Chapter 15.40
PLUMBING CODE AMENDMENTS

Sections:

15.40.010    Local amendments to the Uniform Plumbing Code, 2015 Edition.

15.40.020    Administration.

15.40.422.0    Minimum number of required fixtures.

15.40.422.1    Table 422.1, Minimum plumbing facilities.

15.40.501.0    General.

15.40.505.1    Locations.

15.40.603.5.10    Steam or hot water boilers.

15.40.609.1    Installation, unions and location.

15.40.609.4    Testing.

15.40.612    Residential fire sprinkler systems.

15.40.719.1    Cleanout location.

15.40.807.3    Domestic dishwashing machines.

15.40.812.2    Elevator pits.

15.40.1106.2    Methods of testing storm drainage systems.

15.40.Chapter 14    Firestop protection.

15.40.C101.1    Applicability.

15.40.Appendix H    Private sewage disposal systems.

15.40.010 Local amendments to the Uniform Plumbing Code, 2015 Edition.

The amendments to the 2015 Edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code are listed hereafter by section. The last digits of the section number, after the title and chapter digits, refer to the section of the Uniform Plumbing Code being amended; i.e., PMC 15.40.422.0 shall reference Section 422.0. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.020 Administration.

Administrative actions under this chapter shall be in accordance with Chapters 15.00 and 15.02 PMC. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.422.0 Minimum number of required fixtures.

Delete this section in its entirety and refer to Alaska State Statute 18.60.705 as follows:

Section 18.60.705. Plumbing code.

(a) Except as provided otherwise in this section, and unless the department adopts by regulation a later edition of the following publications or a later version of another nationally recognized code approved by the legislature by law, the following publications are adopted as the minimum plumbing code for the state:

(1) Chapters 2-14, and the appendices A through L of the 1997 edition of the Uniform Plumbing Code published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials and adopted at the 67th annual conference, September 1996, excluding Table 4.1, “Minimum Plumbing Facilities”; and adding Appendix Chapter 29, Table A-29-A, “Minimum Plumbing Fixtures”, of the 1997 edition of the Uniform Building Code published in April 1997 by the International Council of Building Officials, except that for the category identified in Table A-29-A as “Assembly places – Auditoriums, convention halls, dance floors, lodge rooms, stadiums and casinos”, when the category is applied to auditoriums, convention halls, stadiums and casinos, the ratios

(A) indicating the number of water closets required for females are changed to provide the following:

(i) four water closets for 1 – 50 females;

(ii) six water closets for 51 – 100 females;

(iii) 10 water closets for 101 – 200 females;

(iv) 14 water closets for 201 – 400 females; and

(v) one additional water closet for each 100 females over 400 females; and

(B) indicating the number of lavatories required for females and males are changed to:

(i) one lavatory for each water closet up to four water closets; and

(ii) one additional lavatory for each two additional water closets beyond four water closets;

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.422.1 Table 422.1, Minimum plumbing facilities.

Delete this table in its entirety and refer to Table 2902.1 in the 1997 Uniform Building Code as currently adopted and amended by the city of Palmer for plumbing. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.501.0 General.

Delete this section and substitute the following:

The regulations of this chapter shall govern the construction, location and installation fuel-burning and other water heaters heating potable water. All fuel and combustion air systems, chimneys, vents and their connectors shall be regulated by the respective sections of the International Mechanical Code and the International Fuel Gas Code as currently adopted and amended by the city of Palmer. The minimum capacity for water heaters shall be in accordance with the first hour rating listed in Table 501.1(1). All design, construction and workmanship shall be in conformity with accepted engineering practices, manufacturer’s installation instructions, and applicable standards and shall be of such character as to secure the results sought to be obtained by the respective codes.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.505.1 Locations.

Amend by adding a second sentence to read as follows:

Fuel-burning water heaters shall not be installed under a stairway, landing or required exit.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.603.5.10 Steam or hot water boilers.

Add the following exception:

Exception: Potable water makeup connections to boilers containing only heat-transfer mediums of water or other nontoxic fluid having a toxic rating or Class of one as listed in Clinical Toxicology of Commercial Products, 5th Edition shall be permitted to be provided with a listed backflow preventer with intermediate atmospheric vent.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.609.1 Installation, unions and location.

Amend by adding Section 609.1 as follows:

Water meters and related fittings shall be installed according to city regulations. The water meter shall be accessible for maintenance and repair.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.609.4 Testing.

Delete the third sentence and substitute the following:

A one hundred (100) pound per square inch air pressure test may be substituted for the water test.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.612 Residential fire sprinkler systems.

Delete this section in its entirety. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.719.1 Cleanout location.

Delete the first paragraph in its entirety and replace with the following:

Cleanouts shall be placed at the connection of the building sewer and building drain outside the building and extend to grade.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.807.3 Domestic dishwashing machines.

Add the following subsection:

Section 807.3.1 When a compartment or space for a domestic dishwasher is provided, an approved dishwasher airgap fitting shall be installed.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.812.2 Elevator pits.

Add this new subsection:

Where drains are not provided to prevent the accumulation of water in elevator pits, sumps are required. Drains connected directly to the sanitary system shall not be installed in elevator pits. Sumps in elevator pits, where provided, shall be covered and the cover shall be level with the pit floor. The pump shall be of sufficient capacity to prevent the accumulation of water in the pit. If the building is fire-sprinklered, the pump shall be sized of at least the capacity of one energized sprinkler head.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.1106.2 Methods of testing storm drainage systems.

Delete the first sentence of this section and substitute the following:

The piping of storm drain systems shall be tested upon completion of the rough piping installation by water or air and proved tight.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.Chapter 14 Firestop protection.

Delete this chapter in its entirety and replace with the International Building Code as currently adopted and amended by the city of Palmer. (Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.C101.1 Applicability.

Add the following to this section:

For the plumbing systems in Appendix C, other than those of C301.0, C302.0 and C501.0, the design by a registered professional engineer is required where the work is not exempted by AS 08.48.331. A riser diagram or isometric indicating the provisions of Appendix C intended to be installed shall be submitted for review and approval by the Building Department prior to the work being commenced. The riser diagram or isometric is in addition to the other details or data that may be required by the Building Official.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)

15.40.Appendix H Private sewage disposal systems.

Delete this section in its entirety and replace with the following:

Private sewage disposal systems shall be designed and installed in accordance with the current standards as published by the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). Written verification from DEC or a State of Alaska certified septic system installer of the DEC’s approved installation shall be submitted to the Building Department. A Certificate of Occupancy shall not be issued until this written verification is submitted to the Community Development Department.

(Ord. 17-005 § 4, 2017)