Chapter 17.04
FIRE CODE

Sections:

17.04.005    Title.

17.04.010    Adoption of California Fire Code.

17.04.020    Enforcement.

17.04.030    Findings.

17.04.040    Definitions.

17.04.050    Amendments to the 2019 Edition of the California Fire Code.

17.04.060    Repeal of conflicting ordinances.

17.04.005 Title.

These regulations shall be known as the “Fire Code.” [Ord. 24-2019 § 1].

17.04.010 Adoption of California Fire Code.

There is hereby adopted by the city of Rancho Cordova, for the purpose of prescribing regulations governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire or explosion, that certain code known as the 2019 California Building Standards Code, Title 24, California Code of Regulations, Part 9 (California Fire Code), incorporating the International Fire Code, 2018 Edition, published by the International Code Council in its entirety including Appendix A, Appendix B, Appendix BB, Appendix C, Appendix CC, Appendix O, save and except such portions as hereinafter deleted, modified, or amended. Not less than one copy of such code has been and now is filed with the clerk of the city of Rancho Cordova. From the effective date of the ordinance establishing this chapter, the provisions thereof shall be controlling within the limits of the city of Rancho Cordova except that any inconsistent regulations and ordinances adopted pursuant to applicable law by the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District shall be controlling within the city of Rancho Cordova if said regulation or ordinance has been ratified by the city in accordance with Section 13869.7 of the California Health and Safety Code. [Ord. 24-2019 § 1].

17.04.020 Enforcement.

The division of authority for enforcement of this chapter shall be as follows:

The Chief of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District or his/her designated representatives shall have authority to enforce this chapter and issue citations for violations.

[Ord. 24-2019 § 1].

17.04.030 Findings.

The findings of fact are filed separately with the California Building Standards Commission and State Department of Housing and Community Development. [Ord. 24-2019 § 1].

17.04.040 Definitions.

A. Wherever the word “municipality” is used in the California Fire Code, it shall mean the city of Rancho Cordova.

B. Wherever the word “Chief” is used in this chapter or the California Fire Code, it shall mean the Chief of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. [Ord. 24-2019 § 1].

17.04.050 Amendments to the 2019 Edition of the California Fire Code.

Section 105.6.4, “Carnivals and Fairs,” is amended as follows:

Section 105.6.4 Carnivals, fairs, festivals, or exhibitions. An operational permit is required to conduct a carnival, fair, festival, or exhibition.

Section 106.6, “Cost Recovery Fees,” is added as follows:

Section 106.6 Cost recovery fees. Cost recovery fees may be charged to any person, firm, corporation, or business that through negligence, violation of the law, or as a result of carelessness, is responsible for an incident resulting in Fire Department response. (Health & Safety Code 13916)

Section 109.1, “Board of Appeals Established,” is amended as follows:

Section 109.1 Board of appeals established. In order to hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions or determinations made by the fire code official relative to the application and interpretation of this code, there shall be and is hereby created a board of appeals. The board of appeals shall be the Board of Directors of the fire protection district or Community Services District having jurisdiction, or the County of Sacramento Board of Supervisors in the Sacramento County Airport System.

Section 110.4, “Violation Penalties,” is amended as follows:

Section 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 who shall erect, install, alter, repair or do work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the fire code official, or of a permit or certificate used under provisions of this code, shall be guilty of an infraction or a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) and not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by imprisonment not exceeding 180 days, or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.

Section 110.4.2, “Citations,” is added as follows:

Section 110.4.2 Citations. The Chief, or his/her duly authorized representative, may issue citations for infractions or misdemeanor violations of this code pursuant to Section 13871 of the Health and Safety Code of the State of California and Chapter 5c (commencing with Section 853.6) of Title 3 of Part 2 of the Penal Code of the State of California.

Section 110.4.3, “California Fire Code Bail Schedule,” is added as follows:

Section 110.4.3 – CALIFORNIA FIRE CODE BAIL SCHEDULE

SECTION

NATURE OF OFFENSE

PC

MA

BAIL PA

NCA

TOTAL

110.4.3*

NC W/ORDERS OR NOTICE

X

 

$1000

$1700

$2700

110.4.3*

NC W/CONDEMNATION TAG

X

 

$1000

$1700

$2700

110.4.3*

DESTRUCTION OF TAGS

X

 

$1000

$1700

$2700

110.4.3*

CONTINUANCE OF HAZARD

X

 

$1000

$1700

$2700

ALL OTHER SECTIONS

 

X

 

$100

$170

$270

* – MISDEMEANOR

PC – ELIGIBLE FOR PROOF OF CORRECTION

MA – MANDATORY APPEARANCE

PA – PENALTY ASSESSMENT

NCA – NIGHT COURT ASSESSMENT

NC – NONCOMPLIANCE

Section 112.4, “Failure to Comply,” is amended as follows:

Section 112.4 Failure to comply. Any person who shall continue any work after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be guilty of an infraction or a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred ($100) dollars or more than one thousand ($1000) dollars.

