Chapter 30.53A
FIRE CODE

Sections:

PART 000 GENERAL

30.53A.010    International Fire Code (IFC) - adopted.

PARTS 100-400 ADMINISTRATION

30.53A.100    Title.

30.53A.102    Scope.

30.53A.104    Appendices.

30.53A.106    Intent.

30.53A.112    Applicability of construction and design provisions.

30.53A.114    Administrative, operational and maintenance provisions.

30.53A.116    Change of use or occupancy.

30.53A.118    Application of building code.

30.53A.119    Application of residential code.

30.53A.120    Historic buildings.

30.53A.122    Referenced codes and standards.

30.53A.124    Subjects not regulated by the fire code.

30.53A.125    Matters not provided for.

30.53A.126    Conflicting provisions.

30.53A.127    Other laws.

30.53A.128    Application of references.

30.53A.130    Fire Marshal’s Office - general.

30.53A.132    Appointment.

30.53A.134    Personnel and police.

30.53A.136    Deputies.

30.53A.138    Liability and legal defense.

30.53A.142    Authority and responsibilities - general.

30.53A.144    Applications and permits.

30.53A.146    Repealed.

30.53A.148    Right of entry.

30.53A.150    Warrant.

30.53A.152    Identification.

30.53A.154    Notice and orders.

30.53A.156    Official records.

30.53A.158    Approvals.

30.53A.160    Inspections.

30.53A.162    Fire records.

30.53A.164    Administrative decisions.

30.53A.166    Approved materials and equipment.

30.53A.168    Material and equipment reuse.

30.53A.170    Technical assistance.

30.53A.172    Modifications.

30.53A.173    Alternative materials and methods.

30.53A.174    Research Reports.

30.53A.175    Tests.

30.53A.176    Fire investigations.

30.53A.178    Assistance from other agencies.

30.53A.180    Authority at fires and other emergencies.

30.53A.182    Barricades.

30.53A.184    Obstructing operations.

30.53A.186    Systems and devices.

30.53A.188    Permits - general.

30.53A.190    Permits and fees required.

30.53A.192    Types of permits.

30.53A.194    Permits for the same location.

30.53A.196    Application.

30.53A.198    Refusal to issue permit.

30.53A.200    Inspection authorized.

30.53A.202    Time limitation of application.

30.53A.204    Action on application.

30.53A.206    Conditions of a permit.

30.53A.208    Expiration.

30.53A.210    Extensions.

30.53A.212    Occupancy prohibited before approval.

30.53A.214    Conditional permits/temporary certificate of occupancy.

30.53A.216    Posting the permit.

30.53A.218    Compliance with code.

30.53A.220    Information on the permit.

30.53A.221    Validity of permit.

30.53A.222    Construction document submittals.

30.53A.223    Examination of documents.

30.53A.224    Information on construction documents.

30.53A.225    Fire protection system shop drawings.

30.53A.226    Applicant responsibility.

30.53A.228    Approved documents.

30.53A.229    Phased approval.

30.53A.230    Corrected documents.

30.53A.232    Retention of construction documents.

30.53A.234    Revocation.

30.53A.236    Required operational permits.

30.53A.238    Repealed.

30.53A.240    Amusement buildings.

30.53A.242    Aviation facilities.

30.53A.244    Carnivals and fairs.

30.53A.246    -

30.53A.258    Repealed.

30.53A.260    Cutting and welding.

30.53A.262    Repealed.

30.53A.264    Exhibits and trade shows.

30.53A.266    -

30.53A.282    Repealed.

30.53A.284    Hot work operations.

30.53A.286    -

30.53A.296    Repealed.

30.53A.298    Open burning.

30.53A.300    -

30.53A.306    Repealed.

30.53A.308    Private fire hydrants.

30.53A.310    Pyrotechnic special effects material.

30.53A.312    -

30.53A.322    Repealed.

30.53A.324    Temporary membrane structures, tents and canopies.

30.53A.326    -

30.53A.330    Repealed.

30.53A.332    Required construction permits.

30.53A.334    Automatic fire-extinguishing systems.

30.53A.336    Battery systems.

30.53A.338    Compressed gases.

30.53A.339    Cryogenic fluids.

30.53A.340    Fire alarm and detection systems and related equipment.

30.53A.342    Fire pumps and related equipment.

30.53A.344    Flammable and combustible liquids.

30.53A.346    Hazardous materials.

30.53A.348    Industrial ovens.

30.53A.350    Liquid petroleum gas systems.

30.53A.351    Marijuana extraction systems.

30.53A.352    Private fire hydrants.

30.53A.354    Spraying or dipping.

30.53A.356    Standpipe systems.

30.53A.357    Underground supply piping for automatic sprinkler system.

30.53A.358    Temporary membrane structures, tents and canopies.

30.53A.360    Inspection authority.

30.53A.361    Inspections.

30.53A.362    Inspection requests.

30.53A.363    Approval required.

30.53A.364    Concealed work.

30.53A.366    Approvals.

30.53A.368    Maintenance of safeguards.

30.53A.370    Testing and operation.

30.53A.372    Test and inspection records.

30.53A.374    Re-inspection and testing.

30.53A.376    Supervision.

30.53A.378    Rendering equipment inoperable.

30.53A.380    Owner/occupant responsibilities.

30.53A.382    Overcrowding.

30.53A.388    Unlawful acts and violations.

30.53A.390    Warning notice and enforcement.

30.53A.392    Service.

30.53A.394    Compliance with notice of violation.

30.53A.396    Prosecution of violations.

30.53A.398    Unauthorized tampering.

30.53A.400    Violation penalties.

30.53A.402    Abatement of violation.

30.53A.404    Unsafe buildings - general.

30.53A.406    Unsafe buildings - unsafe conditions.

30.53A.408    Unsafe buildings - structural hazards.

30.53A.410    Unsafe buildings - evacuation.

30.53A.412    Unsafe buildings - summary abatement.

30.53A.414    Unsafe buildings - abatement.

30.53A.416    Stop work order.

30.53A.418    Issuance of stop work order.

30.53A.420    Emergency order.

30.53A.422    Failure to comply with stop work or emergency order.

30.53A.430    Authority to disconnect service utilities.

30.53A.440    Fees.

30.53A.442    Schedule of permit fees.

30.53A.444    Work commencing before permit issuance.

30.53A.446    Related fees.

30.53A.448    Refunds.

PARTS 500 - 600 Additions and amendments to the IFC

30.53A.500    Section 202 Definitions of the IFC - amended.

30.53A.502    Open burning definitions - added.

30.53A.504    Open burning - amended.

30.53A.506    Group A occupancies - amended.

30.53A.510    Definitions - amended (IFC 502).

30.53A.512    Fire apparatus access roads - replaced.

30.53A.513    Address identification - replaced.

30.53A.514    Fire protection water supply - replaced.

30.53A.515    Type of water supply - deleted (IFC 507.2).

30.53A.516    Fire hydrant spacing - added.

30.53A.518    Hydrant systems - where required - amended.

30.53A.520    Inspection, testing and maintenance requirements - replaced.

30.53A.522    Water main specifications - added.

30.53A.524    Repealed.

30.53A.526    Repealed.

30.53A.528    Repealed.

30.53A.530    Fire watch - amended.

30.53A.532    General safety precautions - amended.

30.53A.534    Safety cans.

30.53A.536    Permit required - deleted (IFC 3301.2).

PART 700 Fireworks Administration

30.53A.700    Fireworks - administration and enforcement.

30.53A.702    Permit required.

30.53A.704    Fireworks permit - application.

30.53A.706    Fireworks permit - grant or deny.

30.53A.710    Retailers of fireworks - sales locations.

30.53A.712    Retailers of fireworks.

30.53A.714    Retailer of fireworks - signage, closure, and extinguishers.

30.53A.716    Unsold retail stocks of fireworks.

30.53A.718    Public display - general.

30.53A.720    Public display - disposal of unfired fireworks.

30.53A.722    Retail sale or discharge of consumer fireworks unlawful - exceptions.

30.53A.725    Fireworks - Emergency restrictions on sale and use.

30.53A.728    Creation of additional "no firework" areas through petition method.

30.53A.730    Petition - form.

30.53A.732    Public hearing.

30.53A.734    Abrogation of "no firework" areas.

30.53A.736    Severability.

PART 800 Special Event Permits

30.53A.800    Permit required.

30.53A.810    Permit - application.

30.53A.820    Permit - inspection and routing.

30.53A.825    Permit - indemnity and insurance.

30.53A.830    Permit - decision.

30.53A.835    Permit - expiration.

30.53A.840    Permit - fees.

PARTS 900 - 1100 Automatic Sprinkler Systems

30.53A.900    Alternative protection.

30.53A.905    Where required.

30.53A.910    Existing commercial buildings.

30.53A.915    Group A.

30.53A.920    Group A-1.

30.53A.925    Group A-2.

30.53A.930    Group A-3.

30.53A.935    Group A-4.

30.53A.940    Group A-5.

30.53A.945    Nightclub.

30.53A.950    Ambulatory care facilities.

30.53A.955    Group E.

30.53A.960    Group F-1.

30.53A.965    Woodworking operations.

30.53A.970    Group H.

30.53A.975    General Group H (IFC and IBC 903.2.5.1).

30.53A.980    Group H-5 occupancies.

30.53A.985    Pyroxylin plastics.

30.53A.990    Group I.

30.53A.995    Groups B and M.

30.53A.1000    High-piled storage.

30.53A.1005    Group R.

30.53A.1010    Group R-3 or R-4 congregate residences.

30.53A.1015    Group R care facilities.

30.53A.1020    All Group S occupancies.

30.53A.1025    Group S-1.

30.53A.1030    Repair garages.

30.53A.1035    Group S-1 bulk storage of tires.

30.53A.1040    Group S-2.

30.53A.1045    Commercial parking garages.

30.53A.1050    Specific buildings areas and hazards.

30.53A.1055    Stories and basements without openings.

30.53A.1060    Opening dimensions and access.

30.53A.1065    Openings on one side only.

30.53A.1070    Basements.

30.53A.1075    Rubbish and linen chutes.

30.53A.1080    Buildings 55 feet or more in height.

30.53A.1085    During construction.

30.53A.1090    Ducts conveying hazardous exhausts.

30.53A.1095    Commercial cooking operations.

30.53A.1100    Other required suppression systems.

30.53A.1105    Installation requirements.

30.53A.1110    Standards.

30.53A.1115    NFPA 13 sprinkler systems.

30.53A.1120    NFPA 13R sprinkler systems.

30.53A.1125    NFPA 13D sprinkler systems.

30.53A.1130    Quick-response and residential sprinklers.

30.53A.1135    Obstructed locations.

30.53A.1140    Actuation.

30.53A.1145    Water supplies.

30.53A.1150    Hose threads.

30.53A.1155    Fire department connections.

30.53A.1160    Sprinkler system supervision and alarms.

30.53A.1165    Monitoring.

30.53A.1170    Alarms.

30.53A.1175    Floor control valves.

30.53A.1180    Testing and maintenance.

30.53A.1185    Where required in existing buildings and structures.

PART 000 GENERAL

30.53A.010 International Fire Code (IFC) - adopted.

The 2015 edition of the International Fire Code (IFC), except chapter 1, and the automatic sprinkler provision of Section 903 of the 2015 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) published by the International Code Council, as amended by the Washington State Building Code Council in chapter 19.27 RCW are adopted and as otherwise expressly amended by this chapter, and are incorporated and made a part of this chapter by reference.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

PARTS 100-400 ADMINISTRATION

30.53A.100 Title.

These regulations shall be known as the Fire Code of Snohomish County, and will be referred to as "the fire code."

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.102 Scope.

The fire code establishes regulations affecting or relating to structures, processes, premises and safeguards regarding:

(1) The hazard of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling or use of structures, materials or devices.

(2) Conditions hazardous to life, property or public welfare in the occupancy of structures or premises.

(3) Fire hazards in the structure or on the premises from occupancy or operation.

(4) Matters related to the construction, extension, repair, alteration or removal of fire suppression or alarm systems.

(5) Conditions affecting the safety of fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.

(6) Automatic sprinkler systems.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.104 Appendices.

Appendices B and C of the IFC are adopted and incorporated and made a part of this chapter by reference.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.106 Intent.

The purpose of the fire code is to establish the minimum requirements consistent with nationally recognized good practice for providing a reasonable level of life safety and property protection from the hazards of fire, explosion or dangerous conditions in new and existing buildings, structures and premises and to provide safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.112 Applicability of construction and design provisions.

The construction and design provisions of the fire code shall apply to:

(1) Structures, facilities and conditions arising after the adoption of the fire code.

(2) Existing structures, facilities and conditions not legally in existence at the time of adoption of the fire code.

(3) Existing structures, facilities and conditions when required in chapter 11 of the IFC.

(4) Existing structures, facilities and conditions which, in the opinion of the fire marshal, constitute a distinct hazard to life or property.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.114 Administrative, operational and maintenance provisions.

The administrative, operational and maintenance provisions of the fire code shall apply to:

(1) Conditions and operations arising after the adoption of the fire code.

(2) Existing conditions and operations.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.116 Change of use or occupancy.

No change shall be made in the use or occupancy of any structure that would place the structure in a different division of the same group or occupancy or in a different group of occupancies, unless such structure is made to comply with the requirements of the fire code and the building code. Subject to the approval of the fire marshal, the use or occupancy of an existing structure shall be allowed to be changed and the structure is allowed to be occupied for purposes in other groups without conforming to all the requirements of the fire code and the building code for those groups, provided the new or proposed use is less hazardous, based on life and fire risk, than the existing use.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.118 Application of building code.

The design and construction of new structures shall comply with the building code, and any alterations, additions, changes in use or changes in structures required by the fire code, which are within the scope of the building code, shall be made in accordance with the building code.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.119 Application of residential code.

