Chapter 15.10
FIRE CODE*

Sections:

15.10.005    International Fire Code adopted.

15.10.010    IFC Section 101.1, Title, amended.

15.10.015    IFC Section 102.7, Referenced Codes and Standards, amended.

15.10.020    IFC Section 105.1, General, amended.

15.10.025    IFC Section 105.7, Required Construction Permits, amended.

15.10.030    IFC Section 108, Board of Appeals, replaced.

15.10.035    IFC Section 109.3, Violation Penalties, amended.

15.10.040    IFC Section 308.3, Open Flame in Group A Occupancies, amended.

15.10.045    IFC Section 401.7.1, Evacuation Required, added.

15.10.050    IFC Section 503.1, Where Required, amended.

15.10.055    IFC Section 503.1.1, Buildings and Facilities, amended.

15.10.060    IFC Section 503.2.1, Dimensions, amended.

15.10.065    IFC Section 503.2.6, Bridges and Elevated Surfaces, amended.

15.10.070    IFC Section 503.3, Marking, amended.

15.10.075    IFC Section 503.4, Obstruction of Fire Apparatus Access Roads, amended.

15.10.080    IFC Section 506.1, Where Required, amended.

15.10.085    IFC Section 507.5.1, Where Required, amended.

15.10.090    IFC Section 510.1, Emergency Responder Radio Coverage in New Buildings, amended.

15.10.095    IFC Section 510.2, Emergency Responder Radio Coverage in Existing Buildings, amended.

15.10.100    IFC Section 510.2.4, Signal Booster Requirements, amended.

15.10.105    IFC Section 510.5.3, Acceptance Test Procedure, amended.

15.10.110    IFC Section 510.5.5, Approval Prior to Occupancy, amended.

15.10.115    IFC Section 510.6, Maintenance, amended.

15.10.120    IFC Section 510.6.1, Testing and Proof of Compliance, amended.

15.10.125    IFC Section 510.6.3, Field Testing, amended.

15.10.130    IFC Section 510.6.4, Identification, added.

15.10.135    IFC Section 901.7, Systems Out of Service, amended.

15.10.140    IFC Section 903.2, Where Required, amended.

15.10.145    IFC Section 903.2.13, Additional Fire Sprinkler Requirements for New and Existing Buildings, added.

15.10.150    IFC 903.3.1.1.1, Exempt locations, amended.

15.10.155    IFC Section 903.3.1.2, NFPA 13R Sprinkler Systems, amended.

15.10.160    IFC Section 903.4.3, Floor Control Valves, amended.

15.10.165    IFC Section 903.5.1, Fire Sprinkler and Standpipe Drains, added.

15.10.170    IFC Section 907.2, Where Required – New Buildings and Structures, amended.

15.10.175    IFC Section 5003.9, General Safety Precautions, amended.

15.10.180    IFC Section 5003.9.11, Manufacturer’s Limitations, added.

15.10.185    IFC Section 5307.5.2, Emergency Alarm System, amended.

15.10.190    IFC Section 5604.1, General, amended.

15.10.195    IFC Section 5704.2.9.6.1, Locations Where Above-Ground Tanks Are Prohibited, amended.

15.10.200    IFC Section 5806.2, Limitations, amended.

15.10.205    IFC Section 6104.2, Maximum Capacity within Established Limits, amended.

15.10.210    IFC Appendix B, Fire-Flow Requirements for Buildings, amended.

*Prior legislation: Ord. 07-0261 § 2.

15.10.005 International Fire Code adopted.

The 2015 Edition of the International Fire Code, together with Appendix B (Fire-Flow Requirements for Buildings), as published by the International Code Council, is adopted, together with the amendments set forth in Chapter 51-54A WAC. [Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.010.]

15.10.010 IFC Section 101.1, Title, amended.

Section 101.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended by inserting the phrase “City of Kenmore.” [Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.012.]

15.10.015 IFC Section 102.7, Referenced Codes and Standards, amended.

Section 102.7 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended by adding the following:

When allowed by the fire code official, editions of standards not herein referenced may be utilized provided the entire standard is utilized.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A).]

15.10.020 IFC Section 105.1, General, amended.

Section 105.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 105.1 General. Permits shall be in accordance with Sections 105.1 through 105.7.22.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A).]

