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Ord 814 Amending Chapter 38 Adopting the 2015 Fire Code with Amendments ORDINANCE NO. 814 AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN OF WESTLAKE, TEXAS, AMENDING CHAPTER 38, SECTIONS 38.31 — 38.34 OF THE TOWN OF WESTLAKE CODE OF ORDINANCES. ADOPTING THE 2015 EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE, WITH AMENDMENTS TO SAID CODE; PROVIDING A PENALTY CLAUSE; PROVIDING A CUMULATIVE CLAUSE; PROVIDING A SEVERABILITY CLAUSE; PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE; AUTHORIZING PUBLICATION; AND ESTABLISHING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. WHEREAS, the Town of Westlake, Texas is a general law Town acting under its charter adopted by the electorate pursuant to the Texas Constitution, and the Local Government Code; and WHEREAS the Town Council of the Town of Westlake, Texas, finds it to be in the best interest of the citizens, businesses and property owners in the Town of Westlake, to adopt the 2015 edition of the International Fire Code to provide for the safety of the citizens and visitors of Westlake; and WHEREAS, the Town Council of the Town of Westlake, Texas, deems it necessary to amend certain sections of the Code of Ordinances relative to the administration of these codes and the collection of fees for permitting, plan review, and inspection services; and WHEREAS, upon the recommendation of the Westlake Fire Chief, the Town Council of the Town of Westlake, Texas, is of the opinion it is in the best interests of the town and its citizens that certain amendments to the International Fire Code that address concerns unique to the development within the Town of Westlake, be approved and adopted along with the adoption of the proposed code. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF WESTLAKE, TEXAS: SECTION l: That all matters stated in the Recitals are found to be true and correct and are incorporated herein as if copied in their entirety. SECTION 2: That the following sections of Chapter 38 of the Code of Ordinances, are hereby amended, to read as follows: Chapter 38 FIRE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION ARTICLE I. IN GENERAL ARTICLE II. CODES Sec. 38-31. Adoption of fire code. Ordinance 814 Page 1 of 41 The town adopts the entirety of the 2015 Edition of the International Fire Code, including Appendix Chapters A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, 1, K, L AND M published by the International Code Council, Inc., save and except such portions as are deleted or amended by this ordinance, and the same are hereby adopted and incorporated as fully as if set out at length herein. Sec. 38-32. —Permit required. No person shall perform any work or supply any materials falling within the jurisdiction of one of the respective codes adopted under [this article] without first having secured a permit in accordance with applicable code. Sec. 38-33. - Penalty. That any person, either by himself or agent, and any firm, corporation or other entity who violates any of the provisions of the codes adopted in section 38-31 shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction of any such violation, shall be punished as provided in section 1-9. In any case of a violation of any of the terms and provisions of the codes adopted by the ordinance, by any corporation, the officers and agents actively in charge of the business of such corporation shall be subject to the penalty provided in this section. Sec. 38-34. —Amendments to the 2015International Fire Code. That the 2015 International Fire Code, as adopted herein, is hereby amended and incorporated herein and attached hereto for all purposes of this ordinance. The Town of Westlake, Texas may from time to time determine that additional local modifications to the Fire Code are necessary and appropriate to meet the unique needs of the Town of Westlake, Texas. To effectuate these local modifications, the Town Council shall enact individual ordinances amending this Ordinance, fully setting forth the change to be made in the Fire Code. These amendments shall be consolidated in Chapter 38. The following sections, paragraphs, and sentences of the 2015 International Fire Code (IFC) are hereby amended as follows: Standard type is text from the IFC. Underlined type is text inserted. Lined thfough type is deleted text ffe lFG. A double asterisk (**) at the beginning of a section identifies an amendment carried over from the 2012 edition of the code and a triple asterisk (***} identifies a new or revised amendment with the 2015 code. Note: Historically, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has limited Chapter 1 amendments in order to allow each city to insert their local policies and procedures. We now have suggested certain items to be brought to the attention of cities considering adoption of the code that may be of concern to several jurisdictions. It is still intended to be discretionary to each city to determine which Chapter 1 amendments to include. Note that Appendices must be specifically adopted by Ordinance. See Sample Ordinance on Page xxi of 2015 IFC. Also, note that several sections of the code, as indicated in the Sample Ordinance, require jurisdictional specificity as to dollar amounts, geographic limits, etc. Ordinance 814 Page 2 of 41 **Section 102.1; change#3 to read as follows: 3. Existing structures, facilities, and conditions when required in Chapter 11 or in specific sections of this code. (Reason: To clarify that there are other provisions in the fire code applicable to existing buildings that are not located in Chapter 11, such as Section 505 Premises Identification.) **Section 105.3.3; change to read as follows: 105.3.3 Occupancy Prohibited before Approval. The building or structure shall not be occupied prior to the fire code official issuing a pen-nit when required and conducting associated inspections indicating the applicable provisions of this code have been met. (Reason: For clarity to allow for better understanding in areas not requiring such permits, such as unincorporated areas of counties.) **Section 105.7;add Section 105.7.19 to read as follows: 105.7.19 Electronic access control systems. Construction permits are required for the installation or modification of an electronic access control system, as specified in Chapter 10. A separate construction permit is required for the installation or modification of a fire alarm system that may be connected to the access control system. Maintenance performed in accordance with this code is not considered a modification and does not require a permit. (Reason: Adds construction permit requirements for electronic access control systems affecting access and/or egress to ensure proper design and installation of such systems. These changes reflect local practices of municipalities in this region.) ** Section 109.4; change to read as follows: Section 109.4 Violation Penalties. Any person, firm, or corporation violating any of the provisions or terms of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction in the Municipal Court, shall be subject to a fine not exceeding TWO THOUSAND AND NO/100 ($2,000.00) DOLLARS for each offense, and each and every day any such violation shall continue shall be deemed to constitute a separate offense. **Section 111.4; change to read as follows: Section 111.4 Failure to Comply. Any person who shall continue any work after having been served with a stop work order except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be liable to a fine not to exceed TWO THOUSAND AND NO/100 $2,000.00) DOLLARS for each offense, and each and every day any such violation shall continue shall be deemed to constitute a separate offense. Ordinance 814 Page 3 of 41 **Section 202; change and add definitions to read as follows: **ADDRESSABLE FIRE DETECTION SYSTEM. Any system capable of providing identification of each individual alarm-initiating device. The identification shall be in plain English and as descriptive as possible to specifically identify the location of the device in alarm. The system shall have the capability of alarm verification. (Reason: To provide a definition that does not exist in the fire code) ***AMBULATORY CARE FACILITY. Buildings or portions thereof used to provide medical, surgical, psychiatric, nursing, or similar care on a less than 24-hour basis to persons who are rendered incapable of self-preservation by the services provided. This group may include but not be limited to the following: - Dialysis centers - Procedures involving sedation -Sedation dentistry - Surgery centers - Colonic centers - Psychiatric centers (Reason: To clarify the range of uses included in the definition) ***ANALOG ADDRESSABLE FIRE DETECTION SYSTEM. Any system capable of calculating a change in value by directly measurable quantities voltage, resistance, etc.) at the sensing point. The physical analog may be conducted at the sensing point or at the main control panel. The system shall be capable of compensating for long-term changes in sensor response while maintaining a constant sensitivity. The compensation shall have a preset point at which a detector maintenance signal shall be transmitted to the control panel. The sensor shall remain capable of detecting and transmitting an alarm while in maintenance alert. (Reason: To provide a definition that does not exist in thefre code) ***ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES. A building or part thereof housing_persons, on a 24- hour basis, who because of age, mental disability or other reasons, live in a supervised residential environment which provides personal care services. The occupants are capable of responding to an emergency situation without physical assistance from staff. (Reason: The code references Assisted Living facilities and definition was deleted) Ordinance 814 Page 4 of 41 **ATRIUM. An opening connecting�we three or more stories... (remaining text unchanged) (Reason: Accepted practice in the region based on legacy codes. IBC Section 1009 permits unenclosed two story stairways under certain circumstances.) ***DEFEND IN PLACE. A method of emergency response that engages building components and trained staff to provide occupant safety during an emergency. Emergency response involves remaining in place, relocating within the building, or both, without evacuating the building. (Reason: Added ftom International Building Code (IBC) definitions for consistency in interpretation of the subject requirements pertaining to such occupancies.) **FIRE WATCH. A temporary measure intended to ensure continuous and systematic surveillance of a building or portion thereof by one or more qualified individuals or standby personnel when required by the fire code official, for the purposes of identifying and controlling fire hazards, detecting early signs of unwanted fire, raising an alarm of fire and notifying the fire department. (Reason: Clearly defines options to the fire department for providing afire watch.) **FIREWORKS. Any composition or device for the purpose of producing a visible or an audible effect for entertainment purposes by combustion, deflagration, or detonation, and/or activated by ignition with a match or other heat producing device that meets the definition of I AG fireworks or 1.3G fireworks as set forth herein. ... (remainder of text unchanged]... (Reason: Increased safety from f reworks related injuries.) **HIGH-PILED COMBUSTIBLE STORAGE:add a second paragraph to read as follows: Any building classified as a group S Occupancy or Speculative Building that has a clear height in excess of 14 feet, making it possible to be used for storage in excess of 12 feet, shall be considered to be high-piled storage. When a specific product cannot be identified, a fire protection system and life safety features shall be installed as for Class IV commodities, to the maximum pile height. (Reason: To provide protection for worst-case scenario inflexible or unknown situations.) **HIGH-RISE BUILDING. A building with an occupied floor located more than 7-5 55 feet (22 869 16 764 mm) above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access. (Reason: Allows for additional construction safety features to be provided, based on firefighting response capabilities.) **REPAIR GARAGE. A building, structure or portion thereof used for servicing or repairing motor vehicles. This occupancy shall also include garages involved in minor repair, modification Ordinance 814 Page 5 of 41 and servicing of motor vehicles for items such as lube changes, inspections, windshield repair or replacement, shocks, minor part replacement, and other such minor repairs. (Reason: To further clarify types of service work allowed in a repair garage, as well as to correspond with definition in the IBC.) **SELF-SERVICE STORAGE FACILITY. Real property designed and used for the purpose of renting or leasing individual storage spaces to customers for the purpose of storing and removing personal property on a self-service basis. (Reason: To provide a definition that does not exist in the fire code.) *STANDBY PERSONNEL. Qualified fire service personnel, approved by the Fire Chief. When utilized, the number required shall be as directed by the Fire Chief. Charges for utilization shall be as normally calculated by the jurisdiction. (Reason: To provide a definition that does not exist in thefire ire code.) ***UPGRADED OR REPLACED FIRE ALARM SYSTEM. A fire alarm system that is upgraded or replaced includes, but is not limited to the following✓ • Replacing one single board or fire alarm control unit component with a newer model • Installing a new fire alarm control unit in addition to or in place of an existing one • Conversion from a horn system to an emergency voice/alarm communication system • Conversion from a conventional system to one that utilizes addressable or analog devices The following are not considered an upgrade or replacement: • Firmware updates • Software updates • Replacing boards of the same model with chips utilizing the same or newer firmware (Reason: This is referenced in several places, but the wording of "upgraded or replaced" is somewhat ambiguous and open to interpretation. Defining it here allows for consistent application across the region.) **Section 307.1.1; change to read as follows: 307.1.1 Prohibited Open Burning. Open burning shall b „rested that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited. Exception: {No change.