State Fire Marshal Proposes Amendments to the Fire Code

Please be advised that the Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal (SFM) is filing a rule errata/amendment package with the Common Sense Initiative to amend selected portions of the Ohio Fire Code, also known as Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) sections 1301:7-7-01 through 1301:7-7-80.  Specifically, amendments are being made to Rules 1 (and Appendices A and B), 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 23, 27, 32, 50, 56, 57, 60, 61, and 62.


This information is being provided pursuant to the requirements of Executive Order 2011-01K and Senate Bill 2 of the 129th General Assembly, which require agencies, including the SFM, to draft rules in collaboration with stakeholders, assess and justify any adverse impact on the business community (as defined in S.B. 2), and provide an opportunity for the affected public to provide input on the rules.  The OFC was recently extensively updated as a part of the required five year rule review process.  The current amendments to the rules specified above are to address typographical errors, errors that occurred during the filing process, and to make changes to Section 320 (regarding Mobile Food Units) and paragraph 906.1(regarding portable fire extinguishers).


You can view the proposed rules and the Business Impact Analysis (BIA) instrument by going to the SFM’s website ( and clicking on the “2017 Ohio Fire Code” tab on the right hand side of the screen.  Under a section titled “Errata” you will find a link to a red-lined version of the rules being amended, a chart of the changes, and the BIA. 


If you wish to submit a comment on the changes being made in the 2017 OFC Errata package or the BIA, please send your comments to the SFM ([email protected]) AND to the Common Sense Initiative Office ([email protected]) no later than the close of business Thursday, September 27, 2018.


If you have any questions regarding the 2017 OFC or the errata package, please send an inquiry to [email protected] or  contact the SFM’s Code Enforcement Bureau at (614) 728-5460.

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