15.10.025 IFC Section 105.7, Required Construction Permits, amended.

Section 105.7 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended by adding the following:

105.7.19 Emergency and standby power systems. A construction permit is required to install or modify an Emergency Power Supply System (EPSS) that supplies power to life safety systems, fire pumps, elevators or any system required by the International Fire Code or the International Building Code.

105.7.20 High-piled combustible storage. A construction permit is required to install, alter or increase the hazard level of storage under the following criteria: Storage area including aisles exceeds 500 square feet floor area, and either Class I – IV commodities are stored more than 12 feet high, or high hazard materials are stored more than 6 feet high.

105.7.21 Mechanical refrigeration. A construction permit is required to install, modify or expand any mechanical refrigeration system containing more than 220 pounds of a Group A1 refrigerant or more than 30 pounds of any other group refrigerant.

105.7.22 Emergency alarm system. A construction permit is required to install an emergency alarm system in accordance with Section 5307. An emergency alarm is required for carbon dioxide systems with more than 100 pounds of carbon dioxide.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.022.]

15.10.030 IFC Section 108, Board of Appeals, replaced.

Section 108 of the International Fire Code is hereby deleted and replaced with the following:

Section 108 Hearing Examiner. Appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the fire code official shall be made to the hearing examiner in accordance with the requirements and process of Chapter 19.30 KMC. An application for appeal shall be based on a claim that the true intent of this code or the rules legally adopted thereunder has been incorrectly interpreted, the provisions of this code do not fully apply or an equally good or better solution is proposed. The hearing examiner shall have not authority relative to interpretation of the administrative provisions of this code nor shall the hearing examiner be empowered to waive requirements of either this code or the technical codes which are the codes, appendices and referenced code standards adopted by the city.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 12-0333 § 1; Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.025.]

15.10.035 IFC Section 109.3, Violation Penalties, amended.

Section 109.3 of the International Fire Code is hereby deleted and replaced with the following:

Notice of violation. Any person who violates the provisions of this code or fails to comply with any of the requirements thereof or lawful directive of the fire code official, shall be subject to penalties as prescribed by law.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.030.]

15.10.040 IFC Section 308.3, Open Flame in Group A Occupancies, amended.

Section 308.3 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended by adding the following exception:

4. Where approved by the fire code official.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.035.]

15.10.045 IFC Section 401.7.1, Evacuation Required, added.

Section 401.7.1 of the International Fire Code is added to Section 401.7:

401.7.1 Evacuation required. In the event of activation of a fire, emergency alarm, or at the direction the fire code official, occupants of the building or portion of the building in which the alarm is activated shall make a safe and orderly evacuation out of the building, or as provided in the building’s fire safety and evacuation or high-rise emergency operations plan.

Exceptions:

1. Where the occupant’s physical or other disability make the occupant unable to evacuate without assistance and no assistance is immediately available; or

2. Where the presence of smoke, fire, structural collapse or other hazard or obstruction of the occupant’s means of egress make evacuation unsafe.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.040.]

15.10.050 IFC Section 503.1, Where Required, amended.

Section 503.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

503.1 Where required. Fire apparatus access roads shall be provided and maintained in accordance with Sections 503.1.1 and 503.1.2.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.055 IFC Section 503.1.1, Buildings and Facilities, amended.

Section 503.1.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

503.1.1 Buildings and facilities. Approved fire apparatus access roads shall be provided for every facility, building or portion of a building hereafter constructed or moved into or within a jurisdiction. The fire apparatus access road shall comply with the requirements of this section and shall extend to within 150 feet of all portions of the facility and all portions of the exterior walls of the first story of the building as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the building or facility.

Exception:

1. The fire code official is authorized to increase the dimensions of 150 feet where any of the following conditions occur:

1.1. The building is equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1, 903.3.1.2 or 903.3.1.3.

1.2. Fire apparatus access roads cannot be installed because of location on the property, topography, waterways, nonnegotiable grades or other similar conditions, and an approved alternative means of fire protection is provided.

1.3. There are not more than two Group R-3 or Group U occupancies.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.060 IFC Section 503.2.1, Dimensions, amended.

