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City Council adopts new fire codes

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The Murfreesboro City Council recently adopted a new building and fire codes to insure the continued health and safety of residents.

The new building and fire codes will go into effect Thursday, May 1, according to officials with the city of Murfreesboro.

The vast majority of structures in Murfreesboro are not subject to review by the State Fire Marshal’s Office by virtue of the fact that the city adopts local building construction standards, as well as employs municipal fire prevention and building officials to enforce those criterion.  

“To maintain this exemption, however, the local adopted building construction standards and fire codes must be current within seven years of the date of the latest editions of the publications on which the standards and codes are based,” said Alan Bozeman, communications director for the city of Murfreesboro.

Most other major Middle Tennessee cities are adopting a similar Building and Fire Code, he added.

Officials said both representatives from the the Murfreesboro Building and Codes Department and the Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department worked collaboratively in seeking input and engaging stakeholders with community meetings prior to the recommendation to the City Council.

The new city of Murfreesboro building and fire code ordinance and amendments can be viewed at www.murfreesborotn.gov.

In addition, residents may review the code changes in the Building and Codes Department at Murfreesboro City Hall, located at 111 W. Vine St.

To find out more information or to speak with officials with the Building and Codes Department, call 615-893-3750.

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