Chapter 15
FIRE PROTECTION AND PREVENTION1

Art. I.    In General, §§ 15-115-16

Art. II.    Reserved, §§ 15-1715-29

Art. III.    Reserved, §§ 15-3015-35

ARTICLE I. IN GENERAL2

Sec. 15-1. International Fire Code adopted; filed copies; enforcement by fire marshal; violation.

(a) There is hereby adopted, as the minimum standards for the protection of life and property from fire or explosion, the 2015 International Fire Code, as adopted by the state of Idaho, as amended hereafter, including all appendices thereto, except Appendices A and J, published and recommended by the International Code Council, and the same is hereby adopted and incorporated as though fully set forth at length herein.

(b) The city clerk shall maintain not less than one (1) duly certified copy of the 2015 International Fire Code at the office of the city clerk for use and examination by the public during normal business hours, in accordance with Idaho Code, Section 50-901.

(c) The International Fire Code shall be enforced by the fire marshal under the direction of the fire chief. The fire marshal shall be appointed by the fire chief with the consent of the city manager. The fire marshal shall be the chief of the bureau of fire prevention. The fire marshal shall investigate and recommend to the fire chief and the city manager such additional ordinances or amendments to the International Fire Code as he/she may deem necessary for safeguarding life and property against fire and explosion. He/she may use discretion to order any violation to be abated: (1) immediately; (2) within twenty-four (24) hours; or (3) within another appropriate timeframe, as based on the urgency of the violation. The fire marshal, his/her assistant, or any member of the fire department may, at all reasonable hours, enter any building or premises within his/her jurisdiction for the purpose of making any inspection or investigation which, under the provisions of this section, he/she deems necessary.

(d) Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter or of the International Fire Code adopted hereby, or who shall fail to obey any lawful order of the fire marshal or his/her assistant, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable as provided in section 1-7 of this code. Each separate day or any portion thereof during which a violation of this chapter or the International Fire Code occurs or continues shall be deemed to constitute a separate offense. The fire marshal and his/her assistants are hereby authorized to enforce the provisions of the International Fire Code.

(e) Any violation of this section, or of the International Fire Code adopted hereby, which is not abated within the timeframe ordered by the fire marshal or his/her assistant is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and/or unsafe condition, abatable in accordance with the International Fire Code, Lewiston City Code, and/or laws of the state of Idaho. (Ord. No. 3229, §§ 3 – 7, 8-12-74; Ord. No. 3391, § 1, 8-29-77; Ord. No. 3508, § 1, 10-22-79; Ord. No. 3700, § 1, 7-18-83; Ord. No. 3840, § 2, 11-3-86; Ord. No. 3855, § 5, 3-16-87; Ord. No. 3970, § 1, 7-9-90; Ord. No. 4088, § 1, 11-22-93; Ord. No. 4185, § 1, 4-7-97; Ord. No. 4230, § 1, 4-12-99; Ord. No. 4324, § 1, 12-9-02; Ord. No. 4396, § 1, 3-28-05; Ord. No. 4493, § 1, 1-7-08; Ord. No. 4555, § 1, 1-10-11; Ord. No. 4601, § 1, 10-28-13; Ord. No. 4712, § 2, 11-27-17)

Sec. 15-1.1. International Fire Code – Amendments

The 2015 International Fire Code, compiled by the International Code Council, adopted by section 15-1 of this code is hereby amended as follows:

(1) Chapter 1, Sections 102.1 and 103.2, are hereby adopted as written in the International Fire Code.

(2) Chapter 1, Section 102.3, is hereby amended to read as follows:

102.3 Change of use or occupancy. Changes shall not be made in the use or occupancy of any structure that would place the structure in a different division of the same group or occupancy or in a different group of occupancies, unless such structure is made to comply with the requirements of this code and the International Building Code. Subject to the approval of the fire code official, the use or occupancy of an existing structure shall be allowed to be changed and the structure is allowed to be occupied for purposes in other groups without conforming to all of the requirements of this code and the International Building Code for those groups, provided the new or proposed use is less hazardous, based on life and fire risk, than the existing use. Existing buildings undergoing repair, alterations, additions or change of occupancy shall be permitted to comply with the International Existing Building Code as adopted by the City of Lewiston.