Section 503.2.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended as follows:

503.2.1 Dimensions. Driveways serving one single-family residence shall have a minimum clear width of 12 feet.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.045.]

15.10.065 IFC Section 503.2.6, Bridges and Elevated Surfaces, amended.

Section 503.2.6 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended as follows:

503.2.6 Bridges, structures and elevated surfaces. Where a bridge, structure or an elevated surface is part of a fire apparatus access road, the bridge shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with AASHTO HS-25. Bridges, structures, and elevated surfaces shall be designed for a live load sufficient to carry the live loads of fire apparatus. In addition, these structures shall be designed to support a 45,000 lb point load over four square feet. Vehicle load limits shall be posted at both entrances to bridges where required by the fire code official. Where elevated surfaces are designed for emergency vehicle use are adjacent to surfaces which are not designed for such use, approved barriers, approved signs or both shall be installed and maintained where required by the fire code official.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.050.]

15.10.070 IFC Section 503.3, Marking, amended.

Section 503.3 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended as follows:

503.3 Marking. Where required by the fire code official, approved signs or other approved notices, as described in the Northshore Fire Department Access Standard, shall be provided for fire apparatus access roads to identify such roads or prohibit the obstruction thereof. Signs or notices shall be maintained a clean and legible condition at all times and be replaced or repaired when necessary to provide adequate visibility.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.055.]

15.10.075 IFC Section 503.4, Obstruction of Fire Apparatus Access Roads, amended.

Section 503.4 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended as follows:

503.4 Obstruction of fire apparatus access roads. Fire apparatus access roads shall not be obstructed in any manner, including parking of vehicles. The minimum widths and clearances shall be maintained at all times.

Exception: Parking of vehicles along residential streets where all homes along the road are protected by approved fire sprinkler systems.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.060.]

15.10.080 IFC Section 506.1, Where Required, amended.

Section 506.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended by adding the following:

506.1 Where required. All occupancies equipped with an automatic sprinkler system, fire alarm system, or hazardous occupancies, or when required by the fire code official, shall have an emergency access key box mounted in an approved location.

Exception: One- and two-family dwellings.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.065.]

15.10.085 IFC Section 507.5.1, Where Required, amended.

Section 507.5.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read:

507.5.1. Where required. Where a facility or building hereafter constructed or moved into or within the city is more than 150 feet from a hydrant on a fire apparatus access road, onsite fire hydrants and mains shall be provided where required by the fire code official. At least one hydrant shall be located within 400 feet of all portions of the exterior wall of the first story of the facility or building as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the building. All fire hydrants required by this section, whether existing or new shall be equipped with a 4-inch Storz fitting on the steamer port. A 4-inch Storz fitting shall also be installed on any hydrant required for protection of existing structures where the valuation of the improvement or alteration exceeds 50% of the assessed valuation or where the square footage is increased by 25% or 1,000 square feet, whichever is less.

Exceptions:

1. For one- and two-family dwellings and Group U occupancies, the maximum distance to the structure shall be 300 feet and 450 feet when protected by an approved fire sprinkler system.

2. Distances may be modified by the fire code official for facilities or buildings equipped with approved automatic sprinkler systems.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.070.]

15.10.090 IFC Section 510.1, Emergency Responder Radio Coverage in New Buildings, amended.

Section 510.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

510.1 Emergency responder radio coverage in new buildings. Approved radio coverage for emergency responders shall be provided with buildings meeting any of the following conditions:

1. There are more than five stories above grade plane (as defined by the International Building Code, Section 202);

2. The total building is 50,000 square feet or more;

3. The total basement area is 10,000 square feet or more; or,

4. There are floors used for human occupancy more than 30 feet below the finish floor of the lowest level of exit discharge.

Radio coverage is based upon the existing coverage levels of the public safety communication systems of the jurisdictions at the exterior of the building. This section shall not require improvements of the existing public safety communication system.

Exception:

Buildings and areas of buildings that have minimum radio coverage signal strength levels of the King County Regional 800 MHz Radio System within the building in accordance with Section 510.4.1.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.075.]