} (Reason: To further protect adjacent property owners/occupants from open burning and/or smoke emissions ftom open burning.) **Section 307.2; change to read as follows: 307.2 Permit Required. A permit shall be obtained from the fire code official in accordance Ordinance 814 Page 6 of 41 with Section 105.6 prior to kindling a fire for recognized silvicultural or range or wildlife management practices, prevention or control of disease or pests, or open burning a-benfire. Application for such approval shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of the land upon which the fire is to be kindled. Examples of state or local law, or regulations referenced elsewhere in this section may include but not be limited to the following: 1. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)guidelines and/or restrictions. 2. State. County, or Local temporary or permanent bans on open burning_ 3. Local written policies as established by the fire code official. (Reason: Amendments to 307.2, 307.4, 307.4.3, and 307.5 better explain current requirements and recognize that jurisdictions have local established policies that best fit their environments.) **Section 307.3; change to read as follows: 307.3 Extinguishment Authority. When open bufning eeates ^ adds to a hazy.anus situation, — -.eq—ed pefmit for- open bufning has not been obtained, the fire eede effieial is authorized to aae., extinguishment meat „r the open b,,.., ing operation. The fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder, another person responsible, or the fire department of.open burning that creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation. (Reason: Provides direction as to responsible parties relative to extinguishment of the subject open burning.) **Section 307.4, change to read as follows: 307.4 Location. The location for open burning shall not be less than 50 300 feet (15 240 91440 mm) from any structure, and provisions shall be made to prevent the fire from spreading to within 58 300 feet(15240 91 440 mm) of any structure. Exceptions: {No change.} (Reason: To increase the separation distance thereby increasing the safety to adjacent properties, as per applicable TCEQ rules and regulations regarding outdoor burning.) **Section 307.4.3, Exceptions:add exception #2 to read as follows: Exceptions: 2. Where buildings, balconies and decks are protected by an approved automatic sprinkler system. (Reason: To reflect similar allowances for open flame cooking in these same locations.) **Section 307.4.4 and 5, add section 307.4.4 and 307.4.5 to read as follows: Ordinance 814 Page 7 of 41 307.4.4 Permanent Outdoor Firepit. Permanently installed outdoor firepits for recreational fire purposes shall not be installed within 10 feet of a structure or combustible material. Exception: Permanently installed outdoor fireplaces constructed in accordance with the International Building Code. 307.4.5 Trench Burns. Trench burns shall be conducted in air curtain trenches and in accordance with Section 307.2. (Reason: To provide a greater level of safety for this potentially hazardous fire exposure condition. Decrease in separation distance allowed for outdoor firepits due to permanent nature of construction having substantial securement.) **Section 307.5; change to read as follows: 307.5 Attendance. Open burning, trench burns, bonfires, recreational fires, and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the... (Remainder of section unchanged) (Reason: Adds attendance for trench burns based on previous amendment provision for such.) **Section 308.1.4, change to read as follows: 308.1.4 Open-flame Cooking Devices. Chareeal bufner-s-and—otheroOpen-flame cooking devices. charcoal grills and other similar devices used for cooking shall not be operated-located or used on combustible balconies, decks, or within 10 feet (3048 min) of combustible construction. Exceptions: 1. One- and two-family dwellings, except that LP-gas containers are limited to a water capacity not greater than 50 pounds (22.68 kg) rnominal 20 pound (9.08 kg.) LP-gas capacity] with an aggregate LP-gas capacity not to exceed 100 lbs (5 containers). 2. Where buildings, balconies and decks are protected by an approved automatic sprinkler system, except that LP-gas containers are limited to a water capacitygreater than 50 pounds (22.68 kg) [nominal 20 pound (9.08 kg) LP-gas capacity], with an aggregate LP- gas capacity not to exceed 40 lbs (2 containers). 3. {No change.} (Reason: Decrease fire risk in multifamily dwellings and minimizes ignition sources and clarify allowable limits for I & 2 family dwellings, and allow an expansion for sprinklered multi-family uses. This amendment adds clarification and defines the container size allom ed for residences.) **Section 308.1.6.2, Exception #3; change to read as follows: Ordinance 814 Page 8 of 41 Exceptions: 3. Torches or flame-producing devices in accordance with Section 308.4 308.1.3. (Reason: Section identified in published fire code is inappropriate.) ***Section 308.1.6.3; change to read as follows: 308.1.6.3 Sky Lanterns. A person shall not release or cause to be released an , n4etier-ed unmanned free-floating device containing an open flame or other heat source, such as but not limited to a sky lantern. (Reason: Eliminates the potential fire hazard presented by utilization of such devices and the potential accidental release of such devices.) **Section 311.5;change to read as follows: 311.5 Placards. wry The fire code official is authorized to require marking of any vacant or abandoned buildings or structures determined to be unsafe pursuant to Section 110 of this code relating to structural or interior hazards, shall be r,.,.,,- as required by Section 311.5 .1 through 311.5.5. (Reason: There may be situations where placarding is not desired or necessary; also clarifies intent that it is not the fire code official's responsibility to provide the placard.) ***(Note that prior amendment to Section 401.9 in the 2012 IFC recommended amendments has been relocated to Section 901.6.3 as a more appropriate location for the requirement.) ***Section 403.5; change Section 403.5 to read as follows: 403.5 Group E Occupancies. An approved fire safety and evacuation plan in accordance with Section 404 shall be prepared and maintained for Group E occupancies and for buildings containing both a Group E occupancy and an atrium. A diagram depicting two evacuation routes shall be posted in a conspicuous location in each classroom. Group E occupancies shall also comply with Sections 403.5.1 through 403.5.3. (Reason: The diagrams are intended to assist with egress in such occupancies—specifically, the primary teacher is not always present to assist children with egress. Also, such will help reinforce evacuation drill requirements.) ***Section 404.2.2; add Number 4.10 to read as follows: 4.10 Fire extinguishing system controls. (Reason: The committee believed this information could be of great help to such plans to Ordinance 814 Page 9 of 41 facilitate locating sprinkler valves to minimize water damage,for instance.) ***Section 405.4; change Section 405.4 to read as follows: 405.4 Time. The fire code official may require an evacuation drill at an,, t� Drills shall be held at unexpected times and under varying conditions to simulate the unusual conditions that occur in case of fire. (Reason: This change clarifies who may require afire or evacuation drill). **Section 501.4; change to read as follows: 501.4 Timing of Installation. When fire apparatus access roads or a water supply for fire protection is required to be installed for any structure or development, they shall be installed, tested, and approved prior to the time of which construction has progressed beyond completion of the foundation of any structure. , sueh pfeteetien shall be installed and made s e b le H passageto and during the time of eonstfuetion exeept when appr-eved altemative methods of pr-oteetion .-adways allows . (Reason: Reflects current practice in the region relative to ensuring fare department and EMS access during construction, which can be a time of increased ftequency for emergency incidents.) **Section 503.1.1; add sentence to read as follows: Except for one- or two-family dwellings, the path of measurement shall be along a minimum of a ten feet (10') wide unobstructed pathway around the external walls of the structure. (Reason: Recognizes that the hose lay provision can only be measured along a pathway that is wide enough.for fare fighter access.) **Section 503.2.1; change to read as follows: 503.2.1 Dimensions. Fire apparatus access roads shall have an unobstructed width of not less than 28-24 feet (60Ovv�'v-mfn 7315 mm), exclusive of shoulders, except for approved security gates in accordance with Section 503.6, and an unobstructed vertical clearance of not less than 13 feet 6 inches (n"S mm) 14 feet(4267 mm). Exception: Vertical clearance may be reduced, provided such reduction does not impair access by fire apparatus and approved signs are installed and maintained indicating the established vertical clearance when approved. (Reason: Amendments to 503.2.1 recognizes that the equipment now used in firefighting is increasing in size. The code already recognizes that larger dimensions may be required under Section 503.2.2. The amendments are to standardize the dimensions for this area. With the Ordinance 814 Page 10 of 41 increase in fire apparatus size, this will allow for the passage of two fire apparatus during afire or EMS emergency.) **Section 503.2.2; change to read as follows: 503.2.2 Authority. The fire code official shall have the authority to require an increase in the minimum access widths and vertical clearances where they are inadequate for fire or rescue operations. (Reason: Amendments to 503.2.2 recognizes that the equipment now used in firefighting is increasing in size. The code already recognizes that larger dimensions may be required under Section 503.2.2. The amendments are to standardize the dimensions for this area. With the increase in fire apparatus size, this will allow for the passage of two fire apparatus during afire or EMS emergency.) ***Section 503.2.3; change 503.2.3 to read as follows; add 503.2.3.1 to read as follows: 503.2.3 Surface. All weather surfaces shall be asphalt or concrete. Fire lanes shall be designed to support a minimum 85,000 lbs. GVW load. Subgrade shall be stabilized per engineers report. Concrete fire lanes shall be a minimum five (5) inches thick 3600 psi 5 '/2 sack concrete reinforced with #4 rebar on 18 inch centers. Asphalt fire lane shall be a minimum six (6) inches thick. Drive approaches shall be a minimum six (6) inches thick 3600 psi 5 '/2 sack concrete reinforced with#4 rebar on 18 inch centers both ways on chairs. (Reason: Amendments to 503.2.3 recognizes that the equipment now used in firefighting is increasing in size, thus requiring a greater GVW requirement. This will address the current size of fire trucks in use -figure derived from DOT requirements for waiver of vehicle exceeding such weight.) ***Section 503.2.3.1 Private Access Easements/Roads Shall Be Built To Town Street Standards. (Reason: Amendments to 503.2.3.1 recognizes that the equipment now used in firefighting is increasing in size, thus requiring a greater GVW requirement. With the increase in fire apparatus size, this will allow for the passage of two fare apparatus during a fire or EMS emergency. Addition of 503.2.3.1 to provide a standard for private access easements.) **Section 503.3; change to read as follows: 503.3 Marking. Where r-equir-ed by the fire eede oma^ al, appfeved signs or- other- appy-oi A netiees