Where structures are designed and constructed in accordance with the International Residential Code, the provisions of the fire code shall apply as follows:

(1) Construction and design provisions: Provisions of the fire code pertaining to the exterior of the structure shall apply including, but not limited to, premises identification, fire apparatus access and water supplies. Where interior or exterior systems or devices are installed, construction permits required by SCC 30.53A.332 shall also apply.

(2) Administrative, operational and maintenance provisions: All such provisions of fire code shall apply.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.120 Historic buildings.

The provisions of the fire code relating to the construction, alteration, repair, enlargement, restoration, relocation or moving of buildings or structures shall not be mandatory for existing buildings or structures identified and classified by the state or Snohomish County as historic buildings when such buildings or structures do not constitute a distinct hazard to life or property. Fire protection in designated historic buildings and structures shall be provided in accordance with an approved fire protection plan.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.122 Referenced codes and standards.

The codes and standards referenced in the fire code shall be those that are listed in chapter 80 of the IFC, except that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 13 and 72 shall be the most recent editions. Such codes and standards shall be considered part of the requirements of the fire code to the prescribed extent of each such reference as determined by the fire marshal. Where differences occur between the provisions of the fire code and the referenced standards, the provisions of the fire code shall apply.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.124 Subjects not regulated by the fire code.

Where no applicable standards or requirements are set forth in the fire code, or are contained within other laws, codes, regulations, ordinances or bylaws adopted by Snohomish County, compliance with applicable standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) or other nationally recognized fire safety standards, as approved, shall be deemed as prima facie evidence of compliance with the intent of the fire code. Nothing herein shall derogate from the authority of the fire marshal to determine compliance with codes or standards for those activities or installations within the fire marshal’s jurisdiction or responsibility.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.125 Matters not provided for.

Requirements that are essential for the public safety of an existing or proposed activity, building or structure, or for the safety of the occupants thereof, which are not specifically provided for by the fire code shall be determined by the fire marshal.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.126 Conflicting provisions.

Where there is a conflict between a general requirement and a specific requirement, the specific requirement shall apply. Where, in a specific case, different sections of this code specify different materials, methods of construction or other requirements, the most restrictive shall govern.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.127 Other laws.

The provisions of the fire code shall not be deemed to nullify any provisions of local, state or federal law.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.128 Application of references.

References to chapter or section numbers, or to provisions not specifically identified by number, shall be construed to refer to such chapter, section or provision of the fire code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.130 Fire Marshal’s Office - general.

The Fire Marshal’s Office is established within the department. The function of the office shall be the implementation, administration and enforcement of the provisions of the fire code as follows:

(1) The Fire Marshal’s Office is established in the department under the director’s direction. The fire marshal shall be expressly employed for that position. As used in the IFC, the term "fire code official" means the Snohomish County Fire Marshal. The duties and responsibilities of the fire marshal shall include fire plan review, fire inspections, fire investigations, and fire prevention.

(2) The fire commissioners and fire chiefs of the various fire districts in Snohomish County shall advise the director in the selection of a fire marshal and in the selection of inspectors in order that properly qualified persons may be selected.

(3) The fire marshal shall have no control, expressed or implied, over the operation, functioning, expenditures, tactics, personnel, equipment or any other function of a fire department or fire district, except in performance of duties connected with fire code enforcement, or unless specifically requested by the proper district authority.

(4) The fire marshal shall assist and cooperate with such officers and agencies as: state fire marshal, private insurance companies, authorized police, state and federal agencies. The fire marshal is authorized to visit, or otherwise contact such agencies as: Association of Washington Cities, National Fire Protection Association, Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau, and other like associations and organizations representing fire interests.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.132 Appointment.

The fire marshal shall be appointed by the director, pursuant to chapter 2.01 SCC.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.134 Personnel and police.

(1) The Snohomish County fire marshal and members of the fire marshal’s office with the required training and certification may be designated by the fire marshal as a limited authority Washington peace officer as defined in chapter 10.93 RCW, with the authority to detect and investigate arson, reckless burning, and malicious mischief as defined in chapter 9A.48 RCW, and any crimes related directly thereto.

(2) The Snohomish County sheriff may be petitioned to commission the Snohomish County fire marshal and members of the office of the fire marshal recommended by the fire marshal as specially commissioned Washington peace officers, as defined in chapter 10.93 RCW, upon satisfaction of the training and other requirements prescribed or approved by the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission, for purposes of administering and enforcing the fire code and this chapter.

(3) The Snohomish County sheriff may assign such available deputy sheriffs as he or she deems necessary to assist the fire marshal in administering and enforcing the fire code.

(Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.136 Deputies.

In accordance with Snohomish County procedures and with the concurrence of the director, the fire marshal shall have the authority to appoint a deputy fire marshal, other related technical officers, inspectors and other employees.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.138 Liability and legal defense.

The liability of employees and officials while performing their official duties under the fire code is governed by SCC 2.90.085.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.142 Authority and responsibilities - general.

The fire marshal is hereby authorized to enforce the provisions of the fire code and shall have the authority to render interpretations of the fire code, and to adopt policies, procedures, rules and regulations in order to clarify the application of its provisions. Such interpretations, policies, procedures, rules and regulations shall be in compliance with the intent and purpose of the fire code and shall not have the effect of waiving requirements specifically provided for in the fire code.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.144 Applications and permits.

(1) The fire marshal is authorized to receive applications, review construction documents and issue permits for construction regulated by the fire code, issue permits for operations regulated by the fire code, inspect the premises for which such permits have been issued and enforce compliance with the provisions of the fire code.

(2) Whenever the director determines, upon recommendation of the fire marshal, that a condition exists in violation of this chapter, or any code or standard required to be adhered to by this chapter, the director is authorized to enforce the provisions of this chapter, or codes or standards, pertaining to such condition existing in violation thereof, pursuant to chapters 30.53A and 30.85 SCC.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.146 Investigations.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.148 Right of entry.

Pursuant to SCC 30.85.070, whenever it is necessary to make an inspection to enforce the provisions of the fire code, or whenever the fire marshal has reasonable cause to believe that there exists in a building or upon any premises any conditions or violations of the fire code which make the building or premises unsafe, dangerous or hazardous, the fire marshal shall have the authority to enter the building or premises at all reasonable times to inspect or to perform the duties imposed upon the fire marshal by the fire code. If such building or premises is occupied, the fire marshal shall present credentials to the occupant and request entry. If such building or premises is unoccupied, the fire marshal shall first make a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person having charge or control of the building or premises and request entry. If entry is refused, the fire marshal has recourse to every remedy provided by law to secure entry.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-062, Oct. 1, 2008, Eff date Nov. 1, 2008; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.150 Warrant.

When the fire marshal has first obtained a proper inspection warrant or other remedy provided by law to secure entry, an owner or occupant or person having charge, care or control of the building or premises shall not fail or neglect, after proper request is made as herein provided, to permit entry therein by the fire marshal for the purpose of inspection and examination pursuant to the fire code.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.152 Identification.

The fire marshal shall carry proper identification when inspecting structures or premises in the performance of duties under the fire code.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.154 Notice and orders.

The fire marshal may issue warning notices, citations, and notice of violations. The fire marshal may coordinate with PDS code enforcement staff to issue such notices required to affect compliance with the fire code in accordance with SCC 30.53A.388 and 30.53A.390.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-062, Oct. 1, 2008, Eff date Nov. 1, 2008; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.156 Official records.

The fire marshal shall keep official records as required by SCC 30.53A.158 through 30.53A.164. Such official records shall be retained for not less than five years or for as long as the structure or activity to which such records relate remains in existence, unless otherwise provided by other regulations.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.158 Approvals.

A record of approvals shall be maintained by the fire marshal and shall be available for public inspection during business hours in accordance with applicable laws.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.160 Inspections.

The fire marshal shall keep a record of each inspection made, including notices and orders issued, showing the findings and disposition of each.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.162 Fire records.

The fire marshal shall keep a record of fires occurring within the county’s jurisdiction and of facts concerning the same, including statistics as to the extent of such fires and the damage caused thereby, together with other information as required by the fire marshal.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.164 Administrative decisions.

Application for modification, alternative methods or materials and the final decision of the fire marshal shall be in writing and shall be officially recorded in the permanent records of the fire marshal.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.166 Approved materials and equipment.

All materials, equipment and devices approved by the fire marshal shall be constructed and installed in accordance with such approval.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.168 Material and equipment reuse.

Materials, equipment and devices shall not be reused or reinstalled unless such elements have been reconditioned, tested, and placed in good and proper working condition and approved.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.170 Technical assistance.

To determine the acceptability of technologies, processes, products, facilities, materials and uses attending the design, operation or use of a building or premises subject to inspection by the fire marshal, the fire marshal is authorized to require the owner or agent to provide, without charge to Snohomish County, a technical opinion and report. The opinion and report shall be prepared by a qualified engineer, specialist, and laboratory or fire safety specialty organization acceptable to the fire marshal and shall analyze the fire safety properties of the design, operation or use of the building or premises and the facilities and appurtenances situated thereon, to recommend necessary changes. The fire marshal is authorized to require design submittals to be prepared by, and bear the stamp of, a registered design professional.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.172 Modifications.

Whenever there are practical difficulties involved in carrying out the provisions of the fire code, the fire marshal shall have the authority to grant modifications for individual cases, provided the fire marshal shall first find that special individual reason makes the strict letter of the fire code impractical and the modification is in compliance with the intent and purpose of the fire code and that such modification does not lessen health, life and fire safety requirements. The details of action granting modifications shall be recorded and entered in the files of the fire marshal.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.173 Alternative materials and methods.

The provisions of the fire code are not intended to prevent the installation of any material or to prohibit any method of construction not specifically prescribed by the fire code, provided that any such alternative has been approved. The fire marshal is authorized to approve an alternative material or method of construction where the fire marshal finds that the proposed design is satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of the fire code, and that the material, method or work offered is, for the purpose intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in the fire code in quality, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability and safety.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.174 Research Reports.

Supporting data, when necessary to assist in the approval of materials or assemblies not specifically provided for in the fire code, shall consist of valid research reports from approved sources.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.175 Tests.

Whenever there is insufficient evidence of compliance with the provisions of the fire code, or evidence that a material or method does not conform to the requirements of the fire code, or in order to substantiate claims for alternative materials or methods, the fire marshal shall have the authority to require tests as evidence of compliance to be made at no expense to the county. Test methods shall be as specified in the fire code or by other recognized and accepted test methods, the fire marshal shall approve the testing procedures. Tests shall be performed by an approved agency. Reports of such tests shall be retained by the fire marshal for the period required for the retention of public records.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.176 Fire investigations.

The fire marshal shall have the authority to investigate the cause, origin and circumstances of any fire, explosion or other hazardous condition involving loss of life, injury to a person, or property damage in unincorporated Snohomish County or in other jurisdictions as authorized in interlocal agreements. Information that could be related to trade secrets or processes shall not be made part of the public record except as directed by a court of law.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.178 Assistance from other agencies.

Police and other enforcement agencies shall have authority to render necessary assistance in the investigation of fires or the enforcement of the fire code as requested by the fire marshal.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.180 Authority at fires and other emergencies.

The fire chief or officer of the fire department in charge at the scene of a fire or other emergency involving the protection of life or property or any part thereof, shall have the authority to direct such operation as necessary to extinguish or control any fire, perform any rescue operation, investigate the existence of suspected or reported fires, gas leaks or other hazardous conditions or situations, or take any other action necessary in the reasonable performance of duty. In the exercise of such power, the fire chief is authorized to prohibit any person, vehicle, vessel or thing from approaching the scene and is authorized to remove, or cause to be removed or kept away from the scene, any vehicle, vessel or thing which could impede or interfere with the operations of the fire department and, in the judgment of the fire chief, any person not actually and usefully employed in the extinguishing of such fire or in the preservation of property in the vicinity.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.182 Barricades.

The fire chief or officer of the fire department in charge at the scene of an emergency is authorized to place ropes, guards, barricades or other obstructions across any street, alley, place or private property in the vicinity of such operation so as to prevent accidents or interference with the lawful efforts of the fire department to manage and control the situation and to handle fire apparatus.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.184 Obstructing operations.

No person shall obstruct the operations of a fire department in connection with extinguishment, control or investigation of any fire, or actions relative to other emergencies, or disobey any lawful command of the fire chief or officer of the fire department in charge of the emergency, or any part thereof, or any lawful order of a police officer assisting the fire department.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.186 Systems and devices.

No person shall render a system or device inoperative during an emergency unless by direction of the fire chief or fire department official in charge of the incident.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.188 Permits - general.

Permits shall be in accordance with SCC 30.53A.190 through 30.53A.358.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.190 Permits and fees required.

(1) Permits required by the fire code may be obtained from the fire marshal. Permit fees, if any, shall be paid prior to issuance of the permit. Issued permits shall be kept on the premises designated therein at all times and shall be readily available for inspection by the fire marshal.

(2) When a plan or other data is required to be submitted by this chapter or chapter 30.50 SCC for fire extinguishing systems, alarm systems, ventilation systems, underground tanks, and liquefied petroleum tanks, a plan review fee and a permit fee shall be paid prior to permit issuance. The fees shall be in accordance with the schedule of fees in chapter 30.86 SCC.

(3) Operational permits shall be billed on an hourly rate as identified in SCC Table 30.86.400(9).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.192 Types of permits.

There shall be five types of permits:

(1) Operational permit. An operational permit allows the applicant to conduct an operation or a business for which a permit is required for either:

(a) A prescribed period.

(b) Until renewed or revoked.

(2) Construction permit. A construction permit allows the applicant to install or modify systems and equipment for which a permit is required by SCC 30.53A.332 through 30.53A.358. Construction permits are issued under chapter 30.50 SCC.

(3) Fireworks permit. Fireworks permits shall be required and appealed as provided for in SCC 30.53A.702.

