All buildings which are owned, operated, or leased by a public school district or BOCES must be inspected for fire safety at least annually. Following the inspection, the completed New York State Education Department (NYSED) Fire Safety Report must be forwarded to the NYSED Office of Facilities Planning for review and processing. (8 NYCRR 155.8)
It is strongly recommended that a representative of the school district or BOCES accompany the fire inspector during the inspection of the school. It is also recommended that a school representative and the fire inspector review the Fire Safety Report prior to its use to ensure a thorough understanding of the form.
The Fire Safety Report should be reviewed by both parties for accuracy and completeness prior to its submission to the Office of Facilities Planning (this includes signatures, dates of correction on page 4 of the Report, etc.).
- The submission of a “clean” Fire Safety Report will typically generate an annual Certificate of Occupancy within the same week it is received in Facilities Planning.
- The submission of a Fire Safety Report with uncorrected violations will generate either a temporary Certificate of Occupancy or NO Certificate of Occupancy – based on the severity of the fire code violations. Work should commence as soon as possible to correct all fire code violations.
- School districts should retain copies of the Fire Safety Report for review by interested parties.
No building which is owned, operated, or leased by a public school district or BOCES may be occupied or otherwise used unless the building has a valid Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Commissioner.Questions related to the Fire Safety Report, Certificates of Occupancy, or fire code violations may be directed to the Office of Facilities Planning at 518-474-3906.