New fire and safety regulations for the construction of multifamily residential developments in Dunwoody are now in place. They include enhanced sprinkler requirements and fire-resistant stairwells and roofs.
The Dunwoody City Council approved the new regulations at its Aug. 12 meeting.
One new regulation requires adding fire extinguishing systems above range-top stoves.
The new fire code regulations are a result of the General Assembly passage of House Bill 876, dubbed the “wood bill,” which went into effect on July 1, 2018. The bill prohibits local governments from banning wood-framed buildings that otherwise meet state building and fire codes.
The state law erased a 2014 Dunwoody ordinance that required commercial, office, apartment or condominium buildings more than three stories tall to be framed with noncombustible materials, such as metal or concrete.