Chapter 18.02
CITY FIRE CODE

Sections:

18.02.010    PURPOSE.

18.02.020    FIRE CODE - ADOPTED.

18.02.025    AUTHORITY.

18.02.030    CODE CONFLICTS.

18.02.040    AMENDMENTS TO THE IFC - ADMINISTRATION.

18.02.050    AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - SECTION 311, VACANT PREMISES.

18.02.055    AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - CHAPTER 4, EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS.

18.02.060    AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - CHAPTER 5, FIRE SERVICE FEATURES.

18.02.070    AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - SECTION 901, GENERAL.

18.02.080    AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - SECTION 903, AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS.

18.02.090    AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - SECTION 907, FIRE ALARM AND DETECTION SYSTEMS.

18.02.100    AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - SECTION 913, FIRE PUMPS.

18.02.110    AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - CHAPTER 23, MOTOR FUEL-DISPENSING FACILITIES AND REPAIR GARAGES.

18.02.120    AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - CHAPTER 33, FIRE SAFETY DURING CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION.

18.02.130    AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - APPENDIX D, FIRE APPARATUS ACCESS ROADS.

18.02.140    FIRE CODES - FEES.

18.02.150    CITY OF BREMERTON FALSE ALARM CODE.

18.02.160    RESERVED.

18.02.170    AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS - BUILDINGS CONTAINING TWO (2) OR LESS DWELLING UNITS.

18.02.180    SPECIFIC VIOLATIONS - FINES.

18.02.190    VIOLATION - PENALTY.

18.02.200    APPEALS.

18.02.010 PURPOSE.

The purpose of the City Fire Code is to prescribe regulations consistent with nationally recognized good practice for safeguarding to a reasonable degree of protection the life and property of our citizens from the hazards of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling and use of hazardous substances, materials and devices, and from conditions hazardous to life or property in the use or occupancy of buildings or premises. It is understood the fire code and its referenced documents are to provide a framework for the fire and life safety requirements to protect the citizens and emergency responders from the predictable situations the codes regulate. Therefore under no circumstance shall any space, occupancy or other location be allowed to be occupied or otherwise utilized, whether temporarily or permanently, without the Fire Code Official’s written authorization. (Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004)

18.02.020 FIRE CODE - ADOPTED.

In accordance with Chapter 19.27 RCW, the International Fire Code, 2012 Edition, published by the International Code Council, Inc., together with any additions, deletions, and exceptions currently enacted or as may be amended from time to time by the State of Washington through its Building Code Council pursuant to Chapter 51-54 of the Washington Administrative Code ("WAC"), and International Fire Code, 2012 Edition, Appendices B, C, D, H, and I, and as further amended in this chapter, is hereby adopted and incorporated by this reference.

One (1) copy of the International Fire Code is on file with the City’s Fire Code Official. (Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004)

18.02.025 AUTHORITY.

The Fire Code Official is authorized to enforce the provisions of the Fire Code. "Fire Code Official" shall mean the City of Bremerton Fire Marshal or other City official designated by the City of Bremerton Fire Chief who shall be the formal administrator of the City Fire Code. (Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013)

18.02.030 CODE CONFLICTS.

To the extent allowed by RCW 19.27.040, if a conflict exists between the provisions of the International Fire Code adopted and amended by the Washington State Building Code Council and the provisions of this chapter, the Bremerton Municipal Code provisions shall govern. (Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004)

18.02.040 AMENDMENTS TO THE IFC - ADMINISTRATION.

(a)    General Authority and Responsibilities - Retained Authority. Section 104 of the International Fire Code, entitled "General Authority and Responsibilities," is amended by adding the following new Subsection 104.1.1:

Sec. 104.1.1 Retained authority - Additional conditions. The Fire Code Official retains the authority to impose additional conditions where the official determines it necessary to mitigate identified fire protection impacts. These conditions may include, by way of example and without limitation, increased setbacks, use of fire retardant materials, installation of standpipes, smoke and heat vents, draft curtains, smoke control, fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems, including temporary provisions and without limitation such as fire watch, fire department standby, blocking of roads and additional fire safety inspections.

(b)    General Authority and Responsibilities - Lot Lines and Setback Lines. Section 104 of the International Fire Code, entitled "General Authority and Responsibilities," is amended by adding the following new Subsection 104.12:

Sec. 104.12 Lot lines and setback lines. Notwithstanding the authority of the Fire Code Official to administer and enforce the fire code, the Fire Code Official shall have no duty to verify or establish lot lines or setback lines. No such duty is created by this code and none shall be implied.

(c)    Permits - Fees. Section 105 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Permits," is amended by adding the following new Subsection 105.1.4:

Sec. 105.1.4 Fees. The Fire Code Official shall prepare a resolution establishing a schedule of fees, if any, for council consideration, which fees shall include the cost involved in the processing, issuance, and renewal of permits and certificates. Any fee schedule adopted by resolution shall govern the fee amount to be assessed for any permit or certificate and the Fire Code Official shall collect those fees as a condition to issuance or renewal of any permit or certificate. Failure to pay for either an original permit or the required renewal within 30 days of the date notice is given, shall result in the City’s termination of the permit or certificate application.

(d)    Permits - Term. Section 105 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Permits," is amended by adding the following new Subsection 105.3.6.1:

Sec. 105.3.6.1 Unsafe Situations: Actions taken outside of the guidelines contained within any permit required by section 105 of the IFC shall be deemed unsafe and shall entitle the Fire Code Official to immediately have all utilities including but not limited to: electricity, water, sewer and gas shut off or otherwise disconnected from the site. Utilities shall not be restored without the conditions of all required permit(s) resolved.

(e)    Board of Appeals. Section 108 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Board of appeals," is amended by substituting Section 108 with the following:

Sec. 108 Board of appeals. The City of Bremerton hearings examiner is designated as the board of appeals in order to hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by the Fire Code Official relative to the suitability of alternate materials, designs, and methods of construction and appeals of the reasonable application of the Fire Code. Appeals shall be made as set forth in section 18.02.200 of the Bremerton Municipal Code.

