New FLORIDA BUILDING CODE

Florida Statute 633.202 [UPDATED JULY 1, 2022] (18) The authority having jurisdiction shall determine the minimum radio signal strength for fire department communications in all new and existing buildings. Two-way radio communication enhancement systems or equivalent systems may be used to comply with the minimum radio signal strength requirements.

Existing high-rise buildings as defined by the Florida Building Code are not required to comply with minimum radio strength for fire department communications and two-way radio communication enhancement systems required by the Florida Fire Prevention Code until January 1, 2025. However, by January 1, 2024, an existing high-rise building that is not in compliance with the requirements for minimum radio strength for fire department communications must apply for an appropriate permit for the required installation with the local government agency having jurisdiction and must demonstrate that the building will become compliant by January 1, 2025.

Existing high-rise apartment buildings are not required to comply until January 1, 2025. However, existing high-rise apartment buildings are required to apply for the appropriate permit for the required communications installation by January 1, 2024.

To review the full state statute, please click the link below:
https://m.flsenate.gov/statutes/633.202

To Review the Florida Fire Prevention Code click the link below:
https://www.myfloridacfo.com/division/sfm/bfp/florida-fire-prevention-code

Florida Fire Prevention Code 7th Edition (2020) (NFPA 1)

11.10 Two-Way Radio Communication Enhancement Systems.

11.10.1 In all new and existing buildings, minimum radio signal strength for fire department communications shall be maintained at a level determined by the AHJ.

11.10.2 Where required by the AHJ, two-way radio communication enhancement systems shall comply with NFPA 1221.

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