Fire/Life Safety

All U-M staff responsible for project design and project management should be familiar with the Codes and Regulatory Agencies guideline published by U-M Architecture, Engineering and Construction and must comply with the listed requirements for plan review, approval, and inspection by other federal, state, and University of Michigan (U-M) organizations.  While the U-M has a great deal of regulatory autonomy, certain federal and state laws and regulations do apply to construction, remodeling, and renovation projects.  Some laws and regulations apply to all U-M projects, while others apply only to specific types of occupancies.

The State of Michigan Bureau of Fire Services (MBFS), which is part of the Department of Labor and Economic Growth, is the primary State agency that regulates fire safety.  However, MBFS does not regulate fire safety in every U-M facility – they have adopted administrative rules that apply only to specific types of building occupancy and on the U-M campus this includes instructional, dormitory, health care, and child care center facilites.  If a facility is not regulated by MBFS, then EHS Fire Safety Services (FSS) is considered the authority having jurisdiction to manage compliance with the federal and state rules.

Determining State-Regulated Facilities

To determine if a General Fund facility or a space is a State-regulated facility, refer to the University of Michigan (U-M) Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) Web site, Codes and Regulatory Agencies document.  At the end of the document there is a list of State-regulated facilities.

State-regulated facilities or space under the U-M Health System (HS) jurisdiction are listed on the UMHS, Facilities Planning and Design (FP&D) Web page in the Supplemental Codes and Regulatory Agencies document.

IF THE… THEN THE SUBMITTAL GOES TO…
Facility is designated as a State-regulated facility and the scope of work involves construction, remodeling, or an addition to the facility MBFS following Regulated Facilities section of this website
Facility is designated as a State-regulated facility and the scope of work ONLY involves:

  • Cosmetic Remodeling—Surface changes solely to the wall, floor, and ceiling that do not decrease the fire rating
  • Maintenance—Repairs required to keep a building and its component parts in an operative condition at all times

NOTE: Maintenance does not include remodeling.

FSS following Non-Regulated Facilities section of this website
Facility is NOT designated as a State-regulated facility FSS following Non-Regulated Facilities section of this website