Chapter 9
FIRE CODE*

Sections:

Article 1. Administration

8-9.101    Adoption of the California Fire Code.

8-9.102    Applicability.

8-9.103    Division of Fire Prevention.

8-9.104    General authority and responsibilities.

8-9.105    Permits.

8-9.106    Inspection.

8-9.107    Inspection fees.

8-9.108    Board of Appeals.

8-9.109    Violations.

8-9.111    Stop work order.

Article 2. Definitions

8-9.201    General definitions.

Article 3. General Precautions against Fire

8-9.304    Combustible waste material.

8-9.307    Open burning, recreational fires and portable outdoor fireplaces.

8-9.311    Vacant premises.

Article 5. Fire Service Features

8-9.501    General.

8-9.502    Definitions.

8-9.503    Fire apparatus access roads.

8-9.505    Premises identification.

Article 6. Building Services and Systems

8-9.605    Electrical equipment, wiring and hazards.

Article 9. Fire Protection Systems

8-9.903    Automatic sprinkler systems.

Article 22. Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages

Article 33. Safe and Sane and Dangerous Fireworks

Article 38. Liquefied Petroleum Gases

Article 50. Life Safety Requirements for Existing Buildings and Other Than High-Rise

Article 51. Life Safety Requirements for Existing High-Rise Buildings

Article 53. Compressed Gases

8-9.5300    General requirements.

Article 55. Cryogenic Fluids

8-9.5500    Cryogenic fluids.

Article 56. Explosives and Fireworks

8-9.5600    Explosives and fireworks.

*    Sections 8-9.01 through 8-9.11, as added by Ordinance No. 173 C-M, effective March 14, 1968, repealed by Ordinance No. 266 C-M, effective November 11, 1971. Sections 8-9.01 through 8-9.03, as added by said Ordinance No. 266 C-M, repealed by Ordinance No. 617-83 C-M, effective January 26, 1984. Sections 8-9.01 and 8-9.02, as added by said Ordinance No. 617-83 C-M, repealed by Ordinance No. 735-87, effective April 23, 1987. Sections 8-9.01 and 8-9.02, as added by Ordinance No. 735-87 C-M, repealed and replaced by Ordinance No. 904-92 C-M, effective October 1, 1992, repealed and replaced by Ordinance No. 999-96 C-M, effective April 11, 1996, repealed and replaced by Ordinance No. 1074-99, effective August 12, 1999, repealed and replaced by Ordinance 1142-02 C-M, effective September 24, 2002.

    Chapter 9 entitled “Housing Code” added by Ordinance No. 1142-02 C-M, effective September 24, 2002, repealed in its entirety by Ordinance No. 1227-07 (CM), effective January 1, 2008. A new Chapter 9 entitled “Fire Code” is added by Ordinance No. 1230-07 (CM), effective January 1, 2008.

    Chapter 9 added by Ordinance No. 1230-07 (CM), effective January 1, 2008, was repealed and replaced by Ordinance No. 1267-10 (CM), effective January 1, 2011.

    Chapter 9, entitled “Fire Code,” consisting of Sections 8-9.101 through 8-9.5500, codified from Ordinance Nos. 1298-13 (CM), effective January 1, 2014, and 1336-16 (CM), effective August 4, 2016, was repealed and replaced by Ordinance No. 1342-16 (CM), effective January 1, 2017.

Article 1. Administration

8-9.101 Adoption of the California Fire Code.

That portion of the 2019 California Fire Code that imposes substantially the same requirements as are contained in the International Fire Code, 2018 Edition, published by the International Code Council and the California Building Standards Commission with errata, together with those portions of the International Fire Code, 2018 Edition, including Appendices B, BB, C, CC, I and N as published by the International Code Council not included in the California Fire Code, as deleted, added to, excepted, modified or amended, are adopted by this reference into this code, and are hereby collectively declared to be the Fire Code of the City of Watsonville, in the State of California.

Findings. The modifications to this code are reasonably necessary as the result of local geographical, topographical, and climatic conditions:

(a)    The City of Watsonville is geographically separated from neighboring fire stations which prohibits the ability of adjoining firefighting forces to assemble within acceptable time standards as defined by NFPA 1710 for initial attack on routine fires.

(b)    The City of Watsonville is subject to major disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, and major fires which may greatly impact the Fire Department’s ability to provide simultaneous response to multiple emergencies.

(c)    The City of Watsonville is situated on and near the most active seismic zones in California: the San Andreas, San Gregorio, Zayante, Calaveras and Hayward faults. The great potential for earthquakes influences our community. A major seismic event will create a demand on fire protection services, and through the use of a modified fire code with provisions for automatic fire suppression systems, the high demand for services can be partially mitigated.

(d)    The City of Watsonville and surrounding area are favored with many sources of high quality water, including springs, wells, reservoirs, and surface streams, and municipal water companies. However, the underground water aquifer suffers from overdraft and salt water intrusion and extensive steps have been taken to reduce the amount of water consumed. Water supply issues in the City of Watsonville and surrounding Pajaro Valley make extensive use of automatic fire sprinkler systems feasible as a means to reduce our dependency on large volumes of water for fire suppression.

(e)    The local climatic conditions can affect acceleration, intensity and size of fire in the community. Seasonal patterns connected with agriculture affect population densities, traffic congestion, and workforce housing overcrowding; other climactic conditions create potentials for wildfires and flooding in the community. The Fire Department does not currently have the capability to field an effective response force for routine structure fires within the City. As staffing is incrementally increased, there is still a major need to rely and depend on a strengthened fire code to help offset staffing limitations through the elimination of hazards, mitigation of risks, and to keep initial fires in check while an effective firefighting force is assembled. In addition, numerous sloughs, a railway and freeway bisect the City of Watsonville, creating barriers to assembling such a force in a more timely manner and requiring code protection measures to offset topographical features.

(f)    Specifically, the experience of efficiency of automatic fire sprinkler systems indicates that automatic fire sprinkler systems have established an efficiency record of approximately ninety-six (96%) percent satisfactory performance in the United States since 1925. The local statistics show that all fires have been extinguished with fewer than two (2) fire sprinkler heads activating, and that no further fire suppression was necessary upon arrival of fire suppression forces.