15.10.095 IFC Section 510.2, Emergency Responder Radio Coverage in Existing Buildings, amended.

Section 510.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

510.2 Emergency responder radio coverage in existing buildings. Existing buildings shall be provided with approved radio coverage for emergency responders as required in Section 1103.2.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.100 IFC Section 510.2.4, Signal Booster Requirements, amended.

Section 510.2.4 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

510.4.2.4 Signal Booster Requirements. If used, signal boosters shall meet the following requirements:

1. All active signal booster components shall be contained in a (NEMA) 4, IP66 -type waterproof cabinet or equivalent.

2. The battery system shall be contained in a (NEMA) 4, IP66-type waterproof cabinet or equivalent.

3. The system shall include automatic alarming of malfunctions of the signal booster and battery system. Any resulting trouble alarm shall be automatically transmitted to an approved central station.

4. Equipment shall have FCC certification prior to installation.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.105 IFC Section 510.5.3, Acceptance Test Procedure, amended.

Section 510.5.3 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

510.5.3 Acceptance test procedure. Acceptance testing for Emergency responder radio amplification system is required, upon completion of installation. It is the building owner’s responsibility to have the radio system tested by qualified personnel to ensure a minimum of 95% two-way coverage on each floor of the building.

A report shall be submitted to the Northshore Fire Department at the conclusion of acceptance testing containing a floor plan and the signal strengths at each location tested and other relevant information. A representative of the Northshore Fire Department may oversee the acceptance test. Acceptance testing is also required whenever changes occur to the building that would materially change the original field performance test. The test procedure shall be conducted as follows:

1. Each floor of the building shall be divided into a grid of approximately forty (40) equal areas.

2. Testing shall use a two (2) watt, portable transceiver with speaker/microphone and flexible antenna (or any calibrated device which will produce signal levels useable by the prescribed portable radio). Field strength testing instruments must have been calibrated within one (1) year of the date of the acceptance test. Field strength testing instruments must be of the frequency selective type incorporating a flexible antenna similar to the ones used on the hand held transceivers. A Radio System Manager may designate alternate methods of measuring the signal level, which satisfy appropriate levels of public safety coverage.

3. A maximum of two (2) nonadjacent areas will be allowed to fail the test.

4. In the event that three (3) of the areas fail the test, the floor may be divided into eighty (80) equal areas in order to be more statistically accurate. In such event, a maximum of four (4) nonadjacent areas will be allowed to fail the test. After the eighty (80) area tests, if the system continues to fail, the building owner shall have the system altered to meet the 95% coverage requirement.

5. A spot located approximately in the center of a grid area will be selected for the test, then the radio will be keyed to verify two-way communication to and from the outside of the building through the Regional 800 MHz Radio System. Once the spot has been selected, prospecting for a better spot within the grid area is not permitted. The gain values of all amplifiers shall be measured and the results kept on file with the building owner so that the measurements can be verified each year during the annual tests. In the event that the measurement results become lost, the building owner will be required to rerun the acceptance test to reestablish the gain values.

6. The gain values of all amplifiers shall be measured and the test measurement results shall be kept on file with the building owner so that the measurements can be verified during annual tests. In the event that the measurement results become lost, the building owner shall be required to rerun the acceptance test to reestablish the gain values.

7. As part of the installation a spectrum analyzer or other suitable test equipment shall be utilized to ensure spurious oscillations are not being generated by the subject signal booster. This test shall be conducted at time of installation and subsequent annual inspections.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.110 IFC Section 510.5.5, Approval Prior to Occupancy, amended.

Section 510.5.5 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

510.5.5 Approval prior to occupancy. A Certificate of Occupancy will not be issued to any structure if the building fails to comply with KMC 15.10.060.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.115 IFC Section 510.6, Maintenance, amended.

Section 510.6 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

510.6 Maintenance. The emergency responder radio coverage system shall be maintained operational at all times in accordance with Sections 510.6.1 through 510.6.4.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.120 IFC Section 510.6.1, Testing and Proof of Compliance, amended.

Section 510.6.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

510.6.1 Testing and proof of compliance. The emergency responder radio coverage system shall be inspected and tested annually, or whenever structural changes occur including additions or remodels that could materially change the original field performance tests. Testing shall consist of the following:

1. In-building coverage test as described in Section 510.5.3.

Exception: Group R Occupancy annual testing is not required within dwelling units.

