Chapter 5-16
FIRE CODE Revised 2/20

Sections:

5-16.010    Adoption of the California Fire Code and International Fire Code. Revised 2/20

5-16.020    Enforcement and inspections. Revised 2/20

5-16.030    Amendments to the California Fire Code. Revised 2/20

5-16.010 Adoption of the California Fire Code and International Fire Code. Revised 2/20

The 2019 California Fire Code, including Appendices B, BB, C, and CC, based on the International Fire Code, 2018 Edition, published by the International Code Council, together with the amendments provided in this chapter, is hereby adopted and incorporated by reference, as if set forth at length herein, as the fire code of the city of Laguna Hills for the purpose of prescribing regulations governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire, explosions. Not less than one copy of said code has been filed in the office of the City Clerk and shall be made available for public inspection. (Ord. 2019-5 § 2 (part): Ord. 2016-8 § 2: Ord. 2013-4 § 2)

5-16.020 Enforcement and inspections. Revised 2/20

The fire code of the city of Laguna Hills shall be enforced by the Orange County Fire Authority, which shall be operated under the Director of Fire Services of the Orange County Fire Authority. The Director of Fire Services of the Fire Authority may detail such members of the Fire Authority as inspectors as shall be necessary from time to time. (Ord. 2019-5 § 2 (part): Ord. 2010-4 § 4 (part))

5-16.030 Amendments to the California Fire Code. Revised 2/20

Chapter 1 – Scope and Administration.

Section 109, Board of Appeals, is deleted without replacement.

Section 110.4, Violation penalties, is hereby revised to read as follows:

110.4 Violation penalties. Persons who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or shall fail to comply with any issued orders or notices or who shall erect, install, alter, repair or do work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the fire code official, or of a permit or certificate used under provisions of this code, shall be subject to penalties assessed as prescribed in the OCFA Prevention Field Services adopted fee schedule. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.

Section 110.4.2, Infraction and misdemeanor, is hereby added to read as follows:

110.4.2 Infraction and misdemeanor. Persons operating or maintaining any occupancy, premises or vehicle subject to this code that shall permit any fire or life safety hazard to exist on premises under their control shall be guilty of an infraction. Persons who fail to take immediate action to abate a fire or life safety hazard when ordered or notified to do so by the chief or a duly authorized representative are guilty of a misdemeanor.

Chapter 2 – Definitions.

Section 202, General Definitions, is hereby revised by adding “OCFA” and “Spark Arrester” to read as follows:

OCFA: Orange County Fire Authority, fire authority having jurisdiction.

SPARK ARRESTER. A listed device constructed of noncombustible material specifically for the purpose of meeting one of the following conditions:

1.    Removing and retaining carbon and other flammable particles/debris from the exhaust flow of an internal combustion engine in accordance with California Vehicle Code Section 38366.

2.    Fireplaces that burn solid fuel in accordance with California Building Code Chapter 28.

Chapter 3 – General Requirements.

Section 304.1.2, Vegetation, is hereby revised to read as follows:

304.1.2 Vegetation. Weeds, grass, vines or other growth that is capable of being ignited and endangering property, shall be cut down and removed by the owner or occupant of the premises. Vegetation clearance requirement in urban-wildland interface areas shall be in accordance with Chapter 49. Type, amount, arrangement, and maintenance of vegetation in a fuel modification area, interior slope, or similarly hazardous area shall be in accordance with OCFA Guideline C-05 “Vegetation Management Guideline—Technical Design for New Construction, Fuel Modification Plans, and Maintenance Program.”

Section 305.6, Hazardous conditions, is hereby added to read as follows:

305.6 Hazardous conditions. Outdoor fires burning wood or other solid fuel are not allowed when any of the following conditions applies:

1.    When predicted sustained winds exceed 8 MPH and relative humidity is less than 25%, or a red flag condition has been declared

2.    When an official sign was caused to be posted by the fire code official, or a public announcement is made

No outdoor fires using any fuel type are permitted when predicted sustained winds exceed 20 MPH or when such fires present a hazard as determined by the fire code official.

Section 305.7, Disposal of rubbish, is hereby added to read as follows:

305.7 Disposal of rubbish. Rubbish, trash or combustible waste material shall be burned only within an approved incinerator and in accordance with Section 307.2.1.

