ENROLLED 2022 Legislature CS for SB 1190, 1st Engrossed 20221190er 1 2 An act relating to two-way radio communication 3 enhancement systems; amending s. 633.202, F.S.; 4 requiring the authority having jurisdiction to 5 determine certain minimum radio signal strength 6 requirements for all new and existing buildings; 7 authorizing the use of two-way radio communication 8 enhancement systems to comply with certain radio 9 signal strength requirements in the Florida Fire 10 Prevention Code; specifying that such systems or 11 equivalent systems are not required in certain 12 apartment buildings; requiring that owners of such 13 apartment buildings provide certain documentation to 14 the applicable authority; exempting existing high-rise 15 buildings and high-rise apartment buildings from 16 certain radio signal strength requirements until a 17 specified date; requiring noncompliant high-rise 18 buildings and high-rise apartment buildings to apply 19 for specified permits by specified dates; providing an 20 effective date. 21 22 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 23 24 Section 1. Subsection (18) of section 633.202, Florida 25 Statutes, is amended to read: 26 633.202 Florida Fire Prevention Code.— 27 (18) The authority having jurisdiction shall determine the 28 minimum radio signal strength for fire department communications 29 in all new
high-riseand existing high-risebuildings. Two-way 30 radio communication enhancement systems or equivalent systems 31 may be used to comply with the minimum radio signal strength 32 requirements. However, two-way radio communication enhancement 33 systems or equivalent systems are not required in apartment 34 buildings 75 feet or less in height that are constructed using 35 wood framing, provided that the building has less than 150 36 dwelling units and that all dwelling units discharge to the 37 exterior or to a corridor that leads directly to an exit as 38 defined by the Florida Building Code. Evidence of wood frame 39 construction shall be shown by the owner providing building 40 permit documentation which identifies the construction type as 41 wood frame. Existing high-rise buildings as defined by the 42 Florida Building Code are not required to comply with minimum 43 radio strength for fire department communications and two-way 44 radio communication enhancement systems system enhancement45 communicationsas required by the Florida Fire Prevention Code 46 until January 1, 2025. However, by January 1, 2024, an existing 47 high-rise building that is not in compliance with the 48 requirements for minimum radio strength for fire department 49 communications must apply for an appropriate permit for the 50 required installation with the local government agency having 51 jurisdiction and must demonstrate that the building will become 52 compliant by January 1, 2025. Existing high-rise apartment 53 buildings are not required to comply until January 1, 2025. 54 However, existing high-rise apartment buildings are required to 55 apply for the appropriate permit for the required communications 56 installation by January 1, 2024. 57 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.