Chapter 17.04
FIRE CODE

Sections:

17.04.010    Adoption of fire codes.

17.04.020    Enforcement.

17.04.030    Definitions.

17.04.040    Modifications.

17.04.050    Appeals.

17.04.060    New materials, processes or occupancies which may require permits.

17.04.070    Penalties.

17.04.080    Amendment of adopted code.

17.04.090    High explosives.

17.04.100    Public safety 800 Mhz radio building amplification system.

17.04.110    Flammable and combustible liquids and liquefied petroleum gases.

17.04.120    Structural fires.

17.04.010 Adoption of fire codes.

The California Fire Code, Part 9, Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, a portion of the California Building Standards Code, as defined in Section 18901 et seq. of the California State Health and Safety Code (hereinafter referred to as the “State Code”), and any rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto including the International Fire Code, 2012 Edition, as published by the International Code Council, and as referenced in and adopted pursuant to Sections 17922 and 18935 of the California State Health and Safety Code (hereinafter referred to as the “IFC”), and Appendices B and C (hereinafter referred to as the “appendix”) are hereby adopted and incorporated by reference herein. Except as otherwise provided by this chapter and Chapter 16.02 RCMC, all construction, alteration, moving, demolition, repair, and use of any building or structure within the city shall be made in conformance with the State Code and any rules and regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, including the IFC and the appendix. From the effective date of the ordinance establishing this chapter, the provisions herein shall be controlling within the limits of the city of Rancho Cordova except that any inconsistent regulations and ordinances relating to building standards contained in the State Code, IFC and the appendix adopted pursuant to applicable law by the Sacramento metropolitan fire district shall be controlling within the city of Rancho Cordova if said regulation or ordinance has been ratified by the city in accordance with Section 13869.7 of the California Health and Safety Code. [Ord. 40-2013 § 1; Ord. 28-2010 § 1; Ord. 35-2007 § 1; Ord. 21-2003 §§ 2, 4; Ord. 20-2003 §§ 2, 4].

17.04.020 Enforcement.

The chief of the Sacramento metropolitan fire district or his/her designated representatives shall have authority to enforce this chapter and issue citations for violations. [Ord. 40-2013 § 1; Ord. 28-2010 § 1; Ord. 35-2007 § 1; Ord. 21-2003 §§ 2, 4; Ord. 20-2003 §§ 2, 4].

17.04.030 Definitions.

A. Whenever the term “fire code” is used in this chapter, it shall mean the State Code and IFC adopted by reference pursuant to RCMC 17.04.010.

B. Wherever the word “municipality” is used in the fire code, it shall mean the city of Rancho Cordova.

C. Wherever the words “chief” or “chief of the bureau of fire prevention” are used in this chapter or the fire code, they shall mean the chief of the Sacramento metropolitan fire district or his/her designated representatives. [Ord. 40-2013 § 1; Ord. 28-2010 § 1; Ord. 35-2007 § 1; Ord. 21-2003 §§ 2, 4; Ord. 20-2003 §§ 2, 4].

17.04.040 Modifications.

The chief may modify any of the provisions of the fire code upon application in writing by the owner or lessee, or his/her duly authorized agent, when the chief determines there are practical difficulties in the way of carrying out the strict letter of the code; provided, that the spirit of the code shall be observed, public safety secured, and substantial justice done. The particulars of such modification when granted or allowed and the decision of the chief or his/her designated representative thereof shall be entered upon the records of the department and a signed copy shall be furnished by the applicant.

For the purposes of this section, the cost of compliance with the provisions of the fire code shall not constitute a practical difficulty. [Ord. 40-2013 § 1; Ord. 28-2010 § 1; Ord. 35-2007 § 1; Ord. 21-2003 §§ 2, 4; Ord. 20-2003 §§ 2, 4].

17.04.050 Appeals.

Any person aggrieved by any decision or action of the chief may appeal to the board of directors of the Sacramento metropolitan fire district by filing a written notice of appeal with the clerk of the board of directors within 30 days from the date such decision or action was taken. The applicable rules and regulations regarding the appeals process and procedures for hearings shall be those of the Sacramento metropolitan fire district. [Ord. 40-2013 § 1; Ord. 28-2010 § 1; Ord. 35-2007 § 1; Ord. 21-2003 §§ 2, 4; Ord. 20-2003 §§ 2, 4].

