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Does My Building Require an ARC System? Installation, Permit & Maintenance Procedures

An Auxiliary Radio Connection (ARC) System is defined as a wireless, two-way building communication system for Fire Department use only. The system will only receive and transmit Fire Department portable radio frequencies with the building where it is installed. According to section 917.1.2 of the New York City Building Code and section FC 511 of the New York City Fire Code, an ARC System will commonly include:

  • A transceiver (base station) connected to a building-wide antenna system
  • A radio console in the building lobby that is only to be accessible to FDNY Firemen

All newly-constructed high-rise buildings (find out if your building is considered a high-rise) are required to have an ARC System installed and properly maintained.

Installation & Permit Procedure
Before any work can proceed, the Building Owner/Management is required to file design plans with the NYC DOB and the FDNY Technology Management Unit for review. During the review process, the ARC System will be subject to a formal Acceptance Test Plan (ATP), which will test all components and the system in its entirety. If your ARC System passes the ATP, a renewable permit shall be issued by the FDNY. 

It is important to note that the testing of an ARC System must be performed by someone who holds an FDNY Certificate of Fitness for ARC System and who is employed by a business that holds an approved FDNY Company Certificate.

Additionally, an FDNY application must be filed under FA work type for the filing of the ARC System, along with a $420.00 check.

Maintenance Procedure
To maintain or operate an FDNY In-Building ARC System, a permit is required. The permit cost is $105.00 and requires annual renewal.

For assistance filing an ARC System permit with the DOB and FDNY, please contact the experienced team of professionals at Milrose Consultants, Inc.

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