2023 NFPA 730 Guide - Current Edition
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  • Description

    NFPA® 730, Guide for Premises Security, offers insight into the construction, protection, special features, and procedures for minimizing security susceptibilities to protect assets and premises. The revised 2023 edition features updated references and offers the most current guidelines for security planning, administrative control, security perimeters and systems, and crime prevention through environmental design.

    Guidelines apply to a variety of settings, including:

    • Health care facilities
    • Travel and lodging
    • Educational institutions
    • Shopping centers and retail locations
    • Multi-dwelling buildings
    • Restaurants
    • Offices
    • Banks and financial buildings
    • Industrial facilities
    • Accessory properties
  • Table of Contents (2020 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 730 Guide for Premises Security, 2020 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    1.4 Retroactivity.
    1.5 Equivalency.
    1.6 Units and Formulas.
    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
    2.1 General.
    2.2 NFPA Publications.
    2.3 Other Publications.
    2.4 References for Extracts in Advisory Sections.
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
    3.3 General Definitions.
    Chapter 4 General
    4.1 Fundamental Principles.
    4.2 Classification of Assets.
    4.3 Security Planning.
    4.4 Security Plan Evaluation.
    4.5 System Design and Installation.
    4.6 Maintenance.
    Chapter 5 Security Planning
    5.1 General.
    5.2 Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA).
    5.3 Qualifications.
    5.4 Security Plan.
    5.5 Planning for Acts of Intimidation or Violence.
    Chapter 6 Administrative Controls
    6.1 General.
    6.2 People Management.
    6.3 Material Receiving.
    6.4 Information and Data Security.
    6.5 Workplace Violence.
    Chapter 7 Security Perimeters
    7.1 General.
    7.2 Area Designations.
    7.3 Exterior Perimeters.
    7.4 Interior Perimeters.
    7.5 Portal Control.
    Chapter 8 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
    8.1 General.
    8.2 Crime and Loss Prevention. (Reserved)
    8.3 Human Behavior. (Reserved)
    8.4 Lighting.
    8.5 Landscaping.
    8.6 Aesthetics. (Reserved)
    Chapter 9 Security Systems
    9.1 General.
    9.2 Contraband Detection. (Reserved)
    9.3 Personnel Safety Alerting Systems. (Reserved)
    9.4 Property Protection Monitoring Systems.
    9.5 Security Monitoring. (Reserved)
    Chapter 10 Accessory Property
    10.1 General.
    10.2 Parking.
    10.3 Storage. (Reserved)
    10.4 Exterior Areas. (Reserved)
    Chapter 11 Educational Facilities, Colleges, and Universities
    11.1 General.
    11.2 Administrative Controls.
    11.3 Security Perimeters.
    11.4 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
    11.5 Security Systems.
    11.6 Accessory Property.
    Chapter 12 Health Care
    12.1 General.
    12.2 Administrative Controls.
    12.3 Security Perimeters.
    12.4 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
    12.5 Security Systems.
    Chapter 13 Reserved
    Chapter 14 Lodging
    14.1 General.
    14.2 Administrative Controls.
    14.3 Security Perimeters.
    14.4 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
    14.5 Security Systems.
    14.6 Accessory Property, Parking.
    Chapter 15 Multi-Dwelling Unit Buildings
    15.1 General.
    15.2 Administrative Controls.
    15.3 Security Perimeters.
    15.4 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
    15.5 Security Systems.
    15.6 Accessory Property, Parking.
    Chapter 16 Restaurants
    16.1 General.
    16.2 Administrative Controls.
    16.3 Security Perimeters.
    16.4 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
    16.5 Security Systems.
    Chapter 17 Shopping Centers
    17.1 General.
    17.2 Administrative Controls.
    17.3 Security Perimeters.
    17.4 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
    17.5 Security Systems.
    17.6 Accessory Property, Parking.
    Chapter 18 Retail Establishments
    18.1 General.
    18.2 Administrative Controls.
    18.3 Security Perimeters.
    18.4 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).
    18.5 Security Systems.
    18.6 Accessory Property, Parking.
    Chapter 19 Office Buildings
    19.1 General.
    19.2 Administrative Controls.
    19.3 Security Perimeters.
    19.4 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). (Reserved)
    19.5 Security Systems.
    19.6 Accessory Property, Parking.
    Chapter 20 Industrial Facilities
    20.1 General.
    20.2 Administrative Controls.
    20.3 Security Perimeters.
    20.4 Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). (Reserved)
    20.5 Security Systems.
    20.6 Accessory Property, Parking.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Homeland Security Advisory System
    Annex C Critical Infrastructure Protection
    Annex D Special Events
    Annex E Special Topics
    Annex F Sample Forms
    Annex G Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2020 Edition

    Maximize premise security and reduce vulnerabilities to life and property by getting up to speed with NFPA 730, 2020 edition.