(3) Chapter 1, Section 102.5, is hereby amended to add the following:

3. Minimum requirements for unsprinklered single family homes and multiple family dwellings up to two (2) units as identified by the State of Idaho action (Idaho Code 39-4116(3)) shall be as provided for in the 2006 IFC/IRC/IBC for wall ratings and egress components.

(4) Chapter 1, Section 102.6, is hereby amended to read as follows:

102.6 Historic buildings. The provisions of this code relating to the construction, alteration, repair, enlargement, restoration, relocation or moving of existing buildings or structures shall not be mandatory for existing buildings or structures identified and classified by the state or local jurisdiction as historic buildings where such buildings or structures do not constitute a distinct hazard to life or property and such buildings or structures shall be in accordance with the provisions of the International Existing Building Code as adopted by the City of Lewiston. Fire protection in designated historic buildings shall be provided with an approved fire protection plan as required in Section 1103.1.1 of this code.

(5) Chapter 1, Section 102.7, is hereby amended to read as follows:

102.7 Referenced codes and standards. The codes and standards referenced in this code shall be the most recent editions of those that are listed in Chapter 80, and such codes and standards shall be considered to be part of the requirements of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference and as further regulated in Sections 102.7.1 and 102.7.2.

(6) Chapter 1, Section 104.1, is hereby amended to add the following:

104.1.1 Fire Chief’s Authority. The fire chief is authorized to administer and enforce this code. Under the chief’s direction, the fire department is authorized to enforce all ordinances of the jurisdiction pertaining to:

a. The prevention of fires;

b. The suppression or extinguishment of dangerous or hazardous fires;

c. The storage, use and handling of hazardous materials;

d. The installation and maintenance of automatic, manual and other private fire alarm systems and fire-extinguishing equipment;

e. The maintenance and regulation of fire escapes;

f. The maintenance of fire protection and the elimination of fire hazards on land and in buildings, and other property, including those under construction;

g. The maintenance of means of egress; and

h. The investigation of the cause, origin and circumstances of fire and unauthorized releases of hazardous materials, for authority related to control and investigation of emergency scenes, see Section 104.11.

(7) Chapter 1, Section 105.1.1, is hereby amended to read as follows:

105.1.1 Permits required. A property owner or owner’s authorized agent who intends to conduct an operation or business, or install or modify systems and equipment that are regulated by this code, or to cause any such work to be performed, shall first make application to the fire code official and obtain a permit if required by the authority having jurisdiction.

(8) Chapter 1, Section 108, is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sections 10-1(c) and 10-2(10) of the Lewiston City Code pertaining to the code board of appeals shall apply to the International Fire Code.

(9) Chapter 1, Section 109.3.1, is hereby amended to read as follows:

109.3.1 Service. A notice of violation issued pursuant to this code shall be served upon the owner, the owner’s authorized agent, operator, occupant, or other person responsible for the condition or violation either by: (a) personal service; (b) certified or first-class mail, addressed to the last known address; or (c) delivering the same to, and leaving it with, some person of responsibility upon the premises. If notice is hand-delivered, such notice shall be deemed delivered immediately. If notice is sent by certified or first-class mail, such notice shall be deemed delivered forty-eight (48) hours after depositing the same in the U.S. mail. For unattended or abandoned locations, a copy of such notice of violation shall be posted on the premises in a conspicuous place at or near the entrance to such premises, and such notice shall be deemed delivered twenty-four (24) hours after such notice is posted, and the notice of violation shall be mailed by certified mail with return receipt requested or a certificate of mailing to the last known address of the owner, the owner’s authorized agent, or occupant.

(10) Chapter 1, Section 109.4, is hereby amended to read as follows:

109.4 Violation penalties. In addition to the penalties set forth in Lewiston City Code § 10-2(8) pertaining to work commencing before permit issuance, 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 marshal, or of a permit or certificate used under provisions of this code, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable as provided in Section 1-7 of the Lewiston City Code. Each day that a violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense.

(11) Chapter 1, Section 111.4, is hereby amended to read as follows:

111.4 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 a misdemeanor, punishable as provided in Lewiston City Code section 1-7.

(12) Chapter 2, Section 202, is hereby adopted as written in the International Fire Code and amended to add the following:

202 General Definitions.

Bedroom. See sleeping room.

Sleeping Room. A room with a closet shall be considered a sleeping room regardless of its intended use by the current owner (i.e. den, office, study, media, sewing or exercise room, etc.). All sleeping rooms shall be provided with emergency escape and rescue openings and smoke alarms as required.