or- maFkings-that inelu le-the words NO PARKING T'KING FI=nom LANE Striping, signs, or other markings, when approved by the fire code official, shall be provided for fire apparatus access roads to identify such roads or prohibit the obstruction thereof. The means by .,,i ieh fire '.,nes aro designated Striping, signs and other markings shall be maintained in a clean and legible condition at all times and be replaced or repaired when necessary to provide adequate visibility. Ordinance 814 Page 11 of 41 (1) Striping — Fire apparatus access roads shall be continuously marked by painted lines of red traffic paint six inches (6") in width to show the boundaries of the lane. The words "NO PARKING FIRE LANE" or "FIRE LANE NO PARKING" shall appear in four inch (4") white letters at 25 feet intervals on the red border markings along both sides of the fire lanes. Where a curb is available, the striping shall be on the vertical face of the curb. (2) Signs— Signs shall read "NO PARKING FIRE LANE" or "FIRE LANE NO PARKING" and shall be 12" wide and 18" high Signs shall be painted on a white background with letters and borders in red, using not less than 2" lettering. Suns shall be permanently affixed to a stationary post and the bottom of the sign shall be six feet, six inches (6'6") above finished grade. Signs shall be spaced not more than fifty feet (50') apart along both sides of the fire lane. Signs may be installed on permanent buildings or walls or as approved by the Fire Chief. ***(3) In-laid Pavers - In-laid fire lane identification systems ma be pproved by the code official having jurisdiction. Approved in-laid fire lane identification systems will be enforced under this code as with other provisions of this code. ***(4) Etched Stone Markings—Approved etched stone fire lane identification systems will be enforced under this code as with other provisions of this code. (Reason: Establishes a standard method of marking and reflects local long-standing practices.) **Section 503.4; change to read as follows: 543.4 Obstruction of Fire Apparatus Access Roads. Fire apparatus access roads shall not be obstructed in any manner, including the parking of vehicles. The minimum widths and clearances established in Section 503.2.1 and any area marked as a fire lane as described in Section 503.3 shall be maintained at all times. (Reason: As originally worded, the section implied that vehicles could be parked in the marked fire lane and not be in violation if the minimum width is still maintained. Current accepted enforcement practice is to require the entire marked fare lane to be maintained clear and unobstructed.) ***Section 503.6.1; add new section to read as follows: 503.6.1 Emergency Vehicle Access. All security gates as determined by the code official shall be provided with a manual means of operating the security gate and an automatic means of operation. The automatic means of operation shall be accomplished with an opticom and/or a knox key switch. (Reason: Provide access for emergency vehicles during normal operating conditions and in the event of a power failure to the security gate control equipment.) Ordinance 814 Page 12 of 41 ***Section 505.1; change to read as follows: 505.1 Address Identification. New and existing buildings shall be provided with approved address identification. The address identification shall be legible and placed in a position that is visible from the street or road fronting the property. Address identification characters shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numbers or alphabetical letters. Numbers shall not be spelled out. Each character shall be not less than n ifie es (102 „,.,,) 6 inches (152.4 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 1/2 inch (12.7 mm). Where required by the fire code official, address numbers shall be provided in additional approved locations to facilitate emergency response. Where access is by means of a private road, buildings do not immediately front a street, and/or the building cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign with approved 6 inch (152.4 mm) height building numerals or addresses and 4 inch (101.6 mm) height suite/apartment numerals of a color contrasting; with the background of the building; or other approved means shall be used to identify the structure. Numerals or addresses shall be posted on a minimum 20 inch (508 mm) by 30 inch (762 mm) background on border. Address identification shall be maintained. Exception: R-3 Single Family occupancies shall have approved numerals of a minimum 3 %2 inches (88.9 mm) in height and a color contrasting with the background clearly visible and legible from the street fronting the property and rear alleyway where such alleyway exists. (Reason: To increase the minimum addressing requirements for commercial properties and establish a minimum for single-family residential properties Such improves legibility of these signs which are critical to emergency response in a more timely manner.) **Section 507.4;change to read as follows: 507.4 Water Supply Test Date and Information. The water supply test used for hydraulic calculation of fire protection systems shall be conducted in accordance with NFPA 291 "Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing and Marking of Hydrants" and within one year sprinkler plan submittal. The fire code official shall be notified prior to the water supply test. Water supply tests shall be witnessed by the fare code official or designee, as required Of appr-eved doeumentation of the test shall be provided to the fire eed-e effleial prior- to fined appfoval orthe wa4er- supply system. The exact location of the static/residual hydrant and the flow hydrant shall be indicated on the design drawings. All fire protection plan submittals shall be accompanied by a hard copy of the waterflow test report, or as approved by the are code ficial. The report must indicate the dominant water tank level at the time of the test and the maximum and minimum operating levels of the tank, as well, or identify gpplicable water supply fluctuation. The licensed contractor must then design the fire protection system based on this fluctuation information, as per the applicable referenced NFPA standard. Reference Section 903.3.5 for additional design requirements. (Reason: Clarifies intent of the test to ensure contractor accounts for water supply fluctuations.) ***Section 507;shall be amended by adding the following section: Ordinance 814 Page 13 of 41 507.5.1 Where required. This section provides the minimum hydrant requirements. Whenever the fire flow requirements of Appendix C require additional hydrants they are also required. The location, number and type of fire hydrants connected to a water supply capable of delivering the required fire flow shall be provided on the private/public street, or on the site of the premises, or both, to be protected as required and approved by the Fire Code Official. Hydrants shall be provided at all intersecting streets and at intermediate locations between intersections as prescribed above, measured as the hose would be laid. Fire hydrants shall be accessible to the fire department apparatus by roads which meet the requirements of Section 503.2. (Reason: To provide minimum hydrant spacing standards.) **Section 507.5.4, change to read as follows: 507.5.4 Obstruction. Unobstructed access to fire hydrants shall be maintained at all times. Posts, fences. vehicles, growth, trash, storage and other materials or objects shall not be placed or kept near fire hydrants, fire department inlet connections or fire protection system control valves in a manner that would prevent such equipment or fire hydrants from being immediately discernible. The fire department shall not be deterred or hindered from gaining immediate access to fire protection equipment or fire hydrants. (Reason: Maintains wording f•om 2006 Code previous code to ensure these critical devices are available in an emergency incident.) **Section 509.1.2; add new Section 509.1.2 to read as follows: 509.1.2 Sign Requirements. Unless more stringent requirements apply, lettering for sins required by this section shall have a minimum height of 2 inches (50.8 mm) when located inside a building and 4 inches (101.6 mm) when located outside, or as approved by the fire code Oficial. The letters shall be of a color that contrasts with the background. (Reason: Provides direction as to appropriate sign criteria to develop consistency in this regard.) **Section 603.3.2.1, Exception;change exception to read as follows: Exception: The aggregate capacity limit shall be permitted to be increased to 3,000 gallons (11,356 L) in accordance with all requirements of Chapter 57. of('lass 11 ^r III liquid f storage in reteetea ^b eve gfound tanks... {Delete remainder of Exception) (Reason: Change to Section .5704.2.9.5 is included in this amendment package.) **Section 603.3.2.2; change to read as follows: Ordinance 814 Page 14 of 41 603.3.2.2 Restricted Use and Connection. Tanks installed in accordance with Section 603.3.2 shall be used only to supply fuel oil to fuel-burning of genefatef equipment installed in accordance with Section 603.3.2.4. Connections between tanks and equipment supplied by such tanks shall be made using closed piping systems. (Reason: Relocate the exception to Chapter 57 for applicability to generator sets, due to contradictory charging statement in 603.1 to not apply to internal combustion engines. Further, such large quantities of combustible liquid are more thoroughly addressed in Chapter 57 relative to such tanks.) ***Section 604; change and add to read as follows: 604.1.1 Stationary Generators. Stationary emergency and standby power generators required by this code shall be listed in accordance with UL 2200. 604.1.2 Installation. Emergency power systems and standby power systems shall be installed in accordance with the International Building Code, NFPA 70, NFPA 110 and NFPA 111. Existing installations shall be maintained in accordance with the original approval, except as specified in Chapter 11. 604.1.3 through 604.1.8 {No changes to these sections.}, 604.1.9 Critical Operations Power Systems (COPS). For Critical Operations Power Systems necessary to maintain continuous power supply to facilities or parts of facilities that require continuous operation for the reasons of public safety, emergencymanagement, national security, or business continuity, see NFPA 70. 604.2 Where Required. Emergency and standby power systems shall be provided where required by Sections 604.2.1 through 604-216 604.2.24 or elsewhere identified in this code or any other referenced code. 604.2.1 through 604.2.3 {No change.} 604.2.4 Group A Emergency Voice/alarm Communications Systems. Emergency power shall be provided for emergency voice/alarm communications systems in the following occupancies, or as specified elsewhere in this code, as required in Section 907.5.2.2.5. The system shall be capable of powering the required load for a duration of not less than 24 hours, as required in NFPA 72. Covered and Open Malls, Section 907.2.20 and 914.2.3 Group A Occupancies, Sections 907.2.1 and 907.5.2.2.4. Special Amusement Buildings, Section 907.2.12.3 High-rise Buildings, Section 907.2.13 Atriums, Section 907.2.14 Deep Underground Buildings, Section 907.2.19 604.2.5 through 604.2.11 {No change.} 604.2.12 Means of Egress Illumination. Emergency power shall be provided for means of egress illumination in accordance with Sections 1008.3 and 1104.5.1. (90 minutes) 604.2.13 Membrane Structures. Emergency power shall be provided for exit signs in temporary tents and membrane structures in accordance with Section 3103.12.6.1. (90 minutes) Standby power shall be provided for auxiliary inflation systems in permanent membrane structures in accordance with Section 2702 of the International Building Code. 4 hours) Ordinance 814 Page 15 of 41 Auxiliary inflation systems shall be provided in temporary air-supported and air-inflated membrane structures in accordance with section 3103.10.4. 604.2.14 {No change.1 604.2.15 Smoke Control Systems. Standby power shall be provided for smoke control systems in the following occupancies, or as specified elsewhere in this code, as required in Section 909.11: Covered Mall Building,International Building Code, Section 402.7 Atriums, International Building Code, Section 404.7 Underground Buildings, International Building Cade, Section 405.8 Group I-3,International Building Code, Section 408.4.2 Stages,International Building-Code, Section 410.3.7.2 Special Amusement Buildings (as applicable to Group A's), International Buildingde, Section 411.1 Smoke Protected Seating, Section 1029.6.2.1 604.2.17 Covered and Open Mall Buildings. Emergency power shall be provided in accordance with Section 907.2.20 and 914.2.3. 604.2.18 Airport Traffic Control Towers. A standby power system shall be provided in airport traffic control towers more than 65 ft. in height. Power shall be provided to the following equipment: 1. Pressurization equipment, mechanical equipment and lighting_ 2. Elevator operating equipment. 