Act No. 223

Public Acts of 2023

Approved by the Governor

November 22, 2023

Filed with the Secretary of State

November 22, 2023

EFFECTIVE DATE:  February 20, 2024




state of michigan

102nd Legislature

Regular session of 2023

Introduced by Senators Irwin, Shink, Bayer, McMorrow, Klinefelt, Santana and Geiss


AN ACT to amend 1941 PA 207, entitled “An act to provide for the prevention of fires and the protection of persons and property from exposure to the dangers of fire or explosion; to authorize the investigation of fires and the discovery of crime or other offenses in relation thereto; to require the razing, repair, or alteration of buildings, and the clearing and improvement of premises which constitute a fire hazard or a menace to the peace, security, or safety of persons or property; to control the construction, use, and occupancy of buildings and premises in relation to safety, including fire safety; to provide for the certification of fire inspectors and the delegation of certain powers to those certified fire inspectors; to provide for the regulation of the storage and transportation of hazardous material; to provide for the issuance of certificates; to prohibit the use of certain fire extinguishers and fire extinguishing agents; to provide immunity from liability for certain persons; to provide for the administration and enforcement of this act; to prescribe penalties; to provide for the promulgation of rules; to provide for the assessment of fees; and to repeal acts and parts of acts,” by amending section 7b (MCL 29.7b).

The People of the State of Michigan enact:

Sec. 7b. (1) The following items must meet the appropriate fire resistance requirements of not less than 1 standard described in subsection (3):

(a) A tent that may be occupied or furnished for public assembly by 50 or more people.

(b) A tent in which animals are stabled for public exhibition or sale.

(c) A tent located within a building used by the public.

(d) All tarpaulins and decorative material used in connection with a tent described in subdivision (a), (b), or (c).

(2) A safety net or tent used for recreational camping is exempt from this section.

(3) Only the following standards may be used to meet the fire resistance requirements under subsection (1):

(a) NFPA 701 (2023), “Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame Propagation of Textiles and Films”.

(b) Another standard that is determined, in rules promulgated by the bureau, to be equivalent to the standard described in subdivision (a).

(4) If the standard described in subsection (3)(a) is revised after the effective date of the amendatory act that added this subsection, the bureau may take notice of the revision and determine whether the revision relates to this section. If the bureau determines that the revision relates to this section, the revision may be incorporated by reference in rules promulgated by the bureau.

Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days after the date it is enacted into law.

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Secretary of the Senate


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