(g)    A strengthened fire code, modified to meet local needs, also increases life safety outcomes for the residents of Watsonville. The large percentage of existing buildings without fire protection systems to ensure life safety and economic vitality can be addressed, over time, through the risk mitigation efforts offered by these local modifications to the California Fire Code. Loss of life declines by ninety-eight (98%) percent in homes with working smoke detectors and sprinkler systems. The major substantive modifications to this chapter bring the City of Watsonville into consistency with all other fire agencies in the County, providing more uniformity for the construction industry and a level of protection for the populace equal to other communities in geographical proximity. The only other substantive change allows for the continuance of past practices associated with traditional celebrations and fundraising abilities for local nonprofit organizations that reside within a seven (7) mile geographical radius of City Hall.

(h)    The provisions of this chapter shall constitute local amendments to the provisions of the California Fire Code and shall be deemed to replace or amend as set forth below.

(i)    The California Fire Code as amended by this chapter shall be known as the Watsonville Fire Code.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017, as amended by § 1, Ord. 1399-19 (CM), eff. January 1, 2020)

8-9.102 Applicability.

CFC Sections 102.1 and 102.9 are hereby amended to read as follows:

102.1—Construction and design provisions.

The construction and design provisions of this code shall apply to:

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

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

(3) Existing structures, facilities and conditions where required in Chapter 11.

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

(5) Existing Structures, Alterations and Repairs. All new work performed in alterations and/or repairs to existing structures shall comply with the current provisions of this Chapter. When alterations and/or repairs result in the removal, alteration, modification, replacement and/or repair of fifty percent or more of the external walls of a building, or result in the removal, modification, replacement and/or repair of fifty percent or more of the existing internal structural and/or non-structural framework, independently or in combination thereof, within a five year period, the entire building shall be made to conform to the current provisions of this chapter. The determination under this section of the requirement for upgrading any existing structure to full conformance with current provisions of this Chapter shall be at the sole discretion of the Fire Code Official.

102.9—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 this code shall be determined by the fire code official.

The fire chief is authorized to render interpretations of this code and to make and enforce rules, supplemental regulations and standards in order to carry out the application and intent of its provisions. Such interpretations, rules, regulations and standards shall be in conformance with the intent and purpose of this code and shall be available to the public during normal business hours. Those standards promulgated by the Santa Cruz County Fire Chiefs Association shall be deemed as prima facie evidence of compliance with this code.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

8-9.103 Division of Fire Prevention.

CFC Section 103.1 is hereby amended to read as follows:

103.1 General.

The Fire Prevention Division is established within the Watsonville Fire Department under the direction of the Fire Chief. The function of the Fire Prevention Division shall be the implementation, administration and enforcement of the provisions of this chapter.

CFC Section 103.5 is hereby added to Chapter 1 as follows:

103.5 Police Powers.

The fire code official and his/her deputies shall have the powers of police officers in performing their duties under this code. When requested to do so by the fire code official, the chief of police of the jurisdiction is authorized to assign such available police officers as necessary to assist the fire code official with enforcing the provisions of this code.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

8-9.104 General authority and responsibilities.

CFC Section 104.1.1 is hereby added to read as follows:

104.1.1 Definition of duties.

There shall only be one designated Fire Code Official. The Fire Chief may delegate full responsibility for the implementation, administration and enforcement of portions of this chapter to other duly authorized officials as necessary for the effective operations of civic governance.

CFC Section 104.1.2 is hereby amended to read as follows:

104.1.2 Designation of authority and responsibility.

The following shall designate responsibility for implementation, administration and enforcement of portions of this chapter:

(a) Prior to a certificate of Occupancy being issued, or after a Building Permit has been issued, the Building Official may be designated the responsibility for applicable provisions of this chapter.

(b) After a Certificate of Occupancy has been issued, the Fire Department and its Fire Prevention Division shall be primarily responsible for the implementation, administration and enforcement of applicable sections of this chapter.

CFC Section 104.1.3 is hereby added to read as follows:

104.1.3 Fire Prevention Division.

The Fire Prevention Division shall regulate fire code compliance in existing structures that pertain to current occupancy and use; maintenance of building, fire protection and alarm systems; emergency access and means of egress requirements; and any fire hazards or fire permit inspections and/or any other portions of this chapter related to the use or occupancy of the building after the Certificate of Occupancy has been issued.

CFC Section 104.1.4 is hereby added to read as follows:

104.1.4 Building Official.

The Building Official may be authorized by the Fire Chief to regulate those portions of this chapter that pertain to the design and development of new construction, remodels, renovations and additions; hazards during construction and general fire safety requirements prior to a Certificate of Occupancy being issued, or after a Building Permit has been issued. In all cases, close communication and coordination between Fire and Building personnel shall be required to be maintained, and regularly scheduled joint meetings shall be conducted at least monthly to confer on issues of shared interest.

Exception: The Fire Department shall retain direct approval authority for fire department access to, and use of, all buildings; including any fixed fire protection systems; emergency access and means of egress as they relate to location, access and life safety use under emergency conditions, whether or not a Certificate of Occupancy or a Building Permit has been issued.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

8-9.105 Permits.

CFC Section 105.1 is hereby amended to read as follows:

105.1 Scope.

Permits shall be in accordance with Sections 105.1.1 through 105.7.18 or other provisions of this chapter as required by the jurisdiction having authority.

CFC Section 105.1.1 is hereby amended to read as follows:

105.1.1 Permit required.

Permits requiring an on-site inspection as determined by the Fire Code Official may be subject to an additional inspection fee in accordance with Section 106. Permit and inspection fees 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 subsequent inspection by the Fire Code Official.

CFC Section 105.1.1.1 is hereby added to read as follows:

105.1.1.1 Permit and inspection fees.

The Director of Finance shall charge and collect such fees and charges for services and permits relating to fire prevention as may be set by resolution of the City Council. The fee for each permit and services shall be paid as set forth in the Schedule of Fees established by resolution of City Council.