(13) Chapter 3, Section 308.1.6.3, is hereby adopted as written in the International Fire Code.

(14) Chapter 3, Section 312, is hereby amended to read as follows:

312.1 General. Vehicle impact protection required by this code shall be provided by posts that comply with Section 312.2 or by other approved physical barriers that comply with Section 312.3.

312.2 Posts. Guard posts shall comply with all of the following requirements:

1. Constructed of steel not less than four inches (4”) in diameter and concrete filled.

2. Spaced not more than four feet (4’) between posts on center.

3. Set not less than three feet (3’) deep in a concrete footing of not less than a fifteen inch (15”) diameter.

4. Set with the top of the posts not less than three feet (3’) above ground.

5. Located not less than three feet (3’) from the protected object.

312.3 Other Barriers. Physical barriers shall be a minimum of thirty-six inches (36”) in height and shall resist a force of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds applied thirty-six inches (36”) above the adjacent ground surface. Barriers, other than posts specified in Section 312.2, that are designed to resist, deflect or visually deter vehicular impact commensurate with an anticipated impact scenario shall be permitted where approved.

(15) Chapter 3, Section 315.3.4, is hereby amended to read as follows:

315.3.4 Attic, under-floor, concealed spaces and basements. Attic, under-floor, concealed spaces, and basements used for storage of combustible materials shall be protected on the storage side as required for one (1) hour fire-resistance-rated construction. Openings shall be protected by assemblies that are self-closing and are of noncombustible construction or solid wood core not less than one and three quarter (1.75) inches in thickness. Storage shall not be placed on exposed joists.

Exceptions:

1. Areas protected by approved automatic sprinkler systems.

2. Group R-3 and Group U occupancies.

(16) Chapter 5 is adopted as written in the International Fire Code with the exception of Section 506.1, which is hereby amended to add the following:

506.1.3 Where required. Key boxes shall be installed to provide access to all buildings with fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems and/or elevators.

(17) Chapter 9, Section 901.6.2, is hereby amended to add the following:

901.6.2 Records. Records of all system inspections, tests and maintenance required by the referenced standards and this code shall be maintained. Fixed-fire protection systems inspection, testing and maintenance records noted throughout the International Fire Code and referenced standards shall be submitted to the Lewiston Fire Department in the manner and frequency determined by the fire code official.

(18) Chapter 9, Section 901.7, is hereby amended to read as follows:

901.7 Systems out of service. Where a fire protection system is out of service, the fire department and the fire code official shall be notified immediately and, where required by the fire code official, the building shall be either evacuated or an approved fire watch shall be provided for all occupants left unprotected by the shutdown until the fire protection system has been returned to service.

Where utilized, fire watches shall be provided with not less than one (1) approved means for notification of the fire department and their only duty shall be to perform constant patrols of the protected premises and keep watch for fires.

A fire watch may be required twenty-four hours per day for seven days per week (24/7) at the fire chief’s discretion.

(19) Chapter 9, Section 903.1.2, is hereby amended to add the following:

903.1.2 Residential systems. Unless specifically allowed by this code or the International Building Code, residential sprinkler systems installed in accordance with NFPA 13D or NFPA 13R shall not be recognized for the purposes of exceptions or reductions permitted by other requirements of this code.

(20) Chapter 9, Section 903.2, is hereby amended to read as follows:

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 903.2.12.

An approved automatic fire extinguishing system (NFPA 13 system) shall be installed in all new construction, or change of occupancy, where the fire-flow calculation area as defined in Appendix B, and type of construction requires a fire flow of three thousand (3,000) gallons per minute or more and in the occupancies and locations as set forth in section 903.

Exceptions:

1. Unless otherwise required, installation of an automatic fire-extinguishing system in the existing portion of a structure shall not be required, where the addition to the structure is separated by two-hour fire wall with protected openings, and the addition is protected by a monitored automatic fire-extinguishing system. Protection of openings shall be initiated by heat and smoke.

2. Spaces or areas in telecommunications buildings used exclusively for telecommunications equipment, associated electrical power distribution equipment, batteries and standby engines, provided those spaces or areas are equipped throughout with an automatic smoke detection system in accordance with Section 907.2 and are separated from the remainder of the building by not less than one (1)-hour fire barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707 of the International Building Code or not less than two (2)-hour horizontal assemblies constructed in accordance with Section 711 of the International Building Code, or both.