(4) Special event permits. Special event permits shall be required pursuant to SCC 30.53A.800.

(5) Open burning. A burn permit shall be required as provided for in Section 307.2 IFC.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.194 Permits for the same location.

When more than one permit is required for the same location, the fire marshal is authorized to consolidate such permits into a single permit provided that each activity requiring a permit is listed in the permit.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.196 Application.

Application for a permit required by the fire code shall be made to the fire marshal in such form and detail as prescribed by the fire marshal. Applications for permits shall be accompanied by such plans as prescribed by the fire marshal.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.198 Refusal to issue permit.

If the application for a permit describes a use that does not conform to the requirements of the fire code and other applicable laws and ordinances, the fire marshal shall not issue a permit, but shall return the application to the applicant with the refusal to issue such permit. Such refusal shall, when requested by the applicant, be in writing and shall contain the reasons for refusal.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.200 Inspection authorized.

Before a new operational permit is approved, the fire marshal is authorized to inspect the receptacles, vehicles, buildings, devices, premises, storage spaces or areas to be used to determine compliance with the fire code or any operational constraints required.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.202 Time limitation of application.

An application for a permit for any proposed work or operation shall be deemed to have been abandoned 180 days after the date of filing, unless such application has been diligently prosecuted or a permit shall have been issued; except that the fire marshal is authorized to grant one or more extensions of time for additional periods not exceeding 90 days each. The extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.204 Action on application.

The fire marshal shall examine or cause to be examined applications for permits and amendments thereto within a reasonable time after filing. If the application or the construction documents do not conform to the requirements of applicable laws, the fire marshal shall reject such application in writing, stating the reasons therefore. If the fire marshal is satisfied that the proposed work or operation conforms to the requirements of the fire code and laws and ordinances applicable thereto, the fire marshal shall issue a permit therefore as soon as practicable.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.206 Conditions of a permit.

A permit shall constitute permission to maintain, store or handle materials; or to conduct processes which produce conditions hazardous to life or property; or to install equipment utilized in connection with such activities; or to install or modify any fire protection system or equipment or any other construction, equipment installation or modification in accordance with the provisions of the fire code where a permit is required by SCC 30.53A.236 or 30.53A.332. Such permission shall not be construed as authority to violate, cancel or set aside any of the provisions of the fire code or other applicable regulations or laws.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.208 Expiration.

An operational permit shall remain in effect until reissued, renewed, or revoked or for such a period of time as specified in the permit. Construction permits shall be obtained as required by chapter 30.50 SCC. If a permit has expired or been revoked, a new permit shall be obtained prior to recommencing work. Permits are not transferable and any change in occupancy, operation, tenancy or ownership shall require that a new permit be issued.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.210 Extensions.

A permittee holding an unexpired permit shall have the right to apply for an extension of the time within which the permittee will commence work under that permit when work is unable to be commenced within the time required by this section for good and satisfactory reasons. The fire marshal is authorized to grant, in writing, one or more extensions of the time period of a permit for periods of not more than 180 days each. Such extensions shall be requested by the permit holder in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.212 Occupancy prohibited before approval.

A building or structure shall not be occupied prior to the fire marshal issuing a permit and conducting associated inspections indicating that applicable provisions of the fire code have been met.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.214 Conditional permits/temporary certificate of occupancy.

Where permits are required and upon the request of a permit applicant, the fire marshal is authorized to issue a conditional permit or temporary certificate of occupancy to occupy the premises or portion thereof before the entire work or operations on the premises is completed, provided that such portion or portions will be occupied safely prior to full completion or installation of equipment and operations without endangering life or public welfare. The fire marshal shall notify the permit applicant in writing of any limitations or restrictions necessary to keep the permit area safe. The holder of a conditional permit shall proceed only to the point for which approval has been given, at the permit holder’s own risk and without assurance that approval for the occupancy or the utilization of the entire premises, equipment or operations will be granted.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.216 Posting the permit.

Permits issued pursuant to the fire code shall be kept on the premises designated at all times and shall be readily available for inspection by the fire marshal.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.218 Compliance with code.

The issuance or granting of a permit shall not be construed to be a permit for, or an approval of, any violation of any of the provisions of the fire code or of any other SCC provision. Permits presuming to give authority to violate or cancel any SCC provision shall not be valid. The issuance of a permit based on construction documents and other data shall not prevent the fire marshal from requiring the correction of errors in the construction documents and other data. Any addition to or alteration of approved construction documents shall be approved in advance by the fire marshal, as evidenced by the issuance of a new or amended permit.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.220 Information on the permit.

The fire marshal shall issue all permits required by the fire code on an approved form furnished for that purpose. The permit shall contain a general description of the operation or occupancy and its location and any other information required by the fire marshal. Issued permits shall bear the signature of the fire marshal or his designee.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.221 Validity of permit.

The issuance or granting of a permit shall not be construed to be a permit for, or an approval of, any violation of any of the provisions of the fire code or of any other ordinances of the county. Permits presuming to give authority to violate or cancel the provisions of the fire code or other ordinances of the jurisdiction shall not be valid. The issuance of a permit based on construction documents, operational documents and other data shall not prevent the fire marshal from requiring correction of errors in the documents or other data.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.222 Construction document submittals.

Construction documents and supporting data shall be submitted in two or more sets with each application for a permit and in such form and detail as required by the fire marshal. The construction documents shall be prepared by a registered design professional where required by the statutes of the jurisdiction in which the project is to be constructed. Exception: The fire marshal is authorized to waive the submission of construction documents and supporting data not required to be prepared by a registered design professional if it is found that the nature of the work applied for is such that review of the construction documents is not necessary to obtain compliance with the fire code.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.223 Examination of documents.

The fire marshal shall examine or cause to be examined the accompanying construction documents and shall ascertain by such examinations whether the work indicated and described is in accordance with the requirements of the fire code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.224 Information on construction documents.

Construction documents shall be drawn to scale upon suitable material. Electronic media documents are allowed to be submitted when approved by the fire marshal. Construction documents shall be of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature and extent of the work proposed and show in detail that it will conform to the provisions of the fire code and relevant laws, ordinances, rules and regulations.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.225 Fire protection system shop drawings.

Shop drawings for the fire protection system(s) shall be submitted to indicate compliance with the fire code and the construction documents and shall be approved prior to the start of installation. Shop drawings shall contain all the information required by the referenced installation standards in Chapter 9 of the IFC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.226 Applicant responsibility.

It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the construction documents include all of the fire protection requirements and the shop drawings are complete and in compliance with the applicable codes and standards.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.228 Approved documents.

Construction documents approved by the fire marshal are approved with the intent that such construction documents comply in all respects with the fire code. Review and approval by the fire marshal shall not relieve the applicant of the responsibility of compliance with the fire code.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.229 Phased approval.

The fire marshal is authorized to issue a permit for the construction of part of a structure, system or operation before construction documents for the whole structure, system or operation have been submitted, provided that adequate information and detailed statements have been filed complying with pertinent requirements of the fire code. The holder of such permit for parts of a structure, system or operation shall proceed at the holder’s own risk with the building operation and without assurance that a permit for the entire structure, system or operation will be granted.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.230 Corrected documents.

Where field conditions necessitate any substantial change from the approved construction documents, the fire marshal shall have the authority to require the corrected construction documents to be submitted for approval.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.232 Retention of construction documents.

One set of construction documents shall be retained by the fire marshal for a period of not less than 180 days from the date of completion of the permitted work, or as required by state law or local laws. One set of approved construction documents shall be returned to the applicant, and said set shall be kept on the site of the building or work at all times during which the authorized work is in progress.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.234 Revocation.

The fire marshal is authorized to revoke a permit issued under the provisions of the fire code and pursuant to SCC 30.71.027 or SCC 30.85.310 when it is found by inspection or otherwise that there has been a false statement or misrepresentation as to the material facts in the application or construction documents on which the permit or approval was based including, but not limited to, any of the following:

(1) The permit is used for a location or establishment other than that for which it was issued.

(2) The permit is used for a condition or activity other than that listed in the permit.

(3) Conditions and limitations set forth in the permit have been violated.

(4) There have been false statements or misrepresentations of material fact in the permit application or required plans used as a basis for issuing or conditioning the permit.

(5) The permit is used by a different person or firm than the name for which it was issued.

(6) The permittee failed, refused or neglected to comply with orders or notices duly served in accordance with the provisions of the fire code within the time provide.

(7) The permit was issued in error or in violation of an ordinance, regulation or the fire code.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-062, Oct. 1, 2008, Eff date Nov. 1, 2008; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.236 Required operational permits.

The fire marshal is authorized to issue operational permits for operations set forth in SCC 30.53A.242, 30.53A.260, 30.53A.284 and 30.53A.308 when the operation is not a condition of a certificate of occupancy.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.238 Aerosol products.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.240 Amusement buildings.

A special event permit is required to operate a special amusement building, not covered by a certificate of occupancy.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.242 Aviation facilities.

An operational permit is required to use a Group H or Group S occupancy for aircraft servicing or repair and aircraft fuel-servicing vehicles. Additional operational permits required by other sections of the fire code include, but are not limited to, hot work, hazardous materials and flammable or combustible finishes.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.244 Carnivals and fairs.

A special event permit is required to conduct a carnival or fair.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.246 Cellulose nitrate film (IFC 105.6.5).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.248 Combustible dust-producing operations (IFC 105.6.6).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.250 Combustible fibers (IFC 105.6.7).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.252 Compressed gases (IFC 105.6.8).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.256 Covered mall buildings (IFC 105.6.9).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.258 Cryogenic fluids (IFC 105.6.10).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.260 Cutting and welding.

An operational permit is required to conduct cutting or welding operations when the operation is not a condition of the certificate of occupancy or construction permit.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.262 Dry cleaning plants (IFC 105.6.12).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.264 Exhibits and trade shows.

A special event permit is required to operate exhibits and trade shows when the operation is not a condition of a certificate of occupancy.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.266 Explosives (IFC 105.6.14).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.268 Fire hydrants and valves (IFC 105.6.15).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.270 Flammable and combustible liquids (IFC 105.6.16).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.272 Floor finishing (IFC 105.6.17).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.274 Fruit and crop ripening (IFC 105.6.18).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.276 Fumigation and thermal insecticidal fogging (IFC 105.6.19).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.278 Hazardous materials (IFC 105.6.20).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.280 Hazardous production materials facilities (IFC 105.6.21).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.282 High-piled storage (IFC 105.6.22).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.284 Hot work operations.

(1) An operational permit is required for hot work including, but not limited to:

(a) Public exhibitions and demonstrations where hot work is conducted.

(b) Use of portable hot work equipment inside a structure. Exception: Work that is conducted under a construction permit.

(c) Hot work conducted within a wildfire risk area.

(2) When approved, the fire marshal may issue a permit to carry out a hot work program. This permit allows the applicant’s approved personnel to regulate the facility’s hot work operations. The approved personnel shall only include the applicant’s employees or hot work operations under the applicant’s supervision. Approved personnel shall be trained in the fire safety aspects denoted in this chapter and they shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements found in chapter 35 of the IFC.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.286 Industrial ovens (IFC 105.6.24).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.288 Lumber yards and woodworking plants (IFC 105.6.25).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.290 Liquid- or gas-fueled vehicles or equipment in assembly buildings (IFC 105.6.26).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.292 Liquid petroleum- gas (IFC 105-6-27).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.294 Magnesium (IFC 105.6.28).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.296 Miscellaneous combustible storage (IFC 105.6.29).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.298 Open burning.

A burn permit is required for the kindling or maintaining of an open fire or a fire on any public street, alley, road, or other public or private ground. Open fires are prohibited at county landfill sites.

Exception: Recreational fires.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.300 Open flames and torches (IFC 105.6.31).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.302 Open flames and candles (IFC 105.6.32).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.304 Organic coatings (IFC 105.6.33).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.306 Places of assembly (IFC 105.6.34).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.308 Private fire hydrants.

An operational permit is required for the removal from service, use or operation of private fire hydrants.

Exception: A permit is not required for private industry with trained maintenance personnel, private fire brigade or fire departments to maintain, test and use private hydrants.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.310 Pyrotechnic special effects material.

A special event permit is required for use and handling of pyrotechnic special effects material.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.312 Pyroxylin plastics (IFC 105.6.37).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.314 Refrigeration equipment (105.6.38).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.316 Repair garages and motor fuel-dispensing facilities (IFC 105.6.39).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.318 Rooftop heliports. (IFC 105.6.40) (IFC 105.6.40).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.320 Spraying or dipping (IFC 105.6.41).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.322 Storage of scrap tires and tire byproducts (IFC 105.6.42).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.324 Temporary membrane structures, tents and canopies.

A special event permit is required to operate an air-supported temporary membrane structure or a tent having an area in excess of 400 square feet (37 m2).

Exceptions:

(1) Tents used exclusively for recreational camping purposes.

(2) Tents open on all sides which comply with all of the following:

(a) Individual tents having a maximum size of 700 square feet (65 m2).

(b) The aggregate area of multiple tents placed side by side without a fire break clearance of not less than 12 feet (3,658 mm) shall not exceed 700 square feet (65 m2) total.

(c) A minimum clearance of 12 feet (3,658 mm) to structures and other tents shall be provided.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.326 Tire-rebuilding plants (IFC 105.6.44).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.328 Waste handling (IFC 105.6.45).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.330 Wood products (IFC 105.6.46).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.332 Required construction permits.

The building official is authorized to issue construction permits for work as set forth in SCC 30.53A.334 through 30.53A.357.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.334 Automatic fire-extinguishing systems.

A construction permit is required for installation of or modification to an automatic fire-extinguishing system. Maintenance performed in accordance with the fire code is not considered a modification and does not require a permit.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.336 Battery systems.

A permit is required to install stationary storage battery systems having a liquid capacity of more than 50 gallons (189 L).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.338 Compressed gases.

