AHJ / Authority Having Jurisdiction Tutorial

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Jan 29, 2013

One of the most powerful yet shadowy characters in all of physical security is the AHJ, the Authority Having Jurisdiction. Often, these authorities get involved only when problems arise, and AHJs frequently leave a flood of delays, redesign, and cost increases in their wake. How can you spot an AHJ? How difficult is it to work with, not against, their authority? What can you do to improve your interactions?

AHJs Defined

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*** ***** ** '**********' ****** ********* ** *** *** ********* represented. *** ****** *******, *** *** ** **** ***** ********** in ********** *** ****** **** *** ******** **** ****** ****** an *********. *******, **** ***** ********* ***** ******** ******** ********** do *** ********* ******** - *** ******** ********** ** *********, modification ** ********* (**: ******** *****), *** ** *** ******** system ******* ********** **** ******* ******** ******.

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Who *** ****?

*** **** ***** ****** ********* ** *** **** ** **** you *** **********, *** *** **** ********* ***** *** ****** control ****, **** *** ***** ** *** ***** ***********:

**** ********:**** ****** *** '**** *********', **** ****** ** ****** **** enforcing **** *****. *** ***** ** *********** ******** ***** ******* of ************ ****, *** *** **** ******* ******* **** ********* approval.

******** **********:**** ********* ******* **** *** **** ** ********* ****** *** constraints ** ******* ******** *****. *** **** *** **** ****** with ************ ******** *****, *** **** **** *** ***** ********** and *******.

***** **** ******, *** *********** ***********, ************* **** **** **** are ***** **:

  • ****** ***********
  • *********/**********
  • ****** **********
  • ******* *********
  • ******** ************ **********
  • ********* *********

** *******, *** **** ****** ** *********** *** **** *** a ******* ** ** ***** ** ****** *** *****'* ************** and *** ***** **** ***** *** ******* ***** ** *** area ** **** ****. *** **** ** ****** *** ******* will ***** **** ************ ** *** ****** ** ******* *** tiers ** *********** *** *** ** ****. ** **** *****, there ***** ** * ****** *** ** *** ******** ****, while ***** *** ** * ********** ****** ** **** ** other *****.

********** ******* *** ***** *********** ***, *** *** *********** **** are ******** **** **** ****, ******* ** ********** **** ** getting **** *** **** *****, ** ****, *** ****** ******.

Why **** ******

***** ** *****, **** **** * **** **** ** *** outcome ** ******** ********. *** *********** *** ***** ********* ** stop **** ***** ** ***** *********, *** **** ***** **** authority *****. ***** **** **** ********* **** ****, *** *** do **** **** **?

  • **** *** ********:***** **** *** *** ** ********* ******* ** ***** ****** or **** ****** ******* ******, **** **** ********* ********* ** specific ***** ** *********** **** ********* ******** ****. **** ****** will ******* * **** *******, *** ******* **** ******** **** passages ** **** **** ********* ** * **** *******.
  • **** *** ***********: **** *** ***** ******** ** ***** ********* ***** ***** of ******-*****, **-***-******** **********. **** **** ** ***** * ****** opinion, ** ** ********** ******** ** '****** **** ** ******'. Most **** **** *** ******* ******* **** ***** ******* ******** and ***** **** *******.
  • *** *** ****, **** ** *** ******: *****, ** ** *** * ****** ** ******** ** disagreeing **** ***** *****, ******* ***** ************* ** *****. **** are ***** ** ***** ********* ** *****, ****, *** ******* liabilities. **** * ****** ** **** ** *********, ** *** 'wins', *** **** **** * ******** ****** **** **** **** even ** **********.

AHJs **. ***** ************

***** ********* ** ******** **********, **** ***** ************ ******* **** outside *** ********* ** ****. ******* ***** **** *** ********* or ****** **** ****** *** **********, *** *** ** *** subject ** *** **** *********** ** **** ****** *** ****** control *******.

Practical ********

*** ********** ** *********** *** ****** ** * ******* ** AHJs ******** ** ********** ****, *********:

  • **** *****:**** ****** ***** ****/****** ************** ** *** ***** **** *******, who ** **** ***** ***** **** ** *** *** ******* local *******, ** *** '**** *****'. *** ***** ** '**** **** **. **** ******' ** ******** ** **** ** ***** ************.
  • ********** ******* ** ******:*** **** ********, *** ********** ** *** *** ** ********, and *** ********* **** ******* ****** ********** ** ***********. *** example, **** ***** ***** **** * **** *********** ** ** equipment ********* ****** **** *', ******* ** ***** ********* **** aircraft ******** ** *** **********.
  • ******** ** ***********:***** ********* *********** **** ******** ***** ** * ********. ******* 'buy-off' **** *** **** ** *********** ***** **** ****** ** ease, ******* *** '***** ***' ********.
  • ******* *********:*** * ********* ******* ********, *** ******** ********* *** ******* of *********** (********** ** *******) ******** ******** ******** **** *** commander, *** ******** * ******* **** **** ** ********* ******, laborer ********** ******, *** ****** ********* ****** ********** ****.
  • ********* ***** *********: **** *** **** *****, *** **** ********* ***** ******** responsibility ** ******* *** ** ********* ******* ** **** ** their ***. ******* *** ***** *********, *** ******* ***** ************** in *** ****** ** ****** ************* *** ***** ***** *** understanding ****** *** ****** ** **** *************.

Take *** ***** ****

*** **** ******** ** ******* **** **** ** ** ** the ***** ** ***** *** *** ********. **** *** ******** challenged ** *** ****** ** **** **** ****** ** **********, and **** *** *** ****** ******* ** ************* **** **** are ********** ******** ** **** *******.

** *** ******** ** '****** *** **********, ****** **** ***********', security ********* *** ********** *** *** *********** ** ** *** before ********** ****, ****** **** ******** *** ****** *** ***** 'caught' *****. *** **** **** *** ***** ** *** ************ be '*********' ****** **** '********', *** *** *** ***** *********** or ******** **** ******* *** ********* ** ****** *******.

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