17.04.060 New materials, processes or occupancies which may require permits.

The chief may appoint two members from his/her staff to act as a committee to determine and specify, after giving affected persons an opportunity to be heard at an office hearing, any new material, processes or occupancies, which shall require permits, in addition to those now enumerated in the code. The chief or his/her designated representative shall post such list in a conspicuous place in his/her office and distribute copies thereof to interested persons. [Ord. 40-2013 § 1; Ord. 28-2010 § 1; Ord. 35-2007 § 1; Ord. 21-2003 §§ 2, 4; Ord. 20-2003 §§ 2, 4].

17.04.070 Penalties.

A. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter and the code hereby adopted or fails to comply therewith, or who violates or fails to comply with any order made thereunder, or who builds in violation of any detailed statement of specifications or plans thereunder, or who fails to comply with such an order as affirmed or modified by the city of Rancho Cordova or by a court of competent jurisdiction, within the time fixed herein, shall severally for each and every such violation be guilty of an infraction, and punishable by a fine not to exceed $250.00. Violation of Chapter 1, Section 109.3.2, Compliance with Orders or Notices, and Section 109.3.4, Unauthorized Tampering, shall constitute a misdemeanor, and shall be punishable by a fine of $1,000, or by imprisonment not to exceed six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue, and all persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violation or defects within a reasonable time to be determined by the chief on a case-by-case basis. When not otherwise specified, each day or portion thereof during which any violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense.

B. The application of the above penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of prohibited conditions. [Ord. 40-2013 § 1; Ord. 28-2010 § 1; Ord. 35-2007 § 1; Ord. 21-2003 §§ 2, 4; Ord. 20-2003 §§ 2, 4].

17.04.080 Amendment of adopted code.

Notwithstanding the provisions of RCMC 17.04.010, the State Code, the IFC and appendix are amended as follows:

A. Chapter 1 is amended as follows:

1. Section 104, General Authority and Responsibilities, is amended by adding subsection 104.7.2.1 to read as follows:

104.7.2.1 Contract Inspector. The Chief or his/her designated representatives may require the owner or the person in possession or control of the building or premises to provide, without charge to the fire department, a special inspector (“Contract Inspector”), when the department has no technical expertise available to conduct the required inspections.

The Contract Inspector shall be a qualified person who shall demonstrate his/her competence to the satisfaction of the Chief, for inspection of a particular type of construction, operations, fire extinguishing or detection system, or process.

Duties and responsibilities of the Contract Inspector shall include but not be limited to the following:

(a) The Contract Inspector shall observe the work assigned for conformance with the approved design drawings and specifications.

(b) The Contract Inspector shall furnish inspection reports to the Chief, building official, and other designated persons as required by the Chief. All discrepancies shall be brought to the immediate attention of the contractor for correction, then if uncorrected, to the proper design authority, Chief, and to the building official.

(c) The Contract Inspector shall submit a final signed report stating whether the work requiring inspection was, to the best of his/her knowledge, in conformance with the approved plans and specifications and the applicable workmanship provision of this code.

2. Section 106, Inspections, is amended by adding subsections 106.2.3 and 106.2.4 to read as follows:

106.2.3 Administrative Costs. When a test or inspection is scheduled and the contractor fails to perform to the satisfaction of the authority having jurisdiction, the authority having jurisdiction may bill the contractor for actual time spent traveling to and from the test/inspection location and the time spent at the test/inspection site as well as administrative costs.

106.2.4 Inspection Record Card. Work requiring Fire Department approval may commence, but the person doing the work shall have posted or otherwise made available an inspection record card such as to allow the Chief to conveniently make the required entries thereon regarding inspection of the work. Work shall not be covered until the required inspections are completed. This card shall remain posted or remain otherwise available by the permit holder until the Chief has granted final approval.

3. Section 109, Violations, is amended by adding subsections 109.3.3.1 and 109.3.3.2 to read as follows:

109.3.3.1 Citations. The Chief, or his/her duly authorized representative, may issue citations for infractions or misdemeanor violations of this chapter pursuant to Section 13871 of the Health and Safety Code of the State of California and Chapter 5c (commencing with Section 853.6) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code of the State of California.