(f)    Violation Penalties. Section 109 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Violations," is amended by substituting Subsection 109.3 with the following:

Sec. 109.3 Violation penalties. Any person, company or corporation who violates any provision of this code or fails to comply with any of its requirements or who erects, constructs, alters, or repairs a building or structure or building system in violation or inconsistent with (a) the approved construction documents, (b) a directive of the Fire Code Official, or (c) a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this code, or operates without such permit, shall be subject to penalties as set forth in section 18.02.190 of the Bremerton Municipal Code or as otherwise provided by law.

(g)    General Definitions. Section 202 of the International Fire Code is amended to add the following general definitions:

APWA is the American Public Works Association.

AWWA is the American Water Works Association.

FIRE FLOW. A measure of the sustained flow of available water for firefighting at a specific building or within a specific area at 20 pounds-per-square-inch residual pressure.

FIRE WALL. An approved wall of not less than 4 hour fire-resistive construction with no openings, which extends vertically from the foundation to terminate in a parapet not less than 30 inches above the roof, and which extends horizontally to the furthest projection of any portion of the building or to a point 30 inches beyond the intersecting exterior wall, whichever is furthest. As an alternative to the horizontal requirements, such fire wall may be extended a minimum of 30 inches along both sides of the intersecting exterior wall, provided there are no projections beyond the intersecting exterior wall.

LIFE SAFETY RESCUE ACCESS. Unobstructed access to all floor levels and each roof level of a building on not less than 20 percent of the building perimeter by utilizing a 35 foot ladder. An alternate method would be at least 1 stairway enclosure with exit doorways from each floor level and with a door opening onto each roof level which conforms to the requirements of the International Building Code.

PRIVATE HYDRANT is a fire hydrant situated and maintained to provide water for firefighting purposes with restrictions as to use.

PUBLIC HYDRANT is a fire hydrant situated and maintained to provide water for firefighting purposes without restrictions as to use for that purpose and is accessible for immediate use at all times.

(Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004)

18.02.050 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - SECTION 311, VACANT PREMISES.

The following local amendments to Section 311 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Protection," are adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

(a)    Vacant Premises - Fire Protection Systems. Section 311 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Vacant Premises," is amended by substituting Subsection 311.2.2 with the following:

Sec. 311.2.2 Fire protection. Fire alarm, sprinkler, and standpipe systems shall be maintained in an operable condition at all times.

Exception: If, in the opinion of the Fire Code Official, the premises (a) has been cleared of all combustible materials and debris, (b) is of the type of construction with sufficient fire separation distance so as to not create a fire hazard, (c) has been secured to prohibit entry by unauthorized persons, and (d) has buildings that will not be heated, potentially exposing fire protection systems to freezing temperatures, then the Fire Code Official may allow fire alarm and sprinkler systems to be placed out of service and may allow standpipes to be maintained as dry systems (without an automatic water supply).

(Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004)

18.02.055 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - CHAPTER 4, EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS.

The following local amendments to Chapter 4 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Emergency Planning and Preparedness," are hereby adopted:

Sec. 401.9 Hardwired Telephones. All occupancies with hardwired telephones, new and existing, when 911 is dialed shall correctly report the address of the actual location dialed from.

(Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010)

18.02.060 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - CHAPTER 5, FIRE SERVICE FEATURES.

The following local amendments to Chapter 5 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Service Features," are adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

(a)    Fire Service Features - Fire Apparatus Access Roads. Section 503 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Apparatus Access Roads," is hereby adopted.

(b)    Fire Apparatus Access Roads - Where Required. Section 503 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Apparatus Access Roads," is amended by adding the following new Subsection 503.1.4:

Sec. 503.1.4 Residential access. For development of Group R-3 occupancies accessed from a fire apparatus access road that does not meet specifications set forth in Section 503 and Appendix D, and automatic fire sprinkler system is required in compliance with BMC 18.02.080(n).

Exception: All residential development on lots that are existing or have received preliminary subdivision approval prior to December 1, 2013, unless otherwise required.

(c)    Fire Apparatus Access Roads - Dimensions. Section 503 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Apparatus Access Roads," is amended by substituting Subsection 503.2.1 with the following:

Sec. 503.2.1 Dimensions. Unless otherwise approved by the Fire Code Official, the following minimum dimensions shall apply for fire apparatus access roads:

1.    Fire apparatus access roads shall have an unobstructed width of not less than 20 feet (6096 mm), except for approved security gates in accordance with section 503.6 and Appendix D 103.5, and an unobstructed vertical clearance of not less than 13 feet 6 inches (4115 mm).

2.    In the immediate vicinity of any building or portion thereof in excess of 28 feet in height, the fire apparatus access road shall have an unobstructed width of not less than 26 feet (7924 mm) and an unobstructed vertical clearance of not less than 13 feet 6 inches (4115 mm).

(d)    Fire Apparatus Access Roads - Bridges and Elevated Surfaces. Section 503 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Apparatus Access Roads," is amended by substituting Subsection 503.2.6 with the following:

Sec. 503.2.6 Bridges and elevated surfaces. Where a bridge or an elevated surface is part of a fire apparatus access road or likely to be used during emergency operations, including EMS, the bridge or elevated surface shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with specifications established by the Fire Code Official and the City’s public works director, or their designees; at a minimum, however, the bridge or elevated surface shall be constructed and maintained in accordance with AASHTO Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges. Bridges and elevated surfaces shall be designed for a live load sufficient to carry the imposed loads of a 35 or more ton fire apparatus, the total imposed load to be determined by the Fire Code Official. Vehicle load limits shall be posted at both entrances to bridges when required by the Fire Code Official. Where elevated surfaces designed for emergency vehicle use are adjacent to surfaces which are not designed for that use, approved barriers or approved signs, or both, shall be installed and maintained, if required by the Fire Code Official.

