Is lightning protection required by code?

Not always. There are different guidelines in different parts of the country. Some Federal agencies require lightning protection, other agencies have requirements that if lightning protection is to be installed it must comply with NFPA 780. For example, the Veteran’s Administration requires UL Master Label Certification for all lightning protection installations. The Federal Bureau of Prisons requires lightning protection systems. In Florida, the State Building Code requires lightning protection for all health care facilities including, outpatient buildings and extended care homes as well as for schools.