A construction permit is required to install, repair damage, abandon, remove, place temporarily out of service, or modify a compressed gas system.

Exceptions:

(1) Routine maintenance.

(2) For emergency repair work performed on an emergency basis, the fire marshal shall be contacted within two working days of commencement of work to determine if an operational permit is required.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.339 Cryogenic fluids.

A construction permit is required for installation of or an alteration to outdoor stationary cryogenic fluid storage systems. Maintenance performed in accordance with the fire code is not considered a modification and does not require a construction permit.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.340 Fire alarm and detection systems and related equipment.

A construction permit is required for installation of or modification to fire alarm and detection systems and related equipment. Maintenance performed in accordance with the fire code is not considered a modification and does not require a permit.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.342 Fire pumps and related equipment.

A construction permit is required for installation of or modification to fire pumps and related fuel tanks, jockey pumps, controllers, and generators. Maintenance performed in accordance with the fire code is not considered a modification and does not require a permit.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.344 Flammable and combustible liquids.

A construction permit is required:

(1) To install, repair or modify a pipeline for the transportation of flammable or combustible liquids.

(2) To install, construct or alter tank vehicles, equipment, tanks, plants, terminals, wells, fuel-dispensing stations, refineries, distilleries and similar facilities where flammable and combustible liquids are produced, processed, transported, stored, dispensed or used.

(3) To install, alter, remove, abandon or otherwise dispose of a flammable or combustible liquid tank.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.346 Hazardous materials.

A construction permit is required to install, repair damage to, abandon, remove, place temporarily out of service, or close or substantially modify a storage facility or other area regulated by chapter 50 of the IFC.

Exceptions:

(1) Routine maintenance.

(2) Emergency repair work for which an application for permit is made within two working days of commencement of work.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.348 Industrial ovens.

A construction permit is required for installation of industrial ovens covered by chapter 30 of the IFC.

Exceptions:

(1) Routine maintenance.

(2) For repair work for which an application for permit is made within two working days of commencement of work.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.350 Liquid petroleum gas systems.

A construction permit is required for installation of or modification to a liquid petroleum gas system.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.351 Marijuana extraction systems.

A construction permit is required to install a marijuana/cannabis extraction system regulated under WAC 314-55-104.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.352 Private fire hydrants.

A construction permit is required for the installation or modification of private fire hydrants.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.354 Spraying or dipping.

A construction permit is required to install or modify a spray room, dip tank or booth.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.356 Standpipe systems.

A construction permit is required for the installation, modification, or removal from service of a standpipe system. Maintenance performed in accordance with the fire code is not considered a modification and does not require a permit.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.357 Underground supply piping for automatic sprinkler system.

A construction permit is required for the installation of the portion of the underground water supply piping, public or private, supplying a water-based fire protection system. The permit shall apply to all underground piping and appurtenances downstream of the first control valve on the lateral piping or service line from the distribution main to one foot above finished floor of the facility with the fire protection system. Maintenance performed in accordance with this code is not considered to be a modification and does not require a permit.

Permit Exceptions:

1. When the underground piping is installed by the aboveground piping contractor.

2. Underground piping serves a fire protection system installed in accordance with NFPA 13D.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.358 Temporary membrane structures, tents and canopies.

A special event permit is required to erect an air-supported temporary membrane structure or a tent having an area in excess of 400 square feet (37 m2).

Exceptions:

(1) Tents used exclusively for recreational camping purposes.

(2) Funeral tents and curtains or extensions attached thereto, when used for funeral services.

(3) Tents and awnings open on all sides which comply with all of the following:

(a) Individual tents shall have a maximum size of 700 square feet (65 m2).

(b) The aggregate area of multiple tents placed side by side without a fire break clearance of not less than 12 feet (3,658 mm) shall not exceed 700 square feet (65m2) total.

(c) A minimum clearance of 12 feet (3,658 mm) to structures and other tents shall be maintained.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.360 Inspection authority.

The fire marshal is authorized to enter and examine any building, structure, marine vessel, vehicle or premises in accordance with SCC 30.53A.148 and 30.53A.176 for the purpose of enforcing the fire code.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.361 Inspections.

(1) The fire marshal is authorized to conduct inspections on buildings and premises, including such other hazards or appliances designated by the fire marshal for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions which would reasonably tend to cause fire or contribute to its spread, or any violation of the fire code and of any other law or standard affecting fire safety as deemed necessary to determine the extent of compliance with the provisions of the fire code.

(2) The fire marshal is authorized to approve inspection reports by approved agencies or individuals. All reports of such inspections shall be prepared and submitted in writing for review and approval. Inspection reports shall be certified by a responsible officer of such approved agency or by the responsible individual.

(3) The fire marshal is authorized to engage additional expert opinion as deemed necessary by the director to report upon unusual, detailed or complex technical issues.

(4) There shall be a fire inspection annually or as often as deemed necessary by the fire marshal for the purpose of renewing certificates of occupancy for all buildings or structures in groups A, B, E (with more than 6 persons), F, H, I, M, R-1, R-2, R-4, S, and U, occupancies. An inspection fee shall be charged in accordance with SCC 30.86.430 for each inspection required.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; amended by Ord. 08-140, Feb. 18, 2009, Eff date Mar 9, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.362 Inspection requests.

It shall be the duty of the holder of the permit or their duly authorized agent to notify the fire marshal when work is ready for inspection. It shall be the duty of the permit holder to provide access to and means for inspections of such work that are required by the fire code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.363 Approval required.

Work shall not be done beyond the point indicated in each successive inspection without first obtaining the approval of the fire marshal. The fire marshal, upon notification, shall make the requested inspections and shall either indicate the portion of the construction that is satisfactory as completed, or notify the permit holder or his or her agent wherein the same fails to comply with the fire code. Any portions that do not comply shall be corrected and such portion shall not be covered or concealed until authorized by the fire marshal.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.364 Concealed work.

It shall be the duty of the permit applicant to cause the work to remain accessible and exposed for inspection purposes. Whenever any installation subject to inspection prior to use is covered or concealed without having first been inspected, the fire marshal shall have the authority to require that such work be exposed for inspection. Neither the fire marshal nor the county shall be liable for expense entailed in the removal or replacement of any material required to allow inspection.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.366 Approvals.

Approval as the result of an inspection shall not be construed to be an approval of a violation of the provisions of the SCC. Inspections presuming to give authority to violate or cancel provisions of the fire code or the SCC shall not be valid.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.368 Maintenance of safeguards.

Whenever or wherever any device, equipment, system, condition, arrangement, level of protection, or any other feature is required for compliance with the provisions of the fire code, or otherwise installed, such device, equipment, system, condition, arrangement, level of protection, or other feature shall thereafter be continuously maintained in accordance with the fire code and applicable referenced standards.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.370 Testing and operation.

Equipment requiring periodic testing or operation to ensure maintenance shall be tested or operated as specified in the fire code.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.372 Test and inspection records.

Required test and inspection records shall be available to the fire marshal at all times or such records as the fire marshal designates shall be filed with the fire marshal.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.374 Re-inspection and testing.

Where any work or installation does not pass an initial test or inspection, the necessary corrections shall be made so as to achieve compliance with the fire code. The work or installation shall then be resubmitted to the fire marshal for inspection and testing.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.376 Supervision.

Maintenance and testing of any device, equipment, system, condition, arrangement, level of protection or other feature shall be under the supervision of a responsible person who shall ensure that such maintenance and testing are conducted at specified intervals in accordance with the fire code.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.378 Rendering equipment inoperable.

Portable or fixed fire-extinguishing systems or devices and fire-warning systems shall not be rendered inoperative or inaccessible except as necessary during emergencies, maintenance, repairs, alterations, drills or prescribed testing.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.380 Owner/occupant responsibilities.

Correction and abatement of violations of the fire code related to maintenance shall be the responsibility of the property owner. If an occupant creates, or allows to be created, hazardous conditions in violation of the fire code, the property owner, operator, or other person responsible for the condition or violation shall be held responsible for the abatement of such hazardous conditions.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.382 Overcrowding.

Overcrowding or admittance of any person beyond the approved capacity of a building or a portion thereof shall not be allowed. The fire marshal, upon finding any overcrowding conditions or obstructions in aisles, passageways or other means of egress, or upon finding any condition which constitutes a life safety hazard, shall be authorized to cause the event to be stopped until such condition or obstruction is corrected.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.388 Unlawful acts and violations.

It shall be unlawful for a person, firm or corporation to erect, construct, alter, repair, remove, demolish or utilize a building, occupancy, premises or system regulated by the fire code, or cause same to be done, in conflict with or in violation of any of the provisions of the fire code. Any person violating any provision of this chapter shall be subject to enforcement action pursuant to the fire code and chapter 30.85 SCC.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.390 Warning notice and enforcement.

When the fire marshal finds a building, premises, vehicle, storage facility or outdoor area that is in violation of the fire code, the fire marshal is authorized to issue a warning notice or to initiate enforcement action in accordance with the procedures of chapter 30.85 SCC.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-062, Oct. 1, 2008, Eff date Nov. 1, 2008; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.392 Service.

Warning notices and enforcement actions shall be served in accordance with the requirements in SCC 30.85.080 and 30.85.250.

(Added by Ord. 08-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-062, Oct. 1, 2008, Eff date Nov. 1, 2008; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.394 Compliance with notice of violation.

A warning notice and notice of violation issued or served as provided by the fire code shall be complied with by the owner, operator, occupant or other person responsible for the condition or violation to which the notice of violation pertains.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-062, Oct. 1, 2008, Eff date Nov. 1, 2008; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.396 Prosecution of violations.

Prosecution of a violation shall be subject to the provisions in chapter 30.85 SCC. The fire marshal may refer such violations, as necessary, to the prosecuting attorney to institute the appropriate legal proceedings at law or in equity to restrain, correct or abate such violation or to require removal or termination of the unlawful occupancy of the structure in violation of the provisions of the fire code or of the order pursuant to this chapter and chapter 30.85 SCC.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-062, Oct. 1, 2008, Eff date Nov. 1, 2008; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.398 Unauthorized tampering.

Signs, tags or seals posted or affixed by the fire marshal shall not be mutilated, destroyed or tampered with or removed without authorization from the fire marshal.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.400 Violation penalties.

Persons who violate a provision of the fire code or fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who erect, install, alter, repair, or do work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the fire marshal, or of a permit or certificate used under provisions of the fire code, shall be subject to penalties as prescribed by law and chapter 30.85 SCC; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, any violation of SCC 30.53A.722 is a class 1 civil infraction punishable as provided by law and by chapter 10.70 SCC.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-050, Aug. 17, 2016, Eff date Aug. 28, 2016)

30.53A.402 Abatement of violation.

The fire marshal is authorized to institute appropriate action to prevent unlawful construction or to restrain, correct or abate a violation; or to prevent illegal occupancy of a structure or premises; or to stop an illegal act, conduct of business or occupancy of a structure on or about any premises. The abatement procedures in SCC 30.85.320 shall apply.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.404 Unsafe buildings - general.

If during the inspection of a premises, a building or structure or any building system, in whole or in part, constitutes a clear and imminent threat to human life, safety or health, the fire marshal shall coordinate with the code enforcement staff to issue such notice or orders to remove or remedy the conditions as shall be deemed necessary in accordance with this section and shall refer the building to the building official for any repairs, alterations, remodeling, removing or demolition required.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.406 Unsafe buildings - unsafe conditions.

Structures or existing equipment that are or hereafter become unsafe or deficient because of inadequate means of egress or which constitute a fire hazard, or are otherwise dangerous to human life or the public welfare, or which involve illegal or improper occupancy or inadequate maintenance, shall be deemed an unsafe condition. A vacant structure which is not secured against unauthorized entry as required by section 311 of the IFC shall be deemed unsafe.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.408 Unsafe buildings - structural hazards.

When an apparent structural hazard is caused by the faulty installation, operation or malfunction of any of the items or devices governed by the fire code, the fire marshal shall immediately notify the building code official in accordance with SCC 30.53A.404.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.410 Unsafe buildings - evacuation.

The fire marshal or the fire department official in charge of an incident shall be authorized to order the immediate evacuation of any occupied building deemed unsafe when such building has hazardous conditions that present imminent danger to building occupants. Persons so notified shall immediately leave the structure or premises and shall not enter or re-enter until authorized to do so by the fire marshal or the fire department official in charge of the incident.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.412 Unsafe buildings - summary abatement.

Where conditions exist that are deemed hazardous to life and property, the fire marshal or fire department official in charge of the incident is authorized to summarily abate such hazardous conditions that are in violation of this chapter.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.414 Unsafe buildings - abatement.

The owner, operator, or occupant of a building or premises deemed unsafe by the fire code official shall abate or cause to be abated or corrected such unsafe conditions either by repair, rehabilitation, demolition or other approved corrective action.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.416 Stop work order.

Whenever the fire marshal finds any work regulated by the fire code being performed in a manner contrary to the provisions of the fire code or in a dangerous or unsafe manner, the fire marshal is authorized to issue a stop work order.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.418 Issuance of stop work order.

Stop work orders shall be issued pursuant to SCC 30.85.230.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-062, Oct. 1, 2008, Eff date Nov. 1, 2008; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.420 Emergency order.

The fire marshal is authorized to issue an emergency order pursuant to SCC 30.85.240.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-062, Oct. 1, 2008, Eff date Nov. 1, 2008; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.422 Failure to comply with stop work or emergency order.

Any person who shall continue any work after having been served with a stop work order or emergency order except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be subject to additional enforcement action prescribed in SCC 30.85.090 and SCC 30.85.130.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-062, Oct. 1, 2008, Eff date Nov. 1, 2008; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.430 Authority to disconnect service utilities.

