Carbon Monoxide Alarms

New State Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Alarms


Effective January 1, 2007 all newly constructed single family homes and multi-family dwelling units for which building permits were issued on or after January 1st 2007 shall be provided with approved carbon monoxide alarms. Effective August 1, 2008, all existing single family homes shall be equipped with approved carbon monoxide alarms and effective August 1, 2009 all other multi-family or apartment dwelling units shall be provided with approved carbon monoxide alarms.

General Location Requirements:

Every single family dwelling and every multifamily dwelling unit shall be provided with a minimum of one approved and fully operational carbon monoxide alarm installed within ten feet of each room, used for sleeping. If bedrooms are located on separate floors additional carbon monoxide alarms will be required.

Owner Responsibilities in Multifamily Dwellings:

It shall be the owner’s responsibility of a multifamily dwelling that is required to be equipped with carbon monoxide alarms to:

  1. provide and install on approved and operational carbon monoxide alarm within 10 feet of each room lawfully used for sleeping; and
  2. replace any required carbon monoxide alarm that has been stolen, removed, found missing, or rendered inoperable during a prior occupancy of the dwelling unit and which has not been replaced by the occupant prior to the commencement of a new occupancy of a dwelling unit.

Battery Removal and Tampering Prohibited:

No person shall remove batteries from, or in any way render inoperable, a required carbon monoxide alarm.

Exceptions for Certain Multifamily Dwellings and State-Operated Facilities.

  1. Multi-family dwelling may have approved and operational carbon monoxide alarms installed between 15-25 feet of carbon monoxide producing central fixtures and equipment provided there is a centralized alarm system or other mechanism for responsible parties to hear the alarm at all times.
  2. Multi-family dwelling units that contain minimal or no sources of carbon monoxide may be exempt. Owners must certify their property to the commissioner of public safety that there is no foreseeable carbon monoxide risk to the dwelling units.
  3. This does not apply to facilities owned or operated by the State of Minnesota.