(21) Chapter 9, Section 903.4.3, is hereby amended to read as follows:

903.4.3 Floor control valves. Where an NFPA 13 fire sprinkler system is required, an approved supervised indicating control valve, flow switch and drain shall be provided at the point of connection to the riser on each floor in multi-story buildings, either in the riser room, in an interior stairwell, or as otherwise required by the fire code official.

(22) Chapter 9, Sections 904.1.1 and 906.2.1, are hereby adopted as written in the International Fire Code.

(23) Chapter 9, Section 907.1, is hereby amended to read as follows:

907.1 General. This section covers the application, installation, performance and maintenance of fire alarm systems and their components in new and existing buildings and structures. The requirements of Section 907.2 are applicable to new buildings and structures. The requirements of Section 907.9 are applicable to existing buildings and structures.

Notification Devices. When fire alarm systems not required by the International Fire Code are installed, the notification devices shall meet the minimum design and installation requirements for systems that are required by this code. Intent: Non-required fire alarm systems shall provide the same level of occupant notification that required systems provide.

(24) Chapter 9, Section 907.2.1, Exception, is hereby deleted and repealed in its entirety.

(25) Chapter 9, Section 912.2.3, is hereby amended to add the following:

912.2.3 Separate FDC. Every building provided with a fire sprinkler system, standpipe, standpipe system, or other system providing water for fire extinguishment shall be equipped with a fire department connection. Each building shall be provided with a separate fire department connection.

(26) Chapter 11, Section 1101.1, is hereby amended to read as follows:

1101.1 Scope. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to existing buildings constructed prior to the adoption of this code, only, if in the opinion of the fire code official, they constitute a distinct hazard to life and property.

(27) Chapter 56 is adopted as written in the International Fire Code.

(28) Chapter 57, Section 5704.2.13.1.3, is hereby amended to read as follows:

5704.2.13.1.3 Out of service for one year. Underground tanks that have been out of service for a period of one (1) year shall be removed from the ground in accordance with Section 5704.2.14 or abandoned in place in accordance with Section 5704.2.13.1.4.

Upon approval of the Fire Chief, underground tanks that comply with the performance standards for new or upgraded underground tanks set forth in Title 40, Section 280.20 or 280.21 of the Code of Federal Regulations may remain out of service indefinitely so long as they remain in compliance with the operation, maintenance and release detection requirements of the federal rule.

(29) Chapter 80 is adopted as written in the International Fire Code, as amended by Section 102.7 in this adoption.

(30) Appendix B, Section B105.1, is hereby amended to read as follows:

B105.1 One and two family dwellings, Group R-3 and R-4 buildings and townhouses. The minimum fire-flow and flow duration requirement for one (1) and two (2) family dwellings, Group R-3 and R-4 buildings and townhouses having a fire-flow calculation area which does not exceed three thousand six hundred (3,600) square feet (344.5 m2) shall be five hundred (500) gallons per minute for two (2) hours. Fire-flows and flow durations for dwellings having a fire-flow calculation area in excess of three thousand six hundred (3,600) square feet (344.5 m2) shall not be less than one thousand (1,000) gallons per minute for two (2) hours.

(31) Appendix B, Section B105.2, is hereby amended to read as follows:

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

Exception: A reduction in required fire flow of up to seventy-five (75%) percent, as approved by the fire chief, is allowed when the building is provided with an approved automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 or 903.3.1.2. The resulting fire-flow shall not be less than one thousand (1,000) gallons per minute for the prescribed duration as specified in Table B105.1(2).

A twenty-five (25%) percent reduction in required fire flow is allowed when the building is provided with an approved monitored automatic fire alarm system. The resulting fire flow shall not be less than one thousand (1,000) gallons per minute for the prescribed duration as specified in Table B105.1(2). This reduction shall not be used to eliminate an automatic fire extinguishing system as required by Section 903.2 of this adoption.

When an automatic fire extinguishing system is required by Section 903.2 of this adoption, the twenty-five (25%) percent reduction allowed by this exception shall not apply to eliminate the requirement for that system.

(32) Appendix B, Table B105.1(1) and Table B105.2, are hereby deleted in their entirety.

(33) Appendix C, Section C103.2, is hereby amended to read as follows:

C103.2 Average spacing. The average spacing between fire hydrants shall be in accordance with Table C102.1.