2. Signal boosters shall be tested to ensure that the gain is the same as it was upon initial installation and acceptance.

3. Backup batteries and power supplies shall be tested under load of a period of 1 hour to verify that they will properly operate during an actual power outage. If within the 1-hour test period the battery exhibits symptoms of failure, the test shall be extended for additional 1-hour periods until the integrity of the battery can be determined.

4. All other active components shall be checked to verify operation within the manufacturer’s specifications.

5. At the conclusion of the testing, a report, which shall verify compliance with Section 510.5.3, shall be submitted to the fire code official.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.125 IFC Section 510.6.3, Field Testing, amended.

Section 510.6.3 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

510.6.3 Field Testing. Police and Fire Personnel shall have the right to enter onto the property at any reasonable time to conduct its own field-testing to be certain that the required level of radio coverage is present.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.130 IFC Section 510.6.4, Identification, added.

Section 510.6.4 of the International Fire Code is hereby added as follows:

510.6.4 Identification. Radio Coverage system shall be identified by a sign located on or near the Fire Alarm Control Panel stating “This building is equipped with an Emergency Responder Radio Coverage System.”

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.135 IFC Section 901.7, Systems Out of Service, amended.

Section 901.7 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

901.7 System out of service. Where a fire protection system is out of service, 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 shutdown until the fire protection system has been returned to service. Where utilized, fire watches shall be provided with at least one means for notification of the fire department and their only duty shall be to perform constant patrols of the protected premises and keep watch for fires.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.080.]

15.10.140 IFC Section 903.2, Where Required, amended.

Section 903.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

903.2 Where required. Approved automatic sprinkler systems in new and existing buildings and structures shall be provided in the locations described in Section 903.2.1 through 903.13.

The exception has been deleted.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.085.]

15.10.145 IFC Section 903.2.13, Additional Fire Sprinkler Requirements for New and Existing Buildings, added.

Section 903.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended by adding a new Section 903.2.13 as follows:

903.2.13 Additional fire sprinkler requirements for new and existing buildings.

NEW BUILDINGS

1. An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in all occupancies requiring 2,000 gallons per minute or more fire flow, or where the gross square footage exceeds 5,000 square feet. This applies to all buildings regardless of type or use.

2. All newly constructed buildings regardless of gross square footage shall be provided with an automatic sprinkler system if adequate fire flow, hydrant spacing, or approved fire department access is not provided as required in IFC Section 503, Appendix B, and or Title 15 of the Kenmore Municipal Code.

3. An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in new residential occupancies.

Exception: Detached accessory dwelling units (ADU’s).

EXISTING BUILDINGS

1. The provisions of this section shall apply to existing buildings that are subject to alterations, repairs, modifications or similar improvements where the total cost of the work performed exceeds 50% of the King County Assessors Office valuation of the structure. Where subsequent alterations, repairs, modifications or similar improvements occur within five years of the first permitted work, the original building valuation shall be used and the total costs of improvements shall be accumulative.

2. The provisions of this section shall apply to existing buildings where the gross floor area of the building is increased. Additions to buildings that would result in a gross floor area greater than 5,000 square feet shall be retrofitted throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system.

Exception: The floor area of an existing building may be increased by up to 25%, not to exceed 5,000 square foot floor area increase. This exception shall be allowed one time only and acknowledgement of its use shall be recorded to run with the property title prior to permit issuance.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.090.]

15.10.150 IFC 903.3.1.1.1, Exempt locations, amended.

Item 6 from Section 903.3.1.1.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

6. Machine rooms, machinery spaces, control rooms and control spaces associated with traction elevators. The elevator machinery shall not be of the hydraulic type.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.155 IFC Section 903.3.1.2, NFPA 13R Sprinkler Systems, amended.

Section 903.3.1.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

Automatic sprinkler systems in Group R occupancies up to and including four stories in height in buildings not exceeding 60 feet in height, as measured from the lowest point of fire department access, shall be permitted to be installed throughout in accordance with NFPA 13R.

The number of stories of Group R constructed in accordance with Sections 510.2 and 510.4 of the International Building Code shall be measured from the horizontal assembly creating separate buildings.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.160 IFC Section 903.4.3, Floor Control Valves, amended.

