Chapter 10.12


10.12.010    Adoption by reference of the California Fire Code.

10.12.020    Violations and penalties.

10.12.030    Fireworks—Safe and sane permitted.

10.12.040    Smoke detectors.

10.12.010 Adoption by reference of the California Fire Code.

Except as provided in this chapter and in Exhibit A of Ordinance No. 1922, the Uniform Fire Code, 1991 edition, as promulgated and published by the International Conference of Building Officials and the Western Fire Chiefs’ Association, excluding Appendices I-A through VI-F, and including the amendments to that code as set forth in Title 24, Part 9 of the California Code of Regulations, is hereby adopted by reference as though fully set forth herein, and shall constitute the fire code of the city of South Gate.

A copy of said fire code, as so amended, and a copy of Exhibit A of Ordinance No. 1922 have been deposited in the office of the city clerk and shall at all times be maintained by the city clerk for use and examination by the public.

(Ord. 1922 § 1 (part), 8-11-92)

10.12.020 Violations and penalties.

A.    Any person violating any provision of the fire code shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and each such person shall be deemed guilty of a separate offense for each and every day, or portion thereof, during which any violation of any provision of the fire code is committed, continued or permitted, and upon conviction for any such violation such person shall be punishable as provided for in Title 1 of this code.

B.    Any person who personally or through another wilfully, negligently, or in violation of law sets a fire, allows a fire to be set, or allows a fire kindled or attended by him to escape from his control, or allows any hazardous material to be handled, stored or transported in a manner not in accordance with the fire code or with nationally recognized standards, or allows any hazardous material to escape from his control, or neglects to properly comply with any written notice of the fire chief, or wilfully or negligently allows the continuation of a violation of the fire code shall be liable for the expense of fighting the fire or for the expense incurred during a hazardous materials incident, and such expense shall be a charge against that person.

(Ord. 1922 § 1 (part), 8-11-92)

10.12.030 Fireworks—Safe and sane permitted.

Notwithstanding the provisions of Sections 78.201 through 78.203 of the fire code, safe and sane fireworks, as defined by Section 12529 of the California Health and Safety Code, may be sold, used and discharged within the city at such times and in such manner as may be prescribed by ordinance elsewhere in this municipal code. No fireworks shall be sold, used or discharged within the city which are classified as dangerous fireworks, as that term is defined by Section 12505 of the California Health and Safety Code.

(Ord. 1922 § 1 (part), 8-11-92)

10.12.040 Smoke detectors.

To the extent that the provisions contained in this section are not regulated by state law the following shall be required in the city of South Gate:

A.    Smoke detectors which are approved by the California State Fire Marshall shall be installed pursuant to the Uniform Fire Code, made operable and maintained in dwelling units, as defined herein, regardless of zone or primary use of the structure. For this purpose a dwelling unit includes, but is not limited to, non-owner occupied single-family residential units, units intended for human habitation which are detached from a single family residential unit, mobile homes, apartments, condominiums, caretakers residences and hotels and motel units. Except as otherwise provided by state law, owner occupied residential units and houses are exempt from the requirements set forth in this section;

B.    The owner of the dwelling shall be responsible for supplying smoke detectors and installing them as required by the State Fire Marshall and the fire chief of the Los Angeles County Consolidated Fire District. The owner shall also be responsible for necessary ongoing maintenance and/or replacement of smoke detectors; however, where the dwelling is occupied by a person other than the owner it shall be the responsibility of the occupant to inform the owner of any needed repair or replacement;

C.    Any violation of this section shall be an infraction violation of the Municipal Code. However, where a dwelling is occupied by a person other than the owner, the owner shall not be considered guilty of a violation if the occupant does not inform the owner of needed maintenance. In such situations, where the occupant is negligent in informing the owner of needed maintenance, the occupant shall be guilty of the infraction.

(Ord. U-1234 § 2, 9-13-94)