Chap. 1604.   Ohio Fire Code.
Ohio Fire Code
1604.01   Edition adopted; purpose.
1604.02   File and distribution copies.
1604.03   Enforcement.
1604.04   Districts in which storage of  explosives and blasting agents is prohibited.
1604.05   Aboveground tank storage and bulk processing and industrial plants.
1604.06   Routes for vehicles transporting explosives, dangerous articles.
1604.07   Fire lanes.
1604.08   Modifications.
1604.09   Appeals.
1604.10   Permits.
1604.11   Conflict of laws.
1604.12   Fire-damaged structures.
1604.99   Penalty.
   Adoption of technical codes - see Ohio R.C. 731.231
   Power to regulate against fires - see Ohio R.C. 737.21, 737.37
   Investigation of fires - see Ohio R.C. 737.27, 3737.08
   Right to examine buildings - see Ohio R.C. 3737.14
   Hotels - see Ohio R.C. Ch. 3731
   State Fire Marshal - see Ohio R.C. Ch. 3737
   Gasoline, oils and paints - see Ohio R.C. Ch. 3741
   Fireworks - see Ohio R.C. Ch. 3743; GEN. OFF. 672.12
   Fire loss claims - see ADM. 234.10, 715.26
   Vehicles transporting explosives - see TRAF. 440.04; B.R. & T. 844.16
   Arson - see GEN. OFF. 642.09
   Tampering with fire safety equipment - see GEN. OFF. 642.11(a)(4), (b)
   Hazardous spills - see GEN. OFF. 660.18
   False alarms - see GEN. OFF. 648.08, 648.09
   Venting of heaters and burners - see GEN. OFF. 660.01
   Open burning - see GEN. OFF. 660.08
   Sale of explosives to minors - see GEN. OFF. 672.11
   Oil and gas wells - see B.R. & T. Ch. 844
   Bulk oil and filling stations - see B. & H. Ch. 1444
   Storage of flammable gases or liquids in bulk - see B. & H. 1444.02
   Fire limits - see B. & H. Ch. 1448
   Fire resistance in roofs and roof coverings - see B. & H. 1460.01 et seq.
   There is hereby adopted by the City, for the purpose of prescribing regulations governing conditions hazardous to life and property from fire or explosion, that certain Code known as the Ohio Fire Code, being particularly the 2017 edition thereof, which Code is based upon the International Code Council International Fire Code, 2015 edition, as amended, as adopted by the State of Ohio, Department of Commerce, Division of State Fire Marshal, and the whole thereof, as amended, save and except such portions as may be hereinafter deleted, modified or amended.
(Ord. 98-94.  Passed 7-7-98; Ord. 02-49.  Passed 4-16-02; Ord. 11-211.  Passed 12-13-11; Ord. 18-31.  Passed 3-20-18.)
   One copy of the Ohio Fire Code adopted herein is on file with the Clerk of Council  for inspection by the public and one copy is also on file in the County Law Library. In addition, the Clerk of Council has copies available for distribution to the public, at cost.
1604.03   ENFORCEMENT.
   (a)   The Ohio Fire Code shall be enforced by the Fire Chief of the City.
(Ord. 74-18. Passed 3-5-74.)
   (b)   The Chief may designate as inspectors such members of the Department as he or she deems necessary to aid in the enforcement and in making the inspections required by the Ohio Fire Code.
(Ord. Q-22. Passed 4-3-50.)
   Districts in which storage of explosives and blasting agents is prohibited are hereby established as follows:  The entire corporate limits of the City except for the Heavy Industrial District, as the same is defined in the Zoning Ordinance (Ordinance 72-46, passed May 9, 1972).
(Ord. 74-18. Passed 3-5-74.)
   (a)   Aboveground storage tanks for the storage of combustible or flammable liquids are prohibited, except as follows:
   Aboveground tanks shall be permitted for the storage of motor vehicle fuels on premises to which the public does not have access in Industrial Zoned Districts only. Installation of aboveground storage tanks in any other zoned areas of the City may be permitted at the discretion of the local Code Official. Aboveground tanks shall be used for private fleet fueling only.
      (1)   Aboveground tanks shall be installed in accordance with NFPA 30A and the specifications of UL 2085.
      (2)   Inventory records for aboveground tanks shall be maintained by the owner or operator of such tank.