Section 903.4.3 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

903.4.3. Floor control valves. In multi-level buildings approved, supervised indicating control valves shall be provided at the point of connection to the riser on each floor.

Exception: When approved by the fire code official.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.095.]

15.10.165 IFC Section 903.5.1, Fire Sprinkler and Standpipe Drains, added.

Section 903.5.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended by adding a new Section 903.5.1 as follows:

903.5.1 Fire sprinkler and standpipe drains. Fire sprinkler and standpipe main/express drains shall be positioned to drain to the sanitary sewer. Additionally, maintenance or testing discharges from fire pumps shall be treated in order to comply with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.170 IFC Section 907.2, Where Required – New Buildings and Structures, amended.

Section 907.2, excluding subsections 907.2.1 through 907.2.23, of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

907.2 Where required—new buildings and structures.

All occupancies exceeding 3,000 square feet gross floor area shall be required to provide an approved, monitored automatic fire detection system. Fire walls as noted in Section 706 of the International Building Code shall not be considered to be a separate building to enable deletion of the required fire detection system.

Exception: Group U or IRC regulated structures.

An approved fire alarm system installed in accordance with this code and NFPA 72 shall be provided in new buildings and structures in accordance with Sections 907.2.1 through 907.2.23. and provide occupant notification in accordance with Section 907.6, unless other requirements are provided by another section of this code. Where automatic sprinkler protection installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 or 903.3.1.2 is provided and connected to the building fire alarm system, automatic heat detection required by this section shall not be required.

A minimum of one fire alarm box shall be provided in an approved location to initiate a fire alarm signal for fire alarm systems employing automatic fire detectors or water-flow devices. Where other sections of this code allow elimination of fire alarm boxes due to sprinklers, a single fire alarm box shall be installed.

EXISTING BUILDINGS

The provisions of this section shall apply to existing buildings that are subject to alterations, repairs, modifications or similar improvements where the total cost of the work performed exceeds 50% of the King County Assessor’s Office valuation of the structure. Where subsequent alterations, repairs, modifications or similar improvements occur within five years of the first permitted work, the original building valuation shall be used and the total costs of improvements shall be accumulative.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.100.]

15.10.175 IFC Section 5003.9, General Safety Precautions, amended.

Section 5003.9 of the International Fire Code is amended to read as follows:

5003.9 General safety precautions. General precautions for the safe storage, handling or care of hazardous materials shall be in accordance with Sections 5003.9.1 through 5003.9.11.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.105.]

15.10.180 IFC Section 5003.9.11, Manufacturer’s Limitations, added.

Section 5003.9 of the International Fire Code is amended by adding a new section 5003.9.11 as follows:

5003.9.11 Manufacturer’s Limitations. The storage and use of hazardous materials shall not exceed the manufacturer’s limitations on shelf life and any other restrictions on use.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.110.]

15.10.185 IFC Section 5307.5.2, Emergency Alarm System, amended.

Section 5307.5.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

5307.5.2 Emergency alarm systems. An emergency alarm system shall comply with all of the following:

1. Continuous gas detection shall be provided to monitor areas where carbon dioxide can accumulate.

2. The threshold for activation on an alarm shall not exceed 5,000 parts per million.

3. Activation of the emergency alarm system shall initiate a local alarm at the entrance to the room(s) and inside the room(s) where CO2 systems are installed.

4. A warning sign shall be posted at the entrance to the room that reads: “Carbon Dioxide Alarm. Do Not Enter. Call 911.”

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B).]

15.10.190 IFC Section 5604.1, General, amended.

Section 5604.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended by adding the following:

5604.1 General. The storage of blasting agents, detonators, explosives, explosive materials and special industrial explosive devices is prohibited within the city limits.

