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Public Act 094-0367




Public Act 094-0367
HB1445 Enrolled LRB094 10091 RAS 40351 b

    AN ACT concerning regulation.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 5. The Fire Sprinkler Contractor Licensing Act is
amended by changing Sections 10 and 15 as follows:
    (225 ILCS 317/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act, unless the
context otherwise requires:
    "Designated certified person" means an individual who has
met the qualifications set forth under Section 20 of this Act.
    "Fire protection system layout documents" means layout
drawings, catalog information on standard products, and other
construction data that provide detail on the location of
risers, cross mains, branch lines, sprinklers, piping per
applicable standard, and hanger locations. "Fire protection
system layout documents" serve as a guide for fabrication and
installation of a fire sprinkler system and shall be based upon
applicable standards pursuant to Section 30 of this Act.
    "Fire sprinkler contractor" means a person who holds
himself or herself out to be in the business of or contracts
with a person to install or repair a fire sprinkler system.
    "Fire sprinkler system" means any water-based automatic
fire extinguishing system employing fire sprinklers, including
accessory fire pumps and associated piping, fire standpipes, or
underground fire main systems starting at the connection to the
water service after the approved backflow device is installed
under the requirements of the Illinois Plumbing Code and ending
at the most remote fire sprinkler. "Fire sprinkler system"
includes but is not limited to a fire sprinkler system in a
residential, commercial, institutional, educational, public,
or private occupancy. "Fire sprinkler system" does not include
single sprinkler heads that are in a loop of the potable water
system, as referenced in 77 Ill. Adm. Code 890.1130 and
    "Licensee" means a person or business organization
licensed in accordance with this Act.
    "NICET" means the National Institute for Certification in
Engineering Technologies.
    "Person" means an individual, group of individuals,
association, trust, partnership, corporation, person doing
business under an assumed name, the State of Illinois, or
department thereof, any other state-owned and operated
institution, or any other entity.
    "Supervision" means the direction and management by a
designated certified person of the activities of non-certified
personnel in the installation or repair of fire sprinkler
(Source: P.A. 92-871, eff. 1-3-03.)
    (225 ILCS 317/15)
    Sec. 15. Licensing requirements.
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person or business to
engage in, advertise, or hold itself out to be in the business
of installing or repairing fire sprinkler systems in this State
after 6 months after the effective date of this Act, unless
such person or business is licensed by the State Fire Marshal.
This license must be renewed every year.
    (b) In order to obtain a license, a person or business must
submit an application to the State Fire Marshal, on a form
provided by the State Fire Marshal containing the information
prescribed, along with the application fee.
    (c) A business applying for a license must have a
designated certified person employed at the business location
and the designated certified person shall be identified on the
license application.
    (d) A person or business applying for a license must show
proof of having liability and property damage insurance in such
amounts and under such circumstances as may be determined by
the State Fire Marshal. The amount of liability and property
damage insurance, however, shall not be less than the amount
specified in Section 35 of this Act.
    (e) A person or business applying for a license must show
proof of having workers' compensation insurance covering its
employees or be approved as a self-insurer of workers'
compensation in accordance with the laws of this State.
    (f) A person or business so licensed shall have a separate
license for each business location within the State or outside
the State when the business location is responsible for any
installation or repair of fire sprinkler systems performed
within the State.
    (g) When an individual proposes to do business in her or
his own name, a license, when granted, shall be issued only to
that individual.
    (h) If the applicant requesting licensure to engage in
contracting is a business organization, such as a partnership,
corporation, business trust, or other legal entity, the
application shall state the name of the partnership and its
partners, the name of the corporation and its officers and
directors, the name of the business trust and its trustees, or
the name of such other legal entity and its members and shall
furnish evidence of statutory compliance if a fictitious name
is used. Such application shall also show that the business
entity employs a designated certified person as required under
Section 20. The license, when issued upon application of a
business organization, shall be in the name of the business
organization and the name of the qualifying designated
certified person shall be noted thereon.
    (i) No license is required for a person or business that is
engaged in the installation of fire sprinkler systems only in
single family or multiple family residential dwellings up to
and including 8 family units that do not exceed 2 1/2 stories
in height from the lowest grade level.
    (j) All fire protection system layout documents of fire
sprinkler systems, as defined in Section 10 of this Act, shall
be prepared by (i) a professional engineer who is licensed
under the Professional Engineering Practice Act of 1989, (ii)
an architect who is licensed under the Illinois Architecture
Practice Act of 1989, or (iii) a holder of a valid NICET level
3 or 4 certification in fire protection technology automatic
sprinkler system layout who is either licensed under this Act
or employed by an organization licensed under this Act.
(Source: P.A. 92-871, eff. 1-3-03.)

Effective Date: 1/1/2006