7-1-2: AMENDMENTS TO FIRE CODE:
That the following sections are hereby revised:
Section 101.1 Insert: Iowa City, Iowa
Section 102.1 Modify by adding a fifth applicability requirement to the end as follows:
      5.   All A-2 Occupancies that existed prior to August 1, 2007 with an occupant load of 100-298 with an ABDL shall comply with Section 903.2.1.2, provided that there is a change in business ownership, defined as the sale, transfer, or assignment of any legal or equitable ownership interest, except that the owner may show to the building official's satisfaction that said change in ownership is one of form and not substance.
Section 104.1.1 Add a new section to read as follows:
The code official and members of the fire prevention bureau shall have the powers of a peace officer in performing their duties under this Code.
Section 104.1.2 Add a new section to read as follows:
The Fire Chief may appoint and designate such members of the Fire Department as fire/police investigators upon being certified by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Fire/police investigators shall have the powers of a peace officer in performing their duties under this Code, including full powers of arrest to effectuate their duties of enforcing city ordinances and state statutes. Notwithstanding his/her status as a peace officer, a fire/police investigator shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the Iowa City Fire Department for all purposes and shall perform such functions as the Fire Chief shall assign.
Section 104.12 Add a new section to read as follows:
The code official is authorized to order an operation or use stopped, or the evacuation of any premises, building, or vehicle or portion thereof which has or is a fire, life safety or health hazard.
Section 105.2 Add a sentence to the end of the section to read as follows:
Application for an operational permit shall be submitted with all required information not less than 14 days prior to the event requiring a permit.
Section 105.4 Add a sentence to the end of the section to read as follows:
The fire code official at the official's sole discretion may send plans to a qualified agency for review. The fire code official shall designate the plans review agency. The applicant shall pay all fees associated with the plan review directly to the outside agency. A certificate of occupancy shall not be issued until the review fees have been paid.
Section 105.6 Add a sentence to the end of the section to read as follows:
The fire code official at their discretion may send plans for operational permits requests to an outside agency for review. The fire code official shall designate the plans review agency. The applicant shall pay all fees associated with the plan review directly to the outside agency. The permit shall not be issued until the review fees have been paid.
Section 109. Delete in its entirety and insert in lieu thereof:
See Title 17, Chapter 12 of the City Code.
Section 110.4 Delete the section and replace with:
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 simple misdemeanor or municipal infraction, as prescribed in Title 1, Chapter 4 of the City Code. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.
Section 112.4 Delete the section and replace with:
No person 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
Section 202 Add a new definition to read as follows:
Code Official. The Chief Officer of the Fire Department, the Fire Marshal, or the Chief's authorized representative.
Section 202 Add a new definition to read as follows:
Crowd Management. Crowd management meshes the design features of a facility, the established operating features of that facility, and an understanding of the occupants' expected natural behavior in that facility for a specific type of event.
Section 202 Add a new definition to read as follows:
Emergency Communication Center. The Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center.
Section 202 Add a sentence to the end of Fire Lane definition to read as follows:
See City Code 9-4-13 for additional rules and regulations.
Section 307 See also 6-6 of the City Code.
Section 307.1.2 Add a new section to read as follows:
Hours of operation. A person shall not maintain any outdoor burning from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. unless permitted and approved by the fire code official.
Section 401.9 Add a new section to read as follows:
Building evacuation. Upon activation of the building fire alarm system or upon notification by other means of detecting and reporting unwanted fire, all building occupants shall promptly evacuate the building.
Exception: When the emergency evacuation plan, as approved by the fire code official, does not require the immediate total evacuation of the building.
Section 402.1 Add a new definition to read as follows:
Crowd Management. Crowd management meshes the design features of a facility, the established operating features of that facility, and an understanding of the occupants' expected natural behavior in that facility for a specific type of event.
Section 403.2.5 Add a new section to read as follows:
A-2 Occupancy Crowd Managers. Group A-2 occupancies shall be provided with a minimum of one (1) trained crowd manager anytime occupancy reaches 50 or more. Where the occupant load exceeds 250, additional trained crowd managers shall be provided at a ratio of one (1) crowd manager for every 250 occupants. The crowd manager shall annually receive training approved by the fire code official in crowd management techniques.