      (3)   Permits shall be obtained from the State Fire Marshall for aboveground flammable and combustible liquid tank and fueling system installation.
   (b)   Bulk, processing or industrial plants, refineries or other plants and distilleries and all buildings, tanks and equipment used for the storage, processing, distillation, refining, or blending of flammable or combustible liquids that have been located, constructed, and used in accordance with the Ohio Basic Building Code and the standards listed in Appendix B of the Ohio Fire Code.
   (c)   Permits shall be obtained from the State Fire Marshall for above ground flammable and combustible liquid tank installation.
(Ord. 98-94.  Passed 7-7-98.)
   (a)   Routes for vehicles transporting explosives and blasting agents are hereby established as follows:  No limits, provided the provisions of Chapter 440 of the Traffic Code are complied with.
(Ord. 74-18. Passed 3-5-74.)
   (b)   (EDITOR'S NOTE:  Subsection (b) was repealed by Ordinance 80-59, passed June 17, 1980.)
1604.07   FIRE LANES.
   (a)   The Fire Chief may require and designate public or private fire lanes as deemed necessary for the efficient and effective use of fire apparatus.
   (b)   Designated fire lanes shall be maintained free of obstructions and vehicles and shall be marked in a manner prescribed by the Fire Chief.
(Ord. 80-59. Passed 6-17-80.)
   The Fire Chief shall have power to modify any of the provisions of the Ohio Fire Code upon application in writing by the owner or lessee, or his or her duly authorized agent, when there are practical difficulties in the way of carrying out the strict letter of the Code, provided that the spirit of the Code shall be a observed, public safety secured and substantial justice done. The particulars of such modification, when granted or allowed, and the decision of the Fire Chief thereon shall be entered upon the records of the Fire Department, and a signed copy shall be furnished the applicant.
(Ord. 74-18. Passed 3-5-74.)
1604.09   APPEALS.
   Whenever the Fire Chief disapproves an application or refuses to grant a permit applied for, or when it is claimed that the provisions of the Ohio Fire Code or this Part Sixteen - Fire Prevention Code do not apply or that the true intent and meaning of such Codes have been misconstrued or wrongly interpreted, the applicant may appeal from the decision of the Chief to Council within thirty days from the date of the decision appealed.
(Ord. 74-18. Passed 3-5-74.)
1604.10   PERMITS.
   Permits shall not be required except when deemed necessary by the Director of Public Safety and the Fire Chief. (Ord. 74-18. Passed 3-5-74.)
   In the event of any conflict between any of the provisions of the Ohio Fire Code adopted herein and a provision of this Part Sixteen - Fire Prevention Code or any other local ordinance or provision, the stricter standard shall control.
(Ord. 74-18.  Passed 3-5-74.)
   (a)   Any building, grounds or structure that has been damaged by fire shall be secured from tampering or trespassing and maintained in a nuisance-free condition by the owner or his or her agent in a manner acceptable to the Code Official.  All structures damaged by fire or explosion shall have repairs completed and/or be demolished, with all fire debris removed, within 360 days of the incident.
   (b)   The time-frame set forth in subsection (a) hereof shall not be applicable to structures involved in suspicious or arson fires and deemed to be evidence by the Code Official.  In such cases, the time-table for repair or demolition shall be as set forth by the relevant Code Official.
(Ord. 97-114.  Passed 8-5-97.)
1604.99   PENALTY.
   (a)   Whoever violates any of the provisions of this chapter, including provisions of the Ohio Fire Code herein adopted, or fails to comply therewith, or violates or fails to comply with any order made thereunder, or builds in violation of any detailed statement of specifications or plans submitted and approved thereunder, or any certificate or permit issued thereunder, and from which no appeal has been taken, or fails to comply with such an order as affirmed or modified by Council or a court of competent jurisdiction, is severally liable for each and every such violation and noncompliance respectively, guilty of a minor misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00), or the amount then applicable as the maximum penalty for the commission of a minor misdemeanor offense as from time to time established by and set forth in the Ohio Revised Code.  The imposition of one penalty for any violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue, and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations or defects within a reasonable time.  When not otherwise specified, a separate offense shall be deemed committed each ten days that the prohibited conditions are maintained.
   (b)   The application of the above penalty shall not be held to prevent the enforced removal of prohibited conditions.
(Ord. 97-114.  Passed 8-5-97; Ord. 09-107.  Passed 11-17-09.)