Section 202, “All-Weather Driving Surface,” is added as a listed definition as follows:

Section 202 ALL-WEATHER DRIVING SURFACE. A roadway with a minimum surface finish of one layer of asphalt or concrete that is designed to carry the imposed weight loads of fire apparatus.

Exception: R-3 occupancies located on Agricultural or Agricultural-Residential zoned lots.

Section 202, “Approved Supervising Station,” is added as a listed definition as follows:

APPROVED SUPERVISING STATION. An alarm service provider’s UL listed, Type A, Full Service Central Station. The approved supervising station shall have the ability to relay the alarm to the (a) Sacramento Regional Fire/EMS Communications Center or (b) to the Sacramento International Airport Communication Center in an approved manner.

Section 202, “False Alarm,” is amended as a listed definition as follows:

FALSE ALARM. The willful and knowing or negligent initiation or transmission of a signal, message or other notification of an event of fire when no such danger exists.

Section 503.1.2.1, “One- or Two-Family Dwelling Residential Developments,” is added as follows:

Section 503.1.2.1 One- or two-family dwelling residential developments. Developments of one- or two-family dwellings where the number of dwelling units exceed thirty-nine (39) shall be provided with two (2) separate and approved fire apparatus access roads.

Section 503.1.2.2, “Remoteness,” is added as follows:

Section 503.1.2.2 Remoteness. Where two fire apparatus access roads are required, they shall be placed a distance apart equal to not less than one-half of the length of the maximum overall diagonal dimension of the property or area to be served, measured in a straight line between accesses.

Section 503.6.1, “Electrified Security Fences,” is added as follows:

Section 503.6.1 Electrified security fences. Electrified security fences, where permitted by the building official of the municipality, must be approved by the fire code official prior to installation.

Section 505.1, “Address Identification,” is amended as follows:

Section 505.1 Address Identification. New and existing buildings shall be provided with approved address identification. The address identification shall be legible and placed in a position that is visible from the street or road fronting the property. Address identification characters shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numbers or alphabetical letters. Numbers shall not be spelled out. Each character shall be not less than 6 inches (152.4 mm) high with a minimum stroke width of 1/2 inch (12.7 mm). Where required by the fire code official, address identification shall be provided in additional approved locations to facilitate emergency response. 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. Address identification shall be maintained.

Section 505.1.1, “Illumination,” is added as follows:

Section 505.1.1 Illumination. Address identification shall be internally or externally illuminated on all new buildings and existing buildings undergoing alterations. An illuminated directory board shall be required at every entrance where deemed necessary by the fire code official.

Section 507.1.1, “Connection,” is added as follows:

Section 507.1.1 Connection. When required by the fire code official, buildings without a public water supply shall be connected to the public water supply once the public water supply becomes available.

Exception: Group R-3 and Group U occupancies.

Section 507.5.1, “Where Required,” is amended as follows:

Section 507.5.1 Where required. Where a portion of the facility or building hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction is more than 300 feet (91.44 m) 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 capable of supplying the required fire flow shall be provided where required by the fire code official.

Exceptions:

1. For Group R-3 and Group U occupancies, the distance requirement shall be 600 feet (183 m).

Section 507.5.1.1, “Hydrant for Standpipe Systems,” is amended as follows:

Section 507.5.1.1 Hydrant for standpipe systems. Buildings equipped with a standpipe installed in accordance with Section 905 shall have a fire hydrant within 40 feet (12,192 mm) of the fire department connection.

Exception: The distance shall be permitted to be increased up to 100 feet (30 480 mm) where approved by the fire code official.

Section 901.4.6, “Pump and Riser Room Size,” is amended as follows:

Section 901.4.6 Pump and riser room size. Approved fire pump rooms and/or automatic sprinkler system riser rooms shall be provided in all new buildings protected by an automatic sprinkler system. Fire pump rooms and automatic sprinkler system riser rooms shall be designed with adequate space for all equipment necessary for the installation, as defined by the manufacturer, with sufficient working space around the stationary equipment. Clearances around equipment to elements of permanent construction, including other installed equipment and appliances, shall be sufficient to allow inspection, service, repair or replacement without removing such elements of permanent construction or disabling the function of a required fire-resistance-rated assembly. Fire pump and automatic sprinkler system riser rooms shall be provided with doors and unobstructed passageways large enough to allow removal of the largest piece of equipment.

