Chapter 13.150
FIRE CODE

Sections:

13.150.010    Adoption.

13.150.020    Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 1, Scope and Administration.

13.150.030    Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 2, Definitions.

13.150.040    Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 3, General Requirements.

13.150.050    Reserved.

13.150.060    Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 5, Fire Service Features.

13.150.070    Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 6, Building Services and Systems.

13.150.080    Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 7, Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction.

13.150.090    Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 9, Fire Protection Systems.

13.150.100    Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 11, Fire Safety Requirements for Existing Buildings.

13.150.110    Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 80, Reference Standards.

13.150.120    Amendments to the International Fire Code – Appendix B, Fire-Flow Requirements for Buildings.

13.150.270    Automatic location identifier – Enhanced 911.

13.150.010 Adoption.

The International Fire Code with Appendix B, 2012 Edition, as published by the International Code Council, as amended in Chapter 51-54A WAC, together with amendments, additions, and deletions adopted by reference, and together with SeaTac modifications, is adopted as the City of SeaTac Fire Code, and referred to as “this code” in this chapter. At least one (1) copy of the adopted edition of the International Fire Code as published by the International Code Council shall be on file in the office of the Building Official on behalf of the City Clerk. (Ord. 13-1009 § 2 (part))

13.150.020 Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 1, Scope and Administration.

The following local amendments to Chapter 1 of the International Fire Code, entitled “Scope and Administration,” are hereby adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

A. A new subsection 104.1.1 is added to read as follows:

104.1.1 Retained authority – Additional conditions. The fire code official retains the authority to impose additional conditions where the official determines it necessary to mitigate identified fire protection impacts and problematic fire protection systems. These conditions may include, by way of example and without limitation, increased setbacks, use of fire retardant materials, installation and/or modification of standpipes, fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems.

B. A new subsection 105.1.4 is added to read as follows:

105.1.4 Term. Operational permits issued in accordance with this code shall be valid for a 12 month period and are renewable at the end of that 12 month term.

C. A new subsection 105.6.47 is added to read as follows:

105.6.47 Commercial Kitchen. An operational permit is required for all commercial kitchens with type I hood systems.

D. A new subsection 105.6.48 is added to read as follows:

105.6.48 Emergency and standby power systems. An operational permit is required for code required emergency or standby power systems identified in NFPA 110.

E. A new subsection 105.7.17 is added to read as follows:

105.7.17 Emergency and standby power systems. A construction permit is required for the installation of a code required emergency or standby power systems identified in NFPA 110.

F. Section 108 of the International Fire Code is amended to read as follows:

108 Appeals. The Hearing Examiner shall constitute the board of appeals for all matters concerning the application of the technical codes. Appeals to the hearing examiner shall be made pursuant to Chapter 13.100.100 SMC.

G. Subsection 109.4 of the International Fire Code is amended to read as follows:

109.4 Violation Penalties. Persons who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, install, alter, repair or do work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the fire code official, or of a permit or certificate used under provisions of this code, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand (1,000) dollars or by imprisonment of not more than 90 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.

H. Subsection 111.4 of the International Fire Code is amended to read as follows:

111.4 Failure to comply. Any person who shall continue any work after having been served with a stop work order, except such as that person is directed, by the City, to perform or remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be liable to a fine of not less than one hundred ($100.00) dollars or more than double the amount of the permit fee.

I. Subsection 113.3 of the International Fire Code is amended to read as follows:

113.3 Work commencing before permit issuance. When work is started or proceeded prior to obtaining approval or required permits, the ordinary fees shall be doubled. The payment of such double fee shall not relieve any persons from fully complying with the requirement of this code in the execution of the work nor from any other penalties prescribed by this code.

(Ord. 13-1009 § 2 (part))

13.150.030 Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 2, Definitions.

The following local amendment to Chapter 2 of the International Fire Code, entitled “Definitions,” is hereby adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

A. The following definition is added to Section 202 of the International Fire Code to read as follows:

PROBLEMATIC FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM. A fire protection system that generates repeated preventable alarms.

(Ord. 13-1009 § 2 (part))

13.150.040 Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 3, General Requirements.

