Chapter 13.25


13.25.010    Definitions.

13.25.020    Applicability.

13.25.010 Definitions.

(1) “Substantial alteration” means any change, addition, or modification in construction or occupancy where the total cost of all alterations (including but not limited to electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and structural changes) for a building or facility within any 12-month period amounts to 60 percent or more of the appraised value. (WAC 51-30-1110.)

(2) “Cliff” means a high steep face of rock or a geologically hazardous area with land having unstable slopes and slopes averaging 15 percent or greater over a vertical interval of 10 feet. [Ord. 683, 1996.]

13.25.020 Applicability.

The following policies for fire protection access apply to all new construction and remodels involving an expanded footprint, expanded square footage or a substantial alteration of an existing building in the commercial zone:

(1) On a building site where one or more sides are adjacent to a cliff there shall be a minimum of five feet setback from the cliff.

(2) There shall be a minimum of a five-foot setback from the property line with the following exceptions:

(a) Where the property lines are adjacent to town streets.

(b) If the building is to be constructed less than five feet from the property line and/or where no wall penetration is allowed by the International Building Code, a two-hour fire wall with parapet may be substituted for the setback requirement.

(c) Where an approved sprinkler system is installed in the building according to the appropriate National Fire Protection Association Standards (NFPA 13, 13R or 13D).

(3) The town fire chief, in conjunction with the county fire marshal, shall be the final authority on the determination of applicable fire protection. [Ord. 963 § 6, 2005; Ord. 683, 1996.]