3. Fire alarm and smoke detection systems. 604.2.19 Smokeproof Enclosures and Stair Pressurization Alternative. Standby power shall be provided for smokeproof enclosures, stair pressurization alternative and associated automatic fire detection systems as required by the International Building Code, Section 909.20.6.2. 604.2.20 Elevator Pressurization. Standby power shall be provided for elevator pressurization system as required by the International Building Code, Section 909.21.5. 604.2.21 Elimination of Smoke Dampers in Shaft Penetrations. Standby power shall be provided when eliminating the smoke dampers in ducts penetrating shafts in accordance with the International Building Code, Section 717.5.3, exception 2.3. 604.2.22 Common Exhaust Systems for Clothes Dryers. Standby power shall be provided for common exhaust systems for clothes dryers located in multistory structures in accordance with the International Mechanical Code Section 504.10, Item 7. 604.2.23 Hydrogen Cutoff Rooms. Standby power shall be provided for mechanical ventilation and gas detection systems of Hydrogen Cutoff Rooms in accordance with the International Building Code, Section 421.8. 604.2.24 Means of Egress Illumination in Existing Buildings. Emergency power shall be provided for means of egress illumination in accordance with Section 1104.5 when required by the fire code official. (90 minutes in 1-2, 60 minutes elsewhere.) 604.3 through 604.7 f No change.} 604.8 Energy Time Duration. Unless a time limit is specified by the fire code official, in this chapter or elsewhere in this code, or in any other referenced code or standard, the emergency and standby power system shall be supplied with enough fuel or energy storage capacity for not less than 2-hour full-demand operation of the system. Exception: Where the system is supplied with natural gas from a utility provider and is approved. Ordinance 814 Page 16 of 41 (Reason: These provisions provide a list to complete and match that throughout the codes. The only new items are the reference to COPS in NFPA 70, and the specified Energy time duration. Other changes are a reference to a code provision that already exists.) ***Section 609.2; change to read as follows: 609.2 Where Required. A Type 1 hood shall be installed at or above all commercial cooking appliances and domestic cooking appliances used for commercial purposes that produce grease vapors, including but not limited to cooking equipment used in fixed, mobile, or temporary concessions, such as trucks, buses, trailers, pavilions, or any form of roofed enclosure, as required by the fire code official. Exceptions: 1. Tents, as provided for in Chapter 31. 2. {No change to existing Exception.} Additionally, fuelag s and power provided for such cooking appliances shall be interlocked with the extinguishing system, as required by Section 904.12.2. Fuel gas containers and piping/hose shall be properly maintained in good working order and in accordance with all applicable regulations. (Reason: To require fire protection and prevention for mobile food trucks and other mobile commercial cooking operations for the protection of occupants and first responders, including the fuel gas utilized for the cooking operation.) **Section 704.1;change to read as follows: 704.1 Enclosure. Interior vertical shafts including, but not limited to, stairways, elevator hoistways, service and utility shafts, that connect two or more stories of a building shall be enclosed or protected in accordance with the codes in effect at the time of construction but regardless of when constructed, not less than as required in Chapter 11 of the International Fire Code. New floor openings in existing buildings shall comply with the International Building Code. (Reason: Provides standard minimum protection retroactively, but clarifies that this section is not to be used to reduce higher protection levels that were required when originally constructed.) ***Section 807.3; change to read as follows: 807.3 Combustible Decorative Materials. in other-+>1a r.eup 13 In occupancies in Groups A, E, I, and R-1, and dormitories in Group R-2, curtains, draperies, fabric hangings and other similar combustible decorative materials suspended from walls or ceilings shall comply with Section 807.4 and shall not exceed 10 percent of the specific wall or ceiling area to which they are attached. Ordinance 814 Page 17 of 41 (Reason: Section 807 was re-arranged and modified from the 2012 IFC: previously, curtains were required to be NFPA 701 compliant and limited to 10 percent of the applicable wall in A, E, I, R-1, and R-2 dormitory occupancies, but now,per the published 2015 IFC, Section 807.3 would apply to all occupancies, except I-3 (non-combustible only). Such a change is a tremendous expansion of the requirement, and no justification was provided in the proposed code change at the code hearings as to the reasons for such an expansion of the requirement, especially considering that it also applies to existing buildings. The board believes that this change is an over-reach for such a stringent requirement and that maintenance of the legacy language is appropriate at this time.) **Section 847.5.2.2 and 807.5.2.3; change to read as follows: 807.5.2.2 Artwork in Corridors. Artwork and teaching materials shall be limited on the walls of corridors to not more than 20 percent of the wall area. Such materials shall not be continuous from floor to ceiling or wall to wall. Curtains, draperies. wall hangings, and other decorative material suspended from the walls or ceilings shall meet the flame propagation performance criteria of NFPA 701 in accordance with Section 807 or be noncombustible. Exception: Corridors protected by an approved automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 shall be limited to 50 percent of the wall area. 807.5.2.3 Artwork in Classrooms. Artwork and teaching materials shall be limited on walls of classrooms to not more than 50 percent of the specific wall area to which they are attached. Curtains, draperies, wall hangings and other decorative material suspended from the walls or ceilings shall meet the flame propagation performance criteria of NFPA 701 in accordance with Section 807 or be noncombustible. (Reason: This change allows an increase in wall coverage due to the presence of sprinklers. Also provides additional guidance relative to fire resistance requirements in these areas.) ***Section 901.4.3; Change to read as follows: 901.4.3 Fire Area. Buildings, or portions thereof will not be divided into fire areas for purposes of determining fire protection system requirements. (Reason: The Town of Westlake requires all buildings and portions thereof are protected by automatic sprinkler systems.) **Section 901.6.1; add Section 901.6.1.1 to read as follows: 901.6.1.1 Standpipe Testing. Building owners/managers must maintain and test standpipe systems as per NFPA 25 requirements. The following additional requirements shall be applied to the testing that is required every 5years: 1. The piping between the Fire Department Connection (FDC} and the standpipe shall be backflushed when foreign material is present, and also hydrostatically tested for all FDC's Ordinance 814 Page 18 of 41 on any type of standpipe system. Hydrostatic testing shall also be conducted in accordance with NFPA 25 requirements for the different types of standpipe systems. 2. For any manual (dry or wet) standpipe system not having an automatic water supply capable of flowing water through the standpipe, the tester shall connect hose from a fire hydrant or portable pumping system as approved by the ire code official) to each FDC, and flow water through the standpipe system to the roof outlet to verify that each inlet connection functions properly. Confirm that there are no open hose valves prior to introducing water into a dry standpipe. There is no required pressure criteria at the outlet. Verify that check valves function properly and that there are no closed control valves on the system. 3. Any pressure relief, reducing, or control valves shall be tested in accordance with the requirements of NFPA 25. All hose valves shall be exercised. 4. If the FDC is not already provided with approved caps. the contractor shall install such caps for all FDC's as required by the fire code official. 5. Upon successful completion of standpipe test, place a blue tag (as per Texas Administrative Code Fire Sprinkler Rules for Inspection, Test and Maintenance Service (ITM) Tag) at the bottom of each standpipe riser in the building. The tag shall be check- marked as "Fifth Year" for Type of ITM, and the note on the back of the tag shall read "5 Year Standpipe Test"at a minimum. 6. The procedures required by Texas Administrative Code Fire Sprinkler Rules with regard to Yellow Tags and Red Tags or any deficiencies noted during the testing, including the required notification of the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (fire code official) shall be followed. 7. Additionally, records of the testing shall be maintained by the owner and contractor, if applicable as required by the State Rules mentioned above and NFPA 25. 8. Standpipe system tests where water will be flowed external to the building shall not be conducted during freezing conditions or during_the day_prior to expected night time freezing conditions. 9. Contact the fire code official for requests to remove existing fire hose from Class II and III standpipe systems where employees are not trained in the utilization of this firefighting equipment. All standpipe hose valves must remain in place and be provided with an approved cap and chain when approval is given to remove hose by the fire code official. (Reason: Increases the reliability of the fire protection system and re-emphasizes the requirements of NFPA 25 relative to standpipe systems, as well as ensuring that FDC connections are similarly tested/maintained to ensure operation in an emergency incident.) ***Section 941.6.3; add Section 941.6.3 to read as follows: Ordinance 814 Page 19 of 41 901.6.3 False Alarms and Nuisance Alarms. False alarms and nuisance alarms shall not be given, signaled or transmitted or caused or permitted to be given, signaled or transmitted in any manner. (Reason: Places the responsibility on the business or property owner to maintain their fire alarm systems in approved condition. Allows the enforcement of"prohibition of false alarms".) **Section 901.7; change to read as follows: 901.7 Systems Out of Service. Where a required fire protection system is out of service or in the event of an excessive number of activations, the fire department and the fire code official shall be notified immediately and, where required by the fire code official, the building shall either be evacuated or an approved fire watch shall be provided for all occupants left unprotected by the shut down until the fire protection system has been returned to service. ... (remaining text unchanged) (Reason: Gives fire code of more discretion with regards to enforcement of facilities experiencing nuisance alarm or fire protection system activations necessitating correction/repair/replacement. The intent of the amendment is to allow local jurisdictions to enforce fire watches, etc., where needed to ensure safety of occupants where fire protection systems are experiencing multiple nuisance activations. ***Section 901.8.2; change to read as follows: 901.8.2 Removal of exis-ting Occupant-use Hose Lines. The fire code official is authorized to permit the removal of existing occupant-use hose lines and hose valves where all of the following conditions exist: 1. 2. The hose linen would not be utilized by trained personnel or the fire department. 