The following local amendment to Chapter 3 of the International Fire Code, entitled “General Requirements,” is hereby adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

A. A new subsection 315.4.3 to read as follows:

315.4.3 Idle Pallets. Idle pallets shall be stored in accordance with Sections 315.4.3.1 through 315.4.3.4.

315.4.3.1 Buildings protected with automatic sprinklers. The storage of idle pallets shall be in accordance with NFPA 13 Table A12.12.1.1.

315.4.3.2 Buildings without sprinkler protection. The storage of idle pallets shall be in accordance with Table 315.4.3.2.

Table 315.4.3.2 Clearances
1 Between Storage and Buildings

Wall Construction Type

Openings

0 – 50 Pallets

51 – 200 Pallets

Over 200 Pallets

Masonry

None

5

5

10

Masonry

1 hour protected openings

5

10

20

Masonry

3/4 hour protected openings

10

20

30

Masonry

Non protected openings

20

30

50

Other

 

20

30

50

1. All distances measured in feet.

315.4.3.3 Separation from other storage. The storage of idle pallets shall be in accordance with Table 315.4.3.3.

Table 315.4.3.3 Clearance to Other Storage

Pile Size

Minimum Distance1

0 – 50

20

51 – 200

30

Over 200

50

1. All distances measured in feet.

315.4.3.4 Stacks. Pallet stacks shall be arranged to form stable piles. Pile shall be limited to an area not greater than 400 square feet. A distance half the pile height or not less than 8 ft. shall separate stacks.

(Ord. 13-1009 § 2 (part))

13.150.050 Reserved.

(Ord. 13-1009 § 2 (part))

13.150.060 Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 5, Fire Service Features.

The following local amendments to Chapter 5 of the International Fire Code, entitled “Fire Service Features,” are adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

A. Section 503 of the International Fire Code is adopted.

B. Subsection 503.2.1 is amended to read as follows:

503.2.1 Dimensions. The following minimum dimensions shall apply for fire apparatus access roads:

1. Fire apparatus access roads shall have an unobstructed width of not less than 20 feet, except for approved security gates in accordance with section 503.6, and an unobstructed vertical clearance of not less than 13 feet 6 inches.

2. All Fire apparatus access road routes shall be approved.

C. Subsection 503.2.3 is amended to read as follows:

503.2.3 Surface. Facilities, buildings, or portions of buildings constructed shall be accessible to fire apparatus by way of an approved fire apparatus access road with asphalt, concrete, or other approved all-weather driving surface capable of supporting the imposed load of fire apparatus weighing at least 30 tons in accordance with the King County Road Standards.

D. Subsection 503.2.5 is amended to read as follows:

503.2.5 Dead ends. Dead-end fire apparatus access roads in excess of 150 feet in length shall be provided with an approved turnaround.

E. Subsection 503.2.6 is amended to read as follows:

503.2.6 Bridges and elevated surfaces. Where a bridge or an elevated surface is part of a fire apparatus access road, the bridge or elevated surface shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with specifications established by the fire code official and the public works director, or their designees; at a minimum, however, the bridge or elevated surface shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with AASHTO Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges. Bridges and elevated surfaces shall be designed for a live load sufficient to carry 30 tons or more, the total imposed load to be determined by the fire code official. Vehicle load limits shall be posted at both entrances to bridges when required by the fire code official. Where elevated surfaces 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 when required by the fire code official.

F. Subsection 503.2.7 of the International Fire Code is amended to read as follows:

503.2.7 Grade. Fire apparatus access roads shall not exceed 15 percent longitudinally and/or 6 percent laterally in grade. Approach and departure angle for fire access shall be as determined by the fire code official.

G. A new subsection 503.2.9 is added to read as follows:

503.2.9 Access road width with a hydrant. Where a fire hydrant is located on a fire apparatus access road, for 20 feet on either side of the operating nut the minimum road width shall be 26 feet and may be marked as a fire lane per Section 503.3.

H. Subsection 503.3 is amended to read as follows:

503.3 Marking. Fire apparatus access roads shall be marked whenever necessary to maintain the unobstructed minimum required width of roadways. Subject to the fire code official’s prior written approval, marked fire apparatus access roads, or fire lanes, may be established or relocated at the time of plan review, pre-construction site inspection, and/or post construction site inspection as well as any time during the life of the occupancy. Only those fire apparatus access roads established by the fire code official can utilize red marking paint and the term fire lane. Fire lanes shall be marked as directed by the fire code official with one or more of the following types of marking in accordance with the City of SeaTac Design and Construction Standards:

503.3.1 Type 1. Type 1 marking shall be installed to identify fire lanes on commercial and multi-family developments or as directed by the fire code official. The following shall apply to Type 1 marking:

1. Curbs shall be identifiable by red traffic paint with a 6 inch wide stripe on the top and front, extending the length of the designated fire lane.