Section 307.6, Outdoor Fireplaces, Fire Pits, Fire Rings, or similar devices used at Group R Occupancies, is hereby added to read as follows:

307.6 Outdoor Fireplaces, Fire Pits, Fire Rings, or similar devices used at Group R Occupancies. Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, fire rings, or similar exterior devices used at Group R shall comply with this section.

Exception: Barbeques, grills, and other portable devices intended solely for cooking.

Section 307.6.1, Gas-fueled devices, is hereby added to read as follows:

307.6.1 Gas-fueled devices. Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and similar devices fueled by natural gas or liquefied-petroleum gas are allowed when approved by the Building Department and the device is designed to only burn a gas flame and not wood or other solid fuel. At R-3 occupancies, combustible construction and vegetation shall not be located within three feet of an atmospheric column that extends vertically from the perimeter of the device. At other R occupancies, the minimum distance shall be ten feet. Where a permanent Building Department approved hood and vent is installed, combustible construction may encroach upon this column between the bottom of the hood and the vent opening. Where chimneys or vents are installed, they shall have a spark arrester as defined in Section 202.

Section 307.6.2, Devices using wood or fuels other than natural gas or liquefied-petroleum gas, is hereby added to read as follows:

307.6.2 Devices using wood or fuels other than natural gas or liquefied-petroleum gas. Permanent outdoor fireplaces burning wood or other solid fuel shall be constructed in accordance with the California Building Code with clearance from combustible construction and building openings as required therein. Fires in a fireplace shall be contained within a firebox with an attached chimney. The opening in the face of the firebox shall have an installed and maintained method of arresting sparks.

The burning of wood or other solid fuel in a device is not allowed within 25 feet of combustible structures unless within an approved permanent fireplace, Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure or to vegetation shall be eliminated prior to ignition. Fires in devices burning wood or solid fuel shall be in accordance with Sections 305, 307, and 308.

Exceptions:

1.    Portable fireplaces and fire rings/pits equipped with a device to arrest sparks shall be located at least 3’ from combustible construction at R-3 occupancies.

2.    Portable fireplaces, and fire pits/rings equipped with a device to arrest sparks, shall be located at least 15 feet from combustible structures at other R occupancies.

Section 308.1.4, Open-flame cooking devices, is deleted without replacement.

Section 308.1.6.3, Sky lanterns, is hereby revised to read as follows:

308.1.6.3 Sky lanterns. A person shall not ignite, release, or cause to be released a sky lantern.

Section 311.5, Placards, including subsections 311.5.1 through 311.5.5, is deleted without replacement.

Section 318, Laundry Carts, is deleted without replacement.

Section 319, Mobile Food Preparation Vehicles, is deleted without replacement.

Section 321, Fuel Modification Requirements for New Construction, is hereby added to read as follows:

321 Fuel Modification Requirements for New Construction. All new structures and facilities adjoining land containing hazardous combustible vegetation shall be approved and in accordance with the requirements of OCFA Guideline C-05 “Vegetation Management Guideline – Technical Design for New Construction Fuel Modification Plans and Maintenance Program.”

Section 322, Clearance of brush or vegetation growth from roadways, is hereby added to read as follows:

322 Clearance of brush or vegetation growth from roadways. The fire code official is authorized to cause areas within 10 feet (3048 mm) on each side of portions of highways and private streets which are improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular traffic, to be cleared of flammable vegetation and other combustible growth. Measurement shall be from the flow-line or the end of the improved edge of the roadway surfaces.

Exception: Single specimens of trees, ornamental shrubbery or cultivated ground cover such as green grass, ivy, succulents or similar plants used as ground covers, provided that they do not form a means of readily transmitting fire.

Section 323, Unusual circumstances, is hereby added to read as follows:

323 Unusual circumstances. The fire code official may suspend enforcement of the vegetation management requirements and require reasonable alternative measures designed to advance the purpose of this code if determined that in any specific case that any of the following conditions exist:

1.    Difficult terrain.

2.    Danger of erosion.

3.    Presence of plants included in any state and federal resources agencies, California Native Plant Society and county-approved list of wildlife, plants, rare, endangered and/or threatened species.

4.    Stands or groves of trees or heritage trees.

5.    Other unusual circumstances that make strict compliance with the clearance of vegetation provisions undesirable or impractical.

