MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- An appeals court has upheld a state rule requiring sprinkler systems in multifamily dwellings that have 20 or fewer units and are less than 16,000 square feet.
The District 4 Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling against the Wisconsin Builders Association, which argued the state does not have the authority to require sprinkler systems in buildings of that size.
The law requires sprinklers only for buildings with more than 20 units or larger than 16,000 square feet.
But the department passed rules requiring sprinkler systems for smaller buildings.
The Builders Association objected, but a lower court and the appeals court said the law does not prohibit the Commerce Department from passing tighter restrictions.