2. Rolled curbs shall be identified by red traffic paint with a 6 inch wide stripe on the upper most portion of the curb, extending the length of the designated fire lane.

3. Lanes without curbs shall be identified by red traffic paint with a 6 inch wide stripe on the pavement, extending the length of the designated fire lane.

4. The words “NO PARKING – FIRE LANE” shall be in 3 inch stroke white letters 18 inches in height, and placed 8 inches measured perpendicular from the red paint stripe on the pavement. Locations and intervals will be designated by the fire code official; marking will not exceed 50 feet apart. In most cases, both sides of the access road shall be marked. Where long drives are to be marked, the repetition shall alternate sides of the drive.

Exception: Fire lanes installed prior to July 1, 2013, with fire lane stencil on the face of curb.

503.3.2 Type 2. Type 2 marking shall be installed to identify fire lanes in one- and two-family dwelling developments, turnarounds, or as directed by the fire code official. The following shall apply to Type 2 marking:

1. Type 2 marking requires metal signs stating “NO PARKING – FIRE LANE” to be installed at intervals or locations designated by the fire code official; signage will not exceed 150 feet apart.

2. The signs shall measure 12 inches in width and 18 inches in height and have red letters on a white background. Bottom of sign shall be a minimum of 7 feet from the curb. Signs shall be nominally parallel to the road, facing the direction of travel.

3. The sign shall be installed on an approved metal post.

Exception: On construction sites, approved portable or temporary sign posts and bases may be used.

4. Where fire lanes are adjacent to buildings or structures and when approved or directed by the fire code official, the signs may be placed on the face of the building or structure.

503.3.3. Type 3. Type 3 marking shall be installed to address situations where neither Type 1 or 2 marking are not effective or as directed by the fire code official.

1. Specific areas designated by the fire code official shall be marked with diagonal striping across the width of the fire lane. Diagonal marking shall be used in conjunction with painted curbs and/or edge striping and shall run at an angle of 30 to 60 degrees from one side to the other. These diagonal lines shall be in red traffic paint, parallel with each other, at least 6 inches in width, and 24 inches apart. Lettering shall occur as with Type 1 marking.

I. A new subsection 503.7 is added to read as follows:

503.7 Establishment of fire lanes. Fire lanes in conformance with this code shall be established by the Fire Code Official, and shall be in accordance with 503.7.1 through 503.7.9.

503.7.1 Obstruction of fire lanes prohibited. The obstruction of a designated fire lane by a parked vehicle or any other object is prohibited and shall constitute a traffic hazard as defined in State law and an immediate hazard to life and property.

503.7.2 Existing fire lane signs and markings. The following signs and markings shall be provided:

1. Signs (minimum nine-inch by 16-inch) may be allowed to remain until there is a need for replacement and at that time the sign shall meet the requirements of section 503.3.2.

2. Markings may be allowed to remain until there is a need for repainting and at that time the provisions outlined in 503.3 shall be complied with.

503.7.3 Maintenance. Fire lane markings shall be maintained at the expense of the property owner(s) as often as needed to clearly identify the designated area as being a fire lane.

503.7.4 Towing notification. At each entrance to property where fire lanes have been designated, signs shall be posted in a clearly conspicuous location and shall clearly state that vehicles parked in fire lanes may be impounded, and the name, telephone number, and address of the towing firm where the vehicle may be redeemed.

503.7.5 Responsible property owner. The owner, manager, or person in charge of any property upon which designated fire lanes have been established shall prevent the parking of vehicles or placement of other obstructions in such fire lanes.

503.7.6 Violation – Penalty. Any person who fails to mark or maintain the marking of a designated fire lane as prescribed herein, or who obstructs or allows the obstruction of a designated fire lane, shall be deemed to have committed a Class 2 civil infraction. The penalty for violation of this section shall be a maximum monetary penalty of one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125.00), not including statutory assessments.

