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Residential Sprinkler Systems

Carroll County requires all new one-and two-family residences to be constructed with an approved automatic sprinkler system in accordance with NFPA 13D. Sprinkler systems installed in homes are an effective way to improve the level of life safety and to reduce the level of property loss caused by fire.

History of the Residential Automatic Sprinkler Ordinance in Carroll County:

  • Adopted as an amendment to the County Building Code - June 21, 2005
  • Effective Date of Ordinance - June 23, 2005
  • Applicable Date of Ordinance - January 1, 2006
  • As a result, all one-and two-family dwellings for which the application for a building permit is made on or after January 1, 2006, must be protected by an approved Residential Automatic Sprinkler System (with very few, specific exceptions), designed and installed in accordance with the applicable requirements of NFPA 13D. At the time of adoption, Carroll County became only the third county in the State of Maryland to adopt a residential sprinkler ordinance (the first two being Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties, respectively).

To view a complete list of sprinkler contractors currently licensed by the State of Maryland, as well as the requirements and procedures applicable to becoming a licensed sprinkler contractor in the State, please visit the Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal at http://www.firemarshal.state.md.us. Several direct links to various sprinkler-related topics are offered along the scrolling left margin of the site's homepage. In addition, individuals or companies interested in becoming a State licensed sprinkler contractor may contact Ms. Linda Bounds, Sprinkler Contractor Licensing Administrator, SFMO Eastern Region, at 410-543-6573 with specific questions.

Plans for residential sprinklers (NFPA 13D) under a current Carroll County building permit may be dropped off at the OPSSS office for review by the Fire Protection Plans Examiner. All commercial sprinkler plans designed per NFPA 13 must be sent to the State Fire Marshal's Office for review and approval.

Important Links Containing Information About Residential Sprinklers

Link to U.S. Fire Administration web page on residential sprinklers:

Link to an Information Resource for Eliminating Residential Fire Deaths, Internet information website on residential sprinklers:

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