New Sprinkler Regulations Proposed for High-Rise Buildings

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 25, 2018) New regulations are being introduced to Pittsburgh City Council today requiring all high-rise buildings to have automatic sprinkler systems for fire protection. 

Building owners will have 12 years to comply with the regulations, which are part of the state building code. Today’s legislation will make changes to the Pittsburgh fire code to incorporate the regulations into city law. 

Sprinklers will be required in all buildings that are 75 feet or higher, which typically covers high-rises with six stories or more.  

Chief Darryl Jones of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire said the sprinkler requirements would be especially effective for older buildings constructed before sprinkler systems were common, such as the 110-year-old Midtown Towers in Downtown, where one resident died and 100 others were displaced after a fire last year. 

“If Midtown Towers had sprinklers, it would have been a non-event,” the Chief said. 

The Chief has been in talks with building owners about the regulations to keep them up to speed on the new regulations. 

“BOMA Pittsburgh (The Building Owners & Managers Association) has full faith and confidence in Fire Chief Jones, and we are proud of our great working relationships with both the City and the Bureau of Fire. BOMA is confident that Chief Jones and his team will pursue the appropriate local and state policies to ensure the safety of our community,” said BOMA’s executive director Mike Embrescia. 

The City Council legislation is here, and the sprinkler regulations are spelled out in Appendix M of the International Fire Code, which is available here


Timothy McNulty, Communications Director, Office of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto, 412-660-1999,

Chris Togneri, Public Information Officer, Department of Public Safety, 412-627-3552,