2000 Edition National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101® Life Safety Code (LSC) Waivers
• Several Categorical LSC Waivers Permitted: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has identified several areas
of the 2000 edition of the LSC and 1999 edition of NFPA 99 that may result in unreasonable hardship on a large number of certified
providers/suppliers and for which there are alternative approaches that provide an equal level of protection. This memorandum
specifies the provisions that are available for waiver, including the conditions for the alternative approaches.
• Providers and Suppliers Must Elect to Use the Waiver: Individual waiver applications are not required, but providers and
suppliers are expected to have written documentation that they have elected to use a waiver and must notify the survey team
at the entrance conference for any survey assessing LSC compliance that it has elected the use of a waiver permitted under
this guidance and that it meets the applicable waiver requirements. The survey team will review the information and confirm
they are meeting the circumstances for the waiver.