Section 109.3.3.2 is added as follows:

109.3.3.2 Uniform Fire Code Bail Schedule.

SECTION

NATURE OF OFFENSE

PC

MA

BAIL PA

NCA

TOTAL

109.2.2*

NC W/ORDERS OR NOTICE

X

 

$1000

$1700

$2700

109.3.4*

UNAUTHORIZED TAMPERING

X

 

$1000

$1700

$2700

ALL OTHER SECTIONS

 

X

 

$100

$170

$270

* – MISDEMEANOR

PC – ELIGIBLE FOR PROOF OF CORRECTION

MA – MANDATORY APPEARANCE

PA – PENALTY ASSESSMENT

NCA – NIGHT COURT ASSESSMENT

NC – NONCOMPLIANCE

B. Section 202, General Definitions, is amended by adding or amending the following terms:

1. ELECTRONIC MONITORING SYSTEM shall mean an approved method to electronically detect and transmit to an approved alarm service provider’s Type A (listed) Central Station, information indicating that the automatic fire sprinkler system or electronic fire detection system has been activated and shall have the ability to relay the alarm to the (a) Sacramento Regional Fire/EMS Communications Center; or (b) to the Sacramento International Airport Communication Center in an approved manner.

2. FALSE ALARM shall mean the giving, signaling or transmission to any public fire station or company or to any officer or employee thereof, whether by telephone, spoken word or otherwise, information to the effect that there is a fire, medical emergency, rescue request, or other need for emergency service at or near the place indicated by the person giving, signaling, or transmitting such information, and there is found to be no need for emergency services.

C. Section 315, General Storage, is amended as follows:

1. Subsection 315.4.3, Outside Storage of pallets and other combustibles, is added to read as follows:

315.4.3 Outside Storage of pallets and other combustibles. The maximum single pile dimension for outside storage of pallets and other combustibles shall be 25 ft. x 100 ft. or 2,500 sq. ft. The maximum pile height shall be 20 feet. Distance of piles to structures shall not be less than 10 feet.

D. Section 401, General, is amended as follows:

1. Subsection 401.5.1, Cost Recovery, is added as follows:

401.5.1 Cost Recovery. All costs incurred by the fire department related to any response to a false alarm may be charged to that person causing the transmission of the false alarm, or to that person’s firm or corporation.

E. Section 503, Fire Department Access Roads, is amended as follows:

1. Subsection 503.1.1, Buildings and facilities, is amended to read as follows:

503.1.1 Additional Access. Fire apparatus access roads shall be provided in accordance with Sections 501 and 503 for every facility, building or portion of a building including residential subdivisions in excess of 40 dwelling units hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction when any portion of the facility or any portion of an exterior wall of the first story of the building is located more than 150 feet (45,720 mm) from fire apparatus access as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the building or facility. See also Section 504 for personnel access to buildings.

EXCEPTIONS:

1. When buildings are completely protected with an approved automatic fire sprinkler system, the provisions of Sections 503.1.1 and 503.2 may be modified by the Chief.

2. When access roads cannot be installed due to location on property, topography, waterways, nonnegotiable grades or other similar conditions, the chief is authorized to require additional fire protection.

3. When there are not more than two Group R, Division 3, or Group U Occupancies, the requirements of Sections 503.1.1 and 503.2 may be modified by the chief.

More than one fire apparatus road shall be provided in residential subdivisions in excess of 40 dwelling units and/or when it is determined by the chief that access by a single road might be impaired by vehicle congestion, condition of terrain, climatic conditions or other factors that could limit access.

For high-piled combustible storage, see Section 3206.6.

For required access during construction, alteration or demolition of a building, see Section 3310.1.

2. Subsection 503.6.1, Emergency Access Gates and Barriers, is added to read as follows:

503.6.1 Emergency Access Gates and Barriers. Where a new gate or barrier is installed on a fire access roadway, it shall be authorized by the Chief and meet the minimum requirements of The County Emergency Access Gates and Barriers Standard. Private driveways on lightly traveled streets as determined by the Sacramento County Department of Transportation or the appropriate public works authority having jurisdiction, serving one single-family residence may be exempt from the scope of this document. Approval of automatic gates or barriers is subject to the owner accepting responsibility for any future programming requirements by the authority having jurisdiction.

F. Section 505, Premises Identification, is amended as follows:

1. Subsection 505.1, Address numbers, is amended to read as follows:

505 Premises Identification.

505.1 General. Approved numbers or addresses shall be placed prior to occupying on all new and existing buildings in such a position as to be plainly visible and legible from the street or road fronting the property. Said numbers shall contrast with their background. In setting requirements for addressing, the Chief may be guided by the standard published by the Rancho Cordova Building Department’s, “Posting of Building Addresses.”