(e)    Fire Apparatus Access Roads - Marking. Section 503 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Apparatus Access Roads," is amended by substituting Subsection 503.3 with the following:

Sec. 503.3 Marking. Fire apparatus access roads shall be marked whenever necessary to maintain the unobstructed minimum required width of roadways, as determined by the Fire Code Official. Subject to the Fire Code Official’s prior written approval, marked fire apparatus access roads, or "fire lanes" as defined in section 502.1 of the code, may be established or relocated at the time of plan review, pre-construction site inspection, and/or post construction site inspection as well as any time during the life of the occupancy. Only those fire apparatus access roads established by the Fire Code Official can utilize red marking paint and the term "fire lane." Once a fire lane is established it shall be maintained in a clean and legible condition at all times or repair/replaced to maintain visibility. Fire lanes shall be marked as directed by the Fire Code Official with one or more of the following types of marking:

503.3.1 Type 1. The following shall apply to Type 1 marking:

1.    Curbs shall be identified by red traffic paint with a 6 inch wide stripe on the top and front, extending the length of the designated fire lane.

2.    Rolled curbs shall be identified by red traffic paint with a 6 inch wide stripe on the curb, extending the length of the designated fire lane.

3.    Lanes without curbs shall be identified by red traffic paint with a 6 inch wide stripe on the pavement, extending the length of the designated fire lane.

4.    The words "NO PARKING - FIRE LANE" shall be in 3 inch stroke white letters 18 inches in height, and placed 8 inches measured perpendicular from the red paint stripe on the pavement. In most cases, both sides of the access road shall be marked. Where long drives are to be marked, the repetitions shall alternate sides of the drive.

503.3.2 Type 2. The following shall apply to Type 2 marking:

In addition to the requirements for Type 1 marking, Type 2 marking shall also include the addition of metal signs stating "NO PARKING - FIRE LANE" to be installed at intervals or locations designated by the Fire Code Official. The signs shall be approximately 12 inches in width and 18 inches in height and have red letters on a white background. Metal signs shall be installed on either 2 inch metal pipes, for private property, or treated 4 inch by 4 inch wood posts, for public property, and shall be located so that the bottom of the sign is a minimum of 7 feet above the curb. Where fire lanes are adjacent to buildings or structures and when approved or directed by the Fire Code Official, the signs may be placed on the face of the building or structure.

503.3.3 Type 3. The following shall apply to Type 3 marking:

Where directed by the Fire Code Official, specific areas shall be designated and those areas are to be marked with diagonal striping across the width of the fire lane. Diagonal marking shall be used in conjunction with painted curbs and/or edge striping and shall run at an angle of 30 to 60 degrees from one side to the other. These diagonal lines shall be in red traffic paint, parallel with each other, at least 6 inches in width, and 24 inches apart. Lettering shall occur as with Type 1 marking.

503.3.4 Street or Road Signs. Street or road signs shall be provided for all private and public roads. All private street and road signs shall be designed and installed to meet public road sign standards as set by the City of Bremerton Street Department; any expense shall be the responsibility of the property owner. New street and road signs shall be posted within 30 days after receiving approval from the City of Bremerton Engineering Department.

503.3.5 Alternate materials and methods. The Fire Code Official may modify, on a case-by-case basis, any of the marking provisions in this subsection 503.3 where practical difficulties exist. Modification requests shall be submitted in writing to the Fire Code Official setting forth a suggested alternative.

(f)    Access to Building Openings and Roofs - Required Access. Section 504 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Access to Building Openings and Roofs," is amended by substituting Subsection 504.1 with the following:

Sec. 504.1 Required access. The following points of access must be provided:

1.    Exterior doors and openings required by this code or the International Building Code shall be maintained readily accessible for emergency access by the fire department.

2.    Each tenant space provided with a secondary exit to the exterior or exit corridor shall be provided with tenant identification by business name and/or address. Letters and numbers shall be posted on the corridor/exterior side of the door, be plainly legible, and shall contrast with their background.

3.    An approved access walkway shall be provided to connect fire apparatus access roads to exterior openings.

4.    All rescue windows shall be accessible by a 35-foot ground extension ladder placed so that the inclination of the ladder does not exceed 70 degrees. An area of discharge, 36 inches in all directions around the base of the ladder, shall be provided. Ladders and associated areas of discharge shall be located within the property lines.

5.    All occupancies shall be required to provide approved life safety rescue access, as defined in section 202 of the International Building Code or the International Residential Code as applicable.

(g)    Premises Identification. Section 505 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Premises Identification," is amended by adding the following new Subsection 505.1.1:

505.1.1 Address numbers for Commercial Buildings. Address numbers for commercial buildings shall be 12" and contrast with the background. Individual unit/suite or space numbers or letter shall be 6" in size and contrasting with the background and visible from the approach side or angle.

Housing developments which contain 100 or more dwelling units which alley ways are or may be used for access to dwelling units shall have 4" minimum house numbers including street designation included. The street designation may be a smaller size, but no less than 2" in size.

Example:

(h)    Fire Protection Water Supplies - Where Required. Section 507 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Protection Water Supplies," is amended by substituting Subsection 507.5.1 with the following:

Sec. 507.5.1 Where required. All buildings or structures shall be located so that there is at least 1 hydrant within 150 feet, and no portion of the building or structure is more than 300 feet from a hydrant, as measured by an approved route.

Exceptions:

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

2.    For buildings equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with section 903.3.1.1, 903.3.1.2, or other approved fire protection system, the distance requirement shall be 600 feet (183 m).

(i)    Fire Protection Water Supplies - Existing Nonconforming Hydrants. Section 507 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Protection Water Supplies," is amended to add a new Subsection 507.5.7 as follows:

Sec. 507.5.7 Existing non-conforming hydrants. At such time as an existing hydrant, which does not conform to the requirements and standards of this section, is replaced, it shall be replaced with a hydrant that does conform to the standards and requirements of this section.

(j)    Fire Protection Water Supplies - Installation Requirements. Section 507 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Protection Water Supplies," is amended by substituting Subsection 507.5.8 with the following:

Sec. 507.5.8 Installation requirements. All fire hydrants shall be installed in accordance with the specifications established by the Fire Code Official and the Director of Public Works and Utilities, or his or her designee, or at a minimum, in accordance with the currently adopted NFPA, APWA, or AWWA standards. In addition, unless modified by written decision of the Fire Code Official, the following requirements shall apply to all building construction projects:

1.    All fire hydrant piping, valves, and related appurtenances shall be approved by the City’s public works department.

2.    The fire hydrant installation and its attendant water system connection shall conform to the City’s specifications and design and construction standards.