3. T-If the .4 occupant-use hose lines are removed, but the hose valves are required to remain as per the fire code official, such shall be are compatible with local fire department fittings. (Reason: Occupant-use hose lines have been an issue of concern that fire code officials have struggled with for many years now, primarily in that they are required by the published code, even though occupants are rarely properly trained in their use or provided with the OSHA- requiredprotective gear for such use, such as with an industrial fire brigade. The allowance for these hose lines to remain only promotes the possibility of an occupant attempting to fight fire for an unknown duration, rather than evacuate, and potentially injure themselves or others through such action. They present greater risk than benefit to the occupants, and as such, the above gives the fire code official the authorization to allow removal of such at his or her discretion.) Ordinance 814 Page 20 of 41 **Section 901.9;change Section 901.9 to read as follows: 901.9 Discontinuation or Change. Termination of menitoring_af service.Fe�� systems required to be monitored by this eede, Notice shall be made to the fire code official whenever contracted alarming services for monitoring of any fire alarms sure terminated for any reason, or a change in alarm monitoring provider occurs. Notice shall be made in writing to the fire code official by the building owner and monitoring service provider prior to the service being terminated. (Reason: To ensure the property's monitored fire alarm system is maintained for proper notification of emergency response in the event of an emergency incident.) **Section 903.1.1; change to read as follows: 903.1.1 Alternative Protection. Alternative automatic fire-extinguishing systems complying with Section 904 shall be permitted instead of in addition to automatic sprinkler protection where recognized by the applicable standard and,or as approved by the fire code official. (Reason: Such alternative systems do not provide the reliability of automatic sprinkler protection. Most gaseous type systems are highly susceptible to open doors, ceiling or floor tile removal, etc. However, an applicant could pursue an Alternate Method request to help mitigate the reliability issues with these alternative systems with the fire code official if so desired, or there may be circumstances in which the fire code official is acceptable to allowing an alternate system in lieu of sprinklers, such as kitchen hoods or paint booths.) **Section 903.2;changes section to read as follows: 903.2 Where required. Approved automatic sprinkler systems shall be installed in all new buildings and structures. Sections 903.2.1 through 903.2.11 fire area requirements and other exceptions are deleted. **Section 903.2; add paragraph to read as follows: Automatic Sprinklers shall not be installed in elevator machine rooms, elevator machine spaces, and elevator hoistways other than pits where such sprinklers would not necessitate shunt trip requirements under any circumstances. Storage shall not be allowed within the elevator machine room. Signage shall be provided at the entry doors to the elevator machine room indicating "ELEVATOR MACHINERY—NO STORAGE ALLOWED." (Reason: Firefighter and public safety. This amendment eliminates the shunt trip requirement of the International Building Code Section 3006.5 for the purpose of elevator passenger and firefighter safety. This amendment is contingent on the Building Code amendment eliminating the Exceptions to Section 3006.4, such that passive f re barriers for these areas are maintained.) **Section 903.2; delete the exception. Ordinance 814 Page 21 of 41 (Reason: The exception deletion is due to the fact that such telecom areas pose an undue fire risk to the structural integrity of the building.) **Section 903.2.11; change 903.2.11.3 and add 903.2.11.7, 903.2.11.8, and 903.2.11.9 as follows: 903.2.11.3 Buildings M 35 feet or more in height. An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout buildings that have one or more stories with an .,.,..,,, ant lead of 30 e more, other than penthouses in compliance with Section 1510 of the International Building Code, located-5-5 35 feet (46-7-64 10 668 mm) or more above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access, measured to the finished floor. Exceptions: Open parking structures in compliance with Section 406.5 of the International Building Code, having no other occupancies above the subject,gaz-age. 903.2.11.7 High-Piled Combustible Storage. For any building with a clear height exceeding 12 feet(4572 mm), see Chapter 32 to determine if those provisions appy. 903.2.11.8 Spray Booths and Rooms. New and existing spray booths and spraying rooms shall be protected by an approved automatic fire-extinguishing system. **Section 903.3.1.1.1; change to read as follows: 903.3.1.1.1 Exempt Locations. When approved by the fire code official, automatic sprinklers shall not be required in the following rooms or areas where such ...(text unchanged)... because it is damp, of fire-resistance-rated construction or contains electrical equipment. 1. Any room where the application of water, or flame and water, constitutes a serious life or fire hazard. 2. Any room or space where sprinklers are considered undesirable because of the nature of the contents, when approved by the code official. 3. Generator and transformer rooms, under the direct control of a public utility_ separated from the remainder of the building by walls and floor/ceiling or roof/ceiling assemblies having a fire-resistance rating of not less than 2 hours. 5 Fire ser-v ee aeees- Elevator machine rooms, and machinery spaces, and hoistways, other than pits where such sprinklers would not necessitate shunt trip requirements under any circumstances. 6. {Delete.} Ordinance 814 Page 22 of 41 (Reason: Gives more direction to code official. Exception 4 deleted to provide protection where fire risks are poorly addressed. Amendment 903.2 addresses Exception 5 above relative to the elimination of sprinkler protection in these areas to avoid the shunt trip requirement.) **Section 903.3.1.2.3; add section to read as follows: Section 903.3.1.2.3 Attics and Attached Garages. Sprinkler protection is required in attic spaces of such buildings two or more stories in height, in accordance with NFPA 13 and or NFPA 13R requirements, and attached garages. (Reason: Attic protection is required due to issues with fare exposure via soffit vents, as well as firefighter safety. Several jurisdictions indicated experience with un protected attic fires resulting in displacement of all building occupants. NFPA 13 provides for applicable attic sprinkler protection requirements, as well as exemptions to such, based on noncombustible construction, etc. Attached garages already require sprinklers via NFPA 13R — this amendment just re-emphasizes the requirement.) ***Section 903,3.1.3; change to read as follows: 903.3.1.3 NFPA 13D Sprinkler Systems. Automatic sprinkler systems installed in one- and two-family dwellings; Group R-3; Group R-4 Condition 1 and townhouses shall be permitted to be installed throughout in accordance with NFPA 13D or in accordance with state law. (Reason: To allow the use of the Plumbing section of the International Residential Code (IRC) and recognize current state stipulations in this regard.) ***Section 903.3.1.4; add to read as follows: 903.3.1.4 Freeze protection. Freeze protection systems for automatic fire sprinkler systems shall be in accordance with the requirements of the applicable referenced NFPA standard and this section. 903.3.1.4.1 Attics. Only dry-pipe,preaction, or listed antifreeze automatic fire sprinkler systems shall be allowed to protect attic spaces. Exception: Wet-ape fire sprinkler systems shall be allowed to protect non- ventilated attic spaces where: 1. The attic sprinklers are supplied by a separate floor control valve assembly to allow ease of draining the attic system without impairing sprinklers throughout the rest of the building, and 2. Adequate heat shall be provided for freeze protection as per the applicable referenced NFPA standard, and 3. The attic space is a part of the building's thermal, or heat, envelope, such that insulation is provided at the roof deck, rather than at the ceilinglevel. evel. 903.3.1.4.2 Heat trace/insulation. Heat trace/insulation shall only be allowed where r�� ovedby the fire code official for small sections of large diameter water-filled pipe. Ordinance 814 Page 23 of 41 (Reason: In the last few years, severe winters brought to light several issues with current practices for spr•inklering attics, not the least of which was wet pipe sprinklers in ventilated attics provided with space heaters, etc.for freeze protection of such piping. This practice is not acceptable for the protection of water-filled piping in a ventilated attic space as it does not provide a reliable means of maintaining the minimum 40 degrees required by NFPA, wastes energy, and presents a potential ignition source to the attic space. Listed antifreeze is specifically included because NFPA currently allows such even though there is no currently listed antifreeze at the time of development of these amendments. The intent of this amendment is to help reduce the large number of freeze breaks that have occurred in the past with water- filled wet-pipe sprinkler systems in the future, most specifically in attic spaces.) **Section 903.3.5; add a second paragraph to read as follows: Water supply as required for such systems shall be provided in conformance with the supply requirements of the respective standards, however, every water-based fire protection system shall be designed with a 10 psi safety factor. Reference Section 507.4 for additional design requirements. (Reason: To define uniform safety factor.) **Section 903.4;add a second paragraph after the exceptions to read as follows: Sprinkler and standpipe system water-flow detectors shall be provided for each floor tap to the sprinkler system and shall cause an alarm upon detection of water flow for more than 45 seconds. All control valves in the sprinkler and standpipe systems except for fire department hose connection valves shall be electrically supervised to initiate a supervisory signal at the central station upon tampering. (Reason: To avoid significant water losses. Consistent with amendment to IFC 905.9.) **Section 903.4.2; add second paragraph to read as follows: The alarm device required on the exterior address side of the building shall be a weatherproof horn/strobe notification appliance with a minimum 75 candela strobe rating and provides a temporal three sound to be clearly heard from the street fronting the property under nonnal ambient sound level as approved by the Fire Code Official. (Reason: Cleary identifies the building in alarm to the fire department personnel and passersby's) **Section 905.2; change to read as follows and add second paragraph: 905.2 Installation Standard. Standpipe systems shall be installed in accordance with this section and NFPA 14. Manual dry standpipe systems shall be supervised with a minimum of 10 psig and a maximum of 40 psig air pressure with a high/low alarm. Ordinance 814 Page 24 of 41 ***Fire protection equipment shall be identified in an approved manner. Standpipe connection locations in parking garages shall be marked or identified as approved by the code official. (Reason: To define manual dry standpipe supervision requirements. Helps ensure the integrity of the standpipe system via supervision, such that open hose valves will result in a supervisory low air alarm. Identification office protection equipment reduces delayed use.) ***Section 945.3; add Section 945.3.9 and exception to read as follows: 905.3.9 Buildings Exceeding 10,000 sq. ft. In buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet in area per story and where any portion of the building's interior area is more than 200 feet (60960 mm) travel, vertically and horizontally, from the nearest point of fire department vehicle access, Class I automatic wet or manual wet standpipes shall be provided. Exceptions: 1. Automatic dry and semi-automatic dry standpipes are allowed as provided for in NFPA 14. 2. R-2 occupancies of four stories or less in height having no interior corridors. (Reason:Allows for the rapid deployment of hose lines to the body of the fire.) ***Section 905.4, change Item I, 3, and S, and add Item 7 to read as follows: 1. In every required intefier-exit stairway, a hose connection shall be provided for each story above and below grade plane. Hose connections shall be located at an intermediate landing between stories, unless otherwise approved by the fire code official. 2. {No change.) 3. In every exit passageway, at the entrance from the exit passageway to other areas of a building. Exception: Where floor areas adjacent to an exit passageway are reachable fiom an iffier exit stairway hose connection by a {No change to rest.} 4. {No change.) 5. Where the roof has a slope less than four units vertical in 12 units horizontal (33.3-percent slope), each standpipe shall be provided with a two-way a-hose connection shall be located to serve the roof or at the highest landing of an interio exit stairway with stair access to the roof provided in accordance with Section 1011.12. 6. {No change.