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authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ)
An authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) is the organization, office, or individual responsible for approving equipment, materials, an installation, or a procedure.
A building official or fire marshal is normally the AHJ for matters involving the statutory requirements that must be met to comply with state, county or city laws. An insurance company representative would be the AHJ for matters involving the insurance coverage on a property. On a military installation the commanding officer is the AHJ. There is not necessarily a single AHJ for a particular situation. One example is a hospital or health care facility. The local building official or fire marshal would be the AHJ for decisions concerning the local building and fire codes. The insurance company would be the AHJ for decision affecting insurance coverage. The hospital accreditation agency is the AHJ for decisions affecting accreditation of the facility.
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