3.    An auxiliary gate valve shall be installed at the main line tee to permit the repair and replacement of the hydrant without disruption of water service.

4.    All hydrants shall be plumb, plus or minus 3 degrees, to be set to finished grade with the bottom flange 2 inches above the ground or curb grade and have no less than 36 inches in diameter of clear area around the hydrant for the clearance of hydrant wrenches on both outlets and the operating nut.

5.    The largest port shall face the most likely direction of approach and location of the fire apparatus while pumping as determined by the Fire Code Official. Distance from the pumper port to the street curb shall be no further than 10 feet.

6.    The lead from the service main to the hydrant shall be no less than 6 inches in diameter. Any hydrant leads over 50 feet in length from the water main to hydrant shall be no less than 8 inches in diameter.

7.    All hydrants installed in single family residential areas shall be supplied by not less than 6 inch mains and shall be capable of delivering 1,000 gpm fire flow over and above average maximum demands at the farthest point of the installation except with Fire Code Official approval and the home is installed with a fire sprinkler system in accordance with this code.

8.    All hydrants shall have at least 5 inch minimum valve openings, "O" ring stem seal, two 2-1/2 inch national standard thread hose ports, one 4-1/2 inch steamer port with national standard threads or otherwise determined by the Fire Code Official. In addition, all hydrants shall meet AWWA standards for public hydrants and be of a type approved for use in the City by the City’s public works department. In addition, all hydrants shall be equipped with a 5 inch Storz adapter on the steamer port and, when required by the Fire Code Official, locking Storz caps.

9.    All pipe shall meet the City standards as determined by the public works department. Piping located entirely within private property and maintained by the property owner shall meet the requirements and be approved by the Fire Code Official. The Fire Code Official may approve any piping material that has been tested and approved by a nationally recognized testing laboratory.

10.    The maximum distance between hydrants in single family use district zones shall be 600 feet.

11.    The maximum distance between hydrants in commercial, industrial, and apartment (including duplex) use zones shall be 300 feet.

12.    Lateral spacing of hydrants shall be predicated on hydrants being located at street intersections.

13.    The appropriate water authority and the fire department shall be notified in writing of the anticipated date the hydrant installation and its attendant water connection system will be available for use.

14.    All hydrants shall meet City of Bremerton Hydrant Identification standards as established by the Fire Code Official.

(k)    Fire Protection Water Supplies - Notification. Section 507 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Protection Water Supplies," is amended by adding a new Subsection 507.6 as follows:

Sec. 507.6 Notification. The owner of property on which private hydrants are located and the public agencies that own or control public hydrants must provide the Fire Code Official with the following written service notifications:

Sec. 507.6.1 In-service notification. The Fire Code Official shall be notified when any newly installed hydrant or main is placed into service.

Sec. 507.6.2 Out-of-service notification. Where any hydrant is out of service or has not yet been placed in service, the hydrant shall be identified as being out of service and shall be appropriately marked as out of service, by a method approved by the Fire Code Official.

(l)    Fire Protection Water Supplies - Dead-End Mains Prohibited. Section 507 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Protection Water Supplies," is amended by adding a new Subsection 507.7 as follows:

Sec. 507.7 Dead-end mains prohibited. When appropriate, all water mains in any project shall be looped.

(m)    Fire Protection Water Supplies - Building Permit Requirements. Section 507 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Protection Water Supplies," is amended by adding a new Subsection 507.8 as follows:

Sec. 507.8 Building permit requirements. No building permit shall be issued until all plans required by this section have been submitted and approved in accordance with the provisions of this section. No combustible construction beyond the foundation shall be permitted until all hydrants and mains required by this section are in place and approved.

(n)    Fire Department Access to Equipment - Identification. Section 509 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Department Access to Equipment," is amended by substituting Subsection 509.1 with the following:

Sec. 509.1 Identification. The following identification requirements shall apply to access to equipment.

1.    Fire protection equipment and fire hydrants shall be clearly identified in an approved manner to prevent parking and/or other obstructions.

2.    Entrances to rooms containing controls for air-conditioning systems, sprinkler risers and valves, or other fire detection, suppression, or control elements shall be identified for the use of the fire department.

3.    Approved signs are required to identify fire protection equipment and equipment location. Signs shall be constructed of durable materials, permanently installed, and readily visible.

4.    All fire department connections shall have a sign approved by the Fire Code Official. The sign shall specify the type of water-based fire protection system it serves and the building areas served.

5.    All main control valves and sectional valves for water-based fire protection systems shall have a sign specifying what the valves control.

6.    All sprinklers and standpipe risers shall have signs to indicate which type of water-based fire protection system is being used.

(Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004)

18.02.070 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - SECTION 901, GENERAL.

The following local amendments to Section 901 of the International Fire Code, entitled "General," are adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

(a)    Fire Protection Systems - Scope. Section 901 of the International Fire Code, entitled "General," is amended by substituting Subsection 901.1 with the following:

Sec. 901.1 Scope. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to all occupancies and buildings, shall specify where fire protection systems are required, and shall apply to the design, installation, inspection, operation, testing, and maintenance of all fire protection systems; however, nothing contained in this chapter shall diminish or reduce the requirements of any duly adopted building codes, including state and local amendments, or other City ordinances, resolutions, or regulations. In the event of any conflict in requirements among these codes, ordinances, resolutions, or regulations, the more stringent provision shall apply.

(b)    Fire Protection Systems - Alterations, Repairs, and Additions. Section 901 of the International Fire Code, entitled "General," is amended by adding a new Subsection 901.4.2.1 as follows:

901.4.2.1 Fire Alarm Systems no longer required by the Fire Code or any other applicable code or that were not installed as an alternative method to other code provisions may, after the written approval of the Fire Code Official, may be discontinued and removed. The removal of the system shall be pursuant to the regulations of Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Electrical Division as applicable, but as a minimum shall require the removal of visible wiring, fire alarm panels and other related visible devices. The Fire Alarm System may be maintained as a local system rather than be removed. Fire alarm systems that remain in service, either monitored or local, shall be inspected, maintained and tested per the International Fire Code, NFPA 72 and this code.

