Hotel/Motel Fire Safety Act

Hotel/Motel Safety Act

The Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990 was passed into law by Congress to save lives and protect property by promoting fire and life safety in hotels, motels and other places of public accommodation. 

The law mandates that federal employees on travel must stay in public accommodations that adhere to the life safety requirements in the legislation guidelines. The law also states that federally funded meetings and conferences cannot be held in properties that do not comply with the law (SEC. 6.). The law is applicable to all places of public accommodation, and requires that such properties are equipped with:

  • Hard-wired, single-station smoke detectors in each guestroom in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 72;
  • An automatic sprinkler system, with a sprinkler head in each guest room in compliance with NFPA standards 13 or 13R. Properties three stories or lower in height are exempt from the sprinkler requirement.

USFA has been charged with carrying out responsibilities related to the National Master List under the Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990. In addition to compiling, maintaining and publishing the National Master List, USFA is also responsible for taking steps to encourage states to promote the use of automatic sprinkler systems and automatic smoke detection systems.

Registering a Hotel/Motel in the FEMA Program

All registrations are to be completed at the FEMA website.

New applicants shall be required to pass an inspection by a Colorado certified fire inspector to ensure compliance within FEMA's program requirements (see above).



For more information contact:

U.S. Fire Administration

16825 S. Seton Ave.

Emmitsburg, MD 21727


Hotel/Motel links

Find Compliant Hotel/Motels

Hotel/Motel Fire-Safe List

To Report Unsafe Hotel/Motels:

 Federal Travelers — Report Non-Compliant Properties