Section 324, Use of equipment, is hereby added to read as follows:

324 Use of equipment. Except as otherwise provided in this section, no person shall use, operate, or cause to be operated in, upon or adjoining any hazardous fire area any internal combustion engine which uses hydrocarbon fuels, unless the engine is equipped with a spark arrester as defined in Section 202 maintained in effective working order, or the engine is constructed, equipped and maintained for the prevention of fire.

Exceptions:

1.    Engines used to provide motor power for trucks, truck tractors, buses, and passenger vehicles, except motorcycles, are not subject to this section if the exhaust system is equipped with a muffler as defined in the Vehicle Code of the State of California.

2.    Turbocharged engines are not subject to this section if all exhausted gases pass through the rotating turbine wheel, there is no exhaust bypass to the atmosphere, and the turbocharger is in good mechanical condition.

Section 324.1, Use of equipment and devices generating heat, sparks or open flames, is hereby added to read as follows:

324.1 Equipment and devices generating heat, sparks or open flames. During any time of the year within Wildfire Risk Areas, within or immediately adjacent to any forest- or brush-covered land or non-irrigated grass-covered land, no person shall use or operate any welding equipment, cutting torches, tar pots, grinding devices, or other tools or equipment that may produce a spark, fire, or flame that could result in a wildfire without doing the following:

1.    First clearing away all flammable material, including snags, from the area around such operation for a distance of 30 feet or other approved method to reduce fire spread into the wildlands. If 30 foot clearing cannot be achieved, then an alternate method shall be approved by the AHJ prior to work starting.

2.    Maintain one serviceable round point shovel with an overall length of not less than forty-six (46) inches and one backpack pump water-type fire extinguisher fully equipped and ready for use at the immediate area during the operation.

3.    Stop work when winds are 8 MPH or greater during periods when relative humidity is less than 25%, or a red flag condition has been declared or public announcement is made, when an official sign was caused to be posted by the fire code official, or when such fires present a hazard as determined by the fire code official.

4.    Keep a cell phone nearby and call 911 immediate in case of fire.

Section 324.2, Spark arresters, is hereby added to read as follows:

324.2 Spark arresters. Spark arresters shall comply with Section 202, and when affixed to the exhaust system of engines or vehicles subject to Section 323 shall not be placed or mounted in such a manner as to allow flames or heat from the exhaust system to ignite any flammable material.

Chapter 4 – Emergency Planning and Preparedness. Only the following sections and subsections of Chapter 4, and an amendment to the same, are enacted:

401 – 401.9

402

403.2

403.5 – 403.5.4

403.10.2.1.1

403.13 – 403.13.3

404.5 – 404.6.6

407

Section 407.5, Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement, is revised to read as follows:

407.5 Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement. Where required by the fire code official, each application for a permit shall include OCFA’s Chemical Classification Packet in accordance with Section 5001.5.2.

Chapter 5 – Fire Service Features.

Section 501.1, Scope, is revised to read as follows:

501.1 Scope. Fire service features for buildings, structures and premises shall comply with this chapter and, where required by the fire code official, with OCFA Guideline B-09, “Fire Master Plan for Commercial & Residential Development.” Fire service features for buildings, structures and premises located in State Responsibility Areas, and Local Responsibility Areas designated as Very High Hazard Fire Severity Zone shall also comply with OCFA Guideline B-09a, “Fire Safe Development in State Responsibility Areas, and Local Responsibility Areas designated as Very High Hazard Fire Severity Zone”.

Section 510.1, Emergency responder radio coverage in new buildings, is revised to read as follows:

510.1 Emergency responder radio coverage in new buildings. All new buildings shall have approved radio coverage for emergency responders within the building based upon the existing coverage levels of the public safety communication systems utilized by the jurisdiction, measured at the exterior of the building. This section shall not require improvement of the existing public safety communication systems. The Emergency Responder Radio Coverage System shall comply with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Communications and Technology Division guidelines and specifications and, where the functionality or performance requirements in the California Fire Code are more stringent, this code.

Exceptions:

1.    In buildings or structures where it is determined by the fire code official that the radio coverage system is not needed, including but not limited to the following:

a.    Existing buildings or structures, unless required by the Building Official and OCFA for buildings and structures undergoing extensive remodel and/or expansion.

b.    Elevators.

c.    Structures that meet all of the following:

i.    Three stories or less, and

ii.    Do not have subterranean storage or parking, and

iii.    Do not exceed 50,000 square feet on any single story.

d.    Structures that meet all of the following:

i.    Residential structures four stories or less, and

ii.    Constructed of wood, and

iii.    Do not have subterranean storage or parking, and

iv.    Are not built integral to an above ground multi-story parking structure.