(c)    Fire Protection Systems - Records. Section 901 of the International Fire Code, entitled "General," is amended by substituting Subsection 901.6.2 with the following:

Sec. 901.6.2 Records. Records of all system inspections, tests, and maintenance required by the referenced standards shall be maintained on the premises for a minimum of 3 years. A copy of each inspection, test, or maintenance record shall be forwarded to the Fire Code Official, by an approved electronic method of delivery, within ten (10) business days of the date the inspection, test, or maintenance occurred. All fire protection systems taken off line or out of service, and subsequently returned to service shall be reported to the Fire Code Official’s office by an approved method of delivery.

A copy of all system inspections shall be maintained in a three-ring binder or other folder type cover and located at the fire alarm main panel or other approved location.

(Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004)

18.02.080 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - SECTION 903, AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS.

The following local amendments to Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," are adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

(a)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.2 with the following:

Sec. 903.2 Where required. Approved fire sprinkler systems shall be installed throughout buildings and structures as follows:

1.    In all new buildings and structures without adequate fire flow as required by this code.

Exception: Group U Occupancies and remodels and replacements to existing Group R-3 residential structures as defined in the International Residential Code regardless of the requirements of Chapter 5 of the International Fire Code.

2.    All new buildings and structures with a gross floor area of 10,000 or more square feet (929 m2), or where this code provides a more restrictive floor area requirement, and shall be provided in all locations or where described by the International Fire Code.

Exception: Spaces or areas in communications buildings used exclusively for communications equipment, associated electrical power distribution equipment, batteries, and standby engines, provided those spaces or areas are equipped throughout with an automatic fire alarm system and are separated from the remainder of the building by a wall with a fire-resistance rating of not less than 1 hour and a floor/ceiling assembly with a fire-resistance rating of not less than 2 hours.

3.    Where this code requires the installation of an automatic sprinkler system to protect an occupancy within an otherwise non-sprinkled building, then automatic sprinkler protections will be required throughout the entire building unless otherwise authorized by the Fire Code Official.

4.    Only 4 hour area separation walls without openings shall constitute separate buildings to allow for a fire sprinkler exemption.

(b)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.2.1 with the following:

Sec. 903.2.1 Group A. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings and portions thereof used as Group A occupancies as provided in this section. For Group A-1, A-2, A-3, and A-4 occupancies, the automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout the entire building. For Group A-5 occupancies, the automatic sprinkler system shall be provided in the spaces indicated in 903.2.1.5.

(c)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.2.1.1 with the following:

Sec. 903.2.1.1 Group A-1. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-1 occupancies where one of the following conditions exists:

1.    The gross fire area of the building exceeds 10,000 square feet.

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

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

4.    The fire area contains a multi-theater complex.

5.    Dance halls where the total gross floor area exceeds 5,000 square feet (465 m2).

(d)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.2.1.2 with the following:

Sec. 903.2.1.2 Group A-2. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-2 occupancies where one of the following conditions exists:

1.    The fire area of the building exceeds 5,000 square feet.

2.    The fire area has an occupant load of 100 or more.

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

(e)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.2.1.3 with the following:

Sec. 903.2.1.3 Group A-3. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-3 occupancies where one of the following conditions exists:

1.    The fire area of the building exceeds 10,000 square feet.

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

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

Exception: Areas used exclusively as participant sports arena areas where the main floor area is located at the same level as the level of exit discharge of the main entrance and exit.

(f)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.2.1.4 with the following:

Sec. 903.2.1.4 Group A-4. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-4 occupancies where one of the following conditions exists:

1.    The fire area of the building exceeds 10,000 square feet.

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

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

Exception: Areas used exclusively as participant sports arena areas where the main floor area is located at the same level as the level of exit discharge of the main entrance and exit.

(g)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.2.3, Group E, with the following:

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

1.    Throughout all buildings with a group E fire area.

(h)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.2.4, Group F-1, with the following:

Sec. 903.2.4 Group F-1: An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings containing a Group F occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:

1.    Where the fire area of the building exceeds 10,000 square feet; or

2.    Where a Group F-1 fire area is located more than three stories above grade.

(i)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.2.7 with the following:

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

1.    Where the fire area of the building exceeds 10,000 square feet; or

2.    Where a Group M fire area is located more than three stories above grade.

(j)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by amending Subsection 903.2.8 and by adding Subsections 903.2.8.3 and 903.2.8.4 as follows:

Sec. 903.2.8.3 Existing Group R-1 and R-2 buildings shall install a full fire sprinkler system when any one of the following occurs:

1.    A fire occurs which migrates from the unit of origin to involve a neighboring unit.

2.    Two or more separate fires occur, which require a fire department response, in the same complex within a two year span.

Sec. 903.2.8.4 Sprinkler heads in kitchens shall be installed (on the ceiling) with at least one sprinkler head no more than 4 feet out from the front of the stove top.

(k)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Where Required. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.2.9 with the following:

Sec. 903.2.9 Group S-1. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings containing a Group S-1 occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:

1.    Where the fire area of the building exceeds 10,000 square feet; or

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

(l)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.3.1.1.1 with the following:

Sec. 903.3.1.1.1 Exempt locations. When approved by the Fire Code Official automatic sprinklers may not be required in the following rooms or areas where such rooms or areas are protected with an approved automatic fire detection system in accordance with Section 907.2 that will respond to visible or invisible particles of combustion. Sprinklers shall not be omitted from any room merely because it is damp, of fire-resistance rated construction, or contains electrical equipment.

1.    Any room where the application of water, or flame and water, constitutes a serious life or fire hazard.

2.    Any room or space where sprinklers are considered undesirable because of the nature of the contents, when approved by the Fire Code Official.

3.    Generator and transformer rooms separated from the remainder of the building by walls and floor/ceiling or roof/ceiling assemblies having a fire-resistance rating of not less than 2 hours.

4.    In rooms or areas that are of noncombustible construction with wholly noncombustible contents.

(m)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.3.1.2.1 with the following:

Sec. 903.3.1.2.1 Balconies and decks. Sprinkler protection shall be provided for exterior balconies, decks and ground floor patios of dwelling units.