} 7. When required by this Chapter, standpipe connections shall be placed adjacent to all required exits to the structure and at two hundred feet (200') intervals along major corridors thereafter, or as otherwise approved by the fire code official. (Reason: Item 1, 3, and 5 amendments to remove `interior' will help to clarify that such connections are required for all `exit' stairways, to ensure firefighter capabilities are not diminished in these tall buildings, simply because the stair is on the exterior of the building. Item 5 reduces the amount of pressure required to facilitate testing, and provides backup protection Ordinance 814 Page 25 of 41 for fire fighter safety. Item 7 allows for the rapid deployment of hose lines to the body of the fire.) **Section 905.9; add a second paragraph after the exceptions to read as follows: Sprinkler and standpipe system water-flow detectors shall be provided for each floor tap to the sprinkler system and shall cause an alarm upon detection of water flow for more than 45 seconds. All control valves in the sprinkler and standpipe systems except for fire department hose connection valves shall be electrically supervised to initiate a supervisory signal at the central station upon tampering_ (Reason: To avoid significant water losses. Consistent with amendment to IBC 905.9.) **Section 907.1; add Section 90 7.1.4 to read as follows: 907.1.4 Design Standards. Where a new fire alarm system is installed, the devices shall be addressable. Fire alarm systems utilizing more than 20 smoke detectors shall have analog initiating devices. (Reason: Provides for the ability of descriptive identification of alarms, and reduces need.for panel replacement in the fixture. Updated wording to match the language of the new requirement at 907.5.2.3. Change of terminology allows for reference back to definitions of NFPA 72) **Section 907.2.1; change to read as follows: 907.2.1 Group A. A manual fire alarm system that activates the occupant notification system in accordance with Section 907.5 shall be installed in Group A occupancies ..wee having an occupant load due to the assembly oeeupaney is of 300 or more persons or more than 100 persons above or below the lowest level of exit discharge. Group A occupancies not separated from one another in accordance with Section 707.3.10 of the International Building Code shall be considered as a single occupancy for the purposes of applying this section. Portions of Group E occupancies occupied for assembly purposes shall be provided with a fire alarm system as required for the Group E occupancy. Exception: {No change.} Activation of fire alarm notification appliances shall: 1. Cause illumination of the means oegress with light of not less than 1 foot-candle (11 lux) at the walking surface level, and 2. Stop any conflicting or confusing sounds and visual distractions. (Reason: Increases the requirement to be consistent with Group B requirement. Also addresses issue found in Group A occupancies of reduced lighting levels and other AIV equipment that distracts from fire alarm notification devices or reduces ability of fire alarm system to notify occupants of the emergency condition.) ***Section 907.2.3; change to read as follows: Ordinance 814 Page 26 of 41 907.2.3 Group E. A manual fire alarm system that initiates the occupant notification signal utilizing an emergency voice/alarm communication system meeting the requirements of Section 907.5.2.2 and installed in accordance with Section 907.6 shall be installed in Group E educational occupancies. When automatic sprinkler systems or smoke detectors are installed, such systems or detectors shall be connected to the building fire alarm system. An approved smoke detection system shall be installed in Group E day care occupancies. Unless separated by a minimum of 100' open space, all buildings, whether portable buildings or the main building, will be considered one building for alarm occupant load consideration and interconnection of alarmsystems. Exceptions: 1. {No change.} 1.1. Residential In-Home day care with not more than 12 children may interconnected single station detectors in all habitable rooms. (For care of more than five children 2 1/2 or less years of age, see Section 907.2.6.) {No change to remainder of exceptions.} (Reason: To distinguish educational from day care occupancy minimum protection requirements. Further, to define threshold at which portable buildings are considered a separate building for the purposes of alarm systems. Exceptions provide consistency with State law concerning such occupancies.) **Section 907.2.13, Exception 3; change to read as follows: 3. Open air portions of buildings with an occupancy in Group A-5 in accordance with Section 303.1 of the International Building Code; however, this exception does not apply to accessory uses including but not limited to sky boxes, restaurants, and similarly enclosed areas. (Reason: To indicate that enclosed areas within open air seating type occupancies are not exempted from automaticfre alarm system requirements.) ***Section 907.4.2.5.1; add to read as follows: 907.4.2.5.1 Protective Covers. Protective covers for the double action manual pull stations, that are located at designated emergency exits, are required in "I" occupancies when magnetic locking devices are allowed to be utilized on designated emergency exits and signage is posted above the manual pull stations stating"Pull to Release Door in an Emergency." (Reason: Helps to reduce false alarms.) **Section 907.4.2; add Section 907.4.2.7 to read as follows: 907.4.2.7 Type. Manual alarm initiating devices shall be an approved double action type. Ordinance 814 Page 27 of 41 (Reason: Helps to reduce false alarms.) ***Section 907.5.2.1; change to read as follows: 907.5.2.1 Audible Alarms. Audible alarm notification appliances shall be provided and emit a distinctive sound that is not to be used for any purpose other than that of a fire alarm. Each individual suite or occupancy, within a sprinklered building, that is not required in other sections of this code, is required to provide audible notification to the building occupants, shall install an audible fire alarm device with a temporal pattern horn connected to the fire alarm panel system that provides notification of a fire alarm condition if one is detected in the building. {No change to remainder of exceptions.} (Reason: To provide audible notification within each individual suite or occupancy to protect those in single or multiple occupancy commercial structures that do not normally require building occupant notification.) ***Section 907.6.1; add Section 907.6.1.1 to read as follows: 907.6.1.1 Wiring Installation. All fire alarm systems shall be installed in such a manner that a failure of any single initiating device or single open in an initiating circuit conductor will not interfere with the normal operation of other such devices. All signaling line circuits (SLC) shall be installed in such a way that a single open will not interfere with the operation of any addressable devices (Class A). Outgoing and return SLC conductors shall be installed in accordance with NFPA 72 requirements for Class A circuits and shall have a minimum of four feet separation horizontal and one foot vertical between supply and return circuit conductors. The initiating device circuit (IDC) from a signaling line circuit interface device may be wired Class B, provided the distance from the interface device to the initiating device is ten feet or less. (Reason: To provide uniformity in system specifications and guidance to design engineers. Improves reliability offire alarm devices and systems.) ***Section 907.6.3; delete all four Exceptions. (Reason: To assist responding personnel in locating the emergency event for all fire alarm systems. This is moved from 907.6.5.3 in the 2012 IFC and reworded to match new code language and sections.) ***Section 907.6.6; add sentence at end of paragraph to read as follows: See 907.6.3 for the required information transmitted to the supervising station. (Reason: To assist responding personnel in locating the emergency event.for all fire alarm systems. This is moved from 907.6.5.3 in the 2012 IFC and reworded to match new code language and sections.) ***Section 907.9; change to read as follows: Ordinance 814 Page 28 of 41 907.9 Where Required in Existing Buildings and Structures. An approved fire alarm system shall be provided in existing buildings and structures where required by Chapter 11. Each individual suite or occupancy, within a sprinklered building, that is not required in other sections of this code is required to provide audible notification to the building occupants, shall install an audible fire alarm device with a temporal pattern horn connected to the fire alarm panel system that provides notification of a fire alarm condition if one is detected in the building. (Reason: To provide notification within each individual suite or occupancy to protect those in single or multiple occupancy commercial structures that do not normally require building occupant notification.) ***Section 909.22; add to read as follows: 909.22 Stairway or Ramp Pressurization Alternative. Where the buildiniz is equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 and the stair pressurization alternative is chosen for compliance with Building Code requirements for a smokeproof enclosure, interior exit stairways or ramps shall be pressurized to a minimum of 0.10 inches of water (25 Pa) and a maximum of 0.35 inches of water (87 Pa) in the shaft relative to the building measured with all interior exit stairway and ramp doors closed under maximum anticipated conditions of stack effect and wind effect. Such systems shall comply with Section 909, including the installation of a separate fire-fighter's smoke control panel as per Section 909.16. 909.22.1 Ventilating equipment. The activation of ventilating equipment for the stair or ramp pressurization system shall be by smoke detectors installed at each floor level at an approved location at the entrance to the smokeproof enclosure. When the closing device for the stairway or ramp shaft and vestibule doors is activated by smoke detection or power failure, the mechanical equipment shall activate and operate at the required performance levels. Smoke detectors shall be installed in accordance with Section 907.3. 909.22.1.1 Ventilation Systems. Smokeproof enclosure ventilation systems shall be independent of other building ventilation systems. The equipment, control wiring. power wiring and ductwork shall comply with one of the following: 1. Equipment, control wiring, power wiring and ductwork shall be located exterior to the building and directly connected to the smokeproof enclosure or connected to the smokeproof enclosure by ductwork enclosed by not less than 2-hour fire barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707 of the Building�Code or horizontal assemblies constructed in accordance with Section 711 of the Building Code, or both. 2. Equipment control wiring, power wiring and ductwork shall be located within the smokeproof enclosure with intake or exhaust directly from and to the outside or through ductwork enclosed by not less than 2-hour barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707 of the Building Code or horizontal assemblies constructed in accordance with Section 711 of the Building Code, or both. 3. Equipment, control wiring power wiring and ductwork shall be located within the buildingif f separated from the remainder of the building, including other mechanical Ordinance 814 Page 29 of 41 equipment, by not less than 2-hour fire barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707 of the Building Code or horizontal assemblies constructed in accordance with Section 711 of the Building Code, or both. Exceptions 1. Control wiring and power wiring utilizing a 2-hour rated cable or cable system. 2. Where encased with not less than 2 inches (51 mm) of concrete. 3. Control wiring and power wiring protected by a listed electrical circuit protective systems with a fire-resistance rating of not less than 2 hours. 909.21.1.2 Standby Power. Mechanical vestibule and stairway and ramp shaft ventilation systems and automatic fire detection systems shall be provided with standby power in accordance with Section 2702 of the Building Code. 909.22.1.3 Acceptance and Testing. Before the mechanical equipment is approved, the system shall be tested in the presence of the fire code official to confirm that the system is operating in compliance with these requirements. (Reason: To assist with enforcement of such as a smoke control system, as per Section 909.6.3, especially since a permit is now specifically required for such systems in the Fire Code. Also ensures that a firefighter's override panel is provided as per 909.16 for such systems. The above amendment copies the applicable requirements for such systems from Section 909.20 of the Building Code into the Fire Code. Although the published code did copy the elevator pressurization requirements into the Fire Code, it did not copy over the stair pressurization requirements.) ***Section 910.2; change Exception 2 and 3 to read as follows: 2. Only manual smoke and heat removal shall not be required in areas of buildings equipped with early suppression fast-response (ESFR) sprinklers. Automatic smoke and heat removal is prohibited. 3. Only manual smoke and heat removal shall not be required in areas of buildings equipped with control mode special application sprinklers with a response time index of 50(m*S)v2 or less that are listed to control a fire in stored commodities with 12 or fewer sprinklers. Automatic smoke and heat removal is prohibited. (Reason: Allows the fire department to control the smoke and heat during and after a fre event, while still prohibiting such systems from being automatically activated, which is a potential detriment to the particular sprinkler systems indicated.) **Section 910.2;add subsections 910.2.3 with exceptions to read as follows: 910.2.3 Group H. Buildings and portions thereof used as a Group H occupancy as follows: 1. In occupancies classified as Group H-2 or H-3, any of which are more than 15,000 square feet(1394 m2) in single floor area. Ordinance 814 Page 30 of 41 Exception: Buildings of noncombustible construction containing only noncombustible materials. 