Should a structure that is three stories or less and 50,000 square feet or smaller on any single story include subterranean storage or parking, then this ordinance shall apply only to the subterranean areas.

2.    In facilities where emergency responder radio coverage is required and such systems, components or equipment required could have a negative impact on the normal operations of the facility, the fire code official shall have the authority to accept an automatically activated emergency radio coverage system.

Section 510.2, Emergency responder radio coverage in existing buildings, is deleted without replacement.

Section 510.3, Permit required, is deleted without replacement.

Chapter 9 – Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems.

Section 903.2, Where required, is hereby revised to read as follows:

903.2 Where required. Approved automatic sprinkler systems in buildings and structures shall be provided when one of the following conditions exists:

1.    New buildings: Notwithstanding any applicable provisions of Sections 903.2.1 through 903.2.19, an automatic fire-extinguishing system shall also be installed in all occupancies when the total building area exceeds 5,000 square feet as defined in Section 202, regardless of fire areas or allowable area, or is more than two stories in height.

Exception: Subject to approval by the fire code official, open parking garages in accordance with Section 406.5 of the California Building Code.

2.    Existing Buildings: Notwithstanding any applicable provisions of this code, an automatic sprinkler system shall be provided in an existing building when an addition occurs and one of the following conditions exists:

a.    When an addition is 33% or more of the existing building area, and the resulting building area exceeds 5000 square feet.

b.    When an addition exceeds 2000 square feet and the resulting building area exceeds 5000 square feet.

c.    An additional story is added above the second floor regardless of fire areas or allowable area.

Exception: Additions to Group R-3 occupancies shall comply with Section 903.2.8 (2).

Section 903.2.8, Group R, is hereby revised to read as follows:

903.2.8 Group R. An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3 shall be provided throughout all buildings with a Group R fire area as follows:

1.    New Buildings: An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout all new buildings.

2.    Existing Buildings: An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout when one of the following conditions exists:

a.    When an addition is 33% or more of the existing building area as defined in Section 202, and greater than 1000 square feet within a two year period; or,

b.    An addition when the existing building is already provided with automatic sprinklers; or,

c.    When an existing Group R Occupancy is being substantially renovated, and where the scope of the renovation is such that the Building Code Official determines that the complexity of installing a sprinkler system would be similar as in a new building.

Exceptions:

1.    Existing Group R-3 occupancies converted to Group R-3.1 occupancies and not housing bedridden clients, not housing non-ambulatory clients above the first floor, and not housing clients above the second floor.

2.    Existing Group R-3 occupancies converted to Group R-3.1 occupancies housing only one bedridden client and complying with Section 435.8.3.3 of the California Building Code.

3.    Pursuant to Health and Safety Code, Section 13113, occupancies housing ambulatory children only, none of whom are mentally ill children or children with intellectual disabilities, and the buildings or portions thereof in which such children are housed are not more than two stories in height, and building or portions thereof housing such children have an automatic fire alarm system activated by approved smoke detectors.

4.    Pursuant to Health and Safety Code, Section 13143.6, occupancies licensed for protective social care which house ambulatory clients only, none of whom is a child (under the age of 18 years), or who is elderly (65 years of age or over).

When not used in accordance with Section 504.2 or 506.3 of the California Building Code, an automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.2 shall be allowed in Group R-2.1 occupancies.

An automatic sprinkler system designed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.3 shall not be utilized in Group R-2.1 or R-4 occupancies.

Section 903.3.5.3, Hydraulically calculated systems, is hereby added to read as follows:

903.3.5.3 Hydraulically calculated systems. The design of hydraulically calculated fire sprinkler systems shall not exceed 90% of the water supply capacity.

Exception: When static pressure exceeds 100 psi, and when required by the fire code official, the fire sprinkler system shall not exceed the water supply capacity specified by Table 903.3.5.3.

