AUTHORITY HAVING JURISDICTION

The “authority having jurisdiction” is the organization, office, or individual responsible for approving equipment, installations, or procedures. (Note: The phrase “authority having jurisdiction”, and “approval” agencies vary as do their responsibilities. Where public safety is important, the “authority having jurisdiction” may be a federal, state, local or other regional department or individual such as fire chief, fire marshal, chief of fire prevention bureau, labor department, health department, building official, electrical inspector, or other having statutory authority). For insurance purposes, an insurance inspection department, rating bureau, or other insurance company representatives may be the “authority having jurisdiction”. At government installations, the commanding officer or department official may be the”authority having jurisdiction”.