Chapter 3.16


3.16.010    Adoption of International Fire Code.

3.16.020    Amendments to the International Fire Code.

3.16.010 Adoption of International Fire Code.

The 2015 International Fire Code, published by the International Code Council, Inc. (ICC), including those standards of the National Fire Protection Association specifically referenced in the International Fire Code, shall be and hereby is adopted, with amendments as set forth in Chapter 51-54A WAC as the same exists now or may hereafter be amended. The following appendices are specifically adopted:

(1) Appendix B, Fire Flow for Buildings;

(2) Appendix C, Fire Hydrant Locations and Distribution;

(3) Appendix D, Fire Apparatus Access Roads;

(4) Appendix E, Hazard Categories;

(5) Appendix F, Hazard Ranking;

(6) Appendix H, Hazardous Materials Management Plan (HMMP) and Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement (HMIS) Instructions; and

(7) Appendix I, Fire Protection Systems – Noncompliant Conditions. (Ord. 2016-20 § 1; Ord. 2013-19 § 1; Ord. 2010-18 § 1; Ord. 2007-30 § 5; Ord. 2005-23 § 1; Ord. 2004-25 § 7)

3.16.020 Amendments to the International Fire Code.

(1) Amend Section 101.1, Title.

These regulations shall be known as the Fire Code of the City of Wenatchee, hereinafter referred to as “this code.”

(2) Section 103, Department of Fire Prevention, is hereby deleted in its entirety.

(3) Amend Section 105.6, Required Operational Permits. Sections 105.6.4, 105.6.13, 105.6.30, 105.6.36 and 105.6.43 are hereby adopted; all other operational permits noted in Sections 105.6.1 through 105.6.46 are not adopted.

(4) Amend Section 108, Board of Appeals.

Hearing Examiner as Board of Appeals. The hearing examiner, as authorized and constituted by WCC 13.03.050, shall hear and decide appeals from the decisions of the fire code official pursuant to the fire codes, as they now exist or as the same may hereafter be amended.

(5) Amend Section 109.4, Violation penalties.

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 code official, or of a permit or certificate used under provisions of this code, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or by imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.

(6) Amend Section 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 liable to a fine of not more than $1,000.00 dollars.

(7) Amend Section 307.1.1, Prohibited Open Burning.

Open burning shall be prohibited at all times in accordance with WAC 173-425.


1. Bonfires.

2. Recreational fires.

3. Portable outdoor fireplaces.

(8) Amend Section 307.3, Extinguishment Authority.

When any fire creates or adds to a hazardous situation, or a required permit has not been obtained, the fire code official or the Fire Chief of Chelan County Fire District #1 or his designee is authorized to order the extinguishment of the fire.

(9) Amend Section 307.5, Attendance.

Bonfires, recreational fires, and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.

(10) Adopt Section 503, Fire Apparatus Access Roads. Sections 503.1 through 503.6 are hereby adopted.

(11) Amend the geographic limits referred to in the following sections: Section 5704. and Section 5706.2.4.4, Locations where above-ground tanks are prohibited.

Storage of Class I and II liquids in above-ground tanks outside of buildings is prohibited from all areas except in the industrial zoning districts from south city limits to north city limits east of Wenatchee Avenue.


1. There shall not be prohibited above ground storage tanks of 300 gallon capacity or less located on private property for heating and cooking fuel purposes for single family residence.

2. Protected aboveground tanks, as defined and specified in Section 5704.2.9.7, for the storage of Class I and Class II liquids of 2500 gallon aggregate capacity or less shall not be prohibited for accessory use in industrial and commercial zones or institutional uses within the city when approved by the Fire Code Official.

(12) Amend Section 6104.2, Location of LP-Gas Containers.

Maximum capacity within established limits.

For the protection of heavily populated or congested areas, the aggregate capacity of any one installation shall not exceed a water capacity of 2,000 gallons (7570 L) in all areas except in the industrial zoning districts from south city limits to north city limits east of Wenatchee Avenue.

(Ord. 2016-20 § 1; Ord. 2013-19 § 1; Ord. 2010-18 § 1; Ord. 2005-23 § 2; Ord. 2004-25 § 8)