The fire marshal shall have the authority to authorize disconnection of utility service to the building, structure, or system in order to safely execute emergency operations or to eliminate an immediate hazard. The fire marshal shall notify the service utility and, whenever possible, the owner and occupant of the building, structure or service system of decision to disconnect prior to taking such action if not notified prior to disconnection. The owner or occupant of the building, structure or service system shall be notified in writing as soon as practical thereafter.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.440 Fees.

A permit shall not be issued until the fees have been paid, nor shall an amendment to a permit be released until the additional fee, if any, has been paid.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.442 Schedule of permit fees.

A fee for each permit shall be paid as required, in accordance with the schedule established by the county.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.444 Work commencing before permit issuance.

Any person who commences any work, activity or operation regulated by the fire code before obtaining the necessary permits shall be subject to an additional fee established by the applicable governing authority, which shall be in addition to the required permit fees.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.446 Related fees.

The payment of the fee for the construction, alteration, removal or demolition of the work done in connection to or concurrently with the work or activity authorized by a permit shall not relieve the applicant of holder of the permit from the payment of other fees that are prescribed by law.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.448 Refunds.

The applicable governing authority is authorized to establish a refund policy.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

PARTS 500 - 600 Additions and amendments to the IFC

30.53A.500 Section 202 Definitions of the IFC - amended.

Section 202 of the IFC is amended to add or amend the following definitions:

(1) A definition of "CHIEF" is added as to read:

"CHIEF" means the Snohomish County Fire Marshal or fire code official.

(2) The definition of "CHIEF OF POLICE or POLICE DEPARTMENT" is added to read:

"CHIEF OF POLICE or POLICE DEPARTMENT" means the Snohomish County Sheriff or Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

(3) A definition of "COMMERCIAL OCCUPANCY" is added to read:

"COMMERCIAL OCCUPANCY" means groups A, B, E, F, H, I, M, R-1, R-2, R-4, S, and U (if a certificate of occupancy is issued by the building official) occupancies as defined in section 202 of the IFC.

(4) A definition of "FIRE DEPARTMENT DISTRICT" is added to read:

"FIRE DEPARTMENT DISTRICT" means the fire district responsible for fire protection in the area.

(5) A definition of "FIRE DEPARTMENT CONNECTION" is added to read:

"FIRE DEPARTMENT CONNECTION (FDC)" means that interface on a standpipe or sprinkler system where a fire hose hooks up to the sprinkler system or standpipe.

(6) A definition of "FIRE FLOW" is added to read:

"FIRE FLOW" means the rate of water delivery needed for the sole purpose of fighting fires. The fire flow volume shall be in addition to the requirements of the water system for domestic demand, and a 20 psi residual pressure should be maintained throughout the system under combined maximum demand flow conditions.

(7) A definition of "FIRE HYDRANT" is added to read:

"FIRE HYDRANT" means a mechanical device which is self draining, frost free, and is constructed to provide the required fire flow for the area serviced.

(8) A definition of "PRIVATE FIRE HYDRANT" is added to read:

"PRIVATE FIRE HYDRANT" means a fire hydrant which is situated and maintained so as to provide water for fire fighting purposes with restrictions as to its use or accessibility by the public.

(9) A definition of "PUBLIC HYDRANT" is added to read:

"PUBLIC HYDRANT" means a fire hydrant which is dedicated or otherwise permanently appropriated to the public for public use.

(10) A definition of "PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM" is added to read:

"PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM" means any system or water supply intended to be used for human consumption or other domestic uses, including, but not limited to sources, treatment, storage, transmission and distribution facilities where water is furnished to any community, collection or number of individuals, or is made available to the public for human consumption or domestic use, excluding water systems serving a single family residence, water systems existing prior to September 21, 1977, which are owner operated and serve less than ten single family residences, and water systems serving no more than one industrial plant.

(11) A definition of "WATER PURVEYOR" is added to read:

"WATER PURVEYOR" means a federal, state, or county agency, or city, town, municipal, corporation, firm, company, association, corporation, partnership, district, institution, person or persons, owning or operating a public or private water system.

(12) A definition of "WATER MAIN" is added to read:

"WATER MAIN" means the piping used or which may be used to deliver domestic or industrial water and/or fire flows intended for fire protection in amounts prescribed in this chapter, and excludes storage facilities, hydrants, and service connections.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.502 Open burning definitions - added.

Section 302 of the IFC is amended to add the following definitions:

"OPEN BURNING" means the burning of natural vegetation in an outdoor location and categorized as residential for the purposes of permit issuance.

"OPEN BURNING - RESIDENTIAL" means the outdoor burning of leaves, clippings, prunings and other yard and gardening refuse originating on lands immediately adjacent and in close proximity to a human dwelling and burned on such lands by the property owner or his or her designee.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011)

30.53A.504 Open burning - amended.

Section 307.1.1 of the IFC is amended to read:

(1) Open burning shall be prohibited when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fire hazardous.

Exception: Prescribed burning for the purpose of reducing the impact of wildland fire when authorized by the fire marshal.

(2) Open fires are prohibited at all county operated landfill sites, and all county personnel are directed to take necessary steps to prevent and extinguish such fires.

(3) Where open burning permits have been issued by the fire marshal, open burning shall be suspended when a burn ban by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) is issued and shall not be resumed until the burn ban is lifted.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.506 Group A occupancies - amended.

A new exception is added to section 308.3 of the IFC to read:

(4) Where approved by the fire marshal when minimum IFC performance standards are met.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.510 Definitions - amended (IFC 502).

Section 502 of the IFC is amended as follows:

(1) A definition of "FIRE LANE" is added to read:

"FIRE LANE (FIRE APPARATUS ACCESS ROAD)" means any road or driving surface whether public or private that is maintained in accordance with locally adopted street, road and access standards.

(2) The definition of "FIRE DEPARTMENT" is deleted, and the following definition is added:

"FIRE DEPARTMENT" means the office of the county fire marshal.

(3) A definition of "TURNAROUND" is added to read:

"TURNAROUND" shall mean a cul-de-sac having a driving surface with a minimum 40-foot outside radii.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)

30.53A.512 Fire apparatus access roads - replaced.

Section 503 of the IFC is deleted in its entirety and replaced as follows:

503.1 Where required. Fire apparatus access roads shall be provided and maintained in accordance with sections 503.1.1 through 503.1.3.

503.1.1 Buildings and facilities. Fire apparatus access roads shall be provided in accordance with sections 501 and 503 of the IFC for every facility, building or portion of a building hereafter constructed or moved into or within the county 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 from fire apparatus access as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the building or facility. See also section 504 of the IFC for personnel access to buildings. When access roads cannot be installed due to location on property, topography, waterways, nonnegotiable grades or other similar conditions, the fire marshal is authorized to require alternative fire protection.

Exceptions:

1. When buildings are completely protected with an approved automatic fire sprinkler system installed in accordance with this chapter, the fire apparatus access road requirements may be modified by the fire marshal.

2. When there are no more than two dwelling units, or Group U Occupancies, the requirements of sections 503.1.1 and 503.2 of the IFC may be modified by the fire marshal.

503.1.2 Additional access. More than one fire apparatus road shall be provided when it is determined by the fire marshal 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, section 3206.6 of the IFC applies. For required access during construction, alteration or demolition of a building, section 1410.1 of the IFC applies.

503.1.3 High piled storage. Fire department vehicle access to buildings used for high-piled combustible storage shall comply with the applicable provisions of chapter 23 of the IFC.

503.2 Specifications. Fire apparatus roads shall be installed and arranged in accordance with sections 503.2.1 through 503.2.8, as modified by this chapter.

503.2.1 Dimensions. Fire apparatus access roads shall have an unobstructed width of not less than 20 feet (6096 mm), exclusive of shoulders, except for approved security gates in accordance with section 503.6, and an unobstructed vertical clearance of 13 feet and 6 inches (4115 mm).

503.2.2 Authority. Vertical clearances of 13 feet and 6 inches in height or widths of 20' shall be increased when, in the opinion of the fire marshal, vertical clearances or widths are not adequate to provide fire apparatus access.

503.2.3 Surface. All fire apparatus access roadways shall be constructed of either gravel, asphalt or some other all-weather surface capable of supporting vehicles consistent with Engineering Design and Development Standards (EDDS).

503.2.4 Turning Radius. Turns, bends, or sweeps in fire apparatus access roadways shall be designed at not less than twenty-foot inside-turning radii nor less than forty-foot outside-turning radius.

503.2.5 Dead ends. Dead-end fire apparatus access roads in excess of 150 feet in length shall be provided with a turnaround unless a modification is granted by the fire marshal. Dead-end fire apparatus access roads that exceed 1,200 feet in length shall be provided with intermediate turnarounds to provide adequate fire apparatus turn-around or the fire marshal is authorized to require additional fire protection.

503.2.6 Bridges. When a bridge is required to be used as part of a fire apparatus access road, it shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with the department of public works engineering design and development standards adopted by the county. The bridge shall be designed to carry an AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Traffic Officials) HL-93 Load Resistance Factor Design method live load or greater. Bridges shall be sufficient to carry the imposed loads of fire apparatus. Vehicle load limits shall be posted at both entrances to bridges when required by the fire marshal.

503.2.7 Grade. The gradient for a fire apparatus access road shall not exceed 15 percent. Cul-de-sac bulb grades shall not exceed six percent.

503.3 Marking. Where required by the fire marshal, approved signs or other approved notices or markings that include the words NO PARKING - FIRE LANE shall be provided for fire apparatus roads to identify such roads or prohibit the obstruction thereof. The means by which fire lanes are designated shall be maintained in a clean or legible condition at all times and be replaced or repaired when necessary to provide adequate visibility.

503.4 Obstruction of fire apparatus access roads. Fire apparatus access roads shall not be obstructed in any manner, including the parking of vehicles.

503.5 Required gates or barricade. The fire marshal is authorized to require the installation and maintenance of gates or other approved barricades across fire apparatus access roads, trails or other accessways, not including public streets, alleys or highways. Electric gate operators, where provided, shall be listed in accordance with UL 325. Gates intended for automatic operation shall be designed, constructed and installed to comply with the requirements of ASTM F 2200.

503.5.1 Entrances secured by gates or barriers. Entrances to roads, trails or other access way which have been closed with gates and barriers in accordance with section 503.5 of the IFC shall not be obstructed by parked vehicles.

503.6 Gates accessing residential developments. Gates installed in a residential community shall be equipped with a strobe activation device unless the local fire district does not have the capability to activate such device and another device is approved by the local fire district. Minimum gate width opening shall be 20 feet. The gate is required to open automatically with the approach of emergency vehicles. In the event of a loss of power, the gate shall open automatically and remain in the open position until power is restored.

Exemption: 2 or fewer dwelling units as approved by the local fire district.

503.7 Split entries to plats, short plats and single-family detached units (SFDU). Split entries into plats, short plats and SFDUs shall be allowed where each aisle (lane) is at least 14 feet in width.

503.8 Cul-de-sac Planters. Planters may be installed in cul-de-sacs when the outside radius of the cul-de-sac is a minimum of 50 feet and the inside radius is a minimum of 25 feet.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 2, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.513 Address identification - replaced.

Section 505.1 of the IFC is deleted in its entirety and replaced as follows:

(1) New and existing buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers or approved building identification placed in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. Address numbers shall meet the following requirements:

(a) Contrast with their background;

(b) Arabic numerals or alphabetical letters;

(c) Sized pursuant to Table 30.53A.513(1), except the minimum size for commercial occupancies is six inches; and

(d) Minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch (12.7 mm).

(2) Where access is by means of a private road and the building cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign or means shall be used to identify the structure.

Table 30.53A.513(1) Address Numbering Size Table
 

Distance From Road (in feet)

Minimum Size (in inches)

0-50

4

51-100

6

101-150

8

151-200

10

201-300

12

301 and up

18

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-018, May 2, 2012, Eff date May 21, 2012)

30.53A.514 Fire protection water supply - replaced.

Section 507.1 of the IFC is deleted in its entirety and replaced as follows:

(1) The minimum water supply requirements contained in this section shall apply to land use and construction permit actions subject to this title, or to any other existing or future code provision in which compliance with the fire code is specifically required. Water mains and fire hydrants shall meet the required minimum standards for water mains and fire hydrants. These requirements shall apply to land use and construction permit actions subject to this title, or to any other existing or future code provision in which compliance with the fire code is specifically required.

(2) In administering these requirements, the fire marshal or the fire marshal’s designee shall have the authority to impose conditions on permits issued under this title where necessary to mitigate fire hazards.

(3) A water supply shall consist of reservoirs, pressure tanks, elevated tanks, water mains or other fixed systems capable of providing the required fire flow. Required water supply for fire protection shall include:

(a) An approved water supply capable of supplying the required water flow for fire protection shall be provided to premises upon which facilities, buildings or portions of buildings are hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdictions.

(b) All land upon which buildings or portions of buildings are or may be constructed, erected, enlarged, altered, repaired, moved into the jurisdiction, or improved, shall be served by a water supply designed to meet the required fire flow for fire protection as set out in appendix B of the IFC, except that fire flow requirements for rural areas outside of an Urban Growth Area shall be reduced by 25 percent. Fire flow requirements for structures with a supervised fire alarm system connected to an Underwriters Laboratory, Inc. approved fire alarm center may be reduced by an additional 25 percent.

(c) Prior to final approval of any subdivision or short subdivision, written verification by the water purveyor of actual fire flow, calculated in accordance with appendix B of the IFC, shall be provided to the fire marshal for review and approval.

(d) Prior to combustible construction of a single-family detached unit (SFDU) project the developer shall provide a final certificate of water availability indicating that all hydrants have been installed, charged and are operational. The hydrants shall provide a minimum 1,000 gpm for a 1-hour duration at 20 psi.