Exceptions:

1. The average spacing shall be permitted to be increased by ten percent (10%) where existing fire hydrants provide all or a portion of the required number of fire hydrants.

2. The fire chief is authorized to accept a deficiency of up to one hundred sixty (160') feet where existing fire hydrants provide all or a portion of the required fire hydrant service for single family residential units and structures housing no more than two residential units (duplex).

Regardless of the average spacing, fire hydrants shall be located such that all points on streets and access roads adjacent to a building are within the distances listed in Table C102.1.

Exceptions:

1. The fire chief is authorized to accept a deficiency of up to one hundred (100') feet where existing fire hydrants provide all or a portion of the required fire hydrant service for single family residential units and structures housing no more than two (2) residential units (duplex).

2. The fire chief is authorized to accept a deficiency of up to ten (10%) percent where existing fire hydrants provide all or a portion of the required fire hydrant service for occupancies other than A, E, I and H.

3. The fire chief is authorized to accept a deficiency of up to one hundred (100') feet where existing fire hydrants provide all or a portion of the required fire hydrant service for all occupancies other than A, E, I and H where the property is located on a street corner with public street or road frontage on two (2) sides of the property.

(34) Appendix D, Section D101.1, is hereby adopted as written in the International Fire Code.

(35) Appendix D, Section D101.2, is hereby amended to add the following:

D101.2 Dead-end fire apparatus access road turnaround. Figure D103.1 is replaced with Lewiston Fire Department document titled Fire Apparatus Access Roads.

(36) Appendix D, Section D102.1, is hereby amended to read as follows:

D102.1 Access and loading. Facilities, buildings or portions of buildings hereafter constructed shall be accessible to fire department apparatus by way of an approved fire apparatus access road designed and maintained to support the imposed loads of the responding fire apparatus and shall be surfaced so as to provide all-weather driving capabilities and in accordance with Lewiston Fire Department document titled Fire Apparatus Access Roads.

(37) Appendix D, Section D103.2, is hereby amended to read as follows:

D103.2 Grade. Fire apparatus access roads shall not exceed eleven (11%) percent in grade.

Exception: Grades steeper than eleven (11%) percent as approved by the fire chief.

(Ord. No. 4555, § 3, 1-10-11; Ord. No. 4601, § 2, 10-28-13; Ord. No. 4712, § 3, 11-27-17)

Editor’s note – Ord. No. 4555, §§ 2 and 3, adopted Jan. 10, 2011, repealed and replaced § 15-1.1. Said section pertained to amendments of the International Fire Code, and was derived from Ord. No. 4324, § 3, adopted Dec. 9, 2002; Ord. No. 4396, § 2, adopted March 28, 2005; and Ord. No. 4493, § 2, adopted Jan. 7, 2008. Ord. No. 4324, §§ 2 and 3, adopted Dec. 9, 2002, repealed and replaced § 15-1.1. Said section pertained to amendments of the Uniform Fire Code, and was derived from

Ord. No. 3625, § 2, adopted Feb. 8, 1982; Ord. No. 3700, 2, adopted July 18, 1983; Ord. No. 3840, § 3, adopted Nov. 3, 1986; Ord. No. 3970, § 2, adopted July 9, 1990; Ord. No. 4022, § 1, adopted Feb. 3, 1992; Ord. No. 4088, § 3, adopted Nov. 22, 1993; Ord. No. 4185, § 2, adopted April 7, 1997; and Ord. No. 4230, § 2, adopted April 12, 1999.

Sec. 15-2. Use of explosives.

(a) Scope. The provisions of this section regulating the use of explosives are to be observed in addition to the requirements of the adopted edition of the International Fire Code. Where requirements conflict the provisions of this section apply.

(b) Permit required. A blasting permit shall be required prior to the use of any explosive within the city. Permits shall be issued by the bureau of fire prevention after compliance with the requirements of this section and with the approval of the fire chief.

(c) Site plan required. When applying for a blasting permit the applicant shall submit a site plan of the proposed blasting operation which identifies any and all utilities and structures within a one-hundred-foot radius of each explosive blast. The site plan shall also identify the proposed location of all seismographic sensing devices.

