Do I need fire sprinklers in my building?

Fire sprinklers are not typically required in single family dwellings or duplexes. However, there are projects where either fire department access or firefighting water (hydrants) are not adequate and sprinklers may be the most effective alternative. New multi-family apartments constructed under the Oregon Structural Specialty Code (OSSC) require fire sprinklers. Sprinklers may be required in new commercial buildings, additions to commercial buildings or a change of occupancy. Requirements for sprinklers are noted in the OSSC and the Fire Code (OFC). Each project requires individual review.

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1. What is the purpose of building codes and permits?
2. What codes apply to my project?
3. Is there any work I can do on commercial property without a permit?
4. How do I get a permit for work that’s already been done?
5. Can I prepare my own plans?
6. How detailed do the plans need to be?
7. Who can apply for a permit?
8. What are my permit fees going to be?
9. Do I have to hire a licensed contractor to do the work?
10. What is the local wind speed and snow load?
11. What is Eugene’s seismic zone?
12. Do I need fire sprinklers in my building?
13. What plans can be submitted as deferred submittals?