Exception: Group R-3 Occupancies.

Section 901.4.6.2, “Marking on Access Doors,” is amended as follows:

Section 901.4.6.2 Marking on access doors. Access doors for automatic sprinkler system riser rooms and fire pump rooms shall be labeled with an approved sign. The lettering shall be in contrasting color to the background. Letters shall have a minimum height of 4 inches (101.6 mm) with a minimum stroke of 1/2 inch (12.7 mm).

Section 901.4.6.4, “Lighting,” is amended as follows:

901.4.6.4 Lighting. Permanently installed artificial illumination and emergency illumination shall be provided in the automatic sprinkler system riser rooms and fire pump fire control rooms.

Section 901.6.3.2, “Electronic Filing,” is added as follows:

Section 901.6.3.2 Electronic filing. When required by the fire code official, records of all system inspections, tests and maintenance required by the referenced standards and Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations shall be submitted to the fire code official electronically.

Section 901.6.4, “Qualifications” is added as follows:

Section 901.6.4 Qualifications. All individuals or companies installing, repairing, testing, servicing or maintaining mechanical smoke removal systems, smoke and heat vents and other fire protection systems or appliances shall follow the state and local licensure regulations or have the appropriate license required by the California State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Section 903.2, “Where Required,” is amended as follows:

Section 903.2 Where required. Approved automatic sprinkler systems in new buildings and structures shall be provided in the locations described in Sections 903.2.1 through 903.2.20. For the provisions of this section, portions of buildings separated by fire walls shall not be considered separate buildings.

Exception:

1. Non-combustible, detached canopies open on four sides not exceeding the basic allowable area in CBC Table 506.2 used exclusively for the parking or storage of private or recreational vehicles and non-combustible storage (includes fuel islands).

Section 903.2.1.1, “Group A-1,” is amended as follows:

903.2.1.1 Group A-1. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout stories containing Group A-1 occupancies and throughout all stories from the Group A-1 occupancy to and including the levels of exit discharge serving that occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:

1. The fire area exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 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

Section 903.2.1.2, “Group A-2,” is amended as follows:

903.2.1.2 Group A-2. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout stories containing Group A-2 occupancies and throughout all stories from the Group A-2 occupancy to and including the levels of exit discharge serving that occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:

1. The fire area exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 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.

4. The structure exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2), contains more than one fire area containing a Group A-2 occupancy, and is separated into two or more buildings by fire walls of less than 4-hour fire-resistance rating without openings.

Section 903.2.1.3, “Group A-3,” is amended as follows:

903.2.1.3 Group A-3. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout stories containing Group A-3 occupancies and throughout all stories from the Group A-3 occupancy to and including the levels of exit discharge serving that occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:

1. The fire area exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 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 structure exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2), contains more than one fire area containing exhibition and display rooms, and is separated into two or more buildings by fire walls of less than 4-hour fire-resistance rating without openings.

Section 903.2.1.4, “Group A-4,” is amended as follows:

903.2.1.4 Group A-4. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout stories containing Group A-4 occupancies and throughout all stories from the Group A-4 occupancy to and including the levels of exit discharge serving that occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:

1. The fire area exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 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.

Section 903.2.2.1, “Group B,” is added as follows:

Section 903.2.2.1 Group B. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout stories containing Group B occupancies and throughout all stories from the Group B occupancy to and including the levels of exit discharge serving that occupancy where the fire area exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2).

Section 903.2.3, “Group E,” is amended as follows:

903.2.3 Group E. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group E occupancies as follows:

1. Throughout all Group E fire areas greater than 3,599 square feet (334.36m2) in area.

2. The Group E fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such occupancies.

Exception: In buildings where every classroom has not fewer than one exterior exit door at ground level, an automatic sprinkler system is not required in any area below the lowest level of exit discharge serving that area.

3. The Group E fire area has an occupant load of 300 or more.

4. In rooms or areas with special hazards such as laboratories, vocational shops and other such areas where hazardous materials in quantities not exceeding the maximum allowable quantity are used or stored.

5. Throughout any Group E structure greater than 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2) in area, which contains more than one fire area, and which is separated into two or more buildings by fire walls of less than 4-hour fire resistance rating without openings.