503.7.7 Violation – Civil penalty. In addition to, or as an alternate to, the penalties specified above, the City is authorized to enforce all provisions of this chapter, specifically including civil penalties, pursuant to Chapter 1.15 SMC.

503.7.8 Impoundment. Any vehicle or object obstructing a designated fire lane is declared a traffic hazard and may be abated without prior notification to its owner by impoundment pursuant to the applicable State law. The owner or operator shall be responsible for all towing and impound charges.

J. A new subsection 503.8 is added to read as follows:

503.8 Commercial and Industrial Developments. The fire apparatus access roads serving commercial and industrial developments shall be in accordance with Sections 503.8.1 through 503.8.3.

503.8.1 Buildings exceeding three stories or 30 feet in height. Buildings or facilities exceeding 30 feet or three stories in height shall have at least two means of fire apparatus access for each structure.

503.8.2 Buildings exceeding 62,000 square feet in area. Buildings or facilities having a gross building area of more than 62,000 square feet shall be provided with two separate and approved fire apparatus access roads.

Exception: Projects having a gross building area of up to 124,000 square feet that have a single approved fire apparatus access road when all buildings are equipped throughout with approved automatic sprinkler systems.

503.8.3 Remoteness. Where two access roads are required, they shall be placed a distance apart equal to not less than one half of the length of the maximum overall diagonal dimension of the property or area to be served, measured in a straight line between accesses.

K. A new subsection 503.9 is added to read as follows:

503.9 Aerial fire apparatus roads. The fire apparatus access roads that accommodate aerial fire apparatus shall be in accordance with Sections 503.9.1 through 503.9.3.

503.9.1 Where required. Buildings or portions of buildings or facilities exceeding 30 feet in height above the lowest level of fire department access shall be provided with approved fire apparatus access roads that are capable of accommodating fire department aerial apparatus.

503.9.2 Width. Fire apparatus access roads shall have a minimum unobstructed width of 26 feet in the immediate vicinity of any building or portion of building more than 30 feet in height.

503.9.3 Proximity to building. At least one of the required access routes meeting this condition shall be positioned parallel to one entire side of the building. The location of the parallel access route shall be approved.

L. A new subsection 503.10 is added to read as follows:

503.10 Multi-family residential developments. The fire apparatus access roads serving multi-family residential developments shall be in accordance with Sections 503.10.1 through 503.10.2.

503.10.1 Projects having more than 100 dwelling units. Multi-family residential projects having more than 100 dwelling units shall be provided with two separate and approved fire apparatus access roads.

Exception: Projects having up to 200 dwelling units may have a single approved fire apparatus access road when all buildings, including nonresidential occupancies, are equipped throughout with approved automatic sprinkler systems installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 or 903.3.1.2.

503.10.2 Projects having more than 200 dwelling units. Multi-family residential projects having more than 200 dwelling units shall be provided with two separate and approved fire apparatus access roads regardless of whether they are equipped with an approved automatic sprinkler system.

M. A new subsection 503.11 is added to read as follows:

503.11 One- and Two-family residential developments with more than 30 dwelling units. The fire apparatus access roads serving one and two-family residential developments with more than 30 dwelling units shall be in accordance with Sections 503.11.1.

503.11.1 Projects having more than 30 dwelling units. Developments of one- or two-family dwellings where the number of dwelling units exceed 30 shall be provided with separate and approved fire apparatus access roads and shall meet the requirements of Section 503.8.3.

Exceptions:

1. Where there are more than 30 dwelling units on a single public or private fire apparatus access road and all dwelling units are equipped throughout with approved automatic sprinkler systems installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1, 903.3.1.2, or 903.3.1.3 of the International Fire Code, access from two directions shall not be required.

2. The number of dwelling units on a single fire apparatus access road shall not be increased unless fire apparatus access roads will, within a reasonable time, connect with future development, as determined by the fire code official.

N.  A new subsection 503.12 is added to read as follows:

503.12 Underground structures. Installation of underground structures under or within 10 feet of fire apparatus access roads shall be designed using approved criteria. The criteria shall accommodate for the loading of fire department aerial apparatus unless otherwise approved.

O. Subsection 507.5.2 is amended to read as follows:

507.5.2 Inspection, testing and maintenance. Private fire hydrant systems shall be subject to annual testing. Fire hydrant systems shall be maintained in an operative condition at all times and shall be repaired where defective. Additions, repairs, alterations, and servicing shall comply with approved standards.