CFC Section 105.1.1.2 is hereby added to read as follows:

105.1.1.2 Fee refunds.

The Fire Code Official may authorize the refunding of any permit fee paid which was erroneously paid or collected. The Fire Code Official shall not authorize the refunding of any permit fee paid except upon written application filed by the original permittee not later than one hundred and eighty (180) days after the date of fee payment. Inspection fee refunds are not included in this provision.

CFC Section 105.1.3 is hereby amended to read as follows:

105.1.3 Work without a permit: fees.

Whenever any work for which a permit is required by this chapter has been commenced or completed without first obtaining the proper permits, a special investigation may be made before any permit may be issued for such work. An Investigation Fee, in addition to the permit fee, may be collected whether or not a permit is then or subsequently issued for the illegal work. The investigation fee shall be equal to the amount of an inspection fee required by this chapter for the commenced or completed work as set forth in the City adopted fee schedule. The payment of such Investigation Fee shall not exempt any person from compliance with all other provisions of this chapter, nor from any penalty prescribed by law.

CFC Section 105.2 is hereby amended to read as follows:

105.2 Application.

Application for a permit, when required by the Fire Code Official, shall be made in such form and detail as prescribed by the Fire Code Official. Applications for permits shall be accompanied by such plans as prescribed by the Fire Code Official.

CFC Section 105.3.7 is hereby amended to read as follows:

105.3.7 Application information.

To obtain a permit, an applicant shall file a completed application, in writing, on a form furnished by the Fire Prevention Division for that purpose. Every such application shall:

(a) Identify and describe the work to be covered by the permit for which application is made.

(b) Describe the land on which the proposed work is to be done by legal description, street address or similar description that will readily identify and definitely locate the proposed structure, building or work.

(c) Indicate the use or occupancy for which the proposed work is intended.

(d) Be accompanied by plans, diagrams, computations and specifications and other data as required by the Fire Code Official.

(e) Signed by the applicant, or the applicant’s authorized agent.

(f) Give such other data and information as may be required by the Fire Code Official.

CFC Section 105.4.4.1 is hereby amended to read as follows:

105.4.4.1 Phased Approval.

The fire code official is authorized to issue a permit for the construction of part of a structure, system or operation before the construction documents for the whole structure, system or work have been submitted, provided that adequate information and detailed statements have been filed complying with pertinent requirements of this code. The holder of such permit for part of a structure, system or operation shall proceed at the holders own risk with the building operation and without assurance that a permit for the entire structure, system or operation will be granted. All proposed phased projects shall be subject to additional examination, approval and inspection fees.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

8-9.106 Inspection.

CFC Section 106.5 is hereby added to read as follows:

106.5 Definition: Responsible party.

The responsible party shall be defined as a person responsible for the maintenance, care, upkeep or construction of said premises. In those occupancies where the owner and lessee are separate persons, the owner shall be responsible for all fixed portions of the premises thereof; including such fixed systems as described in Section 903.2.2.1, unless otherwise defined in a legally-binding lease. The lessee shall be responsible for all systems, components, material and processes on the premises connected to, or used in conjunction with, said business or occupancy use. If a lessee does not comply with the provisions of this chapter, the building owner may also be defined as a responsible person. In such cases, both may be subject to fines and/or penalties as defined in this chapter.

CFC Section 106.5.1 is hereby added to read as follows:

106.5.1 Definition: High hazards inspections.

Occupancies determined by the Fire Code Official as high hazard (also called a target hazard); specifically, are those buildings, premises or occupancies where such hazards present a danger to firefighters, the public or the community. Such dangers may include, but are not limited to: life safety hazards and risks; loss of housing, jobs and/or the economic infrastructure of the community; storage, possession or use of hazardous materials, elements or processes; occupancies or areas subject or prone to threat from natural or man-made disasters; or any occupancy as defined by CAC Title 19 as a mandated inspection responsibility of the Fire Department; or any building or area that, by its nature or history of incidents, poses a threat to the health and safety of the public.

CFC Section 106.5.2 is hereby added to read as follows:

106.5.2 Definition: Special inspections.

Special inspections shall be those defined as hazards brought to the attention of the Fire Code Official by reference, observation, complaint, or referral.

CFC Section 106.5.3 is hereby added to read as follows:

106.5.3 Definition: Permit inspections.

Permit inspections shall be in accordance with those inspections described in Section 105.

CFC Section 106.5.4 is hereby added to read as follows:

106.5.4 Definition: Self-inspections.

Occupancies as determined by the Fire Code Official as having low to moderate hazards and/or risk where the responsible party may conduct a self-inspection of their own facility.

CFC Section 106.5.5 is hereby added to read as follows:

106.5.5 Definition: Regular Inspections.

Defined as those occupancies determined by the Fire Code Official as low-to-moderate hazard and not a mandated inspection occupancy as defined by CAC Title 19. Such inspections may be accomplished through the Self-Inspection, Company Inspection, or volunteer Inspection programs.

CFC Section 106.5.6 is hereby added to read as follows:

106.5.6 Inspection priorities.

Inspection priorities for the Fire Prevention Division are:

(a) High hazard (or target hazard) inspections shall be the highest priority of the Fire Prevention Division.

(b) Special inspections.

(c) Permit inspections.

(d) Self-inspections.

(e) Regular inspections.

(f) Any inspection where high hazards are found to exist as defined in Section 106.2.2 shall be designated as a high priority.

CFC Section 106.5.7 is hereby added to read as follows:

106.5.7 General inspection procedures.

Once an initial fire/life safety inspection has been conducted by the Fire Code Official, if no hazards are found, the inspection is complete and no further action will be taken for that inspection cycle.

(a) If hazards are found, the responsible party will have thirty (30) days to correct the hazards. If, at the second inspection, all violations have been satisfactorily completed no further action will be taken.

(b) If at the second inspection all violations have not been satisfactorily addressed, an Administrative Citation with fine for each violation may be levied on the responsible party and a re-inspection scheduled.

