AHJ / Authority Having Jurisdiction Tutorial

By Brian Rhodes, Published Aug 06, 2020, 09:22am EDT

One of the most powerful yet often underappreciated characters in all physical security is the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ).

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Often, these authorities get involved only when problems arise, and they frequently leave a flood of delays, redesigns, and cost increases in their wake.

Inside we examine:

  • Who AHJs Are
  • What Job Titles They Typically Hold
  • What Qualifications They Have
  • Why Video Surveillance Does Not Typically Concern AHJs
  • But Why Access Control Systems Typically Do
  • Why Initiating Contact With AHJs Is Prudent

This tutorial will help security installers improve their AHJ interactions in security projects.

AHJs *******

'********* ****** ************' ** an ******** *********** **** in **** *************, ********* governments, ********, ************, *** a ******* ** ******. The **** ********** ******** people ** ************* *********** for ******** *** **** is *********.

*** ***** ** '**********' varies ********* ** *** the ********* ***********. *** access *******, *** *** is **** ***** ********** in ********** *** ****** will *** ******** **** safety ****** ** *********.

*******, **** ***** ********* other ********* ******** ********** do *** ********* ******** - *** ******** ********** of *** *********, ************ of ********* (**: ******** trees), *** ** *** security ****** ******* ********** with ******* ******** ******.

******* ********** '*************' ****, the ****** *** ****** of **** *** *******. However, ******* *********, **** represent *** ********* ** overarching ***********, *****, ** local *********. **** *** direction ** *** ********** or *******, *** ******** impacting ******** *** ******* drive ***** *** ******, as ******* ******* **** in****** ******* *** **********.

Who *** ****?

*** **** ***** ****** depending ** *** **** of **** *** *** performing, *** *** **** intrusion ***** *** ****** control ****, **** *** found ** *** ***** authorities:

**** ********:**** ****** *** '**** Inspector', **** ****** ** tasked **** ********* **** codes. *** ***** ** enforcement ******** ***** ******* of ************ ****, *** may **** ******* ******* plan ********* ********.

******** **********:**** ********* ******* **** all **** ** ********* within *** *********** ** written ******** *****. *** only *** **** ****** with ************ ******** *****, but **** **** *** local ********** *** *******.

***** **** ******, *** potentially ***********, ************* **** have **** *** ***** in:

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

** *******, *** **** method ** *********** *** AHJs *** * ******* is ** ***** ** asking *** *****'* ************** and *** ***** **** Chief *** ******* ***** in *** **** ** your ****. *** **** of ****** *** ******* will ***** **** ** expectations ** *** ****** or ******* *** ***** of *********** *** *** an ****. ** **** areas, ***** ***** ** a ****** *** ** get ******** ****, ***** there *** ** * disjointed ****** ** **** in ***** *****.

**********, ******* *** ***** individuals ***, *** *** prerogative **** *** ******** your **** ****, ******* an ********** **** ** getting **** *** **** right, ** ****, *** within ******.

Why **** ******

***** ** *****, **** play * **** **** in *** ******* ** security ********. *** *********** are ***** ********* ** stop **** ***** ** their *********, *** **** wield **** ********* *****. Where **** **** ********* come ****, *** *** do **** **** **?

  • **** *** ********:***** **** *** *** be ********* ******* ** alarm ****** ** **** access ******* ******, **** have ********* ********* ** specific ***** ** *********** that ********* ******** ****. They ****** **** ******* a **** *******, *** instead, **** ******** **** passages ** **** **** objecting ** * **** element.
  • **** *** ***********: **** *** ***** elevated ** ***** ********* after ***** ** ******-*****, in-the-trenches **********. **** **** do ***** * ****** opinion, ** ** ********** tempered ** '****** **** it ******'. **** **** take *** ******* ******* from ***** ******* ******** and ***** **** *******.
  • *** *** ****, **** of *** ******: *****, ** ** not * ****** ** agreeing ** *********** **** their *****, ******* ***** determination ** *****. **** are ***** ** ***** decisions ** *****, ****, and ******* ***********. **** a ****** ** **** or *********, ** *** 'wins' ** ***** ***********, and **** **** * disaster ****** **** **** AHJs **** ** **********.

AHJs ** ***** ************

***** ********* ** ******** operations, **** ***** ************ systems **** ******* *** oversight ** ****. ******* video **** *** ********* or ****** **** ****** for **********, *** *** is *** ******* ** the **** *********** ** fire ****** *** ****** control *******.

*******, ** **** *** involved ** *****, ** is ** ******* *** UL *********** ** ******* and ******* ******* ** that ******** ************** *** not ***********. *** ********** UL ******* ****, *** common **** *** ***** are:

  • ********** *****: ** *** **** common *** *******, *** applies ** *** ******* safety (**: ***-**************)
  • ********** ****: ******* **** ****** mounting *** ******* *********

AHJs ** ****** *******

*******, *** ***********, ********, and ******* *** ****** systems ** * *** concern. ***** **** ****** can ***** ******, ****, and **** ***** ** building ********* ** ********* improperly, **** ********* ******** their ********* *** ********** of *** ******* * core **************.

** ********* ** *********** ********* ***** *** Access ******* ********,*** ***** ****** ****** Control, ************* ****, *** *** Access ************, *** **** ** the *** ** ********** code ********** ** ***** requires ******** *** ********* access ******* *************.