6. For public school state funded construction projects see Section 903.2.19.

7. For public school campuses, Kindergarten through 12th grade, see Section 903.2.20

Section 903.2.4, “Group F-1,” is amended as follows:

903.2.4 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 3,599 square feet (334.36 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 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2).

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

Section 903.2.7, “Group M,” is amended as follows:

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

1. A Group M fire area exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2).

2. A Group M fire area is located more than three stories above grade plane.

3. The combined area of all Group M fire areas on all floors, including any mezzanines, exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2).

4. A Group M occupancy used for the display and sale of upholstered furniture or mattresses 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2).

5. The structure exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2), contains more than one fire area containing a Group M occupancy, and is separated into two or more buildings by fire walls of less than 4-hour fire resistance rating without openings.

Section 903.2.8.1.1, “Group R-3 Manufactured Housing,” is added as follows:

Section 903.2.8.1.1 Group R-3 manufactured housing. An automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Title 25 of the California Code of Regulations, shall be installed in new or used one and two-family manufactured homes, mobile homes, and multi-unit manufactured housing with two dwelling units where a fire sprinkler system would normally be required in any residential unit that could be built on the same site.

Section 903.2.8.3, “Group R-4,” is amended as follows:

903.2.8.3 Group R-4. An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 shall be provided in Group R-4 occupancies.

Section 903.2.9, “Group S-1,” is amended as follows:

903.2.9 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. A Group S-1 fire area exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2).

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

3. The combined area of all Group S-1 fire areas on all floors, including any mezzanines, exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2).

4. A Group S-1 fire area used for the storage of commercial motor vehicles where the fire area exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2).

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

Section 903.2.9.1, “Repair Garages,” is amended as follows:

903.2.9.1 Repair garages. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings used as repair garages in accordance with Section 406.8 of the California Building Code, as shown:

1. Buildings having two or more stories above grade plane, including basements, with a fire area containing a repair garage exceeding 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2).

2. Buildings no more than one story above grade plane, with a fire area containing a repair garage exceeding 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2).

3. Buildings with repair garages servicing vehicles parked in basements.

4. A Group S-1 fire area used for the repair of commercial motor vehicles where the fire area exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2).

Section 903.2.10, “Group S-2 Enclosed Parking Garages,” is amended as follows:

903.2.10 Group S-2 enclosed parking garages. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings classified as enclosed parking garages in accordance with Section 406.4 as follows:

1. Where the fire area of the enclosed parking garage exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2); or

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

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

Section 903.2.10.1, “Commercial Parking Garages,” is amended as follows:

903.2.10.1 Commercial parking garages. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings used for storage of commercial motor vehicles where the fire area exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2).

Section 903.2.18.1, “Group U Private Garages and Carports,” is added as follows:

903.2.18.1 Group U private garages and carports. Carports and garages within 6-feet of a Group R occupancy equipped with automatic fire sprinklers, shall be protected by fire sprinklers in accordance with NFPA 13D or NFPA 13, as applicable.

Section 903.3.1.2, “NFPA 13R Sprinkler Systems,” is deleted.

Section 903.3.8.4, “Supervision,” is amended as follows:

Section 903.3.8.4 Supervision. Control valves shall not be installed between the water supply and sprinklers unless the valves are of an approved indicating type that are supervised and secured in the open position.

Section 903.3.9, “Floor Control Valves,” is amended as follows:

903.3.9 Floor control valves. Floor control valves and waterflow detection assemblies shall be installed at each floor in multi-story buildings, at an approved location.

Exception: Group R-3 and R-3.1 occupancies floor control valves and waterflow detection assemblies shall not be required.

Section 903.4.2, “Alarms,” is amended as follows:

Section 903.4.2 Alarms. One exterior approved audible/visual 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.

Section 903.4.3, “Floor Control Valves,” is amended as follows:

Section 903.4.3 Floor control valves. Approved supervised indicating control valves shall be provided at the point of connection to the riser on each floor in multi-story buildings.

Section 903.6, “Where Required in Existing Buildings and Structures,” is amended as follows:

Section 903.6 Where required in existing buildings and structures. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided in existing buildings and structures where required in Chapter 11 and as follows:

1. When there is a change in occupancy classification that results in an increased life safety or fire risk as determined by the fire code official and the structure exceeds 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2), an automatic fire sprinkler system shall be installed throughout the building.

2. In existing buildings and structures exceeding 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2), where the floor area of the building or structure is increased.

