Maryland Sprinkler Law
Automatic sprinkler systems are now required to fully protect buildings over 45 feet high constructed in Maryland after last July 1. The minimum building height requiring full sprinkler protection becomes 75 feet if the local fire department has aerial equipment capable of reaching the roof. The law, signed by Governor Marvin Martdel last May 31, also requires access for the positioning of aerial equipment.
Responsibility for enforcement of the sprinkler law is placed in the office of the state fire marshal and individual fire departments. The bill which became law was introduced in the Maryland Senate by Senator Clarence Blount of Baltimore. A similar bill was sponsored in the House of Delegates by Delegate Joseph Raymond of Baltimore.