Technical Fix Removes Sprinklers from Twin Homes

Governor Mark Dayton signed bipartisan housing legislation Tuesday fixing technical language and removing the sprinkler mandate on twin homes. The legislation directs the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) to modify Minnesota’s Building Code to match the national building code. The legislation follows the Minnesota Court of Appeals’ directive in BATC v. DLI, where the sprinkler mandate in one and two-family homes was struck down.

The Builders Association of the Twin Cities applauds this technical fix, which will help more families afford twin homes, which serve as an important piece of the entry-level housing market.

“Minnesota homebuilders commend lawmakers for their work on this legislative fix,” said BATC Executive Director David Siegel. “Our attention remains focused on the six-part Minnesota Homeownership Initiative in front of the legislature, which creates opportunities for first-time homebuyers and addresses the cost-drivers like increased regulation that are negatively impacting housing affordability.”

BATC leadership is available for comment. Contact Katie Elfstrom at (651) 697-7567.

Learn more about the Minnesota Homeownership Initiative.