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2013 Wisconsin Act 270 establishes a uniform commercial building code in Wisconsin, while allowing municipalities to grandfather fire detection, prevention, and suppression ordinances that relate to the construction, alteration, or addition to a public building or building that is a place of employment.

Grandfathered Ordinances for Medford

(A) All structures being serviced by a fire protection system with a fire department connection shall have an audio and visual alarm that notifies the Fire Department of water flow in the sprinkler system installed above the fire department connection at a height to maximize view and prevent the tampering of the device. If the audio and visual device can not be mounted directly above the fire department connection, the Fire Chief may in writing allow an offset of up to 4 feet from the center of the connection on the same face plane of the structure.

(B) New construction shall comply with division (A) above.

(C) Existing structures having a fire protection system with a fire department connection on the effective date of the passage of this section shall have 3 years to comply with division (A) above.

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