(n)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.3.1.3 with the following:

Sec. 903.3.1.3 NFPA 13D Sprinkler Systems. The design of NFPA 13D fire sprinkler systems shall comply with the flow-through options listed in NFPA 13D. It is generally understood the flow-through systems be interconnected with the domestic plumbing system, sized accordingly, to provide adequate turnover of potable water as well as the minimum required density required by that of NFPA 13D.

Sec. 903.3.1.3.1 Design. In addition to the general design/coverage of the NFPA 13D fire sprinkler system a single sidewall, or other approved design, shall be installed above the man door between the habitable space and the attached garage. When the garage also contains a fuel fired appliance, the sidewall head, if within the listed spacing, will be adequate coverage for that appliance. All habitable spaces and other spaces with the potential to be occupied are to be covered.

(o)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Installation Requirements. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.3.7 with the following:

Sec. 903.3.7 Fire department connection locations. All fire department connection locations (F.D.C.’s) to automatic sprinklers and/or standpipe systems shall be located not less than 3 feet, nor more than 10 feet from the finished edge of an approved fire apparatus access road. F.D.C.’s shall not be located more than 50 feet from a fire hydrant. F.D.C.’s and F.D.C.’s serving sprinkler systems shall not be located on the wall of a building, unless approved by the Fire Code Official. F.D.C.’s serving class 1 or 3 standpipe systems may be located on walls, provided such walls are of fire resistive or noncombustible construction.

Exception: F.D.C.’s that are not able to be located away from a wall due to physical restrictions may be located in an area approved by the Fire Code Official. F.D.C.’s shall be installed/located at the front of the building not less than 18 inches nor more than 36 inches above the finished grade of an approved fire apparatus access road. F.D.C.’s shall not be obstructed by vehicle parking, carports, garages, refuse storage containers, fences, landscaping or other obscuring features. F.D.C.’s shall be provided with tight fitting threaded caps or Knox type lockable caps.

(p)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Alarms. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.4.2 with the following:

Sec. 903.4.2 Alarms - Exterior notification. Approved audible alarm devices shall be connected to every automatic sprinkler system. Such sprinkler water-flow alarm devices shall be activated by water flow equivalent to the flow of a single sprinkler of the smallest orifice size installed in the system. Alarm devices shall be water-motor gong or approved electric bell which operates with water flow and shall be provided on the exterior of the building in an approved location at each riser or riser group.

Exception: NFPA 13D and NFPA 13R sprinkler systems may utilize an electrically operated alarm bell on the exterior of the building in an approved location at each riser or riser group, provided that the electrically operated alarm bell cannot be silenced during water flow.

903.4.2.1 Alarms - Interior notification. Actuation of the automatic sprinkler system shall actuate interior audible/visual notification appliances as outlined in NFPA 72 at all exits from all floors or where a fire alarm system is installed. The fire alarm system notification circuits shall provide the interior notification. When a structure exceeds one floor, a flow switch shall be provided for each floor. A flow alarm shall be identified by floor.

Exception: NFPA 13D sprinkler systems do not require interior audible/visual notification appliances, except if a fire alarm system is installed, then the fire alarm system notification circuits shall provide the interior notification.

(q)    Automatic Sprinkler Systems. Section 903 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Automatic Sprinkler Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 903.4.3 with the following:

Sec. 903.4.3 Floor control valves. Approved supervised indicating control valves shall be provided at the point of connection to the riser on each floor on buildings/structures four (4) or more stories in height or 30 feet above grade plane as defined in Chapter 2 of the International Fire Code.

(Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4958 §2, 2005; Ord. 4903 §1, 2004)

18.02.090 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - SECTION 907, FIRE ALARM AND DETECTION SYSTEMS.

The following local amendments to Section 907 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Alarm and Detection Systems," are adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

(a)    Fire Alarm and Detection Systems - General. Section 907 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Alarm and Detection Systems," is amended to add the following to Subsection 907.1.2:

Sec. 907.1.2 Fire Alarm Shop Drawings.

14.    A Bremerton Fire Department submittal checklist.

15.    A copy of the device/zone map.

16.    All fire alarm system drawings shall be submitted on no less than 36"x24" sized drawings and to an approved scale with a digital copy of the design in PDF format.

(b)    Fire Alarm and Detection Systems - Where Required. Section 907 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Alarm and Detection Systems," is amended to add the following Subsection 907.1.3.1 as follows:

Sec. 907.1.3.1 All fire alarm systems shall be addressable. A fully functional annunciator panel shall be placed at the main entrance(s) and fire sprinkler room(s).

Graphic annunciators shall be utilized in all high-rises and schools.

Shielded fire alarm cable shall be utilized as required by the Fire Code Official.

(c)    Fire Alarm and Detection Systems - Where Required. Section 907 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Alarm and Detection Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 907.2 with the following:

Sec. 907.2 Where required - new buildings and structures. All new and remodeled occupancies where the fire area exceeds 10,000 square feet, an approved and automatic fire alarm system shall be provided. Where automatic sprinkler protection installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 or 903.3.1.2 is provided and connected to the fire alarm system, automatic heat detection requirements of this section may be modified upon specific approval by the Fire Code Official.

A prescriptive design will be:

1.    Automatic smoke detection in common areas, corridors and/or means of egress areas.

2.    Automatic heat detection throughout unless covered by a fire sprinkler system or smoke detection.

(d)    Fire Alarm and Detection Systems - Duct Smoke Detectors. Section 907 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Alarm and Detection Systems," is amended to add the following to Subsection 907.2.13.1.2:

Sec. 907.2.13.1.2 Duct smoke detectors.

3.    Duct smoke detectors shall be connected to the building’s fire alarm control panel when a fire alarm system is provided. Activation of a duct smoke detector shall initiate a visible and audible supervisory signal at a constantly attended location. Duct smoke detectors shall not be used as a substitute for required open area detection.

Exception: In occupancies not required to be equipped with a fire alarm system, actuation of a smoke detector shall activate a visible and an audible signal in an approved location. Smoke detector trouble conditions shall activate a visible or audible signal in an approved location and shall be identified as air duct detector trouble.