P. A new subsection 507.5.3.1 is added to read as follows:

507.5.3.1 Records. Records of all system inspections, tests and maintenance required by the referenced standard shall be maintained on the premises for three years; copies shall be delivered to the fire code official within 30 calendar days of each test, inspection, or maintenance of the system.

Q.  Subsection 507.5.6 is amended to read as follows:

507.5.6 Physical protection. Where fire hydrants are subject to impact by a motor vehicle, guard posts shall be designed and installed in accordance with the local water purveyor’s design and construction standards.

R.  Subsection 507.5.7 is amended to read as follows:

507.5.7 Fire hydrant. Fire hydrants shall be designed and installed in accordance with the local water purveyor’s design and construction standards.

S. A new subsection 507.5.8 is added to read as follows:

507.5.8 Backflow prevention. All private fire systems shall be isolated by an approved method from the local water purveyor.

T. A new subsection 507.6 is added to read as follows:

507.6 Capacity for new residential areas. All hydrants installed in single family residential areas shall be capable of delivering 1,500 gpm fire flow over and above average maximum demands at the farthest point of the installation.

U. A new subsection 507.7 is added to read as follows:

507.7 Spacing. The spacing of hydrants shall be in accordance with Sections 507.7.1 through 507.7.5.

507.7.1 Single family. The maximum fire hydrant spacing serving single family residential areas shall be 600 feet.

507.7.2 Commercial, industrial and multi-family. The maximum fire hydrant spacing serving commercial, industrial, multi-family or other areas shall be 300 feet.

507.7.3 Medians. Where streets are provided with median dividers which cannot be crossed by firefighters pulling hose lines hydrants shall be provided on each side of the street and be arranged on an alternating basis.

507.7.4 Arterials. Where arterial streets are provided with four or more traffic lanes hydrants shall be provided on each side of the street and be arranged on an alternating basis.

507.7.5 Transportation. Where new water mains are extended along streets where hydrants are not needed for protection of structures or similar fire problems, fire hydrants shall be provided at a spacing not to exceed 1,000 feet to provide for transportation hazards.

V. A new subsection 507.8 is added to read as follows:

507.8 Required hydrants. The number of hydrants required for a property shall be based on the calculated fire flow. The first hydrant will be calculated for up to 1,500 gpm. An additional hydrant is required for every 1,000 gpm, or fraction thereof. The required hydrants shall be within 600 feet of the property on a fire apparatus road, as measured by an approved method.

W. A new subsection 507.9 is added to read as follows:

507.9 Notification. The owner of property on which private hydrants are located and the public agencies that own or control public hydrants must provide the fire code official with the following written service notifications in accordance with 507.9.1 and 507.9.2.

507.9.1 In-service notification. The fire code official shall be notified when any newly installed hydrant is placed into service.

507.9.2 Out-of-service notifications. Where any hydrant is out of service or has not yet been placed in service, the hydrant shall be identified as being out of service and shall be appropriately marked as out of service, by a method approved by the fire code official.

X. A new subsection 507.10 is added to read as follows:

507.10 Water main standards. The installation of water mains shall be in accordance with 507.10.1 and 507.10.2.

507.10.1 Minimum pipe size. All water mains serving fire hydrants shall be eight (8) inches in diameter for dead-end mains and six (6) inches inside diameter for circulating mains.

Exception: Hydrant leads less than fifty (50) feet in length may be six (6) inches in diameter.

507.10.2 Adopted standards. All water mains shall meet applicable engineering and health standards adopted by the State of Washington or the water purveyor.

Y. A new subsection 507.11 is added to read as follows:

507.11 Water purveyor authority. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit water purveyors from imposing more stringent requirements for the construction of water mains and fire hydrants.

(Ord. 13-1009 § 2 (part))

13.150.070 Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 6, Building Services and Systems.

The following local amendments to Chapter 6 of the International Fire Code, entitled “Building Services and Systems,” are hereby adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

A.  Subsection 606.6 is amended to read as follows:

606.6 Testing of equipment. Refrigeration equipment and systems having a refrigerant circuit more than 220 pounds of Group A1 or 30 pounds of any other group refrigerant shall be subject to periodic testing in accordance with Section 606.6.1. A written record of the required testing shall be maintained on the premises for a minimum of three years; a copy shall be submitted to the fire code official within 30 calendar days of the testing; and a label or tag shall be affixed to the individual system identifying the date of the testing. Tests of emergency devices or systems required by this chapter shall be conducted by persons trained and qualified in refrigeration systems.

