Automatic fire sprinkler systems would be required in all new construction, including single-family homes, under recommendations being proposed by the Beverly Hills Fire and Building and Safety departments.
In addition, sprinklers would be required in all existing buildings of at least five stories, or 55 feet, tall.
The City Council is expected to consider the proposals at a meeting July 5.
While the requirement for sprinklers in single-family homes is unusual, it is not unique. At least 10 cities in California require sprinkler systems in homes, including San Clemente and Salinas, according to Beverly Hills Fire Chief William Daley.
The recommendations are part of a months-long effort to update the Municipal, Building and Fire codes.
The proposals were presented at this week's City Council study session in response to a request for information by Councilman Bernard Hecht after the May 4 fire at the First Interstate Bank building in downtown Los Angeles. One person died and 40 others were injured in the fire that destroyed the 12th to 15th floors of the 62-story building.
City officials still do not know how many five-story buildings there are in the city. But, according to a report by Beverly Hills Fire Chief William Daley, Beverly Hills has 32 buildings at least 75 feet tall, the state's definition of a high-rise. The tallest is the new wing of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, which is 14 stories.