2. Subsections 505.1.1, Multiple tenant buildings, and 505.1.2, Illumination, are added to read as follows:

505.1.1 Multiple tenant buildings. Multiple tenant spaces serviced by vehicular access to the rear through any driveway, alleyway, or parking lot shall have numbers or addresses placed prior to occupancy on all new and existing buildings as to be plainly visible and legible from the rear access way when deemed necessary by the Chief. Multiple tenant spaces serviced by rear access through a corridor, exit court, or exit yard shall have approved numbers or addresses displayed on the rear of the tenant space, when deemed necessary by the Chief.

Multiple tenant spaces that front on interior walkways or pedestrian malls shall have approved numbers or addresses placed over the entrance door in all new and existing buildings. An illuminated annunciator or directory board shall be required at every entrance where deemed necessary by the Chief.

505.1.2 Illumination. Addressing shall be illuminated at night in all new buildings. Signs shall be internally or externally illuminated. When the luminance of the face of a sign is from an external source, it shall have an intensity of not less than 5.0 foot-candles. Internally illuminated signs shall provide equivalent luminance.

G. Section 507, Fire Protection Water Supplies, is amended as follows:

1. Subsection 507.1, Required Water Supply, is amended to read as follows:

507.1 Required Water Supply. An approved water supply capable of supplying the required fire flow for fire protection shall be provided to all premises upon which facilities, buildings or portions of buildings are hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction. When any portion of the facility or building protected is in excess of 150 feet (45,720 mm) from a water supply on a public street, as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the facility or building, on-site fire hydrants and mains capable of supplying the required fire flow shall be provided when required by the Chief. See Section 507.5.

EXCEPTIONS:

1. Group R, Division 3 Occupancies provided with an automatic fire sprinkler system approved by the adopted NFPA Standard in areas not provided with a public water supply.

2. Group U Occupancies.

3. Water Supplies for Suburban and Rural Fire Fighting. Where the standards of this code cannot be met for development in rural areas, a fire sprinkler system or pressurized water system acceptable to the AHJ shall be acceptable to meet the water supplies required. Such proposals shall also be subject to the following:

a. The structure is beyond 3,000 (914 M) feet of any existing adequate sized water system. Structures within 3,000 (914 M) feet of an existing adequate sized water system, but beyond a water purveyor service area, will be reviewed on an individual basis.

b. When public or private water becomes available, connection to such a system shall be required.

2. Subsection 507.5.5.1, Vehicle parking, is added to read as follows:

507.5.5.1 Vehicle parking. It shall be an infraction to park, place or leave standing any unattended vehicle within 15 feet of any public or private fire hydrant along any public or private street or roadway.

EXCEPTION: If the vehicle is owned or operated by a fire department and clearly marked as a fire department vehicle.

H. Section 901, General, is amended as follows:

1. Subsection 901.6.2, Electronic filing, is added to read as follows:

901.6.2 Electronic Filing. Records of all system inspections, tests and maintenance required by the referenced standards and Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations shall be submitted to the Authority Having Jurisdiction electronically using the records management system approved by the Authority Having Jurisdiction.

2. Subsection 901.7.7, System maintenance, is added to read as follows:

901.7.7 System maintenance. All individuals or companies installing, repairing, testing, servicing or maintaining sprinkler systems, fire hydrant systems, standpipes, fire alarm systems, portable fire extinguishers, smoke and heat ventilators, smoke-removal systems and other fire protection or extinguishing systems or appliances shall be a fire protection contractor or contractor licensed for said work by the State of California or have the appropriate license required by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office or both.

The authority having jurisdiction shall be notified immediately when a fire protection or detection system or portion thereof is found inoperable.

The authority having jurisdiction shall be notified in writing within 72 hours by the person performing repairs, testing, or maintenance when a fire protection or detection system is not in compliance with applicable codes.

When changes involve shutting off water for a considerable number of sprinklers for more than 4 hours, temporary water supply connections shall be made to sprinkler systems so that reasonable protection can be maintained. Protection shall be restored each night in so far as possible. The Chief may require a fire watch while any system is inoperative.

When shorts, failures or other interruptions of service occur within a building’s fire alarm system that connects to an approved alarm service provider’s Type A (listed) Central Station or is a local alarm only, the Chief may require the system to be disconnected or shunt out the private fire alarm system and/or circuit. When shorts, failures, or other interruption of service occur within a building’s fire alarm system that connects to an approved alarm service provider’s Type A (listed) Central Station, the Chief may require the system to be repaired and written notification to be provided to the Chief before he or she responds to alarms generated by the system.

