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(A) This section applies only to new construction of a Class 1 structure and a Class 2 structure.
(B) (1) As used in this section, ENGINEERED LUMBER ROOF TRUSSES AND/OR FLOOR JOISTS refer to a structural assembly that:
(a) Is fabricated from:
2. Light-gauge metal;
3. Other component materials; or
4. Any combination of materials described in division (B)(1)(a)1. through 3.;
(b) Has less mass cross-sectional area than sawn lumber members that would be used in an equivalent application;
(c) Is assembled from combustible or noncombustible materials, or both; and
(d) Is not a vertical member and supports a roof or floor, or both.
(2) The term does not include a structural assembly that provides a minimum of one-hour fire resistance, when tested in accordance with ASTM Standard E119.
(3) As used in this section, OWNER means a person having control or custody of any structure to which this section applies.
(C) (1) A structure that contains engineered lumber roof trusses and/or floor joists must have a placard affixed to the structure that meets the requirements of this section.
(2) The placard shall use color coding and lettering that identifies both of the following:
(a) The types of engineered lumber roof trusses and floor joists used in the structure, including truss or engineered lumber;
(b) The location of engineered lumber roof trusses and/or floor joists used in the structure, including floor joists or truss roof systems.
(c) The placard may not be:
1. Smaller than three and one-half inches by four and one-half inches; and
2. Larger than five inches by five and one-half inches.
(D) (1) The placard must be permanently affixed:
(a) Below the structure’s electrical meter, if the structure has electrical service; or
(b) On the left side of the front entrance, four to six feet above the ground, if the structure does not have electrical service.
(E) (1) An applicant for a building permit must indicate on the application:
(a) The types of engineered lumber roof trusses and/or floor joists used in the structure;
(b) The location of the engineered lumber roof trusses and/or floor joists used in the structure; and
(2) The application form for a building permit must include a place on the form for providing the information under division (E)(1).
(F) (1) An applicant for a building permit shall not be issued a building permit unless the individual, at the time of the application, is issued a placard by the Building Commissioner.
(2) A fee, not to exceed $5, shall be charged for each placard issued.
(G) The Building Commissioner shall not:
(1) Approve a structure on final inspection; or
(2) Issue a certificate of occupancy for a structure; unless a placard is affixed to the structure that meets the requirements of this section.
(H) (1) Not later than ten business days after issuing a building permit, the Building Commissioner shall send written notification to the local fire department and the 911 telephone call center that has jurisdiction in the area where the structure is located. The notification shall be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.
(2) The notification must include the following information:
(a) The street address of the property;
(b) The name of the municipality and county in which the structure is located.
(c) The types of engineered lumber roof trusses and/or floor joists used in the structure;
(d) The location of the engineered lumber roof trusses and/or floor joists by area within the structure.
(I) Upon receiving a copy of the notification under division (H) of this section, the Chief of the Fire Department, or the Chief’s designee, shall:
(1) Post the information in a conspicuous place for all emergency personnel;
(2) Provide the information to any fire department providing mutual aid; and
(3) For Class 1 structures only, add the structure to the inspection file for follow up on a timely basis for inspection.
(J) Upon receiving a notification under division (H) of this section, the 911 telephone call center shall maintain the information on each property, by the address of the property, that uses engineered lumber roof trusses and/or floor joists. When dispatching to the listed address, the dispatcher shall notify the responding units of the information.
(K) An owner of a structure shall ensure that the placard remains affixed to the structure during the life of the structure.
(L) (1) If:
(a) The Building Commissioner provides written notice to an owner that the owner has failed to install or maintain a placard on the structure in violation of this section; and
(b) The owner fails to correct the violation not later than ten business days after receiving the written notice; the owner is liable for a civil penalty of not more than $100 per day during the period, beginning ten business days after the owner receives written notice of the violation from the unit, and until the date the violation is corrected.
(2) A penalty imposed under this chapter may not exceed $3,000 per structure per year.
(Ord. 12-2019, passed 10-15-2019)