(c) Additional re-inspections may impose additional Administrative Citations with fines for each violation. Other fines or penalties may be imposed at any step of the inspection process depending on the severity of the violation in accordance with this Section 109.3 of this Chapter and Chapter 2 of Title 1 of the Watsonville Municipal Code.

CFC Section 106.5.8 is hereby added to read as follows:

106.5.8 Self-inspection procedures.

(a) Self-Inspection forms and fees shall be made available to responsible parties in conjunction with the business license application process and payment. Forms and fees may also be processed during normal business hours at City Hall or at the Fire Department Administration facilities. Business owners may also request forms and pay fees through mail. Fees for Self-Inspections shall be payable in conjunction with business permits, and must be completed on an annual basis.

(b) If hazards are found, which the business owner cannot reasonably correct within the 30-day filing period, it must be noted on the form prior to returning it to the Fire Department. The responsible party may be granted an additional thirty (30) days to correct the hazard, unless it presents a high hazard. The Fire Code Official may be available for consultation and, upon reasonable notification, may grant a request for an additional extension to remedy noted violations.

(c) The self-inspection program shall allow for a tri-annual audit by authorized fire department personnel to determine and insure that the program is maintaining a high level of fire safety compliance while allowing the business licensee the ability to take ownership in the safety of their business, employees and the citizens of the City of Watsonville.

CFC Section 106.5.9 is hereby added to read as follows:

106.5.9 Failure to comply with self-inspection.

All forms must be completed within thirty (30) days. If the Self-Inspection Form is not returned to the Fire Code Official within thirty (30) days, the responsible party may be subject to an administrative citation. In addition, failure to comply with a self-inspection may subject the responsible party to a regular inspection, with regular inspection fees levied forthwith, in addition to administrative citation fees in accordance with Chapter 2, Title 1 of the Watsonville Municipal Code.

CFC Section 106.5.10 is hereby added to read as follows:

(a) The Director of Finance shall charge and collect such fees and charges for services and permits relating to fire prevention as may be set by resolution of the City Council.

(b) The fee for each inspection shall be paid as set forth in the Schedule of Fees established by resolution of the City Council. Additional inspection fees may be assessed for each reinspection and/or when such portion of work for which the inspection has identified is not complete or when corrections called for are not made. Fees for inspections or the investigation of fire and life safety complaints may be levied against responsible parties when the Fire Code Official has determined the use of staff time and/or resources have been reasonably justified.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

8-9.107 Inspection fees.

Inspection fees are established annually and are found within the City of Watsonville Fee Rates and Charges for City Services table.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

8-9.108 Board of Appeals.

CFC Section 108.1 is hereby amended to read as follows:

108.1 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 chapter, there shall be and is hereby created a Building Life Safety Appeals Board. The Building Life Safety Appeals Board shall be appointed and operate in accordance Chapter 1 of Title 8 of the Watsonville Municipal Code. The Fire Code Official shall be an ex-officio member of said board but shall have no vote on any matter before the board. The board may adopt rules of procedure for conducting its business, and shall render all decisions and findings in writing to the appellant with a duplicate copy to the Fire Code Official.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

8-9.109 Violations.

CFC Section 109.4 is hereby amended to read as follows:

109.4 Violation Penalties.

Persons who violate a provision of this chapter 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 of a permit or certificate used under provisions of this Chapter, are subject to the penalties of Municipal Code Chapter 2 of Title 1 and/or other applicable statutes and laws.

CFC Section 109.4.1 is hereby amended to read as follows:

109.4.1 Abatement of Violation.

In addition to the imposition of the penalties herein described, the Fire Code Official 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. Any violation of this chapter shall be deemed a public nuisance pursuant to Municipal Code Section 1-2.01 and/or the Watsonville Fire Code. If a public nuisance is not abated in accordance with the Fire Code Official’s order or the order of the Board of Appeals, if any, the Fire Code Official may, upon securing approval of the Watsonville City Council, proceed to abate the nuisance by force account, contract, or any other method deemed most expedient by the Board or the Fire Chief. The cost of such abatement may be charged to the owner of record, or assessed to the property in a manner provided in Chapter 2 of Title 1 of the Municipal Code.

CFC Section 109.4.2 is hereby added to read as follows:

109.4.2 Enforcement.

The Fire Code Official and his/her delegated subordinates, pursuant to the provisions of Section 836.5 of the Penal Code of the State of California, are hereby authorized to arrest or cite a person without a warrant whenever they have reasonable cause to believe that the person has committed a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter in their presence. Upon making such an arrest or citation, the Fire Code Official or his/her delegated subordinate may prepare a citation and release the person arrested pursuant to Section 853.6 of the Penal Code of the State of California, the provisions of which are hereby adopted by reference as part of this Section.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

8-9.111 Stop work order.

CFC Section 111.4.1 is hereby added to read as follows:

111.4.1 Failure to Comply Penalties.

It is unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to violate or fail to comply with any lawful order of the Fire Code Official; fail to comply with an order by the Board of Appeals; or, fail to comply with an order of the court of competent jurisdiction within the time fixed therein. Every such violation shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $500. Additional failure to comply may be subject to a misdemeanor and punishable by imprisonment not exceeding imprisonment for one year and additional fines including court costs and staff reimbursement costs.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

Article 2. Definitions

Amendments to CFC Chapter 2—Definitions.

8-9.201 General definitions.

Certain definitions in Section 202, General Definitions, of the California Fire Code are hereby added to read as follows:

(a) “Agricultural Building” shall mean a structure designed and constructed to house farm implements, hay, grain, poultry, livestock or other horticultural products. This structure shall not be a place of human habitation or a place of employment where agricultural products are processed, treated, or sold. Nor shall it be a place used by the public.

(b) “Building Area” shall mean the area included within surrounding exterior walls (or exterior walls and firewalls) exclusive of vent shafts and courts. Areas of the building not provided with surrounding walls shall be included in the building area if such areas are included within the horizontal projection of the roof or floor above.