(d) Insurance required. Before a permit for the use of explosives is issued as provided in the current edition of the International Fire Code, the applicant shall file with the city a liability insurance policy on an occurrence from basis in the principal amount of one million dollars ($1,000,000) combined single limit for the purpose of the payment of all damages to persons or property which arise from or are caused by the conduct of any act authorized by the permit. The city of Lewiston shall be named as an additional insured for any liability resulting from the issuance of said permit. Such insurance policy shall be certified by the maker or underwriter to be unencumbered by claims or legal proceedings which may reduce available coverage below the one-million-dollar limit. The fire chief may require a greater or lesser amount when, in his opinion, conditions at the location of use indicate a greater or lesser amount is required. Public agencies and utilities shall be exempt from this insurance requirement.

(e) Release of liability. Before any permit shall issue the applicant for said permit shall agree in writing to indemnify and hold harmless the city from any and all liability resulting from the issuance of the blasting permit and any blasting activity associated with the permit. The applicant shall also agree in writing to defend the city in any court against any and all claims arising from the issuance of the permit or any blasting activity associated with the permit.

(f) Demonstration of alternate method. Prior to consideration of a blasting permit the applicant must demonstrate to the director of public works that excavation cannot be accomplished by use of suitable power excavation equipment. Suitable power excavation equipment is defined as a single-tooth ripper pulled by a crawler-type tractor having a flywheel rating of not less than three hundred (300) horsepower. When, in the opinion of the director of public works, the circumstances of the proposed blasting of such demonstration is impractical, this subsection may be waived.

(g) Permit fee. A blasting permit fee shall be assessed each blasting permit application. A fee of one hundred dollars ($100.00) shall be assessed for multiple detonation blasting and a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) shall be assessed for single detonation blasting. Said fee shall be paid when the application is made and shall be nonrefundable.

(h) Notification required. Whenever blasting is being conducted in the vicinity of gas, electric, water, sewer, fire alarm, telephone, telegraph or steam utilities or any structure, the blaster shall notify the appropriate representative of such utility and owner of the closest structure and such additional persons identified by the fire chief at least twenty-four (24) hours and no more than ten (10) days in advance of blasting. Said notification shall specify the location and intended time of such blasting. Documentation of notification must be filed with and approved by the fire chief prior to each blasting event. In an emergency, or in the event all the requirements of this chapter have been met, this time limit may be waived or reduced in the discretion of the fire chief.

At the time of notification the blaster shall offer to perform and agree to a date and time to conduct a pre-blast survey of the closest structures and property identified by the fire chief to establish all pre-blast damage, including cracks in walls, floors, ceilings and around windows, loose bricks and other defects inside and outside the structures. The blaster must make a minimum of six (6) attempts to contact property owners. Four (4) attempts shall be between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and two (2) attempts between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. If attempts are unsuccessful, a notarized statement detailing the address, dates and time of the attempts or the name of the person making the attempts to contact shall be submitted to the fire chief for approval to proceed with blasting activity.

(i) Seismographic equipment required. Seismographic equipment, approved by the fire chief and of a type that measures and records seismographic information resulting from blasting activities must be placed in approved locations during all blasting events. Copies of all seismic activity recorded during each blasting event shall be submitted to the fire chief immediately following each day of blasting. Professional assistance may be required by the fire chief to interpret and certify recorded data at the expense of the blasting contractor. Requirements of this section may be waived by the fire chief for approved single charged detonations. The following formula shall be used in the determination of charge size relative to distance from exposure for single charged detonations:

(j) Blasting operations. The permit holder shall provide sufficient personnel to maintain visual contact with all areas surrounding the blasting site to control vehicular and pedestrian access to the entire blasting area. A method, approved by the fire chief, of signaling or communication between these personnel and the blaster must be provided.

Blasting that produces peak particle velocities in excess of 0.5 inches per second at the foundation of any structure is prohibited regardless of the frequency of ground vibration.

(k) Revocation of permit. Failure to provide required information or conform to the requirements of this section may cause the permit for the proposed blasting to be canceled and revoked at the discretion of the fire chief. Any person who willfully continues with a blasting event after a permit has been denied, canceled or revoked shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished as provided in section 1-7 of this code. (Ord. No. 4088, § 4, 11-22-93; Ord. No. 4555, § 4, 1-10-11)

Editor’s note – See the editor’s note at § 15-2.1 for a history of § 15-2 prior to Ord. No. 4088, adopted November 22, 1993.

Sec. 15-2.1. Reserved.

