Minnesota Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal of Sprinkler Rule Decision


Peter Coyle, Rob Stefonowicz and Bryan Huntington, representing The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC), challenged Minnesota’s “Sprinkler Rule” and won. The Minnesota Supreme Court determined last week that it would not review the October Minnesota Court of Appeals decision that invalidated the rule.
BATC contested the rule, which required the installation of sprinkler systems in certain newly-constructed single-family homes and all two-family homes, on the basis that it was adopted outside of the rulemaking authority of the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry (DLI), violated constitutional requirements of substantive due process, and was adopted in a manner that violated statutory rulemaking procedure. The Minnesota Court of Appeals agreed on all counts and issued a decision last October invalidating the rule. DLI filed a petition with the Minnesota Supreme Court in November seeking further review of the October ruling. The Supreme Court denied that petition in an order filed Dec. 29, 2015. Accordingly, the Court of Appeals decision stands as issued.
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