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.


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Comment balloon 5 commentsRichard Iarossi • January 06 2009 08:56PM


There are only a few townships in my area that have mandatory sprinkler systems in new construction.  They are a wonderful idea.

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 10 years ago

I have never heard of sprinkler systems in single family homes. I've never seen them in our area. We rely on smoke detectors.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Susan, New construction townhouses, condo's require sprinkler systems. This new law expanded that to include single family homes.

Gary, Smoke detectors are mandatory also. They have to be hard wired to each other throughout the house, as well as battery backup. The County Council has upped the ante by now requiring sprinklers as well.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 10 years ago

We just moved into a new home in PG County and it gives me great peace of mind to have the sprinkler system in place.  I didn't even realize that neighboring counties didn't mandate this as well.  Good for AA County.  Shame on the others.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) over 10 years ago

Safety has never been a preferred option until it affects oneself or one's family. Then, if the safety option had not been installed, they sue whomever it was that didn't install the safety option or didn't convince them to choose the option.

This is why building codes get updated every 2-3 years, not just because there is new technology on the market.

Seat belts in cars were an unpopular option. Smoke alarms were an unpopular option. On and on and on.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) over 10 years ago

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