Exception: When the building increase is to accommodate state mandated ADA improvements and is less than 500 (46.45 m2) square feet.

3. In existing buildings and structures less than 3,600 (334.45 m2) square feet, where the floor area of the building or structure is increased to exceed 3,599 square feet (334.36 m2).

Exception: When the building increase is to accommodate state mandated ADA improvements and is less than 500 (46.45 m2) square feet.

Section 903.6.1, “Monitoring,” is added as follows:

Section 903.6.1 Monitoring. When required by the fire code official, valves controlling the water supply for automatic sprinkler systems, pumps, tanks, water levels and temperatures, critical air pressures, and water flow switches on all existing sprinkler systems shall be monitored by an approved supervising station.

Section 1028.5.1, “Exit Discharge Surface,” is added as follows:

Section 1028.5.1 Exit discharge surface. Exterior exit pathway surfaces shall be suitable for pedestrian use in inclement weather and shall terminate at a public way as defined in the California Building Code.

Section 1206.2, “Stationary Storage Battery Systems,” is amended as follows:

Section 1206.2 Stationary storage battery systems. Stationary storage battery systems having capacities exceeding the values shown in Table 1206.2 shall comply with NFPA 855 and Section 1206.2.1 through 1206.2.12.6, as applicable.

Section 1206.3, “Capacitor Energy Storage Systems,” is amended as follows:

Section 1206.3 Capacitor energy storage systems. Capacitor energy storage systems having capacities exceeding 3 kWh (10.8 megajoules) shall comply with NFPA 855 and Sections 1206.3 through 1206.3.2.6.1.

Section 5003.9.1.2, “Emergency Response Support Information,” is added as follows:

Section 5003.9.1.2 Emergency response support information. Ready access to floor plans, safety data sheets (SDS), Hazardous Materials Management Plans (HMMP), Hazardous Material Inventory Statement (HMIS), shall be provided, as determined by the fire code official. This location may be in cabinets located outside the facilities or buildings. Information may be required in a specific electronic format.

Chapter 80, “Referenced Standards,” is amended as follows by the deletion of the following referenced standard:

NFPA 13R – 16: Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low rise Residential Occupancies as amended*

Chapter 80, “Referenced Standards,” is amended as follows by the addition of the following referenced standard:

NFPA 855-20: Standard for the Installation of Stationary Energy Storage Systems. 1206.2, 1206.3

Appendix B Table No. B105.1 (1), “Required Fire-Flow for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, Group R-3 and R-4 Buildings and Townhouses,” is amended as follows:

TABLE NO. B105.1 (1)

REQUIRED FIRE-FLOW FOR ONE- AND TWO-FAMILY DWELLINGS, GROUP R-3 AND R-4 BUILDINGS AND TOWNHOUSES

FIRE FLOW CALCULATION AREA (square feet)

AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEM (Design Standard)

MINIMUM FIRE-FLOW (gallons per minute)

FLOW DURATION (hours)

0 – 3,600

No automatic sprinkler system

1000

1

3,601 and greater

No automatic sprinkler system

Value in Table B105.1 (2)

Duration in Table B105.1 (2) at the required flow rate

0 – 3,600

Section 903.3.1.3 of the California Fire Code or Section 313.3 of the California Residential Code

1000

1

3,601 and greater

Section 903.3.1.3 of the California Fire Code or Section 313.3 of the California Residential Code

1/2-value in Table B105.1 (2)a

1

For SI: 1 square foot = 0.0929 m2, 1 gallon per minute = 3.785 L/m.

a. The reduced fire-flow shall not be less than 1,000 gallons per minute for a duration of 1 hour.

Section B105.2, “Buildings Other Than One- and Two-Family Dwellings, Group R-3 and R-4 Buildings and Townhouses,” is amended as follows:

Section B105.2 Buildings other than one- and two-Family dwellings, Group R-3 and R4 buildings and townhouses. The minimum fire flow and flow duration for buildings other than one- and two-family dwellings, Group R-3 and R-4 buildings and townhouses shall be as specified in Tables B105.2 and B105.1(2).

Exceptions:

1. Group B, S-2 and U occupancies having a floor area not exceeding 1,000 square feet, primarily constructed of noncombustible exterior walls with wood or steel roof framing, having a Class A roof assembly, with uses limited to the following or similar uses:

1. California State Parks buildings of an accessory nature (restrooms).

2. Safety roadside rest areas, (SRRA), public restrooms.

3. Truck inspection facilities, (TIF), CHP office space and vehicle inspection bays.

4. Sand/salt storage buildings, storage of sand and salt.

2. Group U occupancies accessory to a one or two-family dwelling.

3. A reduction in required fire flow of up to 50 percent is permitted when the building is provided with an automatic sprinkler system approved pursuant installed in accordance with 903.3.1.1. The resulting fire flow shall not be less than 1500 gallons per minute (5677.5 L/min.).

