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Sprinkler Retrofit Deadline Approaching

March 16, 2016


BOMA/Chicago is reminding buildings that the deadline for the final phase of the City's sprinkler retrofit mandate is approaching.

The Sprinkler Installation Ordinance (13-196-205), passed in 2004, mandates all pre-1975 commercial high rise buildings that are not landmarked to install full sprinkler systems by January 1, 2017.

When the ordinance became effective, buildings had until January 1, 2009 to install the sprinkler system in 1/3 of the gross square footage, and until January 1, 2013 to complete 2/3 of the building. January 1, 2017 is the deadline to complete the entire square footage. For more information, contact Ron Tabaczynski at