Open Comment for DFPC Schools and Health Facilities Rules...

 

Dear Stakeholders, Partners, and Colleagues:

As the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) prepares to begin the process to make changes to two sets of administrative rules, we are reaching out to give notice and invite public comment from our many stakeholders, including state and local governmental entities pursuant to Colorado State Executive Order D2011-005, (EO-5), revised August 4, 2017.

DFPC is proposing changes to the following administrative rules:

8 CCR 1507-30Code Enforcement And Certification Of Inspectors For Public Schools, Charter Schools And Junior Colleges

8 CCR 1507-31, Building, Fire, And Life Safety Code Enforcement And Certification Of Inspectors For Health Facilities Licensed By The State Of Colorado

The proposed changes to both sets of rules include changes to address the Division’s need to raise fees related to inspections and plan reviews, which is necessary in order for the Division to defray the anticipated costs of the programs. Second, the changes include updates that would require reporting of fires that occur in buildings covered by the two sets of rules. And finally, the proposed changes include correction of grammatical and formatting errors and other minor changes such as updates to definitions and minor procedural requirements. 

Copies of the draft rules showing the proposed changes as well as an online comment form are available on the CDPS website here. Alternatively, comments may also be submitted via email to DFPC’s Fire and Life Safety Chief, Chris Brunette. Chris.Brunette@state.co.us 

Written comments on these proposed changes at this stage will be received through May 22, 2022.

For our local government colleagues and stakeholders, we ask that you consider the following inquiries in developing your response to these rules:

1. What is your local government’s position on the proposed rule?

2. Will the proposed rule create a mandate on your local government?

3. If the rule creates a new mandate, which of the following three categories most accurately describes the mandate in your opinion:

a. Necessitated by Federal Law, State Law, or a Court Order

b. Caused by the State’s participation in an optional Federal program

c. Imposed by the sole discretion of a State Rulemaking Agency

4.  Will the proposed rule increase costs for your local government? If so, what are those new costs?

5. Will the proposed rule require your local government to hire new personnel? If so, how many new full-time equivalent positions will be required?

 

DFPC is committed to maintaining clear and open communication with all stakeholders and otherwise interested parties throughout this rulemaking process. Please do not hesitate to contact the DFPC rulemaking coordinator Bobbie Mooney at 720-505-7952 with any questions, or if you would like to be included in future notices of rulemaking events.

We thank you for your support and commitment to this process.