Section 405.2 Add to the end of the section as follows:
Fire and evacuation drills in Group E occupancies shall be conducted in accordance with Section 100.31 of the Code of Iowa. Emergency evacuation/fire drills shall be conducted at least four times a year. Not less than two drills shall be conducted between July 1 and December 31 each year and not less than two drills shall be conducted between January 1 and June 30 of each year. The Iowa City Fire Department shall conduct one of the two drills between July 1 and December 31 and one of the two drills between January 1 and June 30 of each year. Fire drills in Group R, Division 2, Fraternities and Sororities, shall be conducted once per academic semester.
Section 405.2 Table Add footnote e. as follows:
Group E occupancies, excluding Preschools and Daycares shall conduct fire and evacuation drills at least four times a year in accordance with Section 100.31 of the Code of Iowa. Footnote shall be added to Group E occupancy frequency.
Section 503.2.9 Add a new section to read as follows:
Thickness. Fire apparatus access roads shall be constructed of Portland cement concrete conforming to the specifications of the Iowa Department of Transportation C-3 or M-3 mixes. The concrete access road shall be a minimum of 7 inches thick over compacted soil.
Section 505.1 Delete the section and replace with:
New and existing buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers or approved building identification placed in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. Address identification characters shall contrast with their background. Address numbers shall be Arabic numbers or alphabetical letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch. From 100-199 ft from the street the number shall be a minimum of 6 inches high with a minimum stroke of 0.5 inches. From 200-299 ft from the street the number shall be a minimum of 8 inches high with a minimum stroke of 0.5 inches. For each additional 100 ft from the street, the number shall increase by an additional 2 inches in height. Measurements to determine the minimum number size shall be measured from the approved address location to the center line of the street for which the premises is addressed. Where access is by means of a private road and the building cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other sign or means shall be used to identify the structure. Address identification shall be maintained.
Section 506.1 Add a sentence to the end of the section to read as follows:
An approved key box shall be installed in an approved location on all new construction.
Exception: Group R-3 and unsecured R-2 occupancies.
Section 507.3 Delete the section and replace with:
Fire flow. Fire flow requirements for buildings or portions of buildings shall be determined by "Appendix B" of this code.
Section 507.5.1 Delete exceptions 1 & 2.
Section 507.5.1.1 Delete the section and replace with:
Hydrant for fire sprinkler and standpipe systems. A fire hydrant shall be located not more than 100 feet from a fire sprinkler or standpipe system connection on hard surface, easily accessible by fire apparatus and meeting the approval of the Code Official.
Section 507.5.7 Add a new section to read as follows:
Fire hydrant threads: All new hydrants within the limits of Iowa City installed after January 1, 2020 shall have National Standard Threads (NST) on the two and one-half (21/2) inch connections and the four and one-half (41/2) inch connection will have a Storz connection.
Section 510.1 Delete exception 1.
Section 604.9 Delete the section and replace with:
Temporary wiring. Temporary wiring for electrical power and lighting installations is allowed for a period not to exceed 90 days for holiday decorative lighting, carnivals and similar purposes. Temporary wiring methods shall meet the applicable provisions of the Iowa City Electrical Code.
Exception: Temporary wiring for electrical power and lighting installations is allowed during periods of construction, remodeling, repair or demolition of buildings, structures, equipment or similar activities. Temporary wiring methods shall meet the applicable provisions of the Iowa City Electrical Code.
Section 604.10 Delete the section and replace with:
Portable electric space heaters. Portable electric space heaters shall comply with Sections 604.10.1 through 604.10.6.
Section 604.10.6 Add a new section to read as follows:
Fully enclosed. Portable, electric space heaters shall be fully enclosed space heaters that by design have no external surfaces that reach temperatures capable of igniting materials placed against the surface.
Section 606.7 Add a sentence to the end of the section to read as follows:
The Fire Code Official may require an approved elevator key box in an approved location to secure required elevator keys.
Section 607.4 Delete the last sentence and replace with:
Movement of new and existing cooking appliances with caster(s) under a Type 1 hood shall be limited by an approved floor mounted restraining device and flexible gas connector installed in accordance with the connector and appliance manufacturer's instructions.
Section 804.5 Add a new section to read as follows:
Maintenance. The interior finish of buildings shall be maintained in accordance with the conditions of original approval. Any change to the interior finish that is regulated by the provisions of this code or the building code shall be made in accordance with all applicable requirements.