Chapter 11 – Construction Requirements for Existing Buildings. Only the following sections and subsections of Chapter 11 are enacted:

1103.7

1103.7.3

1103.7.3.1

1103.7.8 – 1103.7.8.2

1103.7.9 – 1103.7.9.10

1103.8 – 1103.8.5.3

1103.9.1

1107

1113

1114

1115

1116

Chapter 12, Energy Systems, is adopted in its entirety with the following amendment:

Section 1201.1.1, Other Systems, is hereby revised to read as follows:

1201.1.1 Other Systems Where required by the fire code official, other systems and operations including but not limited to battery systems assembly, battery reconditioning and storage, research and development of battery storage systems, electric vehicle manufacturing and testing, and battery charging systems for cars and carts inside of buildings or structures, shall comply with this chapter.

Exception: When approved by the fire code official, charging stations for electric vehicles located in open parking garages of Type I or II construction.

Chapter 25, Fruit and Crop Ripening, is deleted in its entirety.

Chapter 26, Fumigation and Insecticidal Fogging, is deleted in its entirety.

Chapter 28 – Lumber Yards and Agro-Industrial, Solid Biomass and Woodworking Facilities.

Section 2801.2, Permit, is hereby revised to read as follows:

2801.2 Permit. Permits shall be required as set forth in Section 105.6 and 105.6.29.

Section 2808.2, Storage site, is hereby revised to read as follows:

2808.2 Storage site. Storage sites shall be level and on solid ground, elevated soil lifts or other all-weather surface. Sites shall be thoroughly cleaned and approval obtained from the fire code official before transferring products to the site.

Section 2808.3, Size of piles, is hereby revised to read as follows:

2808.3 Size of piles. Piles shall not exceed 15 feet in height, 50 feet in width and 100 feet in length.

Exception: The fire code official is authorized to allow the pile size to be increased where a fire protection plan is provided for approval that includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1.    Storage yard areas and materials-handling equipment selection, design and arrangement shall be based upon sound fire prevention and protection principles.

2.    Factor that lead to spontaneous heating shall be identified in the plan, and control of the various factors shall be identified and implemented, including provisions for monitoring the internal condition of the pile.

3.    The plan shall include means for early fire detection and reporting to the public fire department; and facilities needed by the fire department for fire extinguishment including a water supply and fire hydrants.

4.    Fire apparatus access roads around the piles and access roads to the top of the piles shall be established, identified and maintained.

5.    Regular yard inspections by trained personnel shall be included as part of an effective fire prevention maintenance program.

Additional fire protection called for in the plan shall be provided and shall be installed in accordance with this code. The increase of the pile size shall be based upon the capabilities of the installed fire protection system and features.

Section 2808.4, Pile separation, is hereby revised to read as follows:

2808.4. Pile separation. Piles shall be separated from adjacent piles by minimum distance of 20 feet. Additionally, piles shall have a minimum separation of 100 feet from combustible vegetation.

Section 2808.7, Pile fire protection, is hereby revised to read as follows:

2808.7 Pile fire protection. Automatic sprinkler protection shall be provided in conveyor tunnels and combustible enclosures that pass under a pile. Combustible conveyor systems and enclosed conveyor systems shall be equipped with an approved automatic sprinkler system. Oscillating sprinklers with a sufficient projectile reach are required to maintain a 40% to 60% moisture content and wet down burning/smoldering areas.

Section 2808.9, Material-handling equipment, is hereby revised to read as follows:

2808.9 Material-handling equipment. All material-handling equipment operated by an internal combustion engine shall be provided and maintained with an approved spark arrester. Approved material-handling equipment shall be available for moving wood chips, hogged material, wood fines and raw product during fire-fighting operations.

Section 2808.11, Temperature control, is hereby added to read as follows:

2808.11 Temperature control. The temperature shall be monitored and maintained as specified in Sections 2808.11.1 and 2808.11.2.

Section 2808.11.1, Pile temperature control, is hereby added to read as follows:

2808.11.1 Pile temperature control. Piles shall be rotated when internal temperature readings are in excess of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Section 2808.11.2, New material temperature control, is hereby added to read as follows:

2808.11.2 New material temperature control. New loads delivered to the facility shall be inspected and tested at the facility entry prior to taking delivery. Material with temperature exceeding 165 degrees Fahrenheit shall not be accepted on the site. New loads shall comply with the requirements of this chapter and be monitored to verify that the temperature remains stable.