Exemptions: Except as provided in IFC section 507, the following permits and approvals are exempt from the water supply and fire hydrant requirements of this chapter:

(1) Subdivisions and short subdivisions in which all lots have a lot area of 43,560 square feet (one acre) or more in size;

(2) Building permits for structures classified by the building code as Group U occupancies (agricultural buildings, private garages; carports and sheds) that are restricted to private residential use only, provided that riding arenas or other agricultural type structures used or accessed by the public shall not be exempt;

(3) A building permit for a single family detached dwelling, duplex, or mobile home to be placed on a lot with a lot area of 43,560 square feet (one acre) or more in size; and

(4) Mobile home permits for mobile homes in established mobile home parks.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.515 Type of water supply - deleted (IFC 507.2).

Section 508.2 of the IFC is deleted in its entirety.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011)

30.53A.516 Fire hydrant spacing - added.

A new paragraph is added to C103 of Appendix C of the IFC to read as follows:

(1) Fire hydrant locations shall be determined by the fire marshal, in coordination with the water purveyor, and pursuant to the requirements of Appendix C of the IFC subject to the following exceptions:

(a) Fire hydrants serving single family dwellings or duplexes shall have a maximum lateral spacing of 600 feet with no lot or parcel in excess of 300 feet from a fire hydrant. Fire hydrants serving single-family dwellings in single-family detached units (SFDU) projects shall have a maximum lateral spacing of 600 feet with no single-family dwelling in excess of 300 feet from a fire hydrant; and

(b) Where the buildings are protected by an approved automatic sprinkler system, the spacing requirements may be modified, if in the opinion of the fire marshal or his designee, the level of fire protection is not reduced.

(2) For dead-end streets or roads the fire marshal may make adjustments to the lateral spacing requirements to facilitate locating the hydrant at or near the street intersection and hydrants shall be located at, or near street intersections whenever possible.

(3) All hydrants shall be accessible to the fire department by roadways or accesses meeting the requirements of SCC 30.53A.512.

(4) When hydrants cannot be installed in conformance with the spacing requirements of this chapter, the fire marshal shall confer with the water purveyor and provide for alternate locations as allowed by the fire code.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.518 Hydrant systems - where required - amended.

Section 507.5.1 of the IFC is amended to read:

Where a portion of the facility or building hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction is more than 150 feet from a hydrant on a fire apparatus access road, as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the facility or building, on-site fire hydrants and mains shall be provided, where required by the fire marshal.

Exceptions:

(1) For Group R-3 and Group U occupancies, the distance requirements shall be 300 feet.

(2) For buildings equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with this chapter, the distance requirement shall be 300 feet.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.520 Inspection, testing and maintenance requirements - replaced.

Section 507.5.2 of the IFC is deleted in its entirety and replaced as follows:

Fire hydrant systems shall be subject to periodic tests as required by the fire marshal. 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. The standards contained in this section apply to all new hydrant installations and to replacement of existing hydrants on public water systems that are required by the IFC to provide fire flow.

(1) The installation of all fire hydrants shall be in accordance with sound engineering practices and supplied by mains as prescribed by this chapter. Hydrants shall be installed, tested and charged prior to the start of construction, unless otherwise approved by the fire marshal.

(2) Approval of fire hydrant types must be obtained prior to installation from the water purveyor, or the fire marshal in the absence of a water purveyor.

(3) All elements of fire hydrant installation including water mains, pipes, valves, and related components shall conform to the fire code, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 24, and American Water Works Association (AWWA) Standard C502-94.

(4) Standard hydrants shall have not less than five-inch main valve openings (MVO) with two two-and-one-half inch National Hose (N.H.) outlet ports and one four-and-one-half inch N.H. outlet port. When two port hydrants are replaced, they shall be replaced with three port hydrants.

(5) "Storz" type steamer port fittings shall be provided on new hydrants when required by the local fire district.

(6) Hydrants shall stand plumb and be set to the finished grade. The bottom of the lowest outlet of the hydrant shall be no less than 18 inches above the grade. There shall be a 36-inch radius of clear area about the hydrant for the operation of a hydrant wrench on the outlets and the control valve. The pumper port shall face the street, or where the street cannot be clearly identified, the port shall face the most likely route of approach of the fire truck while pumping, as determined by the fire marshal. The hydrant shall be installed within 15 feet of the street or access roadway.

(7) Hydrants shall be a minimum of 50 feet from a commercial structure to be served and no further than 100 feet from a fire department connection (FDC) if present.

(8) The hydrant lateral shall be designed to deliver the required fire flow.

(9) Hydrants shall not be obstructed by structures, fences, the parking of vehicles, or vegetation. Hydrant visibility shall not be impaired within a distance of 75 feet in any direction of vehicular approach to the hydrant.

(10) 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 be in accordance with approved standards. Fire hydrant systems shall be subject to such periodic tests as required by the fire marshal.

(11) When any portion of the facility or building protected is in excess of 150 feet 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 fire marshal.

(12) The fire district may, in accordance with an agreement with the water purveyor, test hydrants for flow capability.

(13) For all new hydrant installations, either public or private, the developer shall color code the tops of the hydrant(s) to designate the level of service being provided by that hydrant. Color coding for existing and new hydrants shall be in accordance with SCC Table 30.53A.520(13).

Table 30.53A.520(13)

HYDRANT COLOR CODES
 

Color Code for Hydrant

Level of Service

Light Blue

1,500 GPM or greater

Green

1,000 to 1,499 GPM

Orange

500 to 999 GPM

Red

Less than 500 GPM

Black

For drafting use only (hard suction/steamer port)

White

Cross on top of hydrant for filling tankers only

(14) For all new hydrant installations, either public or private, the developer shall install blue street reflectors to indicate hydrant locations. Installation of blue street reflectors shall be completed prior to final approval of any development or new construction.

(15) Maintenance of public hydrants shall be the responsibility of the recognized water purveyor. Private fire service hydrants and mains shall be protected and maintained by the owners in accordance with NFPA Standard 24.

(16) The water purveyor shall submit documentation to the fire marshal indicating which entity is responsible for proper installation, operation and maintenance of fire protection facilities associated with public water systems. The statement shall also indicate which fire district or utility is responsible for repair and maintenance of fire hydrants in unincorporated Snohomish County.

(17) Vehicles shall not be parked within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, or fire department connection, or a fire protection system control valve.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.522 Water main specifications - added.

A new paragraph is added to section 507.5.3 IFC to read as follows:

The following requirements shall apply to all water main construction:

(1) Diameter. New or replaced water mains providing fire flow shall be a minimum of 6 inches in diameter and be designed to deliver fire flow required by the fire code. All dead end water mains in excess of 50 feet which provide fire flow shall be a minimum 8 inches in diameter.

(2) Future replacement. When existing water mains are replaced, replacement mains shall be sized to meet minimum fire flow requirements.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.524 Definitions - amended (IFC 602).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Repealed by Amended Ord. 14-059, Aug. 27, 2014, Eff date Sept. 13, 2014)

30.53A.526 Restricted occupancies - amended (IFC 806.1.1).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Repealed by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.528 General requirements for decorative materials - amended (IFC 807.1).

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Repealed by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.530 Fire watch - amended.

Section 3304.5 of the IFC is amended to read:

When required by the fire marshal for building construction or demolition that is hazardous in nature, qualified personnel shall be provided to serve as an on-site fire watch. Fire watch personnel shall be provided with at least one approved means for notification of the fire department and their sole duty shall be to perform constant patrols and watch for the occurrence of fire.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.532 General safety precautions - amended.

Section 5003.9 of the IFC is amended to read:

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 5003.9.10 of the IFC.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.534 Safety cans.

Safety Cans. Safety cans shall be listed in accordance with UL 30 when used to increase the maximum allowable quantities per control area of flammable or combustible liquids in accordance with Table 5003.1.1(1). Safety cans listed in accordance with UL 1313 are allowed for flammable and combustible liquids when not used to increase the maximum allowable quantities per control area and for other hazardous material liquids in accordance with the listing.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.536 Permit required - deleted (IFC 3301.2).

Section 3301.2 of the IFC is deleted in its entirety.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)

PART 700 Fireworks Administration

30.53A.700 Fireworks - administration and enforcement.

(1) The provisions of part 700 provide for the administration and enforcement of a fireworks permit system in accordance with chapter 70.77 RCW, and for rules and regulations promulgated thereunder in the interest of the public health, safety, and welfare. If necessary, the fire marshal shall promulgate rules related to the fireworks regulations pursuant to chapter 30.82 SCC.

(2) These requirements shall be administered and enforced by the Office of the Snohomish County Fire Marshal which shall adopt reasonable rules and regulations for doing such. The fire marshal may coordinate with the code enforcement staff of the department to process code enforcement cases.

(3) The definitions of terms contained in RCW 70.77.120 through RCW 70.77.241 are applicable to those terms used in chapter 30.53A SCC part 700.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)

30.53A.702 Permit required.

(1) No person, without an appropriate permit issued under the requirements of part 700 of this chapter, may:

(a) Manufacture, import, possess, or sell any fireworks at wholesale or retail for any use;

(b) Make a public display of fireworks;

(c) Transport fireworks, except as a public carrier delivering to a permittee; or

(d) Discharge special fireworks at any place, except that, no permit is required for the possession or use of common fireworks lawfully purchased at retail.

(2) Any person denied issuance of a fireworks permit may appeal the decision in accordance with the appeal provisions of chapter 30.71 SCC.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)

30.53A.704 Fireworks permit - application.

(1) Application for a fireworks permit shall be made to the fire marshal on forms provided by the fire marshal. All fireworks display applications shall be made at least 10 days prior to the date of display. All common retail sales permit applications shall be made by May 31st of each year. No application may be acted upon until complete nor shall the same be considered complete unless accompanied by copies of all permits, insurance policies or bonds required by chapter 70.77 RCW, and permit fees prescribed by SCC 30.86.430.

(2) The application must be signed by the applicant whenever the applicant is a person defined by RCW 70.77.190, except that an individual, an authorized principal or lawful officer shall sign the application and provide a principal’s or an agent’s name and street address upon whom lawful process of service may be made.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011)

30.53A.706 Fireworks permit - grant or deny.

The fire marshal shall investigate all matters which may aid in determining whether to grant or deny any fireworks permit, except that a fireworks storage permit shall not be granted until prior written approval of the local fire district official has been obtained for any proposed storage area and/or facility.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)

30.53A.710 Retailers of fireworks - sales locations.

Retail fireworks shall only be sold within the following structures:

(1) Roadside stands and tents;

(2) Buildings used for no purpose other than the retail sale of fireworks; or

(3) Buildings that have been approved by the fire marshal when the fireworks are displayed such that members of the general public cannot handle them.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)

30.53A.712 Retailers of fireworks.

It is a violation of this chapter for a person to perform any of the following activities under an issued retail sale permit:

(1) Sell common fireworks within this county except as provided in SCC 30.53A.710;

(2) Employ any person under 16 years of age for the purpose of selling or handling common fireworks;

(3) Sell or transfer any common fireworks to a consumer or user other than at a fixed place of business for which a permit has been obtained; or

(4) Engage in any other fireworks activity covered under this chapter without obtaining a proper permit.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)

30.53A.714 Retailer of fireworks - signage, closure, and extinguishers.

(1) Approved "No Smoking Within 25 Feet" signs shall be posted at conspicuous locations designated by the local inspection authority. Each sign shall have the words "No Smoking" in red letters at least two inches in height on a white background. Metal signs may be used in locations exposed to the weather, but all signs shall be maintained in a legible condition.

(2) Each retail fireworks location shall have at least two water-type extinguishers of at least two and one half gallon capacity or alternate equipment deemed equivalent by the office of the fire marshal.

(3) During the hours that a fireworks stand or location is not open for business, it shall be closed and locked unless all fireworks have been removed.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)

30.53A.716 Unsold retail stocks of fireworks.

It is a violation of this chapter for any person to sell stocks of fireworks remaining unsold after the lawful period of sale as provided in the permit. Unsold retail stocks of fireworks remaining after the authorized sales period from 12:00 noon on June 28 to 12:00 noon on July 5 each calendar year shall be returned on or before July 31 of that same calendar year to an approved storage facility of a licensed fireworks wholesaler, or to a magazine or storage place approved by the fire marshal.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)

30.53A.718 Public display - general.

It is a violation of this chapter for any person to:

(1) Conduct a public display of fireworks that is of a character and so located, discharged or fired that it is hazardous or dangerous to persons or property;

(2) Conduct a public display of fireworks without a licensed pyrotechnic operator supervising the handling of the special fireworks;

(3) Employ a person under 21 years of age to handle or assist in any manner in the detonation of any special fireworks; or

(4) Engage in any other fireworks activity covered under this chapter without obtaining the proper permit.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)

30.53A.720 Public display - disposal of unfired fireworks.

Any fireworks that remain unfired after a public display is concluded shall be immediately disposed of by a safe method that is appropriate for the each type of remaining fireworks.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007)

30.53A.722 Retail sale or discharge of consumer fireworks unlawful - exceptions.

(1) Except as otherwise provided by law, no common fireworks shall be sold at retail except from 12:00 noon on June 28th to 12:00 noon on July 5th each year, provided, however, that no consumer fireworks may be sold at retail between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.

(2) Except as otherwise provided by law, no consumer fireworks shall be discharged except:

(a) From 9:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on the 4th day of July of each year.

(b) In areas not designated as a "no fireworks" area created under SCC 30.53A.728.

(c) Fireworks under the classification of novelty or sparklers.

(Added Ord. 07-087, Sept. 5, 2007, Eff date Sept. 21, 2007; Amended by Amended Ord. 16-050, Aug. 17, 2016, Eff date Aug. 28, 2016)

30.53A.725 Fireworks - Emergency restrictions on sale and use.

The fire marshal may prohibit the discharge of all fireworks during periods of extreme fire danger. The fire marshal may exempt a public display of fireworks from this prohibition by permit and upon a finding that the public display will not constitute an extreme fire danger.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-049, June 29, 2016, Eff date July 10, 2017)

30.53A.728 Creation of additional "no firework" areas through petition method.