Where alarm system(s) are wholly or partially out of service for more than 8 hours, the alarm company having responsibility shall notify the fire dispatch center.

I. Section 903, Automatic Sprinkler Systems, is amended as follows:

1. Subsection 903.1.1, Alternative protection, is retitled “All Occupancies except Group U Occupancies, for all other occupancies, and automatic sprinkler system shall be installed and equipped with an electronic monitoring system as follows”, and amended to read as follows:

EXCEPTION: Non-combustible, detached canopies open on four sides not exceeding the basic allowable square footage in the IBC used exclusively for the parking or storage of private or pleasure vehicles and non-combustible storage (includes fuel islands).

2. In every story or basement of all buildings when the floor area exceeds 1,500 square feet (139.4 m2) and there is not provided at least 20 square feet (1.86 m2) of opening entirely above the adjoining ground level in each 50 lineal feet (15,240 mm) or fraction thereof of exterior wall in the story or basement on at least one side of the building. Openings shall have a minimum dimension of not less than 30 inches (762 mm). Such openings shall be accessible to the fire department from the exterior and shall not be obstructed in a manner that firefighting or rescue cannot be accomplished from the exterior.

When openings in a story are provided on only one side and the opposite wall of such story is more than 75 feet (22,860 mm) from such openings, the story shall be provided with an approved automatic sprinkler system, or openings as specified above shall be provided on at least two sides of an exterior wall of the story.

If any portion of a basement is located more than 75 feet (22,860 mm) from openings required in Section 903.1.1, the basement shall be provided with an approved automatic sprinkler system.

3. At the top of rubbish and linen chutes and in their terminal rooms. Chutes extending through three or more floors shall have additional sprinkler heads installed within such chutes at alternate floors. Sprinkler heads shall be accessible for servicing.

4. In rooms where nitrate film is stored or handled. See also Section 306.2.

5. In protected combustible fiber storage vaults as defined in Chapter 29.

6. In every new building where the total floor area exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.48 m2) or greater. See item #9 below. Nothing in this subsection shall preclude the use of fire resistive substitutions otherwise permitted under IBC.

7. An automatic fire sprinkler system shall be installed in any portion of a building where there is a change of occupancy and the floor area of that portion of the building, which is changed, exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.48 m2).

8. An automatic fire sprinkler system shall be installed in every building when there is an addition to the floor area in existence on the effective date of this ordinance of 20 percent or more within a 12-month period and the aggregate floor area of the building exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.48 m2).

9. In existing buildings, other than one or two family dwelling units. An automatic fire sprinkler system shall be installed in any portion of an existing building, other than one or two-family dwelling units, where alterations or repairs within any 12-month period exceed fifty percent (50%) of the assessed value of the existing building or structure.

10. For the provisions of this section, two or more buildings existing entirely within the property lines of one parcel shall be considered a single building when exterior wall protection is not provided and the aggregate floor area exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.48 m2).

11. For the provisions of this section, area separation walls shall not apply to eliminate the installation of a sprinkler system.

2. Subsection 903.2.18, Group U Occupancies, is amended as follows:

903.2.18.1 Group U Occupancies. Group U occupancies within 6-feet of a Group R-3, carports with habitable space above and attached garages, accessory to Group R-3 occupancies, shall be protected by residential fire sprinklers in with this section. Residential fire sprinklers shall be connected to, and installed in accordance with, an automatic residential fire sprinkler system that complies with Section R313 of the California Residential Code or with NFPA 13D. Fire sprinklers shall be residential sprinklers or quick-response sprinklers, to provide a minimum density of 0.05 GPM/ft² over the area of the garage and/or carport, but not to exceed two sprinklers for hydraulic calculation purposes. Garage doors shall not be considered obstructions with respect to sprinkler placement.

3. Subsection 903.6.3, Existing sprinkler systems, is added to read as follows:

903.6.3 Existing sprinkler systems. All existing automatic sprinkler systems shall be monitored for water flow by an approved alarm service provider’s Type A (listed) Central Station.

4. Subsection 903.4.4, Valves, is added to read as follows:

903.4.4 Valves. When required by the Chief, valves controlling sprinkler systems shall be maintained in an open position by locking the valve open in an approved manner.