(c) “Hazardous Fire Area” shall mean land that is covered with grass, grain, brush, or forest, whether privately or publicly owned, which is so situated or is of such inaccessible location that a fire originating upon such land would present an abnormally difficult job of suppression or would result in great and unusual damage through fire or resulting erosion. The declaration of a hazardous fire area shall be made by the chief for purposes of this chapter and shall not contradict with hazardous fire areas as defined by the California Public Resources Code.

(d) “Local Responsibility Area (LRA)” shall mean lands on which neither the state nor the federal government has any legal responsibility for providing fire protection. Local responsibility areas include incorporated cities and cultivated agriculture lands. Local responsibility area fire protection is typically provided by city fire departments, fire protection districts, special districts, counties, and by CAL FIRE under contract to local government.

(e) “Public Nuisance” shall mean a nuisance as defined in Section 5-17.02 of Chapter 17 of Title 5, Chapter 7 of Title 7 or otherwise established by law.

(f) “Stage” shall mean a space within a building utilized for entertainment or presentations, which includes overhead hanging curtains, drops, scenery or stage effects other than lighting and sound. Stage area shall be measured to include the entire performance area and adjacent backstage and support areas not separated from the performance area by fire-resistance rated construction. Stage height shall be measured from the lowest point on the stage floor to the highest point of the roof or floor deck above the stage.

(g) “Yard” shall mean a place meeting the definition set forth in Section 14-18.870 of this Code.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

Article 3. General Precautions against Fire

8-9.304 Combustible waste material.

CFC Section 304.1.2 is hereby amended 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 requirements in urban-wildland interface areas shall be in accordance with the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code. Maintain around and adjacent to buildings and structures. A firebreak shall be made by removing and clearing away, for a distance of not less than 30 feet on each side of the building or structure or to the property line, whichever is nearer, all flammable vegetation or other combustible growth. This does not apply to single specimens of trees or other vegetation that is well-pruned and maintained so as to effectively manage fuels and not form a means of rapidly transmitting fire from other nearby vegetation to any building or structure.

When required by state law, or local ordinance, rule or regulation, an additional fire protection zone or firebreak may be made by removing all brush, flammable vegetation, or combustible growth that is located within 100 feet from the building or structure or to the property line. This section does not prevent an insurance company that insures a building or structure from requiring the owner of the building or structure to maintain a firebreak of more than 100 feet around the building or structure. Grass and other vegetation located more than 30 feet from the building or structure and less than 18 inches in height above the ground may be maintained where necessary to stabilize the soil and prevent erosion. This does not apply to single specimens of trees or other vegetation that is well-pruned and maintained so as to effectively manage fuels and not form a means of rapidly transmitting fire from other nearby vegetation to a dwelling or structure.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

8-9.307 Open burning, recreational fires and portable outdoor fireplaces.

CFC Section 307 is hereby amended as follows:

307.1 General.

A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning within the City of Watsonville.

307.1.1 Prohibited open burning.

Open burning shall be prohibited.

307.4.3 Portable outdoor fireplaces.

Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet (3048mm) of a structure or combustible material.

Exception: Portable outdoor fireplaces used at one- and two-family dwellings.

307.5 Attendance.

Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fires is extinguished. A means to extinguish a fire shall be available for immediate utilization.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

8-9.311 Vacant premises.

CFC Section 311.5 is hereby amended to read as follows:

311.5 Placards.

Any building or structure determined to be unsafe pursuant to Section 311 of this chapter shall be marked as required by Sections 311.5 through 311.5.5.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

Article 5. Fire Service Features

8-9.501 General.

Amendment: CFC Chapter 5—Fire Service Features. CFC Section 501.3 is hereby amended to read as follows:

501.3 Construction Documents.

Construction documents for proposed fire apparatus access, location of fire lanes and construction documents and hydraulic calculations for fire hydrant systems shall be submitted to the Fire department for review and approval prior to construction. When grading work is needed for the access road(s) within the jurisdiction of City of Watsonville, application for a grading permit shall be made with the City of Watsonville Community Development Department pursuant to Chapter 6 of Title 7 of the Watsonville Municipal Code.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

8-9.502 Definitions.

CFC Section 502.1 is hereby amended adding to read as follows:

ALL WEATHER SURFACE: An all weather surface shall be a minimum of 6" of compacted Class II base rock for grades up to and including 5%, oil and screened for grades up to and including 15%, and asphaltic concrete for grades exceeding 15%, but in no case exceeding 20%.

CFC Section 502.1 is hereby amended to read as follows:

BRIDGE. A bridge shall be defined as a structure designed to carry a roadway over a depression or obstacle.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

8-9.503 Fire apparatus access roads.

CFC Appendix D—Fire Apparatus Access Roads. CFC Appendix D is hereby adopted with the following modifications:

D103.4 Dead ends.

Dead-end fire apparatus access roads in excess of 150 feet (45 720mm) shall be provided with width and turnaround provisions in accordance with Table D103.4 and Figure D103.1, but shall not include any provisions for a 120-foot hammerhead nor any acceptable alternative to such hammerhead as depicted in either Table or Figure, e.g. hammerhead turnarounds are expressly prohibited.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

8-9.505 Premises identification.

CFC Section 505.1 is hereby amended to read as follows:

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 letter. Numbers shall not be spelled out.

All new and existing single-family residences shall be identified with minimum 4 inch (101.6 mm) high numbers, with a minimum stroke of one-half inch (1/2").

All multi-family, multi-commercial and multi-industrial occupancies, shall be identified by numbers posted on walls facing the street or interior site route. Building numbers shall be a minimum of height of 6 inches with a minimum stroke of five-eighths inch (5/8").

Individual units within multi-family, multi-commercial and multi-industrial occupancies shall post address or suite numbers that are a minimum height of four inches (101.6mm), affixed to the unit’s front entrance door or immediately adjacent to it. All buildings with rear-door access shall identify that unit as stated above.

Where the distance exceeds 100 feet from the middle of the street / interior site route to the address number location, the minimum height will be increased 1 inch (25.4 mm) for every 25 feet (7.62 m).

