Public Act 095-0305
SB0495 Enrolled LRB095 04079 RAS 24117 b

    AN ACT concerning regulation.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Fire Sprinkler Contractor Licensing Act is
amended by changing Section 30 as follows:
    (225 ILCS 317/30)
    Sec. 30. Requirements for the installation, and repair,
inspection, and testing of fire protection systems.
    (a) Equipment shall be listed by a nationally recognized
testing laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. or
Factory Mutual Laboratories, Inc., or shall comply with
nationally accepted standards. The State Fire Marshal shall
adopt by rule procedures for determining whether a laboratory
is nationally recognized, taking into account the laboratory's
facilities, procedures, use of nationally recognized
standards, and any other criteria reasonably calculated to
reach an informed determination.
    (b) Equipment shall be installed in accordance with the
applicable standards of the National Fire Protection
Association and the manufacturer's specifications.
    (c) The contractor shall furnish the user with operating
instructions for all equipment installed, together with a
diagram of the final installation.
    (d) All fire sprinkler systems shall have a backflow
prevention device or, in a municipality with a population over
500,000, a double detector check assembly installed by a
licensed plumber before the fire sprinkler system connection to
the water service. Connection to the backflow prevention device
or, in a municipality with a population over 500,000, a double
detector assembly shall be done in a manner consistent with the
Department of Public Health's Plumbing Code.
    (e) This licensing Act is not intended to require any
additional fire inspections at State level.
    (f) Inspections and testing of existing fire sprinkler
systems and control equipment must be performed by a licensee
or an individual employed or contracted by a licensee. Any
individual who performs inspection and testing duties under
this subsection (f) must possess proof of (i) certification by
a nationally recognized certification organization at an
appropriate level, such as NICET Level II in Inspection and
Testing of Water Based Systems or the equivalent, by January 1,
2009 or (ii) satisfactory completion of a certified sprinkler
fitter apprenticeship program approved by the U.S. Department
of Labor. State employees who perform inspections and testing
on behalf of State institutions and who meet all other
requirements of this subsection (f) need not be licensed under
this Act or employed by a licensee under this Act in order to
perform inspection and testing duties under this subsection
(f). The requirements of this subsection (f) do not apply to
individuals performing inspections or testing of fire
sprinkler systems on behalf of a municipality, a county, a fire
protection district, or the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
This subsection (f) does not apply to cursory weekly and
monthly inspections of gauges and control valves conducted in
accordance with the standards of the National Fire Protection
(Source: P.A. 92-871, eff. 1-3-03.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/20/2007