Chapter 14.40
FIRE CODE

Sections:

Article I. General Provisions

14.40.010    Adoption of 2015 International Fire Code.

14.40.020    Copies on file in clerk’s office.

Article II. Amendments

14.40.030    Generally.

14.40.040    Chapter 1, Section 105.1.1, Permits required.

14.40.050    Chapter 1, Section 105.6.32, Open burning.

14.40.060    Chapter 1, Section 108, Board of appeals.

14.40.070    Chapter 3, Section 304.1.2, Vegetation.

14.40.080    Chapter 6, Section 603.8, Incinerators.

14.40.090    Chapter 6, Section 603.8.1, Residential incinerators.

14.40.100    Chapter 9, Section 903.2.1.2, Group A-2.

14.40.110    Chapter 9, Section 903.2.8, Group R.

14.40.115    Chapter 11, Construction Requirements for Existing Buildings.

14.40.120    Chapter 57, Section 5704.2.3.2, Label or placard.

14.40.130    Repealed.

    Cross References: Fire department, TMC 2.25.030.

Article I. General Provisions

14.40.010 Adoption of 2015 International Fire Code.

There is hereby adopted by reference, and incorporated herein as if fully set out in this chapter, the 2015 International Fire Code, as amended, including Appendices B, C, D and F, except as hereafter provided in Article II of this chapter. (Ord. 20115 § 1, 4-3-18.)

    State Law References: Adoption by reference authorized, K.S.A. 12-3009 et seq., 12-3301 et seq.

14.40.020 Copies on file in clerk’s office.

At least one copy of the 2015 International Fire Code as adopted in this chapter shall be on file with the city clerk to be available for inspection by the public at all reasonable business hours. The police department, municipal court and all administrative departments of the city charged with the duty of enforcement of this chapter shall be supplied, at the cost of the city, such number of copies of the code as may be deemed expedient by the fire chief. (Ord. 20115 § 2, 4-3-18.)

    Cross References: City clerk, TMC 2.25.010; police department, TMC 2.25.100; municipal court, Chapter 2.50 TMC.

Article II. Amendments

14.40.030 Generally.

Amendments to the 2015 International Fire Code adopted by TMC 14.40.010 shall be as set out in this article. All references to section and chapter numbers in the text of this article shall be construed as if followed by the words “of the fire code” unless clearly indicated to the contrary. (Ord. 20115 § 3, 4-3-18.)

14.40.040 Chapter 1, Section 105.1.1, Permits required.

Chapter 1, Section 105.1.1, Permits required, is hereby deleted in its entirety and the following provisions shall be substituted therefor:

The Topeka Fire Department will issue operational permits for the following:

1. Explosives;

2. Flammable and combustible liquids;

3. Liquid or gas fueled vehicles or equipment in assembly buildings;

4. LP gas;

5. Open burning;

6. Pyrotechnic special effects materials; and

7. Temporary membrane structures, tents, and canopies.

(Ord. 20115 § 4, 4-3-18.)

14.40.050 Chapter 1, Section 105.6.32, Open burning.

Chapter 1, Section 105.6.32, Open burning, is hereby deleted in its entirety and the following provisions shall be substituted therefor:

An operational permit is required for the kindling or maintaining of an open fire or a fire on any public street, alley, road, or other public or private ground. Instructions and stipulations of the permit shall be adhered to.

Exception: Recreational Fires defined at subsections (a) and (b):

(a) An outdoor fire burning approved material, at ground level, other than rubbish with a total fuel area of 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking warmth or similar purposes.

(b) An outdoor fire burning approved material other than rubbish in a commercially produced fire pit or fireplace with a total fuel area of 3 feet (914 mm) or less in diameter and 2 feet (610 mm) or less in height for pleasure, religious, ceremonial, cooking warmth or similar purposes.

(Ord. 20115 § 5, 4-3-18.)

14.40.060 Chapter 1, Section 108, Board of appeals.

Chapter 1, Section 108, Board of appeals, is hereby deleted in its entirety and the following provisions shall be substituted therefor:

The appeals board under this code shall be the board of building and fire appeals created under and governed by TMC 2.115.010.

(Ord. 19250 § 9, 4-28-09. Code 1995 § 70-104.)

    Cross References: Board of building and fire appeals, TMC 2.115.010.

14.40.070 Chapter 3, Section 304.1.2, Vegetation.

Chapter 3, Section 304.1.2, Vegetation, is hereby deleted in its entirety and the following provisions shall be substituted therefor:

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. When the fire chief or their designee determines that total removal of growth is impractical due to size or environmental factors, approved fuel breaks shall be established. Designated areas shall be cleared of combustible vegetation to establish fuel breaks. Vegetation clearance requirements in urban-wildland interface areas shall be in accordance with the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code.

(Ord. 19250 § 10, 4-28-09. Code 1995 § 70-105.)

14.40.080 Chapter 6, Section 603.8, Incinerators.

Chapter 6, Section 603.8, Incinerators, is hereby deleted in its entirety and the following provisions shall be substituted therefor:

Commercial and industrial incinerators and chimneys shall be constructed in accordance with the International Building Code, the International Fuel Gas Code and the International Mechanical Code.

(Ord. 19250 § 11, 4-28-09. Code 1995 § 70-106.)

14.40.090 Chapter 6, Section 603.8.1, Residential incinerators.

Chapter 6, Section 603.8.1, Residential incinerators, is hereby deleted in its entirety. (Ord. 19250 § 12, 4-28-09. Code 1995 § 70-107.)

14.40.100 Chapter 9, Section 903.2.1.2, Group A-2.

Chapter 9, Section 903.2.1.2, Group A-2, is hereby deleted in its entirety and the following provisions shall be substituted therefor:

An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-2 occupancies where one of the following conditions exists:

1. The fire area exceeds 5,000 square feet (465 m2);

2. The fire area has an occupant load of 300 or more; or

3. The fire area is located on a floor other than the level of exit discharge.

(Ord. 19250 § 13, 4-28-09. Code 1995 § 70-108.)

14.40.110 Chapter 9, Section 903.2.8, Group R.

Chapter 9, Section 903.2.8, Group R, is hereby deleted in its entirety and the following provisions shall be substituted therefor:

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

Exceptions:

1. An automatic sprinkler system is not required for a building containing not more than two (2) one- or two-family dwelling units, either individually or in combination with other nonresidential occupancies, provided however, that a fire alarm and detection system shall be installed in the residential units as well as the nonresidential occupancy areas.

2. An automatic sprinkler system is not required for buildings consisting solely of four (4) units or less.

(Ord. 20115 § 6, 4-3-18.)

14.40.115 Chapter 11, Construction Requirements for Existing Buildings.

Chapter 11, Construction Requirements for Existing Buildings, is hereby deleted in its entirety. (Ord. 20115 § 7, 4-3-18.)

14.40.120 Chapter 57, Section 5704.2.3.2, Label or placard.

Chapter 57, Section 5704.2.3.2, Label or placard, is hereby deleted in its entirety and the following provisions shall be substituted therefor:

Tanks more than 100 gallons (379 L) in capacity, which are permanently installed or mounted and used for the storage of Class I, II or IIIA liquids, shall bear a label and placard identifying the material therein. Placards shall be in accordance with NFPA 704.

Exception: Tanks located underground.

(Ord. 20115 § 8, 4-3-18.)

14.40.130 Appendix C, Fire hydrant locations and distribution.

Repealed by Ord. 20220. (Ord. 19250 § 16, 4-28-09. Code 1995 § 70-111.)