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.

CFC Section 505.2 is hereby amended to read as follows:

505.2 Street and Road Signs.

Streets and roads shall be identified with approved signs. Temporary signs shall be installed at each street intersection when construction of new roadways allows passage by vehicles. Signs shall be of an approved size, weather resistant and be maintained until replaced by permanent signs. Posting of any road names and numbers not authorized by the City of Watsonville Community Development Department and the Fire Code Official is prohibited.

CFC Section 507.5.1.1 is hereby amended to read as follows:

507.5.1.1 Hydrant for Standpipe Systems

Buildings equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system or standpipe system installed in accordance with sections 903, 905 shall have a fire hydrant within 100 feet of the fire department connections.

Exception: The distance shall be permitted to exceed 100 feet where approved by the Fire Code Official.

Section 507.5.7 is hereby added to read as follows:

507.5.7 Painting.

When required by the Fire Code Official, fire hydrants shall be painted in accordance with NFPA 291.

Section 507.5.8 is hereby added to read as follows:

507.5.8 Reflective markings.

Fire hydrant locations shall be marked with reflective blue markers placed in the center area of the road and offset to the side of the road where the hydrant is located in accordance with past practices for similar markings within the City.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

Article 6. Building Services and Systems

Amendment: CFC Chapter 6—Building Services and Systems.

8-9.605 Electrical equipment, wiring and hazards.

CFC Section 605.3.1.1. is hereby added to read as follows:

605.3.1.1 Alternate Power Sources.

All permanent installations of electrical generators, wind generators, solar cell, or other power sources shall be approved by the building code official. All applicable provisions of the National Electrical Code, the Uniform Fuel Gas Code, the California Building Code, and this Chapter shall be followed for any such installation. Permanent engraved and affixed signage, red in color, reading “WARNING—This premise is provided with an Alternate Power Source. Disconnection of commercial power may not disable the electrical power source.” Lettering shall be contrasting to the background and shall be a minimum of 1/2" tall and shall be permanently affixed on each electrical panel subject to back-feed from alternate power sources. Any and all power disabling switches shall be clearly labeled.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

Article 9. Fire Protection Systems

8-9.903 Automatic sprinkler systems.

CFC and CBC Sections 903.1 through 903.2.10.1 are deleted and replaced with Sections 903.1 through 903.3.1.3 to read as follows:

903.1 General

Automatic sprinkler systems shall comply with this section.

903.1.1 Alternative Protection.

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

903.2 Where required.

Approved automatic sprinkler systems in new buildings and structures shall be provided in the locations described in this section.

903.2.1 New Structures.

An automatic fire sprinkler system shall be provided in all new occupancies as defined in Chapter 3 of the California Building Code, regardless of type of construction and/or floor area, unless otherwise pre-empted by the California Health and Safety Code. Any occupancy not specifically mentioned shall be included in the group that it most nearly resembles based on the proposed life and fire hazard;

Exceptions:

(1) Private garages, carports, sheds not more than 1,000 square feet (93 m2) of total floor area shall not require fire sprinklers where they are detached and separate from other structures and provided with exterior wall and opening protection as per the California Building Code.

(2) Sheds exceeding 1,000 square feet, (93 m2) but not exceeding 3,000 square feet (278 m2) shall not require fire sprinklers at the discretion of the fire chief when the applicant demonstrates that the applicant’s proposal does not increase the fire hazard or fire load.

(3) Agricultural buildings as defined in Appendix Chapter C, of the California Building Code not exceeding 2,000 square feet (186 m2), not exceeding 25 feet (7620 mm) in height, having a clear unobstructed side yard exceeding 60 feet (18,280 mm) in all directions, and located within an Agricultural zoned district, as defined in the Santa Cruz County Planning Code, or as exempted by the fire chief, shall not require fire sprinklers.

Additionally, agricultural buildings exceeding 2,000 square feet (186 m2) but not exceeding 5,000 square feet, not exceeding 25 feet (7620 mm) in height, having a clear unobstructed side yard exceeding 60 feet (18,280 mm) in all directions, and located within an Agricultural zoned district, as defined in the Santa Cruz County Planning Code, shall not require fire sprinklers at the discretion of the fire chief when the applicant demonstrates the applicant’s proposal does not increase the fire hazard or fire load.

(4) Group B and Group M Occupancies not more than 500 square feet (46.5 m2) shall not require fire sprinklers where they are detached and separate from other structures and provided with exterior wall and opening protection as per the California Building Code, Table 508.3.3.

(5) Greenhouses of non-combustible construction shall not require fire sprinklers.

(6) For public school state-funded construction projects see CFC Section 903.2.19.

903.2.1.4 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.

Exception:

(1) Existing Group R-3 occupancies converted to Group R-3.1 occupancies 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 425.8.3.3 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 or mentally retarded, and the buildings or portions thereof in which such children are housed are not more than two stories in height, and buildings or portions thereof housing such children have a 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.

903.2.1.5 Group R-3 congregate residences.

An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.3 shall be permitted in Group R-3 congregate living facilities with 16 or fewer residents.

903.2.1.6 Care facilities.

An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.3 shall be permitted in care facilities with 5 or fewer individuals in a single-family dwelling.

903.2.2 Existing Buildings and Structures except for One and Two Family Dwellings.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in existing buildings and structures, except One and Two Family Dwellings, after the effective date of this code, when a building permit is issued to allow additions to be made, as follows:

(1) For existing buildings less than 6,000 square feet in gross floor area when an addition to the building causes the structure to exceed 6,000 square feet, the entire structure shall be provided with an automatic sprinkler system.

(2) For existing buildings larger than 6,000 square feet in gross floor area when an addition is equal to or greater than 10% of the existing square footage or when extensive renovation or remodeling is done to more than 50% of the gross floor area, the entire structure shall be provided with an automatic sprinkler system.

