Updated Smoke & CO Detector Guidance for Denver Rental Inspections

Updated Smoke & CO Detector Guidance for Denver Rental Inspections

April 8, 2022
Recently, Denver's Department of Excise & Licenses made some constructive updates to the "Inspection Checklist Guidebook" for its new Residential Rental Program. These changes focused on Section 4.1 Smoke & CO Detector; Fire Extinguisher Present. According to department's recent communication sent out by email, "inspectors and property owners/managers should note the new guidance specifies:
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  • Wherever a fire code is applicable, the requirements of that specific fire code supersede these requirements. The exception is that any units or properties that are inspected where there is no applicable fire code or where the applicable fire code does not cover or require smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors or fire extinguishers for all units, the requirements in this guidebook should be applied (for example, fire extinguishers in single-family homes).
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can be hard-wired, plugged-in, or battery-operated unless specified by an applicable fire code.
  • All residential rental property units must have at least one carbon monoxide detector, regardless of whether it is required by the fire code."
The team at Colorado Complete Inspections supports these recent updates from city regulators for two important reasons. First, It shows they are willing to listen to property owners and industry inspectors, receive constructive feedback, and work colletively with all stakeholders to find mutually-beneficial solutions. Secondly, allowing battery-powered and plug-in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors as an alternative to hard-wired detectors, they are giving property owners, especially those in older buildings, a more cost-effective solution. View Updated Inspection Checklist Guidebook (03.29.22 version)
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