Section 806.1 Add a sentence to the end of the section to read as follows:
Natural or resin-bearing cut trees and natural decorative vegetation used in buildings open to the general public shall be properly treated with an approved flame retardant.
Section 807.5.2.1 Delete exception 2.
Section 807.5.5.1 Delete exception 2.
Section 901.2(a) Add a new section to read as follows:
Water based fire protection systems. Working plans submitted to the fire department for water based fire protection systems shall be stamped and approved by a qualified person to be in compliance with applicable NFPA standards and the Iowa City Fire Code. Any changes to the working plans shall be approved by a qualified person. A qualified person shall have a minimum National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies [NICET] Level III certification for Automatic Sprinkler System Layout OR be a licensed engineer with experience in life safety system design. Other qualifications may be approved by the code official.
Section 901.2(b) Add a new section to read as follows:
Fire alarm systems. Working plans submitted to the fire department by a qualified person for fire alarm systems shall be stamped and approved by a qualified person to be in compliance with applicable NFPA standards and the Iowa City Fire Code. Any changes to the working plans shall be approved by a qualified person. A qualified person shall have a minimum National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies [NICET] Level III certification for Fire Alarm Systems OR be a licensed engineer with experience in life safety system design. Other qualifications may be approved by the code official.
Section 901.6.3.2 Add a new section to read as follows:
Inspection record submission. Contractors who perform installation, inspection, testing, and/or maintenance services on fire and life safety systems are required to electronically submit all installation and compliant & non- compliant inspection reports to the Fire Department via a method approved by the Fire Code Official within 30 calendar days of the installation/inspection date. Reports submitted after 30 calendar days may incur late fees.
Section 901.7 Add a section to the end of the section to read as follows:
A person assigned to fire watch must walk through the building at least once every 30 minutes checking for fire or smoke. A fire watch must be continued until the fire alarm system and/or fire protection system has been restored to normal operating condition or the building has been evacuated. A competent adult familiar with the building must conduct the fire watch. If a fire is discovered, 911 shall be called immediately and the building evacuated.
Section 903.2.1.2 Delete Section 903.2.1.2 and insert in lieu thereof the following:
Section 903.2.1.2
   A.   New Group A-2 Occupancies. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for fire areas containing Group A-2 occupancies and intervening floors of the building where one of the following conditions exist:
1) The fire area exceeds 5,000 square feet;
2) The fire area has an occupant load of 100 or more; or
3) The fire area is located on a floor other than the level of exit discharge.
   B.   Existing Group A-2 Occupancies that existed prior to August 1, 2007: An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout the A-2 occupancy with an occupant load of 100 or more that have an ABDL and there is a change in business ownership, defined as the sale, transfer, or assignment of any legal or equitable ownership interest, except that the owner may show to the building official's satisfaction that said change in ownership is one of form and not substance.
Section 903.2.1.8 Add a new Section to read as follows:
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings and portions thereof used as new Group B occupancies with an ABDL or existing group B occupancy with a new (not a renewal) ABDL located on a floor other than the level of exit discharge. The automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout the floor area where the new Group B occupancy with an ABDL or where the group B occupancy with a new ABDL is located and in all floors between the Group B occupancy and the level of exit discharge.
Section 903.2.2 Delete the section and replace with:
Ambulatory care facilities. An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout all fire areas containing an ambulatory care facility and all floors between the ambulatory care facility and the level of exit discharge serving such a facility.
Section 903.3.5.3 Add a new section to read as follows:
Water supply safety margin. Automatic sprinkler systems shall be designed with a minimum of 10% or 5 psi safety margin (whichever is greater) above static pressure in the fire protection system hydraulic calculations.
Section 903.4.2 Delete the section and replace with:
Alarms. An approved weatherproof horn/strobe device shall be mounted directly above the fire department connection between seven (7) and ten (10) feet in height above grade. The water-flow alarm device shall be activated by water flow equivalent to the flow of a single sprinkler of the smallest orifice size installed in the system. Approved and supervised audible visual notification appliances shall be installed on each level of the interior of the building as required by the fire code official and NFPA 72.
Section 903.7 Add a new section to read as follows:
Zones. Automatic sprinkler system zones shall not exceed the area permitted by NFPA 13 or NFPA 13R and shall provide a sprinkler control valve and waterflow device for each normally occupied floor. The location of sprinkler control valves must be approved by the fire code official.