(1) The council will consider establishment of a "no firework" area following the filing of a petition by residents of the proposed additional area that meets the following terms and conditions:

(a) The proposed area shall contain a minimum of 50 single family dwellings or, in the alternative, it shall contain a minimum area of one square mile.

(b) The proposed area shall have readily identifiable boundaries. If reasonably possible, the boundaries shall constitute a physical barrier, i.e., a river, freeway, roadway, etc.

(c) The petition for the proposed area shall be signed by a minimum of 51 percent of the area’s registered voters.

(d) The completed petition supporting the proposed area shall be filed with the clerk of the county council.

(e) A request that meets subsections (1)(a), (b), and (d) of this section by a Snohomish County fire district or fire authority for a "no fireworks area" designation within a fire district may substitute for the signatures referenced in subsection (1)(c) of this section.

(2) This section shall not limit the legislative authority of the county council.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-050, Aug. 17, 2016, Eff date Aug. 28, 2016)

30.53A.730 Petition - form.

Petitions for "no firework" areas shall be substantially in the following form:

WARNING

Every person who signs this petition with any other than his or her true name, or who knowingly signs more than one of these petitions, or who signs this petition when he or she is not a legally registered voter, or who makes herein any false statement, may be punished by fine or imprisonment or both.

PETITION TO CREATE A

"NO FIREWORK" AREA

To the County Council, Snohomish County:

We, the undersigned citizens of the State of Washington and legally registered voters of the respective precincts set opposite our names, respectfully request that the area known as ____________________, be established as a "no firework" area.

The proposed area’s boundaries are:

Each of us for himself of herself says:

I have personally signed this petition, I am a legal registered voter of the state of Washington, in the precinct, written after my name, and my residence address is correctly stated.

Petitioner’s Precinct Residence Address City or Zip

signature name street and number PO Box No.

1._______________________________________________

2._______________________________________________

3.____________________________________________etc.

Failure to comply with any of the above format will not invalidate the petition, but rather shall be a matter for consideration by the council as to whether the standards of SCC 30.53A.700 have been met.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-050, Aug. 17, 2016, Eff date Aug. 28, 2016)

30.53A.732 Public hearing.

Upon receipt of a "no firework" area application and petition, as set forth in SCC 30.53A.728 and 30.53A.730, the county council shall set the matter for consideration at a public hearing in accordance with the general provisions of chapter 2.48 SCC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-050, Aug. 17, 2016, Eff date Aug. 28, 2016)

30.53A.734 Abrogation of "no firework" areas.

(1) The council will consider abrogation of a "no firework" area at any time after one year from establishment of the "no firework" area following the filing of a petition that meets the following terms and conditions:

(a) If the petition proposes abrogation of the entire "no firework" area, the petition proposing abrogation shall be signed by a minimum of 51 percent of registered voters who reside within the "no firework" area.

(b) If the petition proposes abrogation of less than the entire "no firework" area, the remaining "no firework" area shall comply with SCC 30.53A.726 and the petition proposing abrogation shall be signed by a minimum of 51 percent of registered voters who reside within the "no firework" area excluding registered voters who reside more than 2,000 feet from the area proposed for abrogation.

(c) The completed petition proposing abrogation shall be filed with the clerk of the council.

(2) This section shall not limit the legislative authority of the county council.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-050, Aug. 17, 2016, Eff date Aug. 28, 2016)

30.53A.736 Severability.

If any provision of this chapter is held invalid, the remainder of the chapter shall not be affected.

(Added by Amended Ord. 16-050, Aug. 17, 2016, Eff date Aug. 28, 2016)

PART 800 Special Event Permits

30.53A.800 Permit required.

(1) Any person desiring to conduct or sponsor a special event or erect temporary tents or structures for a special event on public or private property, shall first obtain a special event permit, except a permit shall not be required for any special event with 49 or less participants or where no temporary tents or structures shall be erected.

(2) Any and all other state, federal, and/or local permits required to operate the special event must be obtained prior to operation. If any portion of the special event will take place within a county right-of-way, a right-of-way use permit may be required from the department of public works.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011; Amended by Amended Ord. 12-018, May 2, 2012, Eff date May 21, 2012)

30.53A.810 Permit - application.

An application for a special event shall be made at least 30 business days prior to the event; provided, that applications submitted less than 30 business days prior to the event may be accepted if the department finds that there is adequate time to properly process the request.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011)

30.53A.820 Permit - inspection and routing.

(1) Inspections, insurance and routing for special event permits shall be pursuant to Table 30.53A.820 SCC. Political and religious public events as defined under state law do not require routing and insurance.

Table 30.53A.820

Inspection, Insurance and Routing
 

Special Event Type

Number of Participants

Inspection required

Routing Required

Insurance Required

Private

50 or more

Yes

No

No

Public

50-99

Yes

No

No

Public

100 or more

Yes

Yes

Yes

(2) Applications for special events that require routing pursuant to Table 30.53A.820 SCC shall be sent to the following departments for review:

(a) Department of Public Works;

(b) Risk Management (if insurance is required);

(c) Sheriff;

(d) Snohomish County Health District; and

(e) Snohomish County Parks and Recreation (when the event is held property owned by the county).

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011)

30.53A.825 Permit - indemnity and insurance.

(1) The applicant shall agree that if the permit is granted, the following indemnity agreement applies to a public special event:

The applicant shall agree that if the permit is granted, the following indemnity agreement applies to the event. The applicant shall assume the risk of all damage, loss, cost and expense and agrees to defend, hold harmless and indemnify the county and its elected and appointed officials, officers and employees from and against any and all liability which may accrue to or be sustained by Snohomish County except for the sole negligence and willful misconduct of Snohomish County and its employees.

(2) When required by Table 30.53A.820 SCC, a certificate of comprehensive general liability insurance shall be filed with the county licensing authority prior to the issuance of the permit which names Snohomish County, its officers and employees, as an additional insured party with respect to activities in connection with this permit for no less than $1,000,000 per occurrence. The county risk manager or designee shall approve the certificate and may impose other insurance requirements, as deemed necessary by the county risk manager.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011)

30.53A.830 Permit - decision.

(1) The fire marshal shall approve the special event permit once the application has been reviewed by the appropriate departments, and the applicant has agreed in writing to comply with the terms and conditions of the permit including the indemnity agreement in SCC 30.53A.825(1):

(2) The fire marshal shall approve, conditionally approve, or deny an application based on the recommendations of the departments or agencies listed in SCC 30.53A.820(2).

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011)

30.53A.835 Permit - expiration.

The permit shall be valid for the duration of the event and expires at the conclusion of the event.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011)

30.53A.840 Permit - fees.

A permit fee shall be filed with the application pursuant to SCC 30.86.430.

(Added by Amended Ord. 11-024, Aug. 3, 2011, Eff date Aug. 18, 2011)

PARTS 900 - 1100 Automatic Sprinkler Systems

30.53A.900 Alternative protection.

Alternative automatic fire-extinguishing systems complying with section 904 of the IFC shall be permitted in lieu of automatic sprinkler protection where recognized by the applicable standard and approved by the fire marshal.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.905 Where required.

Approved automatic sprinkler systems in new buildings and structures shall be provided in the locations described in this chapter. For the purposes of this chapter, fire separations shall not define separate buildings and/or fire areas.

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 of the IFC and are separated from the remainder of the building by not less than one-hour fire barriers constructed in accordance with section 707 of the IBC or not less than two-hour horizontal assemblies constructed in accordance with section 711 of the IBC, or both.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.910 Existing commercial buildings.

Automatic sprinkler systems as defined in the IBC or IFC shall be provided throughout any existing commercial building renovated, added to, or altered whose combined fire areas exceed 10,000 square feet.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.915 Group A.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings and portions thereof used as Group A occupancies as provided in this section through SCC 30.53A.940. For Group A-1, A-2, A-3 and A-4 occupancies, the automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout the floor area where the Group A-1, A-2, A-3 or A-4 occupancy is located, and in all floors between the Group A occupancy to, and including the level of exit discharge serving the Group A occupancy. For Group A-5 occupancies, the automatic sprinkler system shall be provided in the spaces indicated in SCC 30.53A.940.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.920 Group A-1.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-1 occupancies where one of the following conditions exists:

(1) The fire area exceeds 10,000 square feet (929 m2).

(2) The fire area has an occupant load of 300 or more.

(3) The fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such occupancies.

(4) The fire area contains a multi-theater complex.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.925 Group A-2.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-2 occupancies where one of the following conditions exists:

(1) The fire area exceeds 5,000 square feet (465 m2).

(2) The fire area has an occupant load of 100 or more.

(3) The fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such occupancies.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.930 Group A-3.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-3 occupancies where one of the following conditions exists:

(1) The fire area exceeds 10,000 square feet (929 m2).

(2) The fire area has an occupant load of 300 or more.

(3) The fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such occupancies.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.935 Group A-4.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-4 occupancies where one of the following conditions exists:

(1) The fire area exceeds 10,000 square feet (929 m2).

(2) The fire area has an occupant load of 300 or more.

(3) The fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such occupancies.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.940 Group A-5.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-5 occupancies in the following areas: concession stands, retail areas, press boxes and other accessory use areas in excess of 1,000 square feet (93 m2).

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.945 Nightclub.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout Group A-2 nightclubs.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.950 Ambulatory care facilities.

(1) An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout the entire floor containing an ambulatory care facility occupancy where either of the following conditions exist at any time:

(a) Four or more care recipients are incapable of self-preservation, whether rendered incapable by staff or staff has accepted responsibility for care recipients already incapable.

(b) One or more care recipients who are incapable of self-preservation are located at other than the level of exit discharge serving such a facility.

(2) In buildings where ambulatory care is provided on levels other than the level of exit discharge, an automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout the entire floor where such care is provided as well as all floors below, and all floors between the level of ambulatory care and the nearest level of exit discharge, including the level of exit discharge.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.955 Group E.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group E occupancies.

Exception:

1. Portable school classrooms with an occupant load of 50 or less calculated in accordance with Table 1004.1.2 of the IFC, provided aggregate area of any cluster or portion of a cluster of portable classrooms does not exceed 5,000 square feet (465 m2); and clusters of portable classrooms shall be separated as required by the building code.

2. Group E Occupancies with an occupant load of 50 or less, calculated in accordance with Table 1004.1.2 of the IFC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.960 Group F-1.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings containing a Group F-1 occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:

(1) A Group F-1 fire area exceeds 10,000 square feet (929 m2).

(2) A Group F-1 fire area is located more than three stories above grade plane.

(3) The combined area of all Group F-1 fire areas on all floors, including any mezzanines, exceeds 20,000 square feet (1,858 m2).

(4) A Group F-1 occupancy used for the manufacture of upholstered furniture or mattresses exceeds 2,500 square feet (232 m2).

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.965 Woodworking operations.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all Group F-1 occupancy fire areas that contain woodworking operations in excess of 2,500 square feet (232 m2) in area which generate finely divided combustible waste or use finely divided combustible materials.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.970 Group H.

Automatic sprinkler systems shall be provided in high-hazard occupancies as required in SCC 30.53A.975 through 30.53A.985.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.975 General Group H (IFC and IBC 903.2.5.1).

An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in all Group H occupancies.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.980 Group H-5 occupancies.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout buildings containing Group H-5 occupancies. The design of the sprinkler system shall not be less than that required by the building code for the occupancy hazard classifications in accordance with Table 30.53A.980. Where the design area of the sprinkler system consists of a corridor protected by one row of sprinklers, the maximum number of sprinklers required to be calculated is 13.

TABLE 30.53A.980

Location

Occupancy Hazard Classification

Fabrication areas

Ordinary Hazard Group 2

Service corridors

Ordinary Hazard Group 2

Storage rooms without dispensing

Ordinary Hazard Group 2

Storage rooms with dispensing

Extra Hazard Group 2

Corridors

Ordinary Hazard Group 2

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.985 Pyroxylin plastics.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided in buildings, or portions thereof, where cellulose nitrate film or pyroxylin plastics are manufactured, stored or handled in quantities exceeding 100 pounds (45 kg).

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.990 Group I.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings with a Group I fire area.

Exceptions:

1. An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with SCC 30.53A.1120 shall be permitted in Group I-1 facilities.

2. An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with SCC 30.53A.1125 shall be permitted in Group I-1 facilities when in compliance with all of the following:

a. A hydraulic design information sign is located on the system risers;

b. Exception 1 of SCC 30.53A.1160 is not applied; and

c. Systems shall be maintained in accordance with the requirements of SCC 30.53A.1120.

3. An automatic sprinkler system is not required where day care facilities are at the level of exit discharge and where every room where care is provided has at least one exterior exit door.

4. In buildings where Group I-4 day care is provided on levels other than the level of exit discharge, an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with SCC 30.53A.1115 shall be installed on the entire floor where care is provided and all floors between the level of care and the level of exit discharge, all floors below the level of exit discharge, other than areas classified as an open parking garage.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.995 Groups B and M.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings containing a Group B or M occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:

(1) The fire area exceeds 10,000 square feet (929 m2).

(2) Is located more than three stories above grade plane.

(3) The combined areas on all floors, including any mezzanines, exceeds 20,000 square feet (1,858 m2).

(4) Group M occupancies used for the display and sale of upholstered furniture or mattresses exceeds 5,000 square feet (464 m2).

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1000 High-piled storage.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided in accordance with the IFC in all buildings of Group M where storage of merchandise is in high-piled or rack storage arrays.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1005 Group R.

An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with SCC 30.53A.1105 shall be provided throughout all buildings with a Group R fire area.

Exception: Group R-1 if all of the following conditions are met:

1. The Group R fire area is no more than 500 square feet and is used for recreational use only;

2. The Group R fire area is only one story;

3. The Group R fire area does not include a basement;

4. The Group R fire area is no closer than 30 feet from another structure;

5. Cooking is not allowed within the Group R fire area;

6. The Group R fire area has an occupant load of no more than eight; and

7. A hand held (portable) fire extinguisher is in every Group R fire area.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1010 Group R-3 or R-4 congregate residences.