2. In areas of buildings in Group H used for storing Class 2, 3, and 4 liquid and solid oxidizers Class 1 and unclassified detonable organic peroxides, Class 3 and 4 unstable (reactive) materials, or Class 2 or 3 water-reactive materials as required for a high-hazard commodity classification. Exception: Buildings of noncombustible construction containing only noncombustible materials. (Reason: Maintains afire protection device utilized in such occupancies where it is sometimes necessary to allow chemicals to burn out, rather than extinguish.) ***Section 910.3;add section 910.3.4, 910.3.4.1, and 910.3.4.2 to read as follows: 910.3.4 Vent Operation. Smoke and heat vents shall be capable of being operated by approved automatic and manual means. Automatic operation of smoke and heat vents shall conform to the provisions of Sections 910.3.4.1 through 910.3.4.2. 910.3.4.1 Sprinklered buildings. Where installed in buildings equipped with an approved automatic sprinkler system, smoke and heat vents shall be designed to operate automatically. The automatic operating mechanism of the smoke and heat vents shall operate at a temperature rating at least 100 degrees Fgpproximatel 3y 8 degrees Celsius) greater than the temperature rating of the sprinklers installed. Exception: Manual only systems per Section 910.2. 910.3.4.2 Nonsprinklered Buildings. Where installed in buildings not equipped with an approved automatic sprinkler system, smoke and heat vents shall operate automatically by actuation of a heat-responsive device rated at between 100°F (56°C) and 220°F (122°C) above ambient. Exception: Listedrg avity-operated drop out vents. (Reason: Amendment continues to keep applicable wording from prior to the 2012 edition of the IFC. Specifically, automatic activation criteria is no longer specifically required in the published code. Specifying a temperature range at which smoke and heat vents should activate in sprinklered buildings helps to ensure that the sprinkler system has an opportunity to activate and control the fire prior to vent operation.) ***Section 910.4.3.1; change to read as follows: 910.4.3.1 Makeup Air. Makeup air openings shall be provided within 6 feet (1829 mm) of the floor level. Operation of makeup air openings shall be manual e automatic. The minimum gross area of makeup air inlets shall be 8 square feet per 1,000 cubic feet per minute (0.74 m2 per 0.4719 m3/s) of smoke exhaust. Ordinance 814 Page 31 of 41 (Reason: Makeup air has been required to be automatic.for several years now in this region when mechanical smoke exhaust systems are proposed. This allows such systems to be activated from the smoke control panel by first responders without having to physically go around the exterior of the building opening doors manually. Such requires a significant number offrrst responders on scene to conduct this operation and significantly delays activation and/or capability of the smoke exhaust system.) ***Section 910.4.4;change to read as follows: 910.4.4 Activation. The mechanical smoke removal system shall be activated by manual entMels only automatically by the automatic sprinkler system or by an approved fire detection system. Individual manual controls shall also be provided. Exception: Manual onlsystems per Section 910.2. (Reason: The provision of a manual only mechanical smoke removal system does not provide equivalency with automatic smoke and heat vents. This amendment clarifies that the primary intent is for automatic systems, unless exceptions are provided as in 910.2 — consistent with the charging statements of the section.) **Section 912.2.1.2; add Section 912.2.1.2 to read as follows: 912.2.1.2 Hydrant Distance. An approved fire hydrant shall be located within 100 feet of the fire department connection as the fire hose lays along an unobstructed path. (Reason: To accommodate limited hose lengths, improve response times where the FDC is needed to achieve fire control, and improve ease of locating a fire hydrant in those situations also. Also, consistent with NFPA 14 criteria.) ***Section 912.2.1.3; add Section 912.2.1.3 to read as follows: 912.2.1.3 Fire Department Connection Distance from Fire Lane. All fire department connections shall be located within 50 feet of an approved fire lane access roadway. (Reason: To accommodate limited hose lengths and improve response times where the FDC is needed to achieve fire control) **Section 913.2.1; add second paragraph and exception to read as follows: When located on the ground level at an exterior wall, the fire pump room shall be provided with an exterior fire department access door that is not less than 3 ft. in width and 6 ft. — 8 in. in height, regardless of any interior doors that are provided. A key box shall be provided at this door, as required by Section 506.1. Exception: When it is necessary to locate the fire pump room on other levels or not at an exterior wall the corridor leading to the fire pump room access from the exterior of the building shall be provided with equivalent fire resistance as that required for the pump room, or as approved by the fire code official. Access keys shall be provided in the key box as required by Section 506.1. (Reason: This requirement allows fire fighters safer access to the fire pump room. The Ordinance 814 Page 32 of 41 requirement allows access without being required to enter the building and locate the fire pump room interior access door during afire event. The exception recognizes that this will not always be a feasible design scenario for some buildings, and as such,provides an acceptable alternative to protect the pathway to the fire pump room.) ***Section 914.3.1.2; change to read as follows: 914.3.1.2 Water Supply to required Fire Pumps. In buildings that are more than 420 120 feet (128 m) in building height, required fire pumps shall be supplied by connections to no fewer than two water mains located in different streets. Separate supply piping shall be provided between each connection to the water main and the pumps. Each connection and the supply piping between the connection and the pumps shall be sized to supply the flow and pressure required for the pumps to operate. Exception: {No change to exception.} (Reason: The 2009 edition of the IFC added this requirement based on a need for redundancy of the water supply similar to the redundancy of the power supply to the fire pumps required for such tall buildings, partially due to the fact that these buildings are rarely fully evacuated in a fire event. More commonly, the alarm activates on the floor of the event, the floor above and the floor below. Back-up power to the fire pump becomes critical for this reason. Certainly, the power is pointless if the water supply is impaired for any reason, so a similar requirement is provided here.for redundant water supplies. The 2015 edition changes the requirement to only apply to very tall buildings over 420 ft. This amendment modifies/lowers the requirement to 120 ft., based on this same height requirement for fire service access elevators. Again, the language from the 2009 and 2012 editions of the code applied to any high-rise building. This compromise at 120 ft. is based on the above technical justification of defend-in-place scenarios in fire incidents in such tall structures.) **Section 1006.2.2.6; add a new Section 1006.2.2.6 as follows: 1006.2.2.6 Electrical Rooms. For electrical rooms, special exiting requirements may apply. Reference the Electrical Code as adopted. (Reason: Cross reference necessary .for coordination with the NEC which has exiting requirements as well.) ***Section 1008.3.3;change exception S to read as follows: 5. All public restrooms with . area greater-than inn s e feet(27.87 in a building that is required to provide illumination for the means of egress. (Reason: Allow for visibility in all public restrooms in the event of power supply failure.) "Section 1009.1; add the following Exception 4: Exceptions: Ordinance 814 Page 33 of 41 {previous exceptions unchanged} 4. Buildings regulated under State Law and built in accordance with State registered plans, including any variances or waivers granted by the State, shall be deemed to be in compliance with the requirements of Section 1009. (Reason: To accommodate buildings regulated under Texas State Law and to be consistent with amendments to Chapter 11.) **Section 1010.1.9.4 Solt Locks; change Exceptions 3 and 4 to read as follows: Exceptions: 3. Where a pair of doors serves an occupant load of less than 50 persons in a Group B, F, M or S occupancy. {Remainder unchanged} 4. Where a pair of doors serves a Group A, B, F, M or S occupancy {Remainder unchanged) (Reason:Application to M occupancies reflects regional practice; No. 4 expanded to Group A due to it being a similar scenario to other uses; No. 4 was regional practice.) ***Section 1015.8 Window Openings; change number 1 to read as follows: 1. Operable windows where the top of the sill of the opening is located more than 75 feet (22 860 mm) 55 feet (16 764 mm) above the finished grade or other surface below and that are provided with window fall prevention devices that comply with ASTM F 2006. (Reason: In Option B jurisdictions, change 75 feet" to "55 feet", which coincides with high rise.) **Section 1020.1 Construction; add Exception 6 to read as follows: 6. In group B occupancies, corridor walls and ceilings need not be of fire-resistive construction within a single tenant space when the space is equipped with approved automatic smoke- detection within the corridor. The actuation of any detector shall activate self-annunciating alarms audible in all areas within the corridor. Smoke detectors shall be connected to an approved automatic fire alarm system where such system is provided. (Reason: Revise the 2012 published NCTCOG amendment to this section to clarify intent is not to require automatic fire alarm system or notification throughout the tenant space, but rather, only in the corridor.) **Section 1029.1.1.1; delete this section. Spaces under Grandstands and Bleachers: (Reason: Unenforceable.) **Section 1031.2; change to read as follows: 1031.2 Reliability. Required exit accesses, exits and exit discharges shall be continuously maintained free from obstructions or impediments to full instant use in the case of fire or other emergency when the building area served by the means of egress is oeoupied. An exit or exit Ordinance 814 Page 34 of 41 passageway shall not be used for any purpose that interferes with a means of egress. (Reason: Maintain legacy levels of protection and long-standing regional practice, and provide firefighter safety.) **Section 1103.3; add sentence to end of paragraph as follows: Provide emergence signage as required by Section 607.3. (Reason: Coordinates requirements of previous amendment.) **Section 1103.5; add Section 1103.5.1 to read as follows: 1103.5.1 Spray Booths and Rooms. Existing spray booths and spray rooms shall be protected by an approved automatic fire-extinguishing system in accordance with Section 2404. (Reason: Consistent with amendment to IFC 2404, and long-standing regional requirement. The published 1103.5.1 requiring sprinklers retroactively in A-2 occupancies was deleted by ICC Errata.) ***Section 1103.7; add Section 1103.7.8 and 1103.7.8.1 to read as follows: 1103.7.8 Fire Alarm System Design Standards. Where an existing fire alarm system is upgraded or replaced, the devices shall be addressable. Fire alarm systems utilizing more than 20 smoke and/or heat detectors shall have analog initiating devices. Exception: Existing systems need not comply unless the total building, or fire alarm system, remodel or expansion exceeds 30% of the building. When cumulative building, or fire alarm system, remodel or expansion initiated after the date of original fire alarm panel installation exceeds 50% of the building, or fire alarm system, the fire alarm system must comply within 18 months of permit application. 