Advocacy Updates

Bills Address Cost of Fire Safety Measures

On the heels of the City Council Council’s Residential Fire Safety Advisory Committee (FSACO) Report, a number of bills have been introduced to provide some relief in the cost of addressing fire safety code recommendations.

The FSAC was first convened in 2004 to research and provide recommendations for requirements, timeframes, cost incentives, and benefits regarding residential high-rise building fire safety applications. Their report provides information to assist lawmakers in determining whether or not an ordinance to retrofit residential high-rise buildings with automatic fire sprinklers should be passed.

  • Bill 101 would provide real property tax relief for eligible property owners following the installation of an automatic sprinkler system on the owner’s property.
  • Bill 102 would provide incentives for the retrofitting of automatic fire sprinkler systems in certain existing high-rise residential buildings.
  • Bill 103 would create a city fund to provide loans for fire safety improvements for residential parcels.

As the Hawaii state legislature convenes in January 2018, there will likely be a number of state bills that also address fire safety in high-rise buildings and the cost to ensure the safety of residents. Roughly 150+ condo properties will be impacted by the recommendations of the RFSAC report; of these properties, approximately 31 are in District 6, roughly 40 are in District 5 and 60+ are located in District 4. The City Affairs Committee will review the report on December 11th. Click here for the Residential Fire Safety Advisory Committee Report.

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