5. Subsection 903.4.5, Fire control room, is added to read as follows:

903.4.5 Fire control room. An approved fire control room shall be provided for all buildings protected by an automatic fire extinguishing system. Said room shall contain all system control valves, fire alarm control panels and other fire equipment required by the Chief. Fire control rooms shall be located within the building at a location approved by the Chief, and shall be provided with a means to access the room directly from the exterior. Durable signage shall be provided on the exterior side of the access door to identify the fire control room.

EXCEPTION: Group R, Division 3 Occupancies.

J. Section 907, Fire Alarm and Detection Systems, is amended as follows:

1. Subsection 907.6.5, Monitoring, is amended to read as follows:

907.6.5.4 Central Station Monitoring. Required alarm systems shall be monitored by an approved alarm service provider’s Type A (listed) Central Station as established by Sacramento Regional Fire/EMS Communication Center.

The Central Station monitoring company or approved Alarm Company shall notify the authority having jurisdiction in writing, within 72 hours, of systems that are found not to be in compliance with applicable codes.

Receipt of supervisory signals by the monitoring company require the dispatch of a runner or maintenance person (arrival time not to exceed 1 hour), unless the condition can be restored to normal through the subscriber’s efforts.

2. Subsections 907.6.5.4, Branch electrical circuits, 907.6.5.5, Multi-building or zone monitoring, and 907.6.5.6, Alarm transmission, are added to read as follows:

907.6.5.4 Branch electrical circuits. When providing a fire alarm circuit in a multiple occupancy type building (multiple metering), the circuit shall be energized from the house meter panel board.

When a separate source of power (i.e. emergency generator) is provided the fire alarm circuit shall be energized from the emergency panel board.

907.6.5.5 Multi-building or zone monitoring. When a Central Station is monitoring more than one zone or building with a single retransmitter, the Central Station shall identify the particular zone or building or both that is in alarm, where required by the Chief.

Fire Alarm Panels installed at the protected premise shall be capable of differentiating between signals, including water flow, manual, and automatic activating components and transmitting distinctive fire alarm, supervisory and trouble signals.

907.6.5.6 Alarm transmission. The activation of a fire sprinkler system, hood extinguishing system, special extinguishing system or a fire alarm/detection system shall cause the system to initiate a signal to the Central Station within 90 seconds. Retransmission from the Central Station to the Fire Dispatch Center shall not exceed 60 seconds.

EXCEPTION: Existing buildings without an alarm system which install hood extinguishing systems or special extinguishing systems need not be monitored.

3. Subsection 907.6.5.1, Automatic telephone dialing devices, is amended to read as follows:

907.6.5.1 Automatic telephone dialing devices. Two separate telephone lines (numbers) shall be provided from the protected premises to the Central Station, which use Digital Alarm Communicator Transmitter (DACT). All costs regarding the installation, maintenance, and continuous operation of those lines shall be the responsibility of the building owner.

K. Section 5003, General Requirements, is amended as follows:

1. Section 5003.10.3.7, Parking and garaging, is added as follows:

5003.10.3.7 Parking and garaging. Vehicles containing hazardous materials in amounts that require placarding under state or federal law and possessing the physical hazards listed in Section 5001.2.2 shall not be left unattended on any residential street; nor in or within 500 feet of any residential area, apartment or hotel complex, educational, hospital or care facility at any time; or at any place that would, in the opinion of the Chief, present a life or safety hazard.

L. Section 5608, Fireworks Display, is amended as follows:

1. Section 5608.1, General, is amended to read as follows:

5608.1 General. Fireworks and temporary storage, use and handling of pyrotechnic special effects material used in motion pictures, television, and theatrical and group entertainment productions shall be in accordance with this chapter and local and state regulations.

2. Section 5608.2, Permit Application, is added to read as follows:

5608.2 Permit Application. Permits are required to conduct a fireworks display as required by local and state regulations. Permit application shall be made not less than 14 days prior to the scheduled date of the display. The permit application shall include a diagram of the grounds on which the display is to be held showing the point at which the fireworks are to be discharged; the location of buildings, highways and other lines of communication; the lines behind which the audiences will be restrained; and the location of nearby trees, telegraph or telephone lines and other overhead obstructions. At the time of permit application, the Chief shall be consulted regarding requirements for standby personnel and fire apparatus.

