Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
SECTION 1. Chapter 148 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 26H the following section:-
Section 26I. In a city, town or district which accepts the provisions of this section, any building hereafter constructed or hereafter substantially rehabilitated so as to constitute the equivalent of new construction and occupied in whole or in part for residential purposes and containing not less than four dwelling units including, but not limited to, lodging houses, boarding houses, fraternity houses, dormitories, apartments, townhouses, condominiums, hotels, motels and group residences, shall be equipped with an approved system of automatic sprinklers in accordance with the provisions of the state building code. In the event that adequate water supply is not available, the head of the fire department shall permit the installation of such other fire suppressant systems as are prescribed by the state building code in lieu of automatic sprinklers. Owners of buildings with approved and properly maintained installations may be eligible for a rate reduction on fire insurance.
SECTION 2. Section 34 of said chapter 148, as appearing in the 1988 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 2 and 4, the word "fifty" and inserting in place thereof, in each instance, the words:- one hundred.
SECTION 3. The provisions of section one shall not apply to construction projects approved by permit within one year prior to acceptance of this act by a city, town or district.