Section 2808.12, Water availability, is hereby added to read as follows:

2808.12 Water availability. Facilities with over 2500 cubic feet shall provide a water supply. The minimum fire flow shall be no less than 500 GPM @ 20 psi for a minimum of 1 hour duration for pile heights up to 6 feet and 2 hour duration for pile heights over 6 feet. If there is no water purveyor, an alternate water supply with storage tank(s) shall be provided for fire suppression. The water supply tank(s) shall provide a minimum capacity of 2500 gallons per pile (maximum 30,000 gallons) for piles not exceeding 6 feet in height and 5000 gallons per pile (maximum 60,000) for piles exceeding 6 feet in height. Water tank(s) shall not be used for any other purpose unless the required fire flow is left in reserve within the tank at all times. An approved method shall be provided to maintain the required amount of water within the tank(s).

Section 2808.13, Tipping areas, is hereby added to read as follows:

2808.13 Tipping areas. Tipping areas shall comply with the following:

1.    Tipping areas shall not exceed a maximum area of 50 feet by 50 feet.

2.    Material within a tipping area shall not exceed 5 feet in height at any time.

3.    Tipping areas shall be separated from all piles by a 20 foot wide fire access lane.

4.    A fire hydrant or approved fire water supply outlet shall be located within 150 feet of all points along the perimeter of the tipping area.

5.    All material within a tipping area shall be processed within 5 days of receipt.

Section 2808.14, Emergency contact, is hereby added to read as follows:

2808.14 Emergency contact. The contact information of a responsible person or persons shall be provided to the Fire Department and shall be posted at the entrance to the facility for responding units. The responsible party should be available to respond to the business in emergency situation.

Chapter 49 – Requirements for Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Areas.

Section 4906.3, Requirements, is hereby revised to read as follows:

4906.3 Requirements. Hazardous vegetation and fuels around all applicable buildings and structure shall be maintained in accordance with the following laws and regulations:

1.     Public Resources Code, Section 4291.

2.     California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Division 1.5, Chapter 7, Subchapter 3, Section 1299 (see guidance for implementation “General Guideline to Create Defensible Space”).

3.     California Government Code, Section 51182.

4.     California Code of Regulations, Title 19, Division 1, Chapter 7, Subchapter 1, Section 3.07.

5.    OCFA Guideline C-05 “Vegetation Management Guideline – Technical Design for New Construction Fuel Modification Plans and Maintenance Program.”

Section 4908, Fuel Modification Requirements for New Construction, is hereby added to read as follows:

4908 Fuel Modification Requirements for New Construction. All new buildings to be built or installed in a Wildfire Risk Area shall comply with the following:

1.    Preliminary fuel modification plans shall be submitted to and approved by the fire code official prior to or concurrently with the approval of any tentative map.

2.    Final fuel modification plans shall be submitted to and approved by the fire code official prior to the issuance of a grading permit.

3.    The fuel modification plans shall meet the criteria set forth in the Fuel Modification Section of OCFA Guideline C-05 “Vegetation Management Guideline – Technical Design for New Construction Fuel Modification Plans and Maintenance Program.”

3.1    The fuel modification plan shall include provisions for the maintenance of the fuel modification in perpetuity.

4.    The fuel modification plan may be altered if conditions change. Any alterations to the fuel modification areas shall have prior approval from the fire code official.

5.    All elements of the fuel modification plan shall be maintained in accordance with the approved plan and are subject to the enforcement process outlined in the Fire Code.

Chapter 50, Hazardous Materials – General Provisions.

Section 5001.5.2, Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement (HMIS), is hereby revised to read as follows:

5001.5.2 Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement (HMIS). Where required by the fire code official, an application for a permit shall include. Orange County Fire Authority’s Chemical Classification Packet, which shall be completed and approved prior to approval of plans, and/or the storage, use or handling of chemicals on the premises. The Chemical Classification Packet shall include the following information:

1.    Product Name.

2.    Component.

3.    Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) number.

4.    Location where stored or used.

5.    Container size.

6.    Hazard classification.

7.    Amount in storage.

8.    Amount in use-closed systems.

9.    Amount in use-open systems.

Section 5003.1.1.1, Extremely Hazardous Substances, is hereby added to read as follows:

5003.1.1.1 Extremely Hazardous Substances. No person shall use or store any amount of extremely hazardous substances (EHS) in excess of the disclosable amounts (see Health and Safety Code Section 25500 et al) in a residential zoned or any residentially developed property.

Chapter 56 – Explosives and Fireworks.