For the purposes of this section, extensive renovation or remodeling shall be defined as any change, addition or modification in construction or occupancy or structural repair or change in primary function to an existing structure made by, on behalf of or for the use of a public accommodation or commercial facility that affects or could affect the usability of the building or facility or part thereof. Alterations include, but are not limited to, remodeling, renovation, rehabilitation, reconstruction, historic restoration, changes or rearrangement of the structural parts or elements, and changes or rearrangement in the plan configuration of walls and full-height partitions.

All new work performed in alterations and/or repairs to existing structures shall comply with the current provisions of this Chapter. When alterations and/or repairs result in the removal, alteration, modification, replacement and/or repair of fifty percent or more of the external walls of a building, or result in the removal, modification, replacement and/or repair of fifty percent or more of the existing internal structural and/or non-structural framework, independently or in combination thereof, within a five year period, the entire building shall be made to conform to the current provisions of this chapter. The determination under this section of the requirement for upgrading any existing structure to full conformance with current provisions of this Chapter shall be at the sole discretion of the Fire Code Official.

Exceptions to Section 903.2.2 (1 and 2)

(a) Group A-2 occupancies exceeding 5,000 square feet shall have an automatic sprinkler system installed.

(b) Group A-5 occupancies exceeding 1,000 square feet in the following areas: concession stands, retail areas, press boxes and other accessory use areas shall have an automatic sprinkler system installed.

(c) Assembly occupancies on roofs. Where an occupied roof has an assembly occupancy with an occupant load exceeding 100 for Group A-2 and 300 for other Group A occupancies, all floors between the occupied roof and the level of exit discharge shall be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 or 903.3.1.2.

Exception: Open Parking garages of Type I or Type II construction.

(d) Multiple fire areas of Group A-1, A-2, A-3 or A-4 occupancies share exit or exit access components and the combined occupant load of these fire areas is 300 or more.

(e) Group F-1 occupancies exceeding 2,500 square feet used for the manufacture of upholstered furniture or mattresses shall have an automatic sprinkler system installed.

(f) Woodworking operations exceeding 2,500 square feet in area that generate finely divided combustible waste or use finely divided combustible materials. [SFM] A fire wall of less than 4-hour fire-resistance rating without openings, or any fire wall with openings, shall not be used to establish separate fire areas.

(g) Group H occupancies shall be provided with an automatic sprinkler system.

(h) Group I fire areas shall be provided with an automatic sprinkler system.

Exceptions:

i. Those areas exempted by Section 407.6 of the California Building Code.

ii. Group I-2 occupancies, or any alterations thereto, located in Type IA construction in existence on or before March 4, 1972 as required in California Health and Safety Code Section 13113(d).

(i) Group I-2 occupancies. An existing, unsprinklered Group I-2, nurses’ stations open to fire-resistive exit access corridors shall be protected by an automatic sprinkler system located directly above the nurses’ station. It shall be permitted to connect the automatic sprinkler system to the domestic water service.

(j) Group I-3/ Every building, or portion thereof, where inmates or persons are in custody or restrained shall be protected by an automatic sprinkler system conforming to NFPA 13. The main sprinkler control valve or valves and all other control valves in the system shall be locked in the open position and electrically supervised so that at least an audible and visual alarm will sound at a constantly attended location when valves are closed. The sprinkler branch piping serving cells may be embedded in the concrete construction.

(k) Group M occupancy used for the display and sale of upholstered furniture or mattresses exceeds 5,000 square feet.

(l) Group S-1 occupancies used for the storage of commercial motor vehicles where the fire area exceeds 5,000 square feet.

(m) Group S-1 occupancies exceeding 2,500 square feet used for the storage of upholstered furniture or mattresses shall have an automatic sprinkler system installed.

(n) Group S-1 fire areas exceeding 5,000 square feet used for the repair of commercial motor vehicles.

(o) Structures where the area for the storage of tires exceeds 20,000 cubic feet shall be equipped throughout with an automatic fire sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1.

(p) Group U occupancies exceeding 1,000 square feet shall have an automatic sprinkler system installed. Group U occupancies not exceeding 1,000 square feet are exempt where they are detached and separate from other structures and provided with exterior wall and opening protection as per the California Building Code.

(q) Sheds exceeding 1,000 square feet but not exceeding 3,000 square feet shall not require fire sprinklers at the discretion of the fire chief when the applicant demonstrates that the applicant’s proposal does not increase the fire hazard or fire load.

(r) Agricultural buildings as defined in Appendix Chapter C, of the California Building Code not exceeding 2,000 square feet, not exceeding 25 feet in height, having a clear unobstructed side yard exceeding 60 feet in all directions, and located within an Agricultural zoned district, as defined in the Santa Cruz County Planning Code, or as exempted by the fire chief, shall not require fire sprinklers.

Additionally, agricultural buildings exceeding 2,000 square feet but not exceeding 5,000 square feet, not exceeding 25 feet in height, having a clear unobstructed side yard exceeding 60 feet in all directions, and located within an Agricultural zoned district, as defined in the Santa Cruz County Planning Code, shall not require fire sprinklers at the discretion of the fire chief when the applicant demonstrates the applicant’s proposal does not increase the fire hazard or fire load.

(s) Greenhouses of non-combustible construction shall not require fire sprinklers.

(3) Any alteration and/or repair within a building that contains an automatic fire sprinkler system requires that the automatic fire sprinkler system be extended/modified to the area of proposed work, thus, creating fire sprinkler protection throughout the entire building.

(4) Any change in use or occupancy creating a more hazardous fire/life safety condition, as determined by the Fire Chief, requires that the entire structure be provided with an automatic sprinkler system.

(5) Any combination of addition, alteration, repair and/or change of use shall comply with Sections 903.2.11 through 903.6.

Exceptions to Section 903.2.2:

(a) Seismic or Accessibility improvements.

(b) Any exemption otherwise allowable under the Fire Code, if in the discretion of the Fire Chief, the safety of the public is not compromised.

(c) Exterior improvements and work not requiring permits as provided in the Building Code.

(d) Work requiring only a mechanical, electrical, plumbing and/or demolition permit.

