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(a) Practical Difficulties. The superintendent is authorized to modify any of the provisions of this chapter upon application in writing by the owner, a lessee or an authorized representative where there are practical difficulties in the way of carrying out the provisions of this chapter, provided that the purpose of this chapter, as set forth in Section 16.09.005, shall be complied with, and substantial justice done. The particulars of such modification and the decision of the superintendent shall be entered upon the records of the plant and a signed copy shall be furnished to the applicant.
(b) Alternate Materials. The superintendent, upon application in writing by the owner, a lessee or an authorized representative, and on notice to the chief building official, is authorized to approve alternate materials or methods, provided that the superintendent finds that the proposed design, use or operation satisfactorily complies with the intent of this chapter and that the material, method of work performed or operation is, for the purpose intended, at least equivalent to that prescribed in this chapter in quality and effectiveness in meeting the purposes of this chapter. Approvals under the authority herein contained shall be subject to the approval of the chief building official whenever the alternate material or method involves matters regulated by any code administered by the chief building official. The particulars of any approval made by the superintendent under this subsection shall be entered upon the records of the plant and a signed copy shall be furnished to the applicant.
(Ord. 5084 § 2 (part), 2010)