1103.7.8.1 Communication requirements. Refer to Section 907.6.6 for applicable requirements. (Reason: To assist responding personnel in locating the emergency event and provide clarity as to percentages of work that results in a requirement to upgrade the entire fire alarm system.) **Section 2304.1; change to read as follows: 2304.1 Supervision of Dispensing. The dispensing of fuel at motor fuel-dispensing facilities shall be eendueted bY a qualified attendant of shall be under the s Af a qualified aaen ant at all times ^ shall be in accordance with Seetien -220 the following: 1. Conducted byqualified attendant; and/or, 2. Shall be under the supervision of a qualified attendant; and/or Ordinance 814 Page 35 of 41 3. Shall be an unattended self-service facility in accordance with Section 2304.3. At any time the qualified attendant of item Number 1 or 2 above is not present, such operations shall be considered as an unattended self-service facility and shall also comply with Section 2304.3. (Reason: Allows a facility to apply the attended and unattended requirements of the code when both are potentially applicable.) **Section 2401.2; delete this section. (Reason: This section eliminates such booths from all compliance with Chapter 15 including, but not limited to: size, ventilation, fire protection, construction, etc. If the product utilized is changed to a more flammable substance, the lack of compliance with Chapter 15 could result in significant fare or deflagration and subsequent life safety hazard) ***Table 3206.2,footnote j, change text to read as follows: j Not r-o ,ir-e Where storage areas are protected by either early suppression fast response (ESFR) sprinkler systems or control mode special application sprinklers with a response time index of 50 (m • s) 112 or less that are listed to control a fire in the stored commodities with 12 or fewer sprinklers, installed in accordance with NFPA 13 manual smoke and heat vents or manually activated engineered mechanical smoke exhaust systems shall be required within these areas. (Reason: Allows the fare department to control the smoke and heat during and after afire event, while ensuring proper operation of the sprinkler protection provided. Also, gives an alternative to smoke and heat vents.) **Section 3310.1; add sentence to end of paragraph to read as follows: When fire apparatus access roads are required to be installed for any structure or development, they shall be approved prior to the time at which construction has progressed beyond completion of the foundation of any structure. (Reason: Reference requirement of Section 501.4.) **Section 5601.1.3;change to read as follows: 5601.1.3 Fireworks. The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling, and use of fireworks are prohibited. Exceptions: 1. Only when approved for fireworks displastorage, and handling of fireworks as allowed in Section 5604 and 5608. Ordinance 814 Page 36 of 41 2. Maffufaetur-e, assembly and testing ef fireworks as allowed in Seetion . 3-.2. The use of fireworks for gpproved fireworks displays as allowed in Section 5608. 4. Tze-pessessieR, star-age, sale... {Delete remainder of text.) 3. Unless in conformance with State Law. (Reason: Restricts fireworks to approved displays only, which is consistent with regional practice. Such is intended to help protect property owners and individuals fi°om unintentional fireworks fires within the jurisdiction, as well as to help protect individuals from fireworks injuries. "Section 5703.6; add a sentence to read as follows: 5703.6 Piping Systems. Piping systems, and their component parts, for flammable and combustible liquids shall be in accordance with Sections 5703.6.1 through 5703.6.11. An improved method of secondary containment shall be provided for underground tank and piping systems. (Reason: Increased protection in response to underground leak problems and remediation difficulty in underground applications. Coordinates with TCEQ requirements.) "Section 5704.2.9.5; change Section 5704.2.9.5 and add Section 5704.2.9.5.3 to read as follows: 5704.2.9.5 Above-ground Tanks Inside of Buildings. Above-ground tanks inside of buildings shall comply with Section 5704.2.9.5.1 and 5704.2. through 5704.2.9.5.3. 5704.2.9.5.1 {No change.) 5704.2.9.5.2 {No change.} 5704.2.9.5.3 Combustible Liquid Storage Tanks Inside of Buildings. The maximum aggregate allowable quantity limit shall be 3,000 gallons (11 356 Q of Class II or III combustible liquid for storage in protected aboveground tanks complying with Section 5704.2.9.7 when all of the following conditions are met: 1. The entire 3,000 gallon(11 356 Q quantity shall be stored in protected above-ground tanks, 2. The 3,000 gallon (11 356 L) cqpacity shall be permitted to be stored in a single tank or multiple smaller tanks; 3. The tanks shall be located in a room protected by an automatic sprinkler system complying with Section 903.3.1.1; and 4. Tanks shall be connected to fuel-burning equipment, including generators, utilizing an ypproved closed piping system. Ordinance 814 Page 37 of 41 The quantity of combustible liquid stored in tanks complying with this section shall not be counted towards the maximum allowable quantity set forth in Table 5003.1.1(1), and such tanks shall not be required to be located in a control area. Such tanks shall not be located more than two stories below grade. (Reason: Relocated from exception to 603.3.2.1 as published, as per reason statement for deletion in that section.) **Section 5704.2.11.4, add a sentence to read as follows: 5704.2.11.4 Leak Prevention. Leak prevention for underground tanks shall comply with Sections 5704.2.11.4.1 and 57044.2zTi.5z through 5704.2.11.4.3. An approved method of secondary containment shall be provided for underground tank and piping systems. (Reason: Increased protection in response to underground leak problems and remediation difficulty in underground applications.) **Section 5704.2.11.4.2; change to read as follows: 5704.2.11.4.2 Leak Detection. Underground storage tank systems shall be provided with an approved method of leak detection from any component of the system that is designed and installed in accordance with NFPA 30 and as specified in Section 5704.2.11.4.3. (Reason: Reference to IFC Section 5704.2.11.4.3 amendment.) **Section 5704.2.11.4, add Section 5704.2.11.4.3 to read as follows: 5704.2.11.4.3 Observation Wells. Approved sampling tubes of a minimum 4 inches in diameter shall be installed in the backfill material of each underground flammable or combustible liquid storage tank. The tubes shall extend from a point 12 inches below the average grade of the excavation to ground level and shall be provided with suitable surface access caps. Each tank site shall provide a sampling tube at the corners of the excavation with a minimum of 4 tubes. Sampling tubes shall be placed in the product line excavation within 10 feet of the tank excavation and one every 50 feet routed along product lines towards the dispensers, a minimum of two are required. (Reason: Provides an economical means of checking potential leaks at each tank site.) **Section 6103.2.1; add Section 6103.2.1.8 to read as follows: 6103.2.1.8 Jewelry Repair, Dental Labs and Similar Occupancies. Where natural gas service is not available portable LP-Gas containers are allowed to be used to supply approved torch assemblies or similar appliances. Such containers shall not exceed 20-pound (9.0 kg) water capacity. Aggregate capacity shall not exceed 60-pound 27.2 kg) water capacity. Each device Ordinance 814 Page 38 of 41 shall be separated from other containers by a distance of not less than 20 feet. (Reason: To provide a consistent and reasonable means of regulating the use of portable LP-Gas containers in these situations. Reduces the hazard presented by portable containers when natural gas is already available. Please note that current State Law does not allow for the enforcement of any rules more stringent than that adopted by the State, so this amendment is only applicable as to the extent allowed by that State Law.) **Section 6104.2, Exception; add an exception 2 to read as follows: Exceptions: 1. {existing text unchanged} 2. Except as permitted in Sections 308 and 6104.3.2, LP-gas containers are not permitted in residential areas. (Reason: To provide a consistent and reasonable means of regulating the use LP-Gas containers. Reduces the hazard presented by such containers when natural gas is already available. References regional amendment to IFC 6104.3.2. Please note that current State Law does not allow for the enforcement of any rules more stringent than that adopted by the State, so this amendment is only applicable as to the extent allowed by that State Law.) **Section 6104.3;add Section 6104.3.2 to read as follows: 6104.3.2 Spas, Pool Heaters, and Other Listed Devices. Where natural gas service is not available, an LP-gas container is allowed to be used to supply spa and pool heaters or other listed devices. Such container shall not exceed 250-gallon water capacity per lot. See Table 6104.3 for location of containers. Exception: Lots where LP-gas can be off-loaded wholly on the property where the tank is located may install up to 500 gallon above ground or 1,000 gallon underground approved containers. (Reason: Allows for an alternate fuel source. Dwelling density must be considered and possibly factored into zoning restrictions. Reduces the hazard presented by over-sized LP-Gas containers. Please note that current State Law does not allow for the enforcement of any rules more stringent than that adopted by the State, so this amendment is only applicable as to the extent allowed by that State Law.) ***Section 6107.4 and 6109.13;change to read as follows: 6107.4 Protecting Containers from Vehicles. Where exposed to vehicular damage due to proximity to alleys, driveways or parking areas, LP-gas containers, regulators and piping shall be protected in accordance with NFPA 58-Section 312 of the International Fire Code. Ordinance 814 Page 39 of 41 6109.13 Protection of Containers. LP-gas containers shall be stored within a suitable enclosure or otherwise protected against tampering. Vehicle impact protection shall be provided as required by Section 6107.4. meta eenstfuetion. (Reason: NFPA 58 does not provide substantial physical protection [it allows raised sidewalks, fencing, ditches, parking bumpers as `vehicle barrier protection J of the containers) from vehicular impact as is required and has been required historically, as per Section 312, i.e. bollard protection. Further, the exception to Section 6109.13 would allow for portable containers in ventilated metal cabinets to not require any physical protection whatsoever from vehicular impact, regardless of the location of the containers. Please note that current State Law does not allow for the enforcement of any rules more stringent than that adopted by the State, so this amendment is only applicable as to the extent allowed by that State Law.) *** Table B105.2;change footnote a. to read as follows: a. The reduced fire-flow shall be not less than 41;888 1,500 gallons per minute. (Reason: The minimum fire flow of 1,500 gpm for other than one- and two-family dwellings has existed since the 2000 edition of the IFC, as well as the Uniform Fire Code before that. Little to no technical justification was provided for the proposed code change at the code hearings. The board believes that the already-allowed 75 percent reduction in required fire flow for the provision ofsprinkler protection is already a significant trade-off The minimum 1,500 gpm is not believed to be overly stringent for the vast majority of public water works systems in this region, especially since it has existed as the requirement for so many years. Further, the continued progression of trading off more and more requirements in the codes for-the provision of sprinkler-protection has made these systems extremely operation-critical to the safety of the occupants and properties in question. In other words, should the sprinkler system fail for any reason, the fare flow requirements drastically increase from that anticipated with a sprinkler- controlled fire scenario. SECTION 3: That this Ordinance shall be cumulative of all other Town Ordinances and all other provisions of other Ordinances adopted by the Town which are inconsistent with the terms or provisions of this Ordinance are hereby repealed. SECTION 4: That any person violating any provision of this Chapter may be issued a citation and upon conviction thereof, the person shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and punished as provided in subsection 1-9 of the Code of Ordinance of the Town of Westlake. Each 24-hour period of violation, and each separate act or condition in violation of this Chapter, shall constitute a separate offense. Ordinance 814 Page 40 of 41 SECTION 5: It is hereby declared to be the intention of the Town Council of the Town of Westlake, Texas, that sections, paragraphs, clauses and phrases of this Ordinance are severable, and if any phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph or section of this Ordinance shall be declared legally invalid or unconstitutional by the valid judgment or decree of any court of competent jurisdiction, such legal invalidity or unconstitutionality shall not affect any of the remaining phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs or sections of this Ordinance since the same would have been enacted by the Town Council of the Town of Westlake without the incorporation in this Ordinance of any such legally invalid or unconstitutional, phrase, sentence, paragraph or section. SECTION 6: This ordinance shall take effect immediately from and after its passage as the law in such case provides. 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