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Information About Sprinklers, Fire Alarms, and Standpipes


City Fire Department

The Department of Buildings requires buildings to install fire alarms, fire suppression systems, or standpipes. The type of equipment installed depends on the type of occupancy of the building, or the construction code under which it was built.

Fire alarms alert the building occupants about fire and smoke hazards within the building and may be connected to alarm systems that signal the Fire Department. Fire suppression systems detect fire and attempt to extinguish it through the use of water sprinklers or other devices. Standpipes provide water access points for fire hoses and other fire suppression devices inside a building.

Fire alarm and fire suppression systems installations must be approved by the Fire Department before a building can be occupied. Fire alarm, fire suppression systems, and standpipes must also undergo routine testing and maintenance as mandated by the Fire Department.

Contact the Department of Buildings or the FDNY for more information.

NYC Fire Department (FDNY)

9 Metrotech Center, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201-3857

For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Sprinklers, Fire Alarms or Standpipes

NYC Department of Buildings (DOB)

280 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10007

DOB Contact Information:  Contact Us - Buildings (

NYC Fire Department (FDNY)

Sprinkler and Standpipe Unit
9 Metro Tech Center, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11202
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