Congratulations to the Anne Arundel County Council, who voted 6 - 1, to mandate sprinkler systems in ALL new home construction. Prior to this ruling, single family homes were exempt.
County firefighters have been lobbying for the bill for several years.
New home builders have opposed the bill because of the added expense during construction. The additional cost of the sprinklers will have to be passed on the home buyer. This expense could add an additional several thousand dollars to already pricey homes in the County.
Home builders wanted a bill that would mimic the one in Howard County. There, buyers have the option to have sprinklers installed, instead of it being mandated by the County. As it turns out, the options isn't very popular with new home buyers.
Builders are now asking the County Council to delay the implementation of the bill because of the slow real estate market experienced in the County.
There are some exemptions to the bill where the water pressure may not be sufficient, such as homes on wells.
I believe that overall, this is a good bill, and probably long overdue. Neighboring Prince George's County has mandated sprinkler systems in all new construction since the early 90's. Since then, they have not had a single death related to home fires.
I understand builders resistance to the new bill. Particularly in light of the Howard County stats showing that, when given a choice, people frequently pass on sprinklers.
Despite that, the issue of safety should rule over selling a few additional houses.
Richard Iarossi, REALTOR®
Long and Foster® Real Estate, Inc.
Crofton, MD 21114
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