New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rules
He - Department of Health and Human Services
Subtitle He-P - Former Division of Public Health Services
Chapter He-P 800 - RESIDENTIAL CARE AND HEALTH FACILITY RULES
Part He-P 814 - COMMUNITY RESIDENCES AT THE RESIDENTIAL CARE AND SUPPORTED RESIDENTIAL CARE LEVEL
Section He-P 814.08 - CR New Construction and Existing Building Rehabilitation

Universal Citation: NH Admin Rules He-P 814.08

Current through Register No. 12, March 21, 2024

(a) For new construction and for building rehabilitation of an existing building, including, but not limited to, certain repairs, renovations, modifications, reconstruction, and additions, construction documents and shop drawings, including architectural, sprinkler, and fire alarm plans shall be submitted to the department 60 days prior to the start of such work.

(b) The architectural, sprinkler, and fire alarm plans in (a) above shall accurately show the room designation(s) and exact measurements of each area to be licensed, including but not limited to windows and door sizes and each room's use.

(c) Architectural, sprinkler, and fire alarm plans shall be submitted to the NH state fire marshal's office as required by RSA 153:10-b, V.

(d) Any licensee or applicant who wants to use performance-based design to meet the fire safety requirements shall provide the department with documentation of fire marshal approval for such methods.

(e) The department shall review construction documents, drawings, and plans of a newly proposed or existing facility for compliance with all applicable sections of RSA 151 and He-P 814 shall and notify the applicant or licensee as to whether the proposal complies with these requirements.

(f) Construction and building rehabilitation initiated prior to receiving department approval shall be done at the applicant or licensee's own risk.

(g) The CR shall comply with all applicable state laws, rules, and local ordinances when undertaking construction or building rehabilitation.

(h) A licensee or applicant undertaking construction or building rehabilitation of a building shall comply with the following:

(1) The state fire code, Saf-C-6000, including, but not limited to, at a minimum, for 4 residents or more, the residential board and care occupancy chapter of NFPA 101, as adopted by the commissioner of the department of safety under RSA 153, and as amended pursuant to RSA 153:5, I, by the state fire marshal with the board of fire control; and

(2) The state building code as defined in RSA 155-A:1, IV, as amended by the building code review board pursuant to RSA 155-A:10, V.

(i) All CRs newly constructed or rehabilitated after the 2017 effective date of these rules shall comply with the Facility Guidelines Institutes (FGI) "Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities," Residential Healthcare chapter, 2014 edition, as applicable, as available as noted in Appendix A.

(j) Where building rehabilitation is done within an existing facility, all such work shall comply, insofar as practicable, with applicable sections of the FGI "Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities," Residential Healthcare chapter, 2014 edition, as available as noted in Appendix A.

(k) Per the FGI "Guidelines for Design and Construction of Residential Health, Care, and Support Facilities," Residential Healthcare chapter, 2014 edition, as available as noted in Appendix A, and notwithstanding (j) above, where it is evident that a reasonable degree of safety is provided, the requirements for existing buildings shall be permitted to be modified if their application would be impractical in the judgment of the authority having jurisdiction.

(l) The department's bureau of health facilities administration shall be the authority having jurisdiction for the requirements in (i) -(k) above and shall negotiate compliance and grant waivers in accordance with He-P 814.11 as appropriate.

(m) Penetrations, holes, or other openings in fire walls, fire partitions, smoke barriers, floors, and ceilings that allow the transfer of fire, heat, or smoke shall be closed and sealed using a listed or approved sealant that provides an equivalent rating as provided by the original surface.

(n) Waivers granted by the department for construction or building rehabilitation under the FGI guidelines above shall not require annual renewal unless the underlying reason or circumstances for the waivers change.

(o) Exceptions or variances pertaining to the state fire code referenced in (h) (1) above shall be granted only by the state fire marshal.

(p) The building, including all construction and rehabilitated spaces shall be subject to an inspection pursuant to He-P 814.10 prior to its use.

#9288, eff 10-3-08

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