An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with SCC 30.53A.1125 shall be permitted in Group R-3 or R-4 congregate living facilities with 16 or fewer residents.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1015 Group R care facilities.

An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with SCC 30.53A.1125 shall be permitted in care facilities with five or fewer individuals in a single-family dwelling.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1020 All Group S occupancies.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout all Group S occupancies that have 10,000 square feet (929 m2) or more of floor area.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1025 Group S-1.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings containing a Group S-1 occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:

(1) Group S-1 fire area exceeds 10,000 square feet (929 m2);

(2) A Group S-1 fire area is located more than three stories above grade plane;

(3) A Group S-1 fire area used for the storage of commercial trucks or buses where the fire area exceeds 5,000 square feet (464 m2); or

(4) A Group S-1 occupancy used for the storage of upholstered furniture or mattresses exceeds 2,500 square feet (232 m2).

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1030 Repair garages.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings used as repair garages in accordance with section 406.8 of the IBC, as shown:

(1) Buildings two or more stories above grade plane, including basements, with a fire area containing a repair garage exceeding 10,000 square feet (929 m2).

(2) Buildings with no more than one story above grade plane, with a fire area containing a repair garage exceeding 10,000 square feet (929 m2).

(3) Buildings with a repair garage servicing vehicles parked in the basement.

(4) A Group S-1 fire area used for the repair of commercial trucks or buses where the fire area exceeds 5,000 square feet (464 m2).

(5) S-1 repair garages where the use of open flame or welding is conducted with a floor area in excess of 3,000 square feet (279 m2) or more.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1035 Group S-1 bulk storage of tires.

Group S-1 buildings and structures where the area for the storage of tires exceeds 20,000 cubic feet (566 m3) shall be equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with SCC 30.53A.1115.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1040 Group S-2.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout Group S-2 buildings classified as enclosed parking garages in accordance with section 406.6 of the IBC as follows:

(1) Where the fire area of the enclosed parking garage exceeds 10,000 square feet (929 m2); or

(2) Where the enclosed parking garage is located beneath other groups.

Exception: Enclosed parking garages located beneath Group R-3 occupancies.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1045 Commercial parking garages.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings used for storage of commercial trucks or buses where the fire area exceeds 5,000 square feet (464 m2).

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1050 Specific buildings areas and hazards.

In all occupancies other than Group U, an automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in the locations set forth in SCC 30.53A.1055 through 30.53A.1100.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1055 Stories and basements without openings.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout all stories, including basements, of all buildings where the floor area exceeds 1,500 square feet (139.4 m2) and where there is not provided at least one of the following types of exterior wall openings:

(1) Openings below grade that lead directly to ground level by an exterior stairway complying with section 1009 of the IFC or an outside ramp complying with section 1010 of the IFC. Openings shall be located in each 50 linear feet (15,240 mm), or fraction thereof, of exterior wall in the story on at least one side. The required openings shall be distributed such that the lineal distance between adjacent openings does not exceed 50 feet (15,240 mm).

(2) Openings entirely above the adjoining ground level totaling at least 20 square feet (1.86 m2) in each 50 linear feet (15,240 mm), or fraction thereof, of exterior wall in the story on at least one side. The required openings shall be distributed such that the lineal distance between adjacent openings does not exceed 50 feet (15,240 mm). The height of the bottom of the clear opening shall not exceed 44 inches (1,118 mm) measured from the floor.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1060 Opening dimensions and access.

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 fire fighting or rescue cannot be accomplished from the exterior.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1065 Openings on one side only.

Where 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 equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system, or openings as specified above shall be provided on at least two sides of the story.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1070 Basements.

Where any portion of a basement is located more than 75 feet (22,860 mm) from openings described in SCC 30.53A.1055, or where new walls, partitions or other similar obstructions are installed that increase the exit access travel distance to more than 75 feet (22,860 mm), the basement shall be equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1075 Rubbish and linen chutes.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed at the top of rubbish and linen chutes and in their terminal rooms. Chutes shall have additional sprinkler heads installed at alternate floors and at the lowest intake. Where a rubbish chute extends through a building more than one floor below the lowest intake, the extension shall have sprinklers installed that are recessed from the drop area of the chute and protected from freezing in accordance with SCC 30.53A.1115. Such sprinklers shall be installed at alternate floors beginning with the second level below the last intake and ending with the floor above the discharge. Chute sprinklers shall be accessible for servicing.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1080 Buildings 55 feet or more in height.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout buildings with a floor level having an occupant load of 30 or more that is located 55 feet (16,764 mm) or more above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access.

Exceptions:

1. Airport control towers;

2. Open parking structures; and

3. Occupancies in Group F-2.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1085 During construction.

Automatic sprinkler systems required during construction, alteration and demolition operations shall be provided in accordance with chapter 33 of the IFC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1090 Ducts conveying hazardous exhausts.

Where required by the International Mechanical Code, automatic sprinklers shall be provided in ducts conveying hazardous exhaust, or flammable or combustible materials.

Exception:

Ducts in which the largest cross-sectional diameter of the duct is less than 10 inches (254 mm).

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1095 Commercial cooking operations.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in commercial kitchen exhaust hoods and duct systems where an automatic sprinkler system is used to comply with section 904 of the IFC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1100 Other required suppression systems.

In addition to the requirements of SCC 30.53A.905, the provisions indicated in Table 30.53A.1100A also require the installation of a suppression system for certain buildings and areas.

TABLE 30.53A.1100A

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS
 

IBC SECTION

SUBJECT

402.10

Covered and open mall buildings

403.3

High-rise buildings

404.3

Atriums

405.3

Underground structures

407.5

Group 1-2

410.7

Stages

411.4

Special amusement buildings

412.4.6, 412.4.6.1, 402.6.5

Aircraft hangars

415.10.11

Group H-5 HPM exhaust ducts

416.5

Flammable finishes

417.4

Drying rooms

507

Unlimited area buildings

509.4

Incidental uses

1028.6.2.3

Smoke-protected assembly seating

IFC

Sprinkler system requirements as set forth in Table 903.2.11.6 IFC

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1105 Installation requirements.

Automatic sprinkler systems shall be designed and installed in accordance with SCC 30.53A.1110 through 30.53A.1180.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1110 Standards.

Sprinkler systems shall be designed and installed in accordance with SCC 30.53A.1115, 30.53A.1120 or 30.53A.1125 and other sections of this chapter, as applicable.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1115 NFPA 13 sprinkler systems.

Where the provisions of the construction codes require that a building or portion thereof be equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with this section or section 903.3.1.1 of the IFC or IBC, sprinklers shall be installed throughout in accordance with NFPA 13 except as provided below.

Exempt locations:

Automatic sprinklers shall not be required in the following rooms or areas where such rooms or areas are protected with an approved automatic fire detection system, in accordance with section 907.2 of the IFC that will respond to visible or invisible particles of combustion. Sprinklers shall not be omitted from any room merely because it is damp, of fire-resistance-rated construction or contains electrical equipment.

1. Any room where the application of water, or flame and water, constitutes a serious life or fire hazard.

2. Any room or space where sprinklers are considered undesirable because of the nature of the contents, when approved by the fire marshal.

3. Generator and transformer rooms separated from the remainder of the building by walls and floor/ceiling or roof/ceiling assemblies having a fire-resistance rating of not less than two hours.

4. Rooms or areas that are of noncombustible construction with wholly noncombustible contents.

5. Fire service access elevator machine rooms and machinery spaces.

6. Machine rooms and machinery spaces associated with occupant evacuation elevators designed in accordance with section 3008 of the IBC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1120 NFPA 13R sprinkler systems.

(1) Automatic sprinkler systems in Group R occupancies, up to and including four stories in height shall be permitted to be installed throughout in accordance with NFPA 13R.

(2) Sprinkler protection shall be provided for exterior balconies, decks and ground floor patios of dwelling units where the building is of Type V construction, provided there is a roof or deck above. Sidewall sprinklers that are used to protect such areas shall be permitted to be located such that their deflectors are within one inch (25 mm) to six inches (152 mm) below the structural members and a maximum distance of 14 inches (356 mm) below the deck of the exterior balconies and decks that are constructed of open wood joist construction.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1125 NFPA 13D sprinkler systems.

Automatic sprinkler systems installed in one and two-family dwellings, Group R-3 and R-4 congregate living facilities and townhouses shall be permitted to be installed throughout in accordance with NFPA 13D.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1130 Quick-response and residential sprinklers.

Where automatic sprinkler systems are required by this chapter, quick-response or residential automatic sprinklers shall be installed in the following areas in accordance with SCC 30.53A.1110 and their listings:

(1) Throughout all spaces within a smoke compartment containing care recipient sleeping units in Group I-2 in accordance with the IBC.

(2) Throughout all spaces within a smoke compartment containing treatment rooms in ambulatory care facilities.

(3) Dwelling units and sleeping units in Group R and I-1 occupancies.

(4) Light-hazard occupancies as defined in NFPA 13.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1135 Obstructed locations.

Automatic sprinklers shall be installed with due regard to obstructions that will delay activation or obstruct the water distribution pattern. Automatic sprinklers shall be installed in or under covered kiosks, displays, booths, concession stands, or equipment that exceeds four feet (1,219 mm) in width. Not less than a three-foot (914 mm) clearance shall be maintained between automatic sprinklers and the top of piles of combustible fibers.

Exception:

Kitchen equipment under exhaust hoods protected with a fire-extinguishing system in accordance with section 904 of the IFC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1140 Actuation.

Automatic sprinkler systems shall be automatically actuated unless specifically provided for in the fire code.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1145 Water supplies.

(1) Water supplies for automatic sprinkler systems shall comply with this section and the standards referenced in SCC 30.53A.1110. The potable water supply shall be protected against backflow in accordance with the requirements of this section and the plumbing code.

(2) Where the domestic service provides the water supply for the automatic sprinkler system, the supply shall be in accordance with this section.

(3) Limited area sprinkler systems serving fewer than 20 sprinklers on any single connection are permitted to be connected to the domestic service where a wet automatic standpipe is not available. Limited area sprinkler systems connected to domestic water supplies shall comply with each of the following requirements:

(a) Valves shall not be installed between the domestic water riser control valve and the sprinklers.

Exception: An approved indicating control valve supervised in the open position in accordance with SCC 30.53A.1160.

(b) The domestic service shall be capable of supplying the simultaneous domestic demand and the sprinkler demand required to be hydraulically calculated by NFPA 13, NFPA 13R or NFPA 13D.

(4) A single combination water supply shall be allowed provided that the domestic demand is added to the sprinkler demand as required by NFPA 13R.

(5) An automatic secondary on-site water supply having a capacity not less than the hydraulically calculated sprinkler demand, including the hose stream requirement, shall be provided for high-rise buildings in Seismic Design Category C, D, E or F as determined by the IBC. An additional fire pump shall not be required for the secondary water supply unless needed to provide the minimum design intake pressure at the suction side of the fire pump supplying the automatic sprinkler system. The secondary water supply shall have a duration of not less than 30 minutes as determined by the occupancy hazard classification in accordance with NFPA 13.

Exception: Existing buildings.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1150 Hose threads.

Fire hose threads and fittings used in connection with automatic sprinkler systems shall be as prescribed by the fire marshal.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1155 Fire department connections.

The location of the fire department connections shall be approved by the fire marshal.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1160 Sprinkler system supervision and alarms.

All valves controlling the water supply for automatic sprinkler systems, pumps, tanks, water levels and temperatures, critical air pressures and water-flow switches on all sprinkler systems shall be electrically supervised by a listed fire alarm control unit.

Exceptions:

1. Automatic sprinkler systems protecting one- and two-family dwellings;

2. Limited area systems serving fewer than 20 sprinklers;

3. Automatic sprinkler systems installed in accordance with NFPA 13R where a common supply main is used to supply both domestic water and the automatic sprinkler systems and a separate shutoff valve for the automatic sprinkler system is not provided;

4. Jockey pump control valves that are sealed or locked in the open position;

5. Control valves to commercial kitchen hoods, paint spray booths or dip tanks that are sealed or locked in the open position;

6. Valves controlling the fuel supply to fire pump engines that are sealed or locked in the open position; and

7. Trim valves to pressure switches in dry, pre-action and deluge sprinkler systems that are sealed or locked in the open position.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1165 Monitoring.

Alarm, supervisory and trouble signals shall be distinctly different and shall be automatically transmitted to an approved supervising station or, when approved by the fire marshal, shall sound an audible signal at a constantly attended location.

Exceptions:

1. Underground key or hub valves in roadway boxes provided by the municipality or public utility are not required to be monitored.

2. Backflow prevention device test valves located in limited area sprinkler system supply piping shall be locked in the open position. In occupancies required to be equipped with a fire alarm system, the backflow preventer valves shall be electrically supervised by a tamper switch installed in accordance with NFPA 72 and separately annunciated.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1170 Alarms.

An approved audible device, located on the exterior of the building in an approved location, shall be connected to each automatic sprinkler system. Such sprinkler water-flow alarm devices shall be activated by water flow equivalent to the flow of a single sprinkler of the smallest orifice size installed in the system. Where a fire alarm system is installed, actuation of the automatic sprinkler system shall actuate the building fire alarm system.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1175 Floor control valves.

Approved supervised indicating control valves shall be provided at the point of connection to the riser on each floor in high-rise buildings.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1180 Testing and maintenance.

Sprinkler systems shall be tested and maintained in accordance with section 901 of the IFC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)

30.53A.1185 Where required in existing buildings and structures.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided in existing buildings and structures where required in chapter 11 of the IFC.

(Added by Amended Ord. 17-058, Oct. 18, 2017, Eff date Nov. 9, 2017)