Exceptions:

1. Approved storage areas in law enforcement facilities and as otherwise provided in the Municipal Code.

2. When approved by the fire code official.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.115.]

15.10.195 IFC Section 5704.2.9.6.1, Locations Where Above-Ground Tanks Are Prohibited, amended.

Section 5704.2.9.6.1 of the International Fire Code is amended to read as follows:

5704.2.9.6.1 Locations where above-ground tanks are prohibited. Throughout the city, the use of above ground storage tanks outside of buildings shall be limited to flammable or combustible liquids in outside above ground tanks of 2,000 gallons per tank with an aggregate capacity of 4,000 gallons per site, unless otherwise specifically approved by the fire code official. All above ground storage tanks containing flammable or combustible liquids with a capacity of 500 gallons or more shall be protected tanks designed in accordance with Section 5704.2.9.7 and UL2085, or other systems with prior approval of the fire code official. Above ground combustible liquid tanks, used for the storage of heating oil, for a single family residence shall not exceed 300 gallons. Above ground flammable liquid tanks shall not be permitted in a residential zone or within 100 feet of a residential zone within the city, except that such tanks may be located at fire stations or municipal facilities. Temporary uses may be permitted during periods of construction with the approval of the fire code official. Permits for above ground tanks shall be approved by the fire code official prior to installation or placement.

Exception: Existing installations exceeding 2,000 gallon tank or aggregate capacity of 4,000 gallons per site shall be allowed to continue until tank replacement is necessary or tank decommissioning.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.120.]

15.10.200 IFC Section 5806.2, Limitations, amended.

Section 5806.2 of the International Fire Code is amended to read as follows:

5806.2 Outdoor storage. The storage of flammable cryogenic fluids in stationary containers outside of buildings is prohibited within the city limits.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.125.]

15.10.205 IFC Section 6104.2, Maximum Capacity within Established Limits, amended.

Section 6104.2 of the International Fire Code is amended to read as follows:

6104.2 Maximum capacity within established limits. Throughout the city, the aggregate capacity of any one installation of liquefied petroleum gas shall not exceed five hundred (500) gallons water capacity. This capacity limit may be increased up to, but not to exceed, two thousand (2,000) gallons water capacity if the installation is not within, or closer than 100 feet of a residential zone and must be approved by the fire code official. A permit is required to install a liquefied petroleum gas tank.

Exception: Existing installations exceeding five hundred (500) gallons water capacity, but not exceeding two thousand (2,000) gallons water capacity, shall be allowed to continue.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.130.]

15.10.210 IFC Appendix B, Fire-Flow Requirements for Buildings, amended.

Appendix B, Sections B104.1, B104.2, and B105.1, and the footnotes of Table B105.1, are amended to read as follows:

B104.1 General. The fire flow calculation area shall be the total floor area of all floor levels within the exterior walls, and under the horizontal projections of the roof of a building, including basements and attached garages, except as modified in Section B104.3.

B104.2 Area separation. Portions of buildings which are separated by four-hour fire walls without openings, constructed in accordance with the International Building Code, are allowed to be considered as separate fire-flow calculation areas.

B105.1 One and Two Family dwellings. The minimum fire flow requirements for one and two family dwellings having a fire-flow calculation area where the gross floor area, including attached garages, does not exceed 3,600 square feet (344.5 m2) shall be 1,500 gallons per minute (3785.4 L/min). Fire flow and flow duration for dwellings having a gross square footage in excess of 3,600 square feet (344.5 m2) shall be not less than that specified in Table B105.1 and the ISO Guide for the Determination of Needed Fire Flow.

Exception: The minimum fire flow required for one- and two-family dwellings protected by approved fire sprinkler systems that have a gross floor area under 3,600 square feet shall be 500 gallons per minute. Fire sprinkler protected one- and two-family dwellings that have gross floor areas over 3,600 square feet shall have available fire flow of at least 1/2 the value in Table B105.1(2).

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 determined by utilizing Table B105.1 and the ISO Guide for the Determination of Needed Fire Flow.

Exception: A reduction in required fire flow of up to 50 percent, as approved, is allowed when the building is provided with an approved automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 or 903.3.1.2 of the International Fire Code. Where buildings are of Type I or II construction and are a light-hazard occupancy as defined by NFPA 13, the reduction may be up to 75 percent. The resulting fire flow shall not be less than 1,500 gallons per minute (5678 l/min) for the prescribed duration as specified in Table B105.1.

[Ord. 16-0423 § 2 (Exh. B); Ord. 13-0360 § 3 (Exh. A); Ord. 10-0310 § 2 (Exh. A). Formerly 15.10.135.]