903.2.3 Existing One and Two Family Dwellings.

An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in existing one and two family dwellings, after the effective date of this code, when a building permit is issued to allow additions to be made, as follows:

(1) Any addition is made which increases the total existing square footage by 50% or more.

(2) The proposed total floor area exceeds the available fire flow as specified in Section 507.1 or APPENDIX B.

(3) Any addition to a one or two family dwelling that contains an automatic fire sprinkler system requires that the automatic fire sprinkler system be extended/modified to the area of proposed work, thus, creating fire sprinkler protection throughout the entire dwelling.

Exceptions to Section 903.2.3:

(a) Additions of 500 square feet or less when the proposed total floor area does not exceed the available fire flow are exempt from fire sprinklers unless the dwelling is already protected by a fire sprinkler system.

Section 903.3.1.3, NFPA 13D Sprinkler Systems, is amended to read as follows:

903.3.1.3 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, non-habitable structures classified as accessory to a residential use and not intended for commercial usage or mercantile, shall be permitted to be installed throughout in accordance with NFPA 13D and installation guidelines as promulgated by the Santa Cruz County Fire Chiefs Association.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2016)

Article 22. Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages*

*    Article 22 entitled “Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages,” consisting of Sections 8-9.2205 through 8-9.2210, codified from Ordinance No. 1230-07 (CM), eff. January 1, 2008, was repealed by Ordinance No. 1267-10 (CM), eff. January 1, 2011.

Article 33. Safe and Sane and Dangerous Fireworks

(Sections 8-9.3301 through 8-9.3308, as added by Ordinance No. 1230-07 (CM), effective January 1, 2008, as amended by Ordinance No. 1249-09 (CM), effective June 24, 2009, recodified to Chapter 4-3 by Ordinance No. 1268-10 (CM), effective December 9, 2010.)

Article 38. Liquefied Petroleum Gases*

*    Article 38 entitled “Liquefied Petroleum Gases,” consisting of Section 8-9.3804, codified from Ordinance No. 1230-07 (CM), eff. January 1, 2008, was repealed by Ordinance No. 1267-10 (CM), eff. January 1, 2011.

Article 50. Life Safety Requirements for Existing Buildings and Other Than High-Rise*

*    Article 50 entitled “Life Safety Requirements for Existing Buildings and Other Than High-Rise,” consisting of Section 8-9.5001, codified from Ordinance No. 1230-07 (CM), eff. January 1, 2008, repealed by Ordinance No. 1267-10 (CM), eff. January 1, 2011.

Article 51. Life Safety Requirements for Existing High-Rise Buildings*

*    Article 51 entitled “Life Safety Requirements for Existing High-Rise Buildings,” consisting of Section 8-9.5100, codified from Ordinance No. 1230-07 (CM), eff. January 1, 2008, repealed by Ordinance No. 1267-10 (CM), eff. January 1, 2011.

Article 53. Compressed Gases

8-9.5300 General requirements.

CFC Section 5303.5.3 is hereby amended to read as follows:

5303.5.3

Securing compressed gas containers, cylinders and tanks.

Compressed gas containers, cylinders and tanks shall be secured to prevent falling caused by contact, vibration or seismic activity. Securing of compressed gas containers, cylinders and tanks shall be by one of the following methods:

(a) Securing containers, cylinders and tanks to a fixed object with two or more non-combustible restraints. The object used to anchor the restraint to shall be capable of withstanding the anticipated load(s) imposed. Anchor(s) shall be attached to a structural framing member or similar.

(b) Securing containers, cylinders and tanks on a cart or other mobile device designed for the movement of compressed gas containers, cylinders or tanks.

(c) Nesting of compressed gas containers, cylinders and tanks at container filling or servicing facilities or in seller’s warehouses not accessible to the public. Nesting shall be allowed provided the nested containers, cylinders or tanks, if dislodged, do not obstruct the required means of egress.

(d) Securing of compressed gas containers, cylinders and tanks to or within a rack, framework, cabinet or similar assembly designed for such use.

Exception: Compressed gas containers, cylinders and tanks in the process of examination, filling, transport or servicing.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

Article 55. Cryogenic Fluids

8-9.5500 Cryogenic fluids.

CFC Section 5504.3.1.2.4 is hereby added to read as follows:

5504.3.1.2.4 Geographic limits.

The geographic limits referred to in certain sections of the California Fire Code are hereby established as follows:

(a) Establishment of limits of districts in which storage of flammable cryogenic fluids in stationary containers is to be prohibited. The limits in which storage of flammable cryogenic fluids in stationary containers is prohibited are hereby established as the political boundary of the Watsonville Fire Department.

Exceptions:

(1) The storage of flammable cryogenic fluids in stationary containers is allowed in an M-2 Zone with a Conditional Use Permit issued by the Planning Department.

(2) The storage of flammable cryogenic fluids in stationary containers is allowed in an M-3 Zone.

(b) Establishment of limits of districts in which storage of flammable or combustible liquids in outside aboveground tanks is prohibited. The limits referred to in Sections 3404.2.9.5.1 and 3406.2.4.4 of the California Fire Code in which the storage of Class I flammable liquids or Class II combustible liquids in aboveground tanks outside of buildings is restricted are hereby established as the incorporated area of the political boundary of the Watsonville Fire Department.

Exceptions: Such use is allowed in the following zoning districts:

(1) The storage of Class I flammable liquids or Class II combustible liquids in aboveground tanks outside of buildings is allowed in A or A-1 Zones;

(2) The storage of Class I flammable liquids or Class II combustible liquids in aboveground tanks outside of buildings is allowed in M-1, M-2 or M-3 Zones; The storage of Class I flammable liquids or Class II combustible liquids in aboveground tanks outside of buildings is allowed in NR Zones.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)

Article 56. Explosives and Fireworks

8-9.5600 Explosives and fireworks.

Article 56 in its entirety is hereby recodified to Chapter 4-3 of the Watsonville Municipal Code by Ordinance 1268-10 (CM), effective December 9, 2010.

(§ 1, Ord. 1342-16 (CM), eff. January 1, 2017)