Section 905.1.1 Add a new section to read as follows:
Delete all references to Class II standpipe systems and replace with Class III standpipe systems.
Section 905.4 Requirement #1 Delete the section and replace with:
In every required interior exit stairway, a hose connection shall be provided for each story above and below grade plane. Hose connections shall be located at intermediate landing between stories, unless otherwise approved by the fire code official.
Section 906.1 Delete exceptions 1 & 2 without substitution.
Section 906.3 Add a sentence to the end of the section to read as follows:
The minimum rating of any required portable fire extinguisher for Class A, Class B, or Class C hazard shall be 2-A, 10-B C.
Section 907.1.4 Add a new section to read as follows:
Fire alarm control panels and Fire alarm annunciator panels. Installation of fire alarm control panels and fire alarm annunciator panels shall be installed in accordance with section 907.1.4.1 through 907.1.4.5.
Section 907.1.4.1 Add a new section to read as follows:
Fire Alarm Panel Height: Installation of fire alarm panels shall not exceed 6 feet in height measured from the floor to the top of the panel. Exception: Panel height may be altered by the code official.
Section 907.1.4.2 Add a new section to read as follows:
Number of Fire Alarm Control Panels in Buildings: Only one listed fire alarm control panel shall be allowed per building and shall lock in the alarm until the system is reset and shall not be canceled by the operation of an audible - alarm silencing switch. This control panel shall only receive alarm signals from fire protection equipment.
Section 907.1.4.3 Add a new section to read as follows:
Combination Fire/Security Alarm System Panels. A listed combination fire/security alarm system panel that meets all the requirements of this code and amendments may be permitted by approval of the fire code official. The fire/security panel shall be capable of providing a signal that can differentiate between the fire and security alarm.
Section 907.1.4.4 Add a new section to read as follows:
Password/PIN Protection Prohibited: Fire alarm control panels and/or fire alarm annunciator panels that require a password/PIN to silence an alarm/supervisory/trouble signal and/or to reset an alarm/supervisory/trouble signal shall be prohibited.
Section 907.1.4.5 Add a new section to read as follows:
Fire Alarm Annunciator Panels: The fire code official can require the addition of fire alarm annunciator panels based on the size of building and access to the building. These panels shall meet the requirements of Sections 907.1.4 and 907.2.
Section 907.2 Delete the section and replace with:
Where required-new buildings and structures. An approved and addressable manual, automatic, or manual and automatic fire alarm system installed in accordance with the provisions of this code and NFPA 72 shall be provided in new buildings and structures in accordance with Sections 907.2.1 through 907.2.23 and provide occupant notification in accordance with 907.5, unless other requirements are provided by another section of this code or the fire code official.
A minimum of one manual fire alarm box shall be provided in an approved location to initiate a fire alarm signal for fire alarm systems employing automatic fire detectors or water-flow detection devices. Where other sections of this code allow elimination of fire alarm boxes due to sprinklers, a single fire alarm box shall be installed.
Exceptions:
      1.   The manual fire alarm box is not required for fire alarm systems dedicated to elevator recall control and supervisory service.
      2.   The manual fire alarm box is required for Group R-2 occupancies to provide a means for fire watch personnel to initiate an alarm during a sprinkler system impairment event. The manual fire alarm box shall not be located in an area that is accessible to the public.
      3.   Multi-tenant buildings required to have a manual/automatic fire alarm system shall install a minimum of one manual pull station per tenant space.
Section 907.2.1 Delete the exception in Section 907.2.1 in its entirety and insert in lieu thereof the following exceptions:
Exceptions:
      1.   Except for Group A-2 occupancies with occupant loads of 200 or more, manual fire alarm boxes are not required where the building is equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler system and the alarm notification appliances will activate upon sprinkler water flow.
      2.   Group A-2. An automatic/manual fire alarm system shall be installed in Group A-2 occupancies with occupant loads of 200 or more. Activation of the fire alarm shall additionally cause:
         a.   Illumination of the protected premises to not less than 10 foot-candles over the area of the room at a height of 30 inches above the floor; and
         b.   All conflicting or confusing sounds and visual distraction to automatically stop.
Section 907.2.3 Modify by adding a sentence to the end of the first paragraph as follows:
New and existing educational occupancies shall have a monitored fire alarm system.
Section 907.2.3 Modify by adding a 5th exception as follows:
      5.   Day care occupancies classified as Group E Occupancy shall not require a monitored fire alarm system unless required elsewhere in the code.
