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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Who *** ****?

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

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

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

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

Why **** ******

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

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

Comments (10)

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