If your property is rented to more than 5 individuals on a short-term basis, then you may be required to install fire protection systems before your Transient Guest House facility application is approved.
Under the Rhode Island State Fire Code, any transient dwelling unit hosting between 6 and 16 guests is classified as a Lodging and Rooming establishment and carry different fire protection requirements, with a fire alarm system and sprinklers being required, among other protection features.
The current fire code was adopted by the state July 1, 2021. The Rhode Island Fire Safety Code is NFPA 1 2018 Edition, NFPA 101 2018 Edition, NFPA 72 2019 Edition and the 2021 Rhode Island Amendments.
There are currently over 500 guesthouse licenses in the City of Newport. Many of those are already code compliant for their use. Those that have prior approval and are advertising as the application states and need an inspection will be top priority to not delay any current business.
No guest house should be operating without a current Guest House License issued by the City of Newport.
The fire code does not limit the number of guests or bedrooms, the fire code requires specific fire protection requirements based on the number of occupants/use.
Residential Occupancy Classifications
One & Two Family Residence Requirements
Three-Family Residence Requirements
Bed & Breakfast (4-6 guests) Requirements
Bed & Breakfast (7-16 guests) Requirements
Congregate Living (4-6 guests) Requirements
Congregate Living (7-16 guests) Requirements
Congregate Living Smoke & CO Requirements
Lodging & Rooming House Requirements
If you still have questions about using your property as a guesthouse, please contact the City's Fire Marshall's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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