State of Florida
The Florida Building Commission has adopted the 5th Edition of the Florida Building Code / 2011 National Electrical Code with an effective date of July 1, 2015. The 5th Edition of the Florida Building Code is based on the 2012 I-Codes with Florida Amendments. The 5th Edition of the Florida Building Code also includes an update to the following electrical and alarm standards: ANSI/IESNA RP-28-07, ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2010, NFPA 72-10, NFPA 99-12, NFPA 101-12, NFPA 110-10, NFPA 111-10, and NFPA 720-09. The 2011 NEC is adopted with no Florida Amendments.
Section 2704 of the 2010 FBC-B and Section E3402.1 of the 2010 FBC-R regarding "bonding of metal framing members" will no longer be included in the 5th edition of the Florida Building Code. It should also be noted the electrical provisions of the 2012 IRC (Chapters 34-43) have been incorporated into the 5th edition Florida Building Code – Residential. The previous four editions of the Florida Building Code – Residential did not include adoption of the electrical provisions of the IRC.
Florida Senate Bill 466 as related to "low-voltage alarm systems" was approved by the Governor on May 21, 2015. The provisions of this Bill go into effect on July 1, 2015. The Bill amends Florida Statute 553.793 by revising the definition of the term "low-voltage alarm system project" and adding the definition of the term "wireless alarm system"; providing that a permit is not required to install, maintain, inspect, replace, or service a wireless alarm system and its ancillary components; reducing the maximum price for permit labels for alarm systems; prohibiting a local enforcement agency from requiring the payment of any additional fees, charges, or expenses associated with the installation or replacement of a new or existing alarm system; and authorizing a local enforcement agency to coordinate the inspection of certain alarm system projects. Complete details of the law can be found by clicking here.
Contact: Bryan Holland, Bryan.Holland@nema.org