3. Section 5608.3, Sales, is added to read as follows:

5608.3 Sales. Permits are required for the sale and display of “Safe and Sane” approved fireworks as permitted and regulated by Article 7 of Chapter 4.54 of the Sacramento County Code and as hereinafter amended.

4. Section 5608.4, Storage, is added to read as follows:

5608.4 Storage. Storage of fireworks is prohibited except by special permits as required by local and state regulations.

5. Section 5608.5, Pyrotechnic special effects material, is added to read as follows:

5608.5 Pyrotechnic special effects material. A permit is required to manufacture, compound, store or use pyrotechnic special effects material as required by local and state regulations. A permit for use shall be granted only to a licensed pyrotechnic operator.

6. Section 5608.6, General, is added to read as follows:

5608.6 General. Storage, use and handling of fireworks shall be in accordance with local and state regulations.

7. Section 5608.7, Seizure, is added to read as follows:

5608.7 Seizure. The Chief is authorized to seize, take, remove or cause to be removed at the expense of the owner all stocks of fireworks offered or exposed for sale, stored or held in violation of local, state, or federal regulations.

8. Section 5608.8, General, is added to read as follows:

5608.8 General. Fireworks displays shall be in accordance with local and state regulations.

9. Section 5608.9, General, is amended as follows:

5608.9 General. Temporary storage, use and handling of pyrotechnic special effects material used in motion picture, television, theatrical and group entertainment productions shall be in accordance with local and state regulations. Permanent storage of pyrotechnical special effects materials shall be in accordance with Section 5608.

M. Appendix B is amended as follows:

1. Subsection B105.2, Buildings other than One- and Two-Family Dwellings, is amended to read as follows:

B105.2 Buildings other than One- and Two-Family Dwellings. The minimum fire flow and flow duration for buildings other than one- and two-family dwellings shall be as specified in Table B105.1.

EXCEPTION:

1. A reduction in required fire flow of up to 50 percent, as approved by the Chief, is allowed when the building is provided with an automatic sprinkler system approved pursuant to the adopted NFPA Standards. The resulting fire flow shall not be less than 1,500 gallons per minute (5,677.5 L/min.). Reduction of fire flow does not apply to number of fire hydrants required or duration of fire flow required.

2. A reduction in required fire flow of up to 75 percent, as approved by the Chief, for warehouse buildings of Type I, Type II, and Type III-N construction and provided with early suppression fast response fire sprinkler systems. Reduction of fire flow does not apply to number of fire hydrants required or duration of fire flow required.

N. Appendix C is amended as follows:

1. Section C104, Consideration of Existing Fire Hydrants, is amended to read as follows:

C104.1 Existing fire hydrants on public streets are allowed to be considered as available. Existing fire hydrants on adjacent properties shall not be considered available unless fire apparatus access roads extend between properties and easements are established to prevent obstructions of such roads.

C104.2 Existing single outlet 2 1/2 inch hydrants shall be changed to an approved steamer style hydrant, when a tentative subdivision or parcel map, merge of lots, change of use or change in intensity of use of an existing building, expansion of an existing structure, or construction increases the required fire flow.

C104.3 Where water main improvements are required to meet GPM flow and the existing water main has a single 2 1/2 inch outlet fire hydrant, an upgrade of hydrants will be required.

C104.4 Existing hydrants affected by right of way improvements shall be moved to an approved location at no cost to the fire authority.

2. Table No. C105.1, Number and Distribution of Fire Hydrants, is amended to read as follows:

TABLE NO. C105.1

NUMBER AND DISTRIBUTION OF FIRE HYDRANTS 

FIRE FLOW REQUIREMENT (gpm)

MINIMUM NO. OF HYDRANTS

AVERAGE SPACING BETWEEN HYDRANTS1, 3, & 4 (Ft.)

MAXIMUM DISTANCE FROM HYDRANT TO ANY POINT ON STREET OR ROADWAY FRONTAGE3 (Ft.)

1,750 or less

1

300

150

2,000 – 2,250

2

300

150

2,500

3

300

150

3,000

3

300

150

3,500 – 4,000

4

300

150

4,500 – 5,000

5

300

150

5,500

6

300

150

6,000

6

250

150

6,500 – 7,000

7

250

150

7,500 or more

8 or more2

200

120

1    Reduce by 150 feet for dead-end streets or roadways.

2    One Hydrant for each 1,000 gpm or fraction thereof.

3    Where new water mains are extended along streets where hydrants are not needed for protection of structures or similar fire problems, fire hydrants should be provided at not less than 1,000 foot (305 m) spacing to provide for transportation hazards. In addition, there shall be at least one hydrant at each intersection.