Editor’s note – Ord. No. 3987, § 2, adopted Jan. 21, 1991, amended the code by deleting provisions contained in §§ 15-2 and 15-2.1. Said provisions pertained to the Life Safety Code and amendments thereto, and derived from Ord. No. 3239, §§ 1 – 7, adopted Nov. 18, 1974; Ord. No. 3394, § 1, adopted Sep. 6, 1977; Ord. No. 3701, § 1, adopted July 18, 1983; Ord. No. 3840, §§ 4, 5, adopted Nov. 3, 1986.

Sec. 15-3. Fire zones established.

The entire city is hereby declared to be and is hereby established as a fire district. Said fire district shall be known and designated as fire zones one, two, and three, each of which shall include the following territory:

(1) Fire Zone One shall include all C-4 and C-5 Zones, as defined by the Zoning Ordinance of the city of Lewiston, Idaho, in the downtown Lewiston area, bounded on the west by the Snake River, on the north by the Clearwater River, on the east by Twenty-first Street, and on the south by the R-4 Zone; except Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the Plat of Lots in Thompson’s Addition to the city of Lewiston, recorded at page 7 of Town Plat Book 1, Records of Nez Perce County, Idaho, and except Lots 4 and 5 and that portion of Lots 9 and 10 lying south of the Camas Prairie Railroad tracks, Mill Lot Addition, all situate in Section 31, Township 36 North, Range 5 West Boise Meridian, in Lewiston, Nez Perce County, Idaho, all of which property shall be included in Fire Zone Two.

(2) Fire Zone Two shall include all other commercial (C) zones, all manufacturing (M) zones, and the port (P) zone, as defined by the zoning ordinance of the city.

(3) Fire Zone Three shall include the Airport (AP) zone and all other zones within the city, as defined by the zoning ordinance of the city, not included in fire zones one and two above. (Ord. No. 3156, § 1, 10-22-73)

Secs. 15-415-16. Reserved.

Editor’s note – Ord. No. 4555, § 2, adopted Jan. 10, 2011, repealed §§ 15-4 – 15-6. Said sections pertained to investigation of fires, fire drills, and alarms, and were derived from §§ 10-10, 10-11 and 10-17 of the 1960 Code and Ord. No. 3229, § 2, adopted Aug. 12, 1974. Ord. No. 4712, § 4, adopted Nov. 27, 2017, repealed § 15-7, pertaining to alarm system wires, derived from § 10-12 of the 1960 Code. See editor’s note to Art. I.

ARTICLE II. RESERVED3

Secs. 15-1715-29. Reserved.

ARTICLE III. RESERVED4

Secs. 15-3015-35. Reserved.


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Cross references – Buildings and building regulations, Ch. 10; electricity, Ch. 14; garbage, rubbish and weeds, Ch. 17; gas, Ch. 18; subdivisions, Ch. 32; zoning, Ch. 37.


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Editor’s note – Ord. No. 3229, § 1, adopted Aug. 12, 1974, repealed §§ 10-1, 10-1.2, 10-4 – 10-9, 10-13 – 10-16, 10-18 – 10-20 of the 1960 Code which had been codified herein as §§ 15-1, 15-2, 15-4 – 15-9, 15-17 – 15-20, 15-22 – 15-24. Said former sections had pertained to the Fire Prevention Code, inspections and the bureau of fire prevention. In addition to the above listed derivation, §§ 15-1, 15-2, 15-19 had been amended by Ord. No. 2320, § 1; Ord. No. 2360, § 1; Ord. No. 2365, §§ 1, 3; Ord. No. 2641, § 1 and Ord. No. 3040, § 1, adopted July 12, 1971.

Section 2 of Ord. No. 3229 amended § 10-17 of the 1960 Code which had been codified herein as § 15-21. In order to maintain the numbering format and continuity, said section has been redesignated as § 15-4. Similarly, former §§ 15-10 – 15-12 have been redesignated as §§ 15-5 – 15-7, respectively.

Section 3 of Ord. No. 3229 did not specifically amend the code. Codification herein as § 15-1 was at the discretion of the editor.


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Note – See editor’s note to Art. I.


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Editor’s note – Ord. No. 4022, § 2, adopted Feb. 3, 1992, repealed §§ 15-30 – 15-35 in their entirety. Former § 15-30 – 15-35, concerning private alarm systems, derived from the 1960 Code; Ord. No. 2659 and Ord. No. 3229.