Florida Senate - 2022                             CS for SB 1190
       By the Committee on Rules; and Senator Boyd
       595-03061-22                                          20221190c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to two-way radio communication
    3         enhancement systems; amending s. 633.202, F.S.;
    4         authorizing the use of two-way radio communication
    5         enhancement systems to comply with certain radio
    6         signal strength requirements in the Florida Fire
    7         Prevention Code; specifying that such systems or
    8         equivalent systems are not required in certain
    9         apartment buildings; requiring that owners of such
   10         apartment buildings provide certain documentation to
   11         the applicable authority; providing an effective date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. Subsection (18) of section 633.202, Florida
   16  Statutes, is amended to read:
   17         633.202 Florida Fire Prevention Code.—
   18         (18) The authority having jurisdiction shall determine the
   19  minimum radio signal strength for fire department communications
   20  in all new high-rise and existing high-rise buildings. Two-way
   21  radio communication enhancement systems or equivalent systems
   22  may be used to comply with the minimum radio signal strength
   23  requirements. However, two-way radio communication enhancement
   24  systems or equivalent systems are not required in apartment
   25  buildings 75 feet or less in height with the exterior components
   26  constructed of wood frame. Evidence of wood frame construction
   27  shall be shown by the property owner providing building permit
   28  documentation which identifies the construction type as wood
   29  frame. Existing buildings are not required to comply with
   30  minimum radio strength for fire department communications and
   31  two-way radio communication enhancement systems system
   32  enhancement communications as required by the Florida Fire
   33  Prevention Code until January 1, 2025. However, by January 1,
   34  2024, an existing building that is not in compliance with the
   35  requirements for minimum radio strength for fire department
   36  communications must apply for an appropriate permit for the
   37  required installation with the local government agency having
   38  jurisdiction and must demonstrate that the building will become
   39  compliant by January 1, 2025. Existing apartment buildings are
   40  not required to comply until January 1, 2025. However, existing
   41  apartment buildings are required to apply for the appropriate
   42  permit for the required communications installation by January
   43  1, 2024.
   44         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2022.