4. A reduction in required fire flow of up to 75 percent is permitted for warehouse buildings of Type I, Type II, and Type III-B construction and provided with early suppression fast response fire sprinkler systems. The resulting fire flow shall not be less than 1500 gallons per minute (5677.5 L/min.).

Appendix B, Table No. B105.2, Required Fire-Flow for Buildings Other Than One- and Two-Family Dwellings, Group R-3 and R-4 Buildings and Townhouses, is amended as follows:

TABLE NO. B105.2

REQUIRED FIRE-FLOW FOR BUILDINGS OTHER THAN ONE- AND TWO-FAMILY DWELLINGS, GROUP R-3 AND R-4 BUILDINGS AND TOWNHOUSES
a

AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEM (Design Standard)

MINIMUM FIRE-FLOW (gallons per minute)

FLOW DURATION (hours)

No automatic sprinkler system

Value in Table B105.1 (2)

Duration in Table B105.1 (2)

Section 903.3.1.1 of the California Fire Code

50% of the Value in Table B105.1 (2)

Duration in Table B105.1 (2) at the reduced flow rate

a. The reduced fire flow shall not be less than 1,500 gallons per minute.

Table No. C102.1, “Required Number and Spacing of Fire Hydrants,” is amended as follows:

TABLE NO. C102.1 

REQUIRED NUMBER AND SPACING OF FIRE HYDRANTS
e

FIRE FLOW REQUIREMENT (gpm)

MINIMUM NO. OF HYDRANTS

AVERAGE SPACING BETWEEN HYDRANTSa, b, d (Ft.)

MAXIMUM DISTANCE FROM HYDRANT TO ANY POINT ON STREET OR ROADWAY FRONTAGE (Ft.)

1750 or less

1

300

150

1751-2250

2

300

150

2251-2750

3

300

150

2751-3250

3

300

150

3251-4000

4

300

150

4001-5000

5

300

150

5001-5500

6

300

150

5501-6000

6

250

150

6001-7000

7

250

150

7001 or more

8 or morec

200

120

For SI: 1 foot = 304.8 mm, 1 gallon per minute = 3.785 L/m.

a. Where streets are provided with median dividers that cannot be crossed by fire fighters pulling hose lines, or where arterial streets are provided with four or more traffic lanes or street width is in excess of 88 feet (26.82m), hydrant spacing shall average 300 feet on each side of the street and be arranged on an alternating basis.

b. Where new water mains are extended along streets where hydrants are not needed for protection of structures or similar fire problems, fire hydrants shall be provided at spacing not to exceed 1,000 feet (305m) to provide for transportation hazards. In addition, there shall be at least one hydrant at each intersection.

c. One Hydrant for each 1,000 gallons per minute or fraction thereof.

d. Average spacing between fire hydrants may be extended to 500 feet (152.4m) on streets serving one and two-family dwellings.

e. The fire code official is authorized to modify the location, number and distribution of fire hydrants based on site-specific constraints and hazards.

Section C104.2, “Single Outlet Fire Hydrants,” is added as follows:

Section C104.2 Single outlet fire hydrants. Where required by the fire code official, existing single outlet 2 1/2 inch fire hydrants shall be changed to an approved steamer fire hydrant, when the following conditions occur:

1. The recoding of a tentative subdivision or parcel map.

2. A lot merger or split.

3. The modification of an existing structure resulting in an increased fire flow.

4. A change in occupancy type, use, or character of the building that results in an increased life safety or fire risk, as determined by the fire code official.

5. The construction of a new building.

Section C104.3, “Right of Way Improvements,” is added as follows:

Section C104.3 Right of way improvements. Existing fire hydrants affected by right of way improvements shall be moved to an approved location.

Section C106.1, “Hydrant Type,” is added as follows:

Section C106.1 Hydrant type. The fire code official shall approve the type of fire hydrants to be installed in public right of way or on private property prior to any such installation.

[Ord. 24-2019 § 1].

17.04.060 Repeal of conflicting ordinances.

All former fire prevention ordinances or parts thereof conflicting or inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter or of the code hereby adopted are hereby repealed. [Ord. 24-2019 § 1].