ARTICLE IX.
FIRE CODE1

Sec. 5-121 Adoption of codes; amendments.

(a) Adoption of the International Fire Code & Standards:

(1) The common council hereby adopts the code entitled “The International Fire Code,” 2012 Edition, published by the International Code Council, including Standards and Appendices:

Appendix B – Fire Flow Requirements for Buildings

Appendix C – Fire Hydrant Locations and Distributions

Appendix D – Fire Apparatus Access Roads

Appendix E – Hazard Categories

Appendix F – Hazard Ranking

Appendix G – Cryogenic Fluids – Weight and Volume Equivalents

(2) The codes described in subsection (1) are adopted for the purpose of providing regulations governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire and explosion.

(3) Three (3) copies of the International Fire Code, 2012 Edition shall remain on file and available for public inspection in the office of the city clerk.

(b) Establishment and duties of bureau of fire prevention:

(1) The International Fire Code shall be enforced by the bureau of fire prevention in the fire department of the City of Kingman, Arizona, which is hereby established and which shall be operated under the supervision of the chief of the fire department.

(2) The officer in charge of the bureau of fire prevention shall be assigned by the chief of the fire department.

(3) The chief of the fire department may detail such members of the fire department as inspectors as shall, from time to time, be necessary.

(c) Definitions. Wherever the word “jurisdiction” is used in the International Fire Code, it is the City of Kingman, Arizona.

(d) Establishment of limits of districts in which storage of flammable or combustible liquids in outside aboveground tanks is prohibited. The limits referred to in Section 3404.2.9.5.1 of the International Fire Code in which the storage of flammable or combustible liquids is restricted are hereby established as follows:

Except as set forth in subsection (g)(4) of this section (amending Section 3404.2.9.5.1 and Section 3406.2.4.4 of the International Fire Code), the storage of flammable and combustible liquids in aboveground tanks outside of buildings is prohibited.

Exception:

(1) Existing aboveground stationary tanks in use prior to 1974.

(2) Tanks having a liquid capacity not greater than one thousand (1000) U.S. gallons for storage of Class III combustible liquids.

(3) Protected above ground tanks which are listed and meet the requirements of International Fire Code Section 3404.2.9.6.

(4) Tanks having a liquid capacity not greater than one thousand (1000) U.S. gallons for storage and dispensing of Class II combustible liquids on construction sites.

(e) Establishments of limits in which storage of liquefied petroleum gases is to be restricted. The limits referred to in Section 3804.2 of the International Fire Code, in which storage of liquefied petroleum gas is restricted, are hereby established as follows:

The maximum tanks size shall be restricted to one thousand (1,000) U.S. gallons.

(f) Amendments.

(1) Bulk plants or tanks. Storage tanks, bulk storage or bulk plants created in the city shall be constructed underground and shall be constructed in compliance with the 2012 Edition of the International Fire Code.

(2) LPG tanks. LPG tanks installed in the city shall not have greater capacity than one thousand (1,000) gallons of water at twenty-one (21) degrees Centigrade.

(g) Appeals. For all purposes for which an appeal is permitted under the International Fire Code, the building board of appeals shall serve as the fire board of appeals. When the board is sitting as the fire board of appeals, the fire chief shall be an ex officio member and shall serve as secretary of the board. Regardless of whether the board is sitting as the building board of appeals or the fire board of appeals, it shall have no jurisdiction over any matter as to which criminal charges are pending in the municipal court or other court of competent jurisdiction.

(h) New materials, processes or occupancies which may require permits. The building board of appeals, the chief, and the officer in charge of the bureau of fire prevention shall act as a committee to determine and specify, after giving affected persons an opportunity to be heard, and any new materials, processes or occupancies for which permits are required in addition to those now enumerated in said code. The officer in charge of the bureau of fire prevention shall post such list in a conspicuous place in his office and distribute copies thereof to interested persons.

(Ord. No. 1465, § 1, 12-20-04, made pub. rec. by Res. No. 4061, 12-20-04; Ord. No. 1603, § 1, 12-17-07; Ord. No. 1754, § 1, 5-21-13)

Secs. 5-122, 5-123. Reserved.

Sec. 5-124 Fire lanes on private property.

(a) In addition to the provisions of Section 503 of the International Fire Code, the fire chief may require designated fire lanes to provide access for the fire suppression operations by the use of an improved public street, areaway, private lot, driveway or roadway to existing structures under this section.

(b) A fire lane is a designated area, parking lot, driveway or roadway or portion thereof that shall be:

(1) Designated or approved by the fire chief.

(2) Marked with standard signs and other markers as approved by the fire chief. The expense and installation of the signs shall be the responsibility of the property owner. Approved signs may be purchased from either a private sign supplier or the city public works department. The property owner shall also be responsible for maintaining and/or replacing the fire lane signs when they become damaged or faded.

(3) Maintained clear of obstructions its entire length.

(c) No person shall park a motor vehicle on or otherwise obstruct any fire lane except as may be specifically permitted by the fire chief. Any violation of this paragraph constitutes a civil traffic violation punishable as provided in section 7-78.

(d) Any vehicle obstructing a fire lane may be towed away at the expense of the owner.

(e) Fire lanes shall be provided for all structures when required by the fire chief and must meet the following specifications:

(1) Shall have an unobstructed width of not less than twenty (20) [feet].

(2) Surfaced to support the weight of fire apparatus. Data shall be submitted with plan review submittal to substantiate weight-bearing capacity.

(3) Shall have an unobstructed vertical clearance of not less than thirteen (13) feet six (6) inches.

(4) A maximum of eight (8) percent gradient (eight (8) feet in one hundred (100) feet).

(5) A minimum of forty (45) feet centerline radius on curves.

(6) All dead-end access roads in excess of one hundred fifty (150) feet in length shall provide sufficient turning area for fire apparatus.

(f) The specific requirements of this section may be modified by the fire chief in recognition of varying occupancies, sizes and hazards of buildings and the provision of other means of access or fixed fire protection.

(Ord. No. 1465, § 1, 12-20-04; Ord. No. 1664, § 1, 9-8-09)

Sec. 5-125 Penalty.

Except as provided in section 5-124(c), any violation of this article and the International Fire Code adopted by the City of Kingman constitutes a misdemeanor.

(Ord. No. 1664, § 1, 9-8-09)

Secs. 5-1265-135. Reserved.


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Editor’s note: Article IX of Ch. 5 was amended to read as herein set out by Ord. No. 1465, § 1, adopted Dec. 20, 2004. Prior to this amendment, Art. IX contained similar provisions and was derived from Ord. No. 793(R), adopted Feb. 20, 1990 and: Ord. No. 311, §§ 6—8, 1-19-78; Ord. No. 318, § 2, 4-10-78; Ord. No. 408, § 3, 1-12-81; Ord. No. 445(R), § 1, 3-8-82; Ord. No. 473-A, §§ 1—3, 11-8-82; Ord. No. 484, § 2, 3-14-83; Ord. No. 494, 4-25-83; Ord. No. 673(R), § 1, 9-21-87.

Cross references: Fire department, § 2-106 et seq.; fireworks prohibited, § 7-206.

State law references: Fire prevention powers of city, A.R.S. §§ 9-240, 9-499.01; state fire marshal to promulgate minimum fire prevention standards, § 26-335.