The Rutherford County Planning Commission could soon vote to force all future homeowners building a new house to install a sprinkler system in their home. Steve Jensen with the Rutherford County Homebuilders Association says that sprinklers are not needed and they won’t save lives. However, they will cost the homeowner an extra $4k - $6-thousand.
The sprinkler system would not be required in existing homes, unless the homeowner were to add on to the house in question. Jensen also told us that sprinklers would not be required in certain neighborhoods with proper fire hydrant coverage. That being said, if a fire hydrant is not near the lot of where you are building a home, you could be required to spend an extra $4k to $6-thousand for a home sprinkler system.
A public hearing before the Rutherford County Planning Commission will be held on August 12th.
Steve Jensen, President of the Rutherford County Homebuilders Assoc.
State Representative Mike Sparks, Smyrna, Tennessee (Republican)