    In a technically advanced world that's rapidly changing and evolving, it's crucial to have the knowledge to meet the modern challenges of securing occupancies and facilities. Originally developed to answer the need for a document focused on burglary and security, NFPA 730, Guide for Premises Security, offers insight into the construction, protection, special features, and procedures for minimizing security susceptibilities to protect assets and premises.

    The guide covers everything from choosing the appropriate security measures, systems, and equipment to construction and occupancy features and the factors that cause vulnerabilities to life and property. NFPA 730 also details the use of environmental design to support crime prevention, such as establishing security perimeters and the use of protective and security lighting.

    Guidelines are provided for various settings, including:

    • Health care
    • Educational institutions
    • Travel and lodging
    • Multi-dwelling buildings
    • Restaurants
    • Shopping centers
    • Retail locations
    • Offices
    • Banks and financial buildings
    • Industrial facilities
    • Accessory properties

    The 2020 edition features extensive revisions to make the guide easier to understand and apply and to reflect the most current information and best practices.

    The updated NFPA 730 is a must-have for building owners and managers, design engineers and manufacturers, contractors, installers, inspectors, and anyone who plays a role in safeguarding premises.

    Changes to the 2020 edition include:

    • Alignment of definitions for consistency between NFPA 730 and NFPA 731, Standard for the Installation of Premises Security Systems
    • Review and revision of definitions within Chapter 3 to ensure consistency with those of NFPA 731
    • Deletion of definitions not used in NFPA 730
    • Review of revision of the SI/metric conversions throughout the document to ensure conversion accuracy
    • Addition of criteria pertaining to credentials for visitors entering a facility to provide greater security
    • Revision of the definition of educational facility to offer clarity relative to the requirements for K–12 and college and university buildings
    • Edits to areas in the text to provide information relative to foliage, shrubbery, and trees too close to buildings that could pose security risks
    • New criteria included for network-connectable products to address cybersecurity

    Get current with cutting-edge guidance to improve your security systems and measures.

    Help ensure increased asset protection and occupancy safety by complying with NFPA 730, Guide for Premises Security, 2020 edition.

    2018 Edition

    Meet the security demands of today's world with the updated edition of NFPA 730, Guide for Premises Security.

    Make sure you know what it takes to maximize asset protection and premises security. The 2018 edition of NFPA 730, Guide for Premises Security outlines construction and occupancy features, security measures, and other factors that can reduce vulnerabilities to life and property.

    NFPA 730 offers vital guidelines on the use of security systems in schools, colleges and universities; hospitals and medical centers; hotels; banks; multi-dwelling units; restaurants; shopping centers; retail establishments; office buildings; and other facilities.

    Count on NFPA 730 for insight on how to:

    • Choose the right security equipment for your properties
    • Deter workplace violence
    • Establish a security perimeter that enables Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
    • Use protective and security lighting as a crime deterrent

    This 2018 edition of NFPA 730 is revised to include:

    • Changes in Chapter 3 that correlate with NFPA 731,Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems
    • Updated and new terms that reflect today's world. For example key is replaced by key/credential throughout the document to provide for more modern technology such as access control cards and other means for unlocking or locking doors.
    • Revised subsections 5.2.3 and 5.3.2 pertaining to security planning and SVAs to recognize that there are comparable security risk assessment methodologies and provide guidance for certification organizations in security or crime prevention
    • Revised terminology addressing educational facilities, colleges, and universities that provides for education and training for these conditions and provides for semiannual security-related drills; addresses visitor identification; and offers added criteria for exterior portal windows and sidelights

    Improve your security systems and measures by complying with NFPA 730. Order your copy today. (Print, 102 pp., 2018)


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