Local Law 26 of 2004 - What is it?

Included in Local Law 26 of 2004 (LL26/04) is the requirement that all New York City commercial/office buildings in New York City that are over 100 ft in height must have a full system of automatic fire sprinklers installed by July 1, 2019.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) convened the World Trade Center Building Code Task Force to investigate the existing building codes and make recommendations for comprehensive safety measures to better protect the occupants of high-rise buildings during a fire.  

Among its findings, the task force identified fire safety and sprinkler mandates from preceding Local Laws 5 of 1973 and 16 of 1984 as inadequate for fire protection.  

Based on the task force’s recommendations, the New York City Building Code and Fire Prevention Code were amended to include a number of retroactive and prospective provisions, otherwise known as Local Law 26 of 2004 (LL 26/04).

Local Law 26/04: Fire Sprinkler Requirement


Owner’s affidavit 7 Year Report 14 Year Report Final Report


July 1, 2005 July 1, 2011 July 1, 2018 July 1, 2019

On this page we are highlighting the Law as it pertains to fire sprinklers and the upcoming 14 year report requirement. To learn about the other requirements for Local Law 26, you can read the summary of provisions provided by NYC Buildings, or you can contact RDM to assess your compliance.

Upcoming Requirement: Mandatory 14 Year Sprinkler Report

Deadline for this report July 1, 2018.

Interim reports prepared by a New York State architect or engineer must be filed with the Department of Buildings This report shall include the percentage of the building in which sprinklers have been installed as of the date of such report and an implementation plan, prepared by such architect or engineer detailing when and how the remaining portions of the building will be made fully compliant.The report must be filed no earlier than January 1, 2018, and no later than July 1, 2018.

Why is this interim report important?

Failure to file timely affidavits and reports will jeopardize the ability of the owner (or the owner’s successor) to claim a hardship extension of time to comply with the July 1, 2019, deadline.

RDM can keep your building in compliance.

When you hire RDM you are gaining a dedicated team of experts. We will not only help file your 14 year report on time, we can also assess your compliance and make suggestions for any issues.

LL26/04 - 14 Year Report

  • RDM will assess and take a walking survey of the building envelope, as well as areas that are wholly integrated into the sprinkler system.
  • RDM's in-house Class II Filing Representative at NYCDOB will commence filing and include implementation plans detailing portions of building to be made fully compliant (prepared by Architect of Record-Applicant) on 14 Year Report.  
  • The 14 Year Report on file will have a certification from RDM’s Architect of Record stating the percentage of the building which sprinklers have been installed.  

What else does RDM do?

  • Emergency Action/ Fire Safety floor plans
  • Fire Protection Plans
  • Standpipe and Sprinkler Riser Diagrams
  • Alt-1 Certificate of Occupancy Plans