(e)    Fire Alarm and Detection Systems - Retroactive R-2 Visible Notification. Section 907 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Alarm and Detection Systems," is amended to add Subsection 907.5.2.3.5 as follows:

Sec. 907.5.2.3.5 Retroactive R-2 visible notification. At the request of the tenant, the building owner shall replace an existing audible device to an audible/visible device to assist hearing impaired tenants. Building owners are not required to otherwise change or modify fire alarm systems if due to design or device placement this option is not feasible.

(f)    Fire Alarm and Detection Systems - Monitoring. Section 907 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Alarm and Detection Systems," is amended by substituting Subsection 907.6.5 with the following:

Sec. 907.6.5 Monitoring. Where fire alarm systems are required by this chapter or by the International Building Code, a U.L.-listed central monitoring station in accordance with NFPA 72 shall monitor fire alarm systems.

Exception: Supervisory service is not required for:

1.    Single- and multiple-station smoke alarms required by Section 907.2.10.

2.    Smoke detectors in Group I-3 occupancies.

3.    Automatic sprinkler systems in one- and two-family dwellings.

4.    Those existing R-1 and R-2 occupancies that are addressed by section 18.03.120(a) of the Bremerton Municipal Code.

(g)    Fire Alarm and Detection Systems - Testing Prerequisites. Section 907 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Alarm and Detection Systems," is amended by adding a new Subsection 907.9.1:

Sec. 907.9.1 Testing Prerequisites. Upon completion of the installation or alteration, a satisfactory test of the entire system and its functions shall be made in the presence of the Fire Code Official within two weeks of completion of installation. Prior to the acceptance test, written documentation shall be provided to the fire department certifying that the system has been installed and pre-tested in accordance with the approved plans and specifications.

(h)    Fire Alarm and Detection Systems - Location/Security. Section 907 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Alarm and Detection Systems," is amended by adding a new Subsection 907.10:

Sec. 907.10. Location/Security. The control unit, remote annunciator, alarm panel, and access keys to locked fire alarm equipment shall be installed and maintained in a location approved by the Fire Code Official. All occupancies equipped with a fire sprinkler or alarm system shall install a key safe below an exterior horn strobe and near the access to the remote annunciator or main entrance. Alarm panel access keys and building access keys or master keys shall be provided and kept in an on-site wall mounted entry key safe provided by the building owner and shall meet specifications of the Fire Code Official.

(i)    Fire Alarm and Detection Systems - Monitoring. Section 907 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Alarm and Detection Systems," is amended by adding new Subsections 907.11, 907.12, 907.13, 907.14 and 907.15:

Sec. 907.11. Instructions. Written operating instructions for the fire alarm system shall be provided and kept in an on-site wall mounted entry key safe provided by the building owner and shall meet specifications of Fire Code Official. All alarm systems shall be capable of being silenced without having to be reset. Alarm panels that require a reset code to silence or reset the system shall be programmed with a fire department reset code that is approved by the Fire Code Official.

Sec. 907.12. Designer Qualifications. Persons who design fire alarm systems shall be either a fire protection engineer registered by the State of Washington or NICET III and current with all continuing education and training required by NICET. The designer must be NICET II by July 1, 2008 and NICET III by January 1, 2009.

Sec. 907.13. Installation Requirements. During the course of a fire alarm installation, including all subsequent modifications and annual testing, a NICET level II technician in fire alarms shall personally conduct all programming and testing.

Sec. 907.14. Existing Fire Alarm Systems. All existing fire alarm systems are subject to the provisions of 907.13.

Sec. 907.15. Violations. Violations of section 907.13 and 907.14 constitutes a mandatory $1000 violation per occurrence. Each day constitutes a separate and distinct violation. Any three violations of this provision immediately revokes the affected fire alarm company’s City of Bremerton business license and prohibits re-application for a period of not less than three years.

(Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5137 §1, 2011: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004)

18.02.100 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - SECTION 913, FIRE PUMPS.

The following local amendment to Section 913 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Pumps," is adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code:

(a)    Fire Pumps. Section 913 of the International Fire Code is amended by adding a new Subsection 913.2.2:

Sec. 913.2.2 Fire pumps utilizing electric drivers shall provide a back-up power supply.

Exception: In F and S occupancies when the normal occupant load does not exceed 15, the occupancy would normally be vacated during power outages and with the Fire Code Official’s approval.

(Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007. Formerly 18.02.095)

18.02.110 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - CHAPTER 23, MOTOR FUEL-DISPENSING FACILITIES AND REPAIR GARAGES.

The following local amendment to Chapter 23 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Motor Fuel-Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages," is hereby adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code as if fully set forth therein:

Sec. 2305.3.1. Required Spill Control Equipment. Every fuel dispensing facility and repair garage shall maintain at least 50 pounds of rice hulls or other approved absorbent and at least 25 approved absorbent pads, minimum dimension 16 inch by 16 inch and/or other spill control equipment as approved by the Fire Code Official.

(Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004)

18.02.120 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - CHAPTER 33, FIRE SAFETY DURING CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION.

The following local amendment to Chapter 33 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Safety During Construction and Demolition," is hereby adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code as if fully set forth therein:

(a)    Water Supply for Fire Protection - When Required. Section 3312 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Water Supply for Fire Protection," is amended by substituting Subsection 3312.1 with the following:

Sec. 3312.1 When required. An approved water supply for fire protection shall be made available as soon as combustible material arrives on the site.

(Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013)

18.02.130 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL FIRE CODE - APPENDIX D, FIRE APPARATUS ACCESS ROADS.

The following local amendments to Appendix D to the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Apparatus Access Roads," are hereby adopted and incorporated into the International Fire Code as if fully set forth therein:

(a)    Minimum Specifications - Turning Radius. Section D103 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Minimum specifications," is amended by substituting Subsection D103.3 with the following:

Sec. D103.3 Turning radius. The fire apparatus access road shall have a 23 foot minimum inside turning radius and a 45 foot minimum outside turning radius.

(b)    Fire Apparatus Access Road Gates. Section D103.5 of the International Fire Code, entitled "Fire Apparatus Access Road Gates," is amended by substituting Subsection D103.5.1 with the following:

Sec. D103.5.1 The minimum gate width shall be 14 feet.

(Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004. Formerly 18.02.140)

18.02.140 FIRE CODES - FEES.

The fees to be assessed for the codes adopted in this chapter shall be as set forth in Chapter 3.01 BMC, Fire Department - Rate Table E, as currently enacted or as hereafter amended. (Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004. Formerly 18.02.150)

18.02.150 CITY OF BREMERTON FALSE ALARM CODE.

(a)    For the purposes of this section, a false alarm shall be deemed and construed as being: the activation of any fire protection system due to some form of maintenance or lack of maintenance element.

(b)    It shall be unlawful for any person to give, signal, or transmit or for any person to cause or permit to be given, signaled, or transmitted, in any manner, any false alarm.

(c)    It shall be unlawful for any person to tamper with or maliciously injure or activate any fire protection system or equipment maintained for the purpose of transmitting fire alarms to the Fire Department.

(d)    Nothing in this section shall prohibit the sounding of any such signal essential for the carrying out of any system maintenance or fire drill. The Fire Code Official, his designated representative, or the responsible central station monitoring agency shall be notified in advance when such signal will be sounded.

(e)    Any person, firm or corporation who is found to have signaled or transmitted a false alarm shall be guilty of a civil infraction and shall be fined per Chapter 3.01 BMC, Fire Department - Rate Table E.

(f)    Definitions.

(1)    "False alarm" shall mean the activation of a fire protection system at a time when no conditions attributable to a fire or smoke condition are found to exist upon arrival of the Fire Department.

(2)    "Person" shall mean any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.

(3)    "Preventable false alarm" shall mean a false alarm caused or initiated or allowed to be caused or initiated by the premises owner, or by a representative, assignee, or other persons that function under the direction or control of the owner, whether caused by direct intent, malicious action or by system neglect or improper system maintenance.

(4)    "Unpreventable false alarm" shall mean a false alarm caused by power failures or interferences unrelated to the operation of the premises.

(g)    Any person having or maintaining a fire alarm shall, within three (3) working days after notice by the Fire Code Official at the scene of a false alarm, make a written report to the Fire Code Official setting forth the cause of such false alarm, the corrective action taken, whether such alarm has been inspected by an authorized service person, and such other information as the Fire Code Official may reasonably require to determine the cause of such false alarm and the prescribed action necessary.

(h)    The determination whether or not a false alarm was preventable shall be made by the Fire Code Official. Any fee resulting from a determination that a false alarm was preventable shall be billed by the City Treasurer’s Office and shall be deposited in the General Fund. (Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004. Formerly 18.02.160)

18.02.160 RESERVED.

(Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013)

18.02.170 AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEMS - BUILDINGS CONTAINING TWO (2) OR LESS DWELLING UNITS.

(a)    When automatic sprinkler systems are installed in buildings containing two (2) or less dwelling units as defined in the International Residential Code, whether attached or detached, they are permitted to be connected to the domestic service within said unit utilizing an integrated fire/plumbing flow-through system.

(b)    Automatic sprinkler systems installed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall not be subject to general facility charges, connection fees, inspections fees and other permit fees specifically related to the installation of a fire sprinkler system with a service size up to and including one (1) inch.

(c)    Automatic sprinkler systems installed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section are integrated into and dependent upon the domestic water supply of the residential dwelling unit; therefore, the property owner is responsible for maintaining a connection to and paying for an adequate supply of water to the residential dwelling unit. (Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4958 §3, 2005)

18.02.180 SPECIFIC VIOLATIONS - FINES.

Any violation of any provision of the City Fire Code identified in this section may be assessed a monetary fine for each incident or occurrence as follows:

(a)    Illegal burning: two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00);

(b)    NICET violations: one thousand dollars ($1,000);

(c)    False fire alarms: two hundred dollars ($200.00);

(d)    Fire Code violations with the knowledge of a responsible party: one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125.00);

(e)    Repeat Fire Code violations for failure to correct or comply with the City Fire Code: one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125.00).

Nothing in this section prohibits the City from seeking other remedies as allowed by ordinance, including, but not limited to, those set forth in BMC 18.02.190. The Fire Code Official may, at his or her discretion, reduce the amount of the assessed fine due to mitigating circumstances. (Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5164 §1, 2011. Formerly 18.02.175)

18.02.190 VIOLATION - PENALTY.

(a)    Any violation of any provision of the City Fire Code, BMC Title 18, constitutes a civil violation under Chapter 1.04 BMC for which a monetary penalty may be assessed and abatement may be required as provided therein.

(b)    In addition to or as an alternative to any other penalty provided in this chapter or by law, any person who violates any of the provisions of the City Fire Code, BMC Title 18, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor pursuant to BMC 1.12.020(2). (Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4958 §4 (part), 2005: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004. Formerly 18.02.180)

18.02.200 APPEALS.

(a)    Appeals to the Hearings Examiner.

(1)    Jurisdiction. The City Hearings Examiner has been designated as the Board of Appeals and shall have jurisdiction over all matters concerning the reasonable application of the fire codes cited in this chapter.

(2)    Filing. Appeals shall be filed with the Hearings Examiner in accordance with Chapter 2.13 BMC.

(3)    Standing. Standing to bring an appeal under this chapter is limited to the following persons:

(i)    The applicant and the owner of property to which the permit decision is directed.

(ii)    Another person aggrieved or adversely affected by the order, determination, or decision, or who would be aggrieved or adversely affected by a reversal or modification of the order, determination, or decision. A person is aggrieved or adversely affected within the meaning of this section only when all of the following conditions are present:

a.    The order, determination, or decision has prejudiced or is likely to prejudice that person;

b.    A judgment in favor of that person would substantially eliminate or redress the prejudice to that person caused or likely to be caused by the order, determination, or decision; and

c.    The appellant has exhausted his or her administrative remedies to the extent required by law.

(b)    Appeals to Superior Court. Appeals to the Hearings Examiner shall be made pursuant to Chapter 2.13 BMC. (Ord. 5234 §1 (part), 2013: Ord. 5112 §1 (part), 2010: Ord. 5016 §1 (part), 2007: Ord. 4958 §4 (part), 2005: Ord. 4903 §1, 2004. Formerly 18.02.190)