Practical ********

*** ********** ** *********** has ****** ** * variety ** **** ******** to ********** ****, *********:

  • **** *****:**** ****** ***** ****/****** determinations ** *** ***** fire *******, *** ** some ***** ***** **** be *** ***-******* ***** fireman ** *** '**** Chief'. *** ***** ** '****-**** **. ****-******' ** ******** ** many ** ***** ************.
  • ********** ******* ** ******:*** **** ********, *** flight **** ** *** hub ** ********, *** any ********* **** ******* flight ********** ** ***********. For *******, **** ***** often **** * **** restriction ** * ***** of ********* ********* ****** than *', ******* ** could ********* **** ******** movement ** *** ****** line.
  • ******** ** ***********:***** ********* *********** **** relevant ***** ** * facility. ******* '***-***' **** the **** ** *********** often **** ****** ** ease, ******* *** '***** AHJ' ********.
  • ******* *********:*** * ********* ******* facility, *** ******** ********* the ******* ** *********** (regardless ** *******) ******** explicit ******** **** *** commander, *** ******** * defined **** **** ** equipment ******, ******* ********** checks, *** ****** ********* before ********** ****.
  • ********* ***** *********: **** *** **** Chief, *** **** ********* often ******** ************** ** signing *** ** ********* systems ** **** ** their ***. ******* *** local *********, *** ******* code ************** ** *** course ** ****** ************* can ***** ***** *** understanding ****** *** ****** of **** *************.

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

*** **** ******** ** working **** **** ** to ** *** ***** to ***** *** *** approval.

**** *** ********** ********** by *** ****** ** work **** ****** ** monitoring, *** **** *** not ****** ******* ** understanding **** **** *** indirectly ******** ** **** project.

** *** ******** ** 'asking *** **********, ****** than ***********', ******** ********* and ********** *** *** the *********** ** ** AHJ ****** ********** ****, rather **** ******** *** matter *** ***** '******' later.

*** **** **** *** basis ** *** ************ be '*********' ****** **** 'reactive', *** *** *** can **** ***** *********** or ******** **** ******* the ********* ** ****** efforts.

[****: **** **** *** substantially ******* ** **** after *** ******** *********** in ****.]

Comments (10)

** **** ***** ** the *** ** ******* future ** **** *** the *** ** **** taking ************** *** ****-****.

**, ****’* *** *** joke ** *** ***. I **** ***** ******* I ******* *** **** with **** ** * recommend ****** **.

***** *** ************.

“****’* *** ********** ******* an *** *** ***? One ** **** ***** they *** ***, *** other *** **** **** it.”

**** **** *** ** expletives ****** '***' ** I'd ******...

* ****** *** ** my *****...."...*** ** *** satisfaction ** *** ********* having ************."

*********, **** **** **** is ******** ** *** letter, ** *** *** still ** *******.

***** **** **** ** “anyone *** ** *** AHJ” ** * ********** project. ** *** *** user ******* ** ** (Factory ******).

* *** * *** years *** *** ** automotive *****. *** ** draw *** ***** ******* in ** *** ** FM *********, *** ******** by ** ***.

*** ** *** *** FM ****** ********, ****** the ************ ** *** FD ***.

*** ******* ** ******* the ********* ******* ** a ***** **** ********* monitoring ******? * ***.

*** ******* ** ******* the ********* ******* ** a ***** **** ********* monitoring ******? * ***.

** ** **********, **** is ********** **** ** the ******** *** ***** a ***** ******* *** specific *******/******.

********* ********* ****** **** to ********* ****** *******/******, so **** **** ***** have **** ***** ** add ** ******/******** *******.

********** ****** **** ******** with *** *** **********

*** **** ******** ** working **** **** ** to ** *** ***** to ***** *** *** approval.

* **** **** ** employees *** ****** ******** professionals **** ***** * zillion ***** ** ** years. ** *** **** listens. *** **** ******, they *** ****** ** the ***. ** *** include **** *******, *** will **** *** ***** issues ** ****. * have ***** *** ** AHJ **** ** **. We **** **** ** make ** ******, ****** the ****.

* **** *** ** AHJ **** ** **!

*** *** *******, **** with **** *****. * trained *** **** ***** desk ******* *** * few ***** ** ********* review ******* *** ******** was ********* * * year ***** ** *********.

* *** ****** **** an *** ****** ********** engineer **** *** ****** he ****** *** *** a ****** *** ** longer ** ****. ** told ** ** ** away ** *** ** designed. ** * ***.

* *** *** ***, did *** ********* ******** and ********* ** *** reviewer. ** ****** ******* when * **** *** to ***** “******” ** large ** ** ***** and **** * **** him *** **** ******** to **** ** *** it ***. ** *** a **** *****

* **** **** ***** back ** *** ********, with * *** ******** for *** ****** *** a **** *** ********** plans **** ***** *** pass ********* ** *** specification.

** * **** *** inspectors ** **** ** "you ***'* ** ****", but **** ** *** "NO". ** *** *** to **** *****, ****** you ****** **** ***** for ********, *** **** save ******** * *** of ********* *** ****. After ** **** ****** it ******* *** * submit, * **** ***** heard *** **** **. I **** **** ***** had ** ********* ** tell ** **, ****** it *** *** ** look ** **.

* **** *** * few **** **** ** ornery ** ** *** sure.

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