Section 907.2.9.1 Delete exception 2 without substitution.
Section 907.2.10.2 Modify by adding a fourth location requirement as follows:
      4.   Supervised smoke alarms shall be installed in all common corridors and at the top and bottom of all stairway enclosures in Groups R-2, R-3, R-4, and I-1 occupancies. In corridors, detectors shall be located within fifteen (15) feet of the end of the corridor and in such a way that one detector is located for each thirty (30) feet of corridor length or spaced as allowed by the code.
Section 907.2.12.2 Delete the section without substitution.
Section 907.4.2 Add a sentence to the end of the section to read as follows:
Where in the opinion of the code official manual fire alarm boxes may be used to cause false fire alarms, the code official is authorized to modify the requirements for manual fire alarm boxes.
Section 907.6.4 Modify by deleting the exception and inserting in lieu thereof:
Exception: Automatic sprinkler system zones shall not exceed the area permitted by NFPA 13 and shall provide a sprinkler control valve and waterflow device for each normally occupied floor.
Section 907.6.4.3 Add a section to read as follows:
Zone and address location labeling. Fire alarm and/or annunciator panels shall have all zones and address points plainly and permanently labeled as to their location on the outside of the panel or on an easily readable map of the building, if no display is present.
Section 907.6.6 Add to the end of the section as follows:
Each address point identification shall have an alpha/numeric descriptor location. Alpha/numeric descriptor locations are required to be reported to the Emergency Communications Center upon activation of alarm conditions as specified by the fire code official. Supervisory alarm conditions are required to be reported to the fire code official by an approved manner.
Section 907.11 Add a new section to read as follows:
Approved hold open devices. When installed in buildings that have a fire alarm system and/or sprinkler system, all approved hold open devices shall release upon activation of a fire alarm and/or sprinkler water-flow activation.
Section 912.4.1 Delete the section and replace with:
Locking fire department connection caps. Locking fire department connection caps approved by the fire department are required for all new construction that have a water- based fire protection system and existing structures that have a water-based fire protection system shall be required immediately after conducting the five-year obstruction and maintenance testing, or if one or more of the fire department caps are missing.
Section 912.8 Add a section to read as follows:
Size. Minimum fire department connection size shall be 21/2" National Standard Thread.
Section 1029.2 Add the following exception:
Exception: The main entrance/exit of A-2 occupancies shall be of a width that accommodates not less than two-thirds of the total occupant load.
Section 1030.1 Modify by deleting exceptions 1 and 3.
Section 5003.5 Add a sentence to the end of the section to read as follows:
Signs shall also comply with the requirements of the Iowa Right to Know law.
Section 5704.2.9 Add a sentence to the end of the section to read as follows:
For aboveground storage tanks of 276 gallons capacity or more, the minimum distance between such aboveground tanks and any Residential Zone boundary must be at least 100 feet. If the aboveground tank is located in an approved vault, the minimum separation distance from a Residential Zone boundary may be reduced to no less than 50 feet.
Section 5704.2.11.1 Add a #4 to the end of the section to read as follows:
      4.   A minimum distance of ten (10) feet shall be maintained between underground tanks and any Residential Zone boundary.
Section 5704.2.13.2.4 Add a section to read as follows:
Existing above-ground tank hazards. Existing above-ground tank installations, even if previously approved, that are determined to constitute a hazard by the fire code official, shall not be continued in service. Unsafe tanks shall be removed as required by the fire code official and in accordance with this code.
That the geographic limits referred to in certain sections of the 2018 International Fire Code are hereby established as follows:
Section 5704.2.9.6.1. The storage of Class I and Class II liquids in above-ground tanks outside of buildings is prohibited in the entire City of Iowa City, Iowa.
Exception: Zones I 1&2, CI 1 and/or as approved by the Fire Chief.
Section 5706.2.4.4. The storage of Class I and Class II liquids in above-ground tanks is prohibited in the entire City of Iowa City, Iowa.
Exception: Zones I 1&2, CI 1 and/or as approved by the Fire Chief.
Section 6104.2. The storage of liquefied petroleum gas is prohibited in the entire City of Iowa City, Iowa.
Exception: Zones I 1&2, CI 1 and/or as approved by the Fire Chief.
(Ord. 19-4778, 2-5-2019)