Section 5608.2, Firing, is hereby added to read as follows:

5608.2 Firing. All fireworks displays, regardless of mortar, device, or shell size, shall be electrically fired.

Section 5608.3, Application for Permit, is hereby added to read as follows:

Section 5608.3 Application for Permit. A diagram of the grounds on which the display is to be held showing the point at which the fireworks are to be discharged, the fallout area based on 100 feet per inch of shell size, the location of all buildings, roads, and other means of transportation, the lines behind which the audience will be restrained, the location of all nearby trees, telegraph or telephone line, or other overhead obstructions shall be provided to OCFA.

Chapter 57 – Flammable and Combustible Liquids.

Section 5701.1.1, On-Demand Mobile fueling, is hereby added to read as follows:

Section 5701.1.1 On-Demand Mobile fueling. On-demand mobile fueling of Class I, II, and III liquids into the fuel tanks of vehicles is prohibited.

Chapter 58 – Flammable Gases and Flammable Cryogenic Fluids.

Section 5801.1, Scope, is hereby revised to read as follows:

Section 5801.1 Scope. The storage and use of flammable gases and flammable cryogenic fluids shall be in accordance with this chapter, NFPA 2 and NFPA 55. Compressed gases shall also comply with Chapter 53 and cryogenic fluids shall also comply with Chapter 55. Flammable cryogenic fluids shall comply with Section 5806. Hydrogen motor fuel-dispensing stations and repair garages and their associated above-ground hydrogen storage systems shall also be designed, constructed and maintained in accordance with Chapter 23. Mobile fueling of gaseous and liquid hydrogen, compressed natural gas (CNG), and liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the fuel tanks of vehicles is prohibited.

Exceptions:

1.    Gases used as refrigerants in refrigeration systems (see Section 605).

2.    Liquefied petroleum gases and natural gases regulated by Chapter 61.

3.    Fuel-gas systems and appliances regulated under the California Mechanical Code and the California Plumbing Code other than gaseous hydrogen systems and appliances.

4.    Pyrophoric gases in accordance with Chapter 64.

Section 5809, Mobile Gaseous Fueling of Hydrogen-Fueled Vehicles, is deleted without replacement.

Chapter 80 – Referenced Standards.

NFPA 13, 2016 Edition, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, is hereby amended as follows:

Section 6.7.3 is hereby revised to read as follows:

6.7.3 Fire department connections (FDC) shall be of an approved type. The location shall be approved and be no more than 150 feet from a public hydrant. The FDC may be located within 150 feet of a private fire hydrant when approved by the fire code official. The size of piping and the number of 2-1/2” inlets shall be approved by the fire code official. If acceptable to the water authority, it may be installed on the backflow assembly. Fire department inlet connections shall be painted OSHA safety red or as approved. When the fire sprinkler density design requires more than 500 gpm (including inside hose stream demand), or a standpipe system is included, four 2-1/2” inlets shall be provided.

Section 8.3.3.1 is hereby revised to read as follows:

8.3.3.1 When fire sprinkler systems are installed in shell buildings of undetermined use (Spec Buildings) other than warehouses (S occupancies), fire sprinklers of the quick-response type shall be used. Use is considered undetermined if a specific tenant/occupant is not identified at the time the fire sprinkler plan is submitted. Sprinklers in light hazard occupancies shall be one of the following:

1.    Quick-response type as defined in 3.6.4.8.

2.    Residential sprinklers in accordance with the requirements of 8.4.5.

3.    Quick response CMSA sprinklers.

4.    ESFR sprinklers.

5.    Standard-response sprinklers used for modifications or additions to existing light hazard systems equipped with standard-response sprinklers.

6.    Standard-response sprinklers used where individual standard-response sprinklers are replaced in existing light hazard systems.

Section 8.15.1.2.7 is hereby revised to read as follows:

8.15.1.2.7 Concealed spaces filled with noncombustible insulation shall not require sprinkler protection when approved by the fire code official.

Section 11.1.1.1 is hereby added to read as follows:

11.1.1.1 When fire sprinkler systems are required in buildings of undetermined use other than warehouses, they shall be designed and installed to have a fire sprinkler density of not less than that required for an Ordinary Hazard Group 2 use, with no reduction(s) in density or design area. Warehouse fire sprinkler systems shall be designed to Figure 16.2.1.3.2 (d) curve “G”. Use is considered undetermined if a specific tenant/occupant is not identified at the time the sprinkler plan is submitted. Where a subsequent use or occupancy requires a system with greater capability, it shall be the responsibility of the occupant to upgrade the system to the required density for the new use or occupancy.

