the Bedford Fire Department on an annual basis.