*  NEW  * FDNY Rule 3 RCNY 505-01 & 3 RCNY 505-02 deadline 3/30/17  

This law must be followed by all buildings in New York City classified as Occupancy Group R-1 and R-2*

R-2 Residential occupancies with more than two dwelling units, where the occupants are primarily permanent.

Apartment houses
Boarding houses
Fraternities and sororities

Hotels (non-transient)
Live / work units
Motels (non-transient)
Vacation timeshares

R-l Residential Occupancies

Boarding houses (transient)
Hotels (transient)
Motels (transient)

On 06/01/2016 The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) adopted a new rule which has become a NYC safety law.

3 RCNY 505-01 requires Apartment and Guest Room Identification and Directional Markings and Signs.

All apartment buildings in New York City must comply with the marking and sign requirements by March 30, 2018.

Buildings and occupancies with multi-floor dwellings (duplex, triplex) units must install markings by March 30, 2017.

This new law, 3 RCNY 505-01 has set specific standards and requirements for the design and placement of entrance door signs  for dwelling units (apartments, guest rooms and sleeping rooms), as well as installing building lobby and hallway corridor directional signs. 

The law requires that building owners mark apartment entrance doors with emergency markings that serve to assist firefighters, first responders and building occupants to identify apartment numbers in smoke conditions that obscure the regular (eye-level) apartment door number signs. These required low mounted apartment door signs ensure  firefighters can more quickly conduct search and rescue operations.

Click Here To Access Official Law (NYC.gov)

Click Here To Download PDF Version of 3 RCNY 505-01 & 505-02

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