B. Subsection 609.2 is amended to add the following subsections to read as follows:

609.2.2 Permit Required. Permits shall be required as set forth in Section 105.6.

609.2.3 Approved drawing. The stamped and approved cook line drawing shall be displayed adjacent to the suppression system pull station prior to the final inspection.

C.  Subsection 609.3.3.3 is amended to read as follows:

609.3.3.3 Records. Records for inspections shall state the individual and company performing the inspection, a description of the inspection and when the inspection took place. Records for cleanings shall state the individual and company performing the cleaning and when the cleaning took place. Such records shall be completed after each inspection or cleaning, maintained on the premises for a minimum of three years; a copy shall be sent to the fire code official within 30 days of the inspection or cleaning; and a label or tag shall be affixed to the individual system identifying the date of the inspection and/or cleaning.

(Ord. 13-1009 § 2 (part))

13.150.080 Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 7, Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction.

The following local amendments to Chapter 7 of the International Fire Code, entitled “Fire-Resistance-Rated Construction,” are hereby adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

A. Subsection 703.4 is amended to read as follows:

703.4 Testing. Horizontal, vertical sliding and rolling fire doors shall be inspected and tested annually to confirm proper operation and full closure. A written record shall be maintained on the premises for a minimum of three years; a copy shall be sent to the fire code official within 30 calendar days of the inspection or test; and a label or tag shall be affixed to the individual assembly identifying the date of scheduled confidence test.

(Ord. 13-1009 § 2 (part))

13.150.090 Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 9, Fire Protection Systems.

The following local amendments to Chapter 9 of the International Fire Code, entitled “Fire Protection Systems,” are hereby adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

A. Subsection 901.6.2 is amended to read as follows:

901.6.2 Records. Records of all system inspections, tests and maintenance required by the referenced standards shall be maintained on the premises for three years; a copy shall be sent to the fire code official within 30 calendar days of each test, inspection, or maintenance of the system; and a label or tag shall be affixed to the individual system identifying the date of the scheduled confidence test.

B. The following term is added to subsection 902.1:

PROBLEMATIC FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEM.

C. Subsection 903.2 of the International Fire Code is amended to read as follows:

903.2 Where required. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for when one of the following conditions exist:

1. In all buildings without adequate fire flow as required by this code.

Exception: Miscellaneous Group U Occupancies.

2. All new buildings and structures regulated by the International Building Code 6,000 square feet and greater and requiring 2,000 gallons per minute or more fire flow, or with a gross floor area of 10,000 or more square feet, or where this code provides a more restrictive floor/fire area requirement, and shall be provided in all locations or where described by this code.

Exception: Spaces or areas in telecommunications buildings used exclusively for telecommunications equipment, associated electrical power distribution equipment, batteries, and standby engines, provided those spaces or areas are equipped throughout with an automatic smoke detection system in accordance with Section 907.2 and are separated from the remainder of the building by not less than 1 hour fire barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707 of the International Building Code or not less than 2 hour horizontal assemblies constructed in accordance with Section 712 of the International Building Code, or both.

3. Where this code requires the installation of an automatic sprinkler system to protect an occupancy within an otherwise non-sprinklered building, then automatic sprinkler protection will be required throughout the entire building.

4. When the required fire apparatus access roadway grade is 12 percent or greater.

D. A new subsection 903.2.9.3 is added to read as follows:

903.2.9.3 Speculative use warehouses. Where the occupant, tenant, or use of the building or storage commodity has not been determined or it is otherwise a speculative use warehouse or building, the automatic sprinkler system shall be designed to protect not less than Class IV non-encapsulated commodities on wood pallets, with no solid, slatted, or wire mesh shelving, and with aisles that are 8 feet or more in width and up to 20 feet in height.

E. A new subsection 903.3.8 is added to read as follows:

903.3.8 Check valve. All automatic sprinkler system risers shall be equipped with a check valve.

F. A new subsection 903.7 is added to read as follows:

903.7 Riser Room Access. All risers shall be located in a dedicated room with an exterior door, interior lighting and heat.

