Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act


This document describes the Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990 and identifies the compliance requirements for the Research Foundation (RF).


The Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act was enacted on September 25, 1990. The purpose of the Act is to "save lives and protect property by promoting fire and life safety in hotels, morels, and all places of public accommodation affecting commerce."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is responsible for administering the Act.

Effective Date

Although the Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act was effective on September 25, 1990, the provision requiring use of places that meet the requirements of the guidelines described in the Act did not become effective until the initial publication of the National Master List in the Federal Register on November 29, 1993.

Provisions of the Act

The following are provisions of the Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act that affect the Research Foundation:

RF Compliance

The Research Foundation must comply with the Hotel and Motel Safety Act.

How to Comply

Operating locations must comply with the Act when holding federally-funded meetings, conventions, conferences, or training seminars by either

How to Obtain a List

A list of certified public accommodations can be obtained for all states or for New York State as follows:

All States

A copy of the National Master List can be obtained from the Government Printing Office (GPO), Superintendent of Documents, Washington, DC 20402-9325, referencing stock number 069-001-00049-1.

Note: This list may not provide a reliable, current source of reference because it has been updated monthly since its initial publication. The updated information (additions, changes, deletions) is only published in the Federal Register.

New York State

A list of places in New York State that are on the National Master List can be obtained from the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control, (518) 474-7879.



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