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Greetings and welcome to the Rhode Island Fire Safety Code Board of Appeal & Review web site.



Click >>>here<<< to visit the RIAFC site and/or donate to the fund.


The Rhode Island Fire Safety Code sets forth the fire safety requirements for all buildings in the state, new and existing, and has recently been converted into the new RHODE ISLAND CODE OF REGULATIONS (RICR) format.

To view or download the current code in the new RICR format, use the "Rules and Regulations" tab on the left.

[Effective: 2018-MAR-12]


Here's what you'll find on the Fire Safety Code Board website:

  • Read about the Fire Safety Code
  • Meet the Fire Safety Code Board Commissioners and staff
  • Check our "Scheduled Hearings" page for upcoming appeal hearings and meetings
  • View the Rules and Regulations
  • View the Rhode Island fire statutes (General Laws)
  • Link to the Rehabilitation Building and Fire Code for Existing Buildings & Structures site (Rehab Code / SRC-1)
  • Interpretations - current formal interpretations and blanket variances can be found here
  • Decisions
  • Board contact information


We welcome the opportunity to provide you with this information and will update this site as the need arises.

If you should have any comments, questions or require additional information or assistance, please submit your request to us via the "Contact Us" tab.

W. Keith Burlingame, Esq.
Executive Director


Addition information and resources regarding fire safety issues in Rhode Island can be found on the RI State Fire Marshals Office >>>web site<<< or by telephone at 401-889-5555. Information regarding the inspection process for various occupancy types can be viewed >>>here<<<. The National Fire Protection Association [NFPA] >>>web site<<< is also a source of valuable fire safety information.

ARSON TIPLINE: 401-889-5490.

All National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes, including NFPA 1, NFPA 72 and NFPA 101 can be viewed at no cost on the NFPA >>>web site<<<. Additionally, all codes can be purchased online from the NFPA >>>Online Catalog<<< or by telephone at 800-344-3555.

A printed and electronic (CD) version of the 2017 - 2018 Rhode Island Fire Laws and Rules Annotated can be purchased from LexisNexis >>>online here<<< or by telephone at 877-461-8801. This publication contains all fire-related Rhode Island statutes, a complete copy of all rules & regulations, a complete copy of the Rehabilitation Building and Fire Code for Existing Buildings and Structures and all current Blanket Variances & Formal Interpretations.



A request for public records can be made in person at the Fire Safety Code Board headquarters between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM, or by telephone, letter, fax or email. You can also submit your request using the >>> FSC Public Record Request Form<<<. This form is suggested, however not required, to request any public record maintained by the Board. If you choose not to provide any identifying or contact information, you must contact the Board's Public Records Officer to obtain a request number so that we may accurately respond to your request. See the >>>FSC Access to Public Records Regulations<<< for additional information.



Fall / Winter, 2018: All ongoing rulemaking for the adoption of 2015 NFPA document editions is presently under cost/benefit analysis review by the Department of Administration Office of Regulatory Reform. The effective date of these regulations is tentatively projected as January 1, 2019..




February 20, 2003 / Station Nightclub fire -- West Warwick, RI / 100 fatalities

"We Will Remember"


December 13, 1977 / Providence College Aquinas Hall fire -- Providence, RI / 10 fatalities


September 11, 2001 / World Trade Center -- New York, NY / 2,752 fatalities

December 30, 1903 / Iroquois Theater -- Chicago, IL / 602 fatalities

November 28, 1942 / Coconut Grove Nightclub -- Boston, MA / 492 fatalties

April 21, 1930 / Ohio State Penitentiary -- Columbus, OH / 322 fatalities

March 18, 1937 / New London School -- New London, TX / ~ 300 fatalities

October 8, 1871 / Great Chicago Fire – Chicago, IL / 250 fatalities

April 23, 1940 / Rhythm Club -- Natchez, MI / 209 fatalities

December 7, 1946 / Winecoff Hotel -- Atlanta, GA / 199 fatalities

March 4, 1908 / Collinwood School -- Cleveland, OH / 175 fatalities

January 13, 1908 / Rhodes Opera House -- Boyertown, PA / 171 fatalities

July 6, 1944 / Hartford Circus -- Hartford, CT / 156 fatalities

May 28, 1977 / Beverly Hills Supper Club -- Southgate, KY / 165 fatalities

March 25, 1911 / Triangle Shirtwaist Factory -- New York, NY / 148 fatalities

May 15, 1929 / Cleveland Clinic -- Cleveland, OH / 123 fatalities







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