G. Subsection 907.1.3 is amended to read as follows:

907.1.3 Equipment. Systems and their components shall be listed and approved for the purpose for which they are installed. All new alarm systems shall be addressable. Each device shall have its own address and shall annunciate individual addresses at a UL Central Station.

H. A new subsection 907.10 is added to read as follows:

907.10 Latched alarms. All signals shall be automatically “latched” at the alarm panel until their operated devices are returned to normal condition, and the alarm panel is manually reset.

I. A new subsection 907.11 is added to read as follows:

907.11 Resetting. All fire alarm panels shall be reset only by an approved person.

907.11.1 Reset Code. The reset code for the fire alarm panel or keypad shall be 3-7-1-2-3-4. The reset code shall not be changed without approval of the fire code official.

J. A new subsection 907.12 is added to read as follows:

907.12 Fire Alarm Control Panel. All fire alarm control panels shall be located in the riser room designed and installed in accordance with Section 903.7 or an approved location.

K. Subsection 909.20.2 is amended to read as follows:

909.20.2 Written record. The records shall include the date of the maintenance, identification of the servicing personnel and notification of any unsatisfactory condition and the corrective action taken, including parts replacement. The written record of smoke control system testing and maintenance shall be maintained on the premises for three years; copied copy shall be sent to the fire code official within 30 days of each test or maintenance of the system; and a label or tag shall be affixed to the individual system identifying the date of the scheduled testing.

L. Subsection 912.4 is amended to read as follows:

912.4 Signs. Fire department connections shall be clearly identified in an approved manner.

All fire department connections shall have an approved sign attached below the Siamese clapper. The sign shall specify the type of water-based fire protection system, the structure, and the building areas served.

(Ord. 13-1009 § 2 (part))

13.150.100 Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 11, Fire Safety Requirements for Existing Buildings.

The following local amendments to Chapter 11 of the International Fire Code, entitled “Fire Safety Requirements for Existing Buildings,” are hereby adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

A. A new subsection 1103.5.3 is added to read as follows:

1103.5.3 Substantial Alterations. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to substantial alterations to existing buildings regardless of use when a substantial alteration occurs in a structure equaling 10,000 or greater square feet. For the purpose of this section, a substantial alteration shall be defined as an alteration that costs 50% or more of the current assessed value of the structure and impacts more than 50% of the gross floor area.

B. A new subsection 1103.7.8 is added to read as follows:

1103.7.8 Fire alarm control unit. If an existing fire alarm control unit is replaced with identical equipment it shall be considered maintenance.

(Ord. 13-1009 § 2 (part))

13.150.110 Amendments to the International Fire Code – Chapter 80, Reference Standards.

The following local amendments to Chapter 80 of the International Fire Code, entitled “Reference Standards,” are hereby adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

A. Section NFPA of the International Fire Code is amended by modifying the standard reference number dates of publication as follows:

 

13-13

Installation of Sprinkler Systems

 

13D-13

Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes

 

13R-13

Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Residential Occupancies up to and Including Four Stories in Height

 

20-13

Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection

 

24-13

Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances

 

72-13

National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code

 

110-13

Emergency and Standby Power Systems

 

111-13

Stored Electrical Energy Emergency and Standby Power Systems

 

720-12

Installation of Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detection and Warning Equipment

(Ord. 13-1009 § 2 (part))

13.150.120 Amendments to the International Fire Code – Appendix B, Fire-Flow Requirements for Buildings.

The following local amendments to Appendix B to the International Fire Code, entitled “Fire-Flow Requirements for Buildings,” are hereby adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

A. Subsection B103.1 is amended to read as follows:

B103.1 Increases. The fire chief is authorized to increase the fire flow requirements where exposures could be impacted by fire. An increase shall not be more than twice that required for the building under consideration.

B103.1.1 One- and two-family dwellings. The fire chief is authorized to increase the fire flow requirements by 500 gallons per minute for homes less than 10 feet apart measured from the face of the foundation.

B.  Subsection B105.1 is amended to read as follows:

B105.1 One- and two-family dwellings. Fire-flow requirements for one- and two-family dwellings shall be in accordance with Sections B105.1.1 through B105.1.3.