4    Average spacing between hydrants may be extended to 500 feet on streets serving one and two family dwellings.

3. Section C106, Hydrant Type, is added to read as follows:

The Chief shall approve the type of fire hydrants to be installed in public right of way or on private property prior to any such installation.

4. Section C107, Hydrants – Both Sides of a Street, is added to read as follows:

Hydrants shall be required on both sides of the street whenever one or more of the following conditions exist:

1. Streets have median center dividers that make access to hydrants difficult, cause time delay, or create undue hazard or both.

2. When there are four or more lanes of traffic.

3. Width of street in excess of 88 feet.

4. The existing street being widened or having a raised median center divider in the future pursuant to the General Plan Roadway Improvement Plans for the County of Sacramento.

O. Chapter 47, Nationally Recognized Standards of Good Practice, is added to read as follows:

NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSOCIATION

Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02269

All NFPA Standards shall be adopted except:

11C, 13E, 13R, 297, 473, 550, 902, 1001, 1002, 1003, 1021, 1031, 1033, 1035, 1041, 1201, 1221, 1402, 1404, 1405, 1410, 1500, 1561, 1581, 1901, 1911, 1914, 1931, 1932, 1971, 1975, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1999, 1710, 1720

[Ord. 40-2013 § 1; Ord. 28-2010 § 1; Ord. 35-2007 § 1; Ord. 21-2003 §§ 2, 4; Ord. 20-2003 §§ 2, 4].

17.04.090 High explosives.

In accordance with the provisions of Division 11, Explosives, Part 1, High Explosives, Sections 12000 and 12401 of the California Health and Safety Code, the chief of police shall have the primary responsibility for the enforcement of the provisions therein. Wherever there appears in the fire code any rule, regulation or provision that is in conflict with the Health and Safety Code, the Health and Safety Code shall rule. [Ord. 40-2013 § 1; Ord. 28-2010 § 1; Ord. 35-2007 § 1; Ord. 21-2003 §§ 2, 4; Ord. 20-2003 §§ 2, 4].

17.04.100 Public safety 800 Mhz radio building amplification system.

All buildings or portions of buildings hereafter constructed shall provide for adequate emergency personnel radio communications by complying with the public safety 800 Mhz radio building amplification system installation and testing standard.

Exemption. This section shall not apply to buildings less than 5,000 square feet or any R-3 occupancy. [Ord. 40-2013 § 1; Ord. 28-2010 § 1; Ord. 35-2007 § 1; Ord. 21-2003 §§ 2, 4; Ord. 20-2003 §§ 2, 4].

17.04.110 Flammable and combustible liquids and liquefied petroleum gases.

A. Applications for permits for the installation or modification of aboveground tanks for the storage of flammable and combustible liquids shall be made to the Rancho Cordova building department, and the Sacramento metropolitan fire district. Files, records, and copies of all permits shall be kept in the Rancho Cordova building department and will be available on request. The Rancho Cordova building department shall instruct the applicant as to the necessity of also obtaining concurrent approval from the Sacramento metropolitan fire district for issuance of a permit.

B. In addition to any other applicable requirements, the installation or modification of underground tanks for the storage of hazardous materials, including flammable and combustible liquids, shall require valid permits from the environmental health branch of Sacramento County and the Sacramento metropolitan fire district.

C. Applications for permits for the installation or modification of liquefied petroleum gases shall be made to the Rancho Cordova building department and the Sacramento metropolitan fire district, whose decisions shall be final. [Ord. 40-2013 § 1; Ord. 28-2010 § 1; Ord. 35-2007 § 1; Ord. 21-2003 §§ 2, 4; Ord. 20-2003 §§ 2, 4].

17.04.120 Structural fires.

The chief shall notify all occupants or owners of structures which have suffered damage by fire that such structures or buildings must be inspected before any repairs thereto are made. A permit covering the structural, electrical and plumbing repairs shall be obtained from the Rancho Cordova building department. The chief shall report all such structural fires to the Rancho Cordova building department on a form prescribed by the building department within 24 hours after the occurrence of such fire. [Ord. 40-2013 § 1; Ord. 28-2010 § 1; Ord. 35-2007 § 1; Ord. 21-2003 §§ 2, 4; Ord. 20-2003 §§ 2, 4].