Section 11.2.3.1.1.1 is hereby added to read as follows:

11.2.3.1.1.1 The available water supply for fire sprinkler system design shall be determined by one of the following methods, as approved by the fire code official:

1.    Subtract the project site elevation from the low water level for the appropriate pressure zone and multiply the result by 0.433;

2.    Use a maximum of 40 psi, if available;

3.    Utilize the OCFA water-flow test form/directions to document a flow test conducted by the local water agency or an approved third party licensed in the State of California.

NFPA 13D, 2016 Edition, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, is hereby amended as follows:

Section 7.1.2 is hereby revised to read as follows:

7.1.2 The sprinkler system piping shall not have separate control valves installed unless supervised by a central station, proprietary, or remote station alarm service.

NFPA 14, 2013 Edition, Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, is hereby amended as follows:

Section 7.3.1.1 is hereby revised to read as follows:

7.3.1.1 Class I and III Standpipe hose connections shall be unobstructed and shall be located not less than 18 inches or more than 24 inches above the finished floor. Class II Standpipe hose connections shall be unobstructed and shall be located not less than 3 feet or more than 5 feet above the finished floor.

NFPA 24, 2016 Edition, Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances, is hereby amended as follows:

Section 6.2.8.1 is hereby added to read as follows:

6.2.8.1 All indicating valves controlling fire suppression water supplies shall be painted OSHA red.

Exceptions:

1.    Brass or bronze valves on sprinkler risers mounted to the exterior of the building may be left unpainted.

2.    Where OS&Y valves on the detector check assembly are the only control valves, at least one OS&Y valve shall be painted red.

Section 6.2.9 is hereby amended to read as follows:

6.2.9 All connections to private fire service mains for fire protection systems shall be arranged in accordance with one of the following so that they can be isolated:

1.    A post indicator valve installed not less than 40 ft (12 m) from the building

(a)    For buildings less than 40 ft (12 m) in height, a post indicator valve shall be permitted to be installed closer than 40 ft (12 m) but at least as far from the building as the height of the wall facing the post indicator valve.

2.    A wall post indicator valve.

3.    An indicating valve in a pit, installed in accordance with Section 6.4.

4.    A backflow preventer with at least one indicating valve not less than 40 ft (12 m) from the building.

(a)    For buildings less than 40 ft (12 m) in height, a backflow preventer with at least one indicating valve shall be permitted to be installed closer than 40 ft (12 m) but at least as far from the building as the height of the wall facing the backflow preventer.

5.    Control valves installed in a fire-rated room accessible from the exterior.

6.    Control valves in a fire-rated stair enclosure accessible from the exterior.

Section 10.1.5 is hereby added to read as follows:

10.1.5 All ferrous pipe and joints shall be polyethylene encased per AWWA C150, Method A, B, or C. All fittings shall be protected with a loose 8-mil polyethylene tube or sheet. The ends of the tube or sheet shall extend past the joint by a minimum of 12 inches and be sealed with 2 inch wide tape approved for underground use. Galvanizing does not meet the requirements of this section.

Exception: 304 or 316 Stainless Steel pipe and fittings.

Section 10.4.1.1 is hereby revised to read as follows:

10.4.1.1 All bolted joint accessories shall be cleaned and thoroughly coated with asphalt or other corrosion-retarding material after installation.

Exception: Bolted joint accessories made from 304 or 316 stainless steel.

Section 10.4.1.1.1 is hereby added to read as follows:

10.4.1.1.1 All bolts used in pipe-joint assembly shall be 316 stainless steel.

Section 10.4.3.2 is hereby revised to read as follows:

10.4.3.2 Where fire service mains enter the building adjacent to the foundation, the pipe may run under a building to a maximum of 24 inches, as measured from the interior face of the exterior wall to the center of the vertical pipe. The pipe under the building or building foundation shall be 304 or 316 stainless steel and shall not contain mechanical joints or it shall comply with 10.4.3.2.1 through 10.4.3.2.4.

(Ord. 2019-5 § 2 (part): Ord. 2016-8 § 3: Ord. 2013-4 § 3)