B105.1.1 Buildings not exceeding 3,600 square feet. The minimum fire-flow and flow duration requirements shall be 1,000 gallons per minute for 1 hour.

Exception: A reduction in required fire-flow of 50 percent, as approved, is allowed when the building is equipped with an approved automatic sprinkler system.

B105.1.2 Buildings greater than 3,600 square feet and less than 4,800 square feet. The minimum fire-flow and flow duration requirements shall be 1,500 gallons per minute for 2 hours.

Exception: A reduction in required fire-flow of 50 percent, as approved, is allowed when the building is equipped with an approved automatic sprinkler system.

B105.1.3 Buildings 4,800 square feet and greater. The minimum fire-flow and flow duration requirements for shall not be less than that specified in Table B105.1.

Exception: A reduction of fire-flow and flow duration to 1,000 gallons per minute for 1 hour, as approved, is allowed when the building is equipped with the following:

1. An approved automatic sprinkler system.

2. 1-hour fire resistant rated exterior walls tested in accordance with ASTM E 119 or UL 263 with exposure on the exterior side and projections with 1-hour underside protection, fire blocking installed from the wall top plate to the underside of the roof sheathing and no gable vent openings.

Exception: Walls with a distance greater than 11' to the nearest exposure or face an unbuildable lot, tract or buffer. The distance shall be measured at right angles from the face of the wall.

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: A reduction in required fire-flow of 50 percent, as approved, is allowed when the building is provided with an approved automatic sprinkler system. The resulting fire-flow shall not be less than 1,500 gallons per minute for the prescribed duration as specified in Table B105.1.

B105.2.1 Tents and Membrane structures. No fire flow is required for tents and membrane structures.

B105.2.2 Accessory residential Group U buildings. Accessory residential Group U buildings shall comply with the requirements of B105.1.

(Ord. 13-1009 § 2 (part))

13.150.270 Automatic location identifier – Enhanced 911.

A. The definitions set forth in WAC 118-68-020 are hereby amended to read as follows:

1. “Authority having jurisdiction” is defined as the Fire Chief for the City of SeaTac, or designee.

2. “Building unit identifier” means room number or equivalent designation of a specific portion of a structure, or an apartment number in multi-family residences.

3. “Call back telephone number” means a phone number which can be called from the public switched network to be used by the public safety answering point to recontact the location from which the 911 call was placed. The number may or may not be the number of the station used to originate the 911 call.

4. “Determination of noncompliance” means written notification that a system is not in compliance with this section. Information contained therein shall include, but not be limited to, system deficiencies requiring correction to bring the system into compliance and a date by which noted corrections shall be made.

5. “Director of Fire Protection” means the State Fire Marshal or his/her designee.

6. “Emergency location identification number (ELIN)” means a valid North American Numbering Plan format telephone number assigned to the MLTS operator by the appropriate authority that is used to route the call to a PSAP and is used to retrieve the ALI for the PSAP. The ELIN may be the same number as the ANI. The North American Numbering Plan number may in some cases not be a dialable number.

7. “Emergency response location” means a location to which a 911 emergency response team may be dispatched. The location should be specific enough to provide a reasonable opportunity for the emergency response team to quickly locate a caller anywhere within it.

8. “Fire Official” means the City of SeaTac Fire Chief or designee.

9. “MLTS” means a multi-line telephone system comprised of common control units, telephones and control hardware and software. This includes network and premises based systems and includes systems owned or leased by governmental agencies and nonprofit entities, as well as for-profit businesses.

10. “On-site notification” means a system capability whereby a call to 911 is directed through the 911 network to a public safety answering point and simultaneously to a display unit colocated with the fire alarm annunciator panel for the building which will display the caller’s location to a minimum of the building unit identifier.

11. “Public safety answering point (PSAP)” means a facility equipped and staffed to receive 911 calls.

B. WAC 118-68-030 pertaining to “Applicability,” as now in effect or subsequently amended, is hereby adopted.

C. WAC 118-68-040 pertaining to “Compliance,” as now in effect or subsequently amended, is hereby adopted.

D. WAC 118-68-050 pertaining to “Inspection,” as now in effect or subsequently amended, is hereby adopted.

E. Violations of this section shall be remedied in accordance with SMC 1.15.045 through 1.15.075 and by way of correction agreement and/or notice of infraction. (Ord. 13-1009 § 2 (part))