Regulations governing NFPA Sections

Regulations governing NFPA Sections

Adopted by the Association in 1946
(Amended November 15, 2003)

  1. Subject to approval of the Board of Directors of the NFPA, groups of Members having specialized interest in fire protection may be organized in Sections, or existing separate organizations may be constituted as Sections of the National Fire Protection Association by action of the Board of Directors. The qualifications for membership in every Section shall be specifically defined. Groups or organizations desiring to become Sections shall submit their proposals to the Board for action.
  2. Membership of Sections shall be confined to Members of the NFPA and representatives of Organization Members.
  3. Sections may elect their own officers and formulate their own Constitution, Bylaws and procedures, provided that they are consistent with the Articles of Organization, the Bylaws, the Regulations Governing Committee Projects and the general policies of the Association. The Constitution, Bylaws, and procedures of a Section must have the approval of the Board of Directors.
  4. Sections may hold meetings for discussion, interchang e of information, and promotion of the objectives of their membership and otherwise operate as they may desire consistent with the general policies of the Association. Meetings of Sections may be held at such time and place as the Section may desire, provided that one meeting each year be held at the time and place of a Regular Meeting of the Association.
  5. Section meetings shall be open to all Members of the Association, except that Sections may hold closed sessions with attendance limited to Members of the Section, NFPA Officers and Directors, and staff representatives.
  6. Sections may enter proposals or comments into the NFPA document development process provided that those actions are in conformance with the Regulations Governing Committee Projects and so long as the majority of the Section members attending a Section meeting where the issue was discussed have approved the proposal or comment and there are not less than 25 votes cast at the meeting. Sections may take a position on an issue on the floor of an Association Technical Committee Reports Session if the majority of Section members attending a Section meeting have approved that position and there are not less than 25 votes cast at the meeting. The Executive Committee of a Section may, by majority vote taken at a meeting, where a quorum of Executive Committee members is present to conduct normal business, authorize the filing of an appeal or petition on any issue where the Section, in accordance with the forgoing procedures, has either filed a public proposal or comment or taken a position at a Technical Committee Reports Session.

    On all other actions or resolutions that might tend to commit the Association to a policy, the section must submit such proposed actions or resolutions to the NFPA Board of Directors for approval. Section policies, resolutions and positions are limited to internal section operations only. Sections may not adopt, publicize or promote any policies, positions or resolutions except as provided herein. Videos, slides, overheads, and similar visual aids may be allowed at Section meetings, including the review of samples of non-hazardous products and materials. The presenters of the information are responsible for all equipment arrangements and associated fees pertaining to their presentations. Physical demonstrations, experiments, or simulations shall not be allowed. Notwithstanding the forgoing, any Section which was a separate existing organization as described in the NFPA Bylaws, Article 7.3(a), may, with the approval of the NFPA Board of Directors, provide in its Section Bylaws for different procedures than those set forth in this paragraph.
  7. Sections shall not solicit funds or accept contributions except when authorized by the Association in Annual Meeting or by the Board of Directors.
  8. Sections shall not incur financial obligations or commit themselves or the Association to any expenditures unless previously authorized by the Finance Committee or the Board of Directors.
  9. The NFPA Executive Office staff shall provide service for Sections in accordance with authorization by the Board of Directors.
  10. Sections may be represented on Technical Committees of the Association in accordance with the Regulations Governing Committee Projects.
  11. The Board of Directors after due notice and hearing may suspend or terminate any Section that does not conform to these regulations or whose members do not show sufficient interest to justify continuance of the Section organization.