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A. Generally. This edition of NFPA-1, the Uniform Fire Code, adopted by § 4-3-1, is hereby amended, altered, and changed in the following respects. Please note, the section numbers that follow are the reference sections found in NFPA-1.
B. Chapter 1.
1. 1.3.1. Application. Is hereby amended by the addition of the following sentence: "All construction and/or alterations of a building, which require a building permit, except for fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems shall comply with the adopted building code of the City of Somerton."
2. 1.3.2 Reference Standards. Is hereby amended as follows: "When reference is made to the Building Code, it shall mean the most recent Building Code adopted by the City of Somerton."
3. 1.3.8 Conflicts. Is hereby amended as follows: "Repairs, renovations, alterations, reconstruction, change of occupancy, and additions to buildings shall conform with the adopted building code of the jurisdiction except for repairs, renovation, alteration and reconstruction of fire sprinkler and fire alarms. Those activities shall be regulated by the fire code adopted by this ordinance."
4. 1.7.10 Plans and Specifications. Is hereby amended by the addition of the following paragraph: "All plans, specifications, and calculations shall be sealed by a registrant licensed to practice in the state of Arizona. Calculation sheets for fire sprinkler systems shall be submitted on the same size paper as the layout drawings and made a permanent part of the submitted design drawings."
5. 126.96.36.199 Establishment of Board of Appeals. Is hereby amended by striking the entire paragraph and replacing it with the following: "Whenever reference is made to the "Board of Appeals" in the City Fire Code, it shall mean the City of Somerton "Development Review Committee." Whenever the chief of the fire department shall disapprove an application or refuses to grant license or permit applied for, or when it is claimed that the provisions of the code do not apply or that the true intent and meaning of the code has been misconstrued or wrongly interpreted, the applicant may appeal the decision of the chief of the fire department to the "Development Review Committee", as established and referred to in this Chapter 1 of this code; within thirty (30) days from the date of the decision."
6. 1.12 Permits and Approvals. The following shall be added to this section.
a. 188.8.131.52 Fees and Charges. "All "activity" permits required by the fire code shall be subject to the table of fees. A fee in accordance with the following schedule shall be paid to the City of Somerton at the time of application for: (1) an installation or removal; (2) an activity permit; (3) other service or special inspection. These fees are not charges for normal business inspections but are used in the event that there is a change in occupancy, addition or changes to occupancy during the business license year or if a State mandated inspection is required beyond the normal business inspection which occurs as a result of business license renewal. Failure to apply for necessary permits or service can result in a double charge for such. Fees are payable upon permit application."
Activity Permit Fee Schedule:
Activity Permit Fee Schedule:
Carnivals and fairs
Cutting and welding operations
Exhibit and trade shows
Explosives or blasting
Fuel tank installation or removal
Liquefied petroleum gas installation
Installation less than 500 gallons
Membrane structures, tents, and canopies
Permanent or temporary
Pyrotechnics before a proximate audience
Torch applied roofing operations
Fire inspections mandated by state for licensing
Day care-home based
Adult care-home based
Fire sprinkler alterations 1-25 heads
Fire alarm 1-10 devices
b. 184.108.40.206 Standard Hourly Fee. "This is a special fee should there be a need for special service or re-inspections. This standard hourly fee is not a fee in addition to permit fees listed above.
a. After normal working hours: There shall be a standard hourly fee of thirty three dollars ($33.00), with a one-hour minimum, charged for all special, after-hours service, inspections and plan review work. This is provided to accommodate the developer who may need a higher level of service and is willing to pay an additional fee for that service.
b. Special services: In addition, the standard hourly fee is established for special requests for service such as the following: a review for the use of alternate methods, consultation, fire watch, stand-by service, and hydrant flow testing.
c. Re-inspections: Another application for the standard hourly fee is for the commercial fire inspection program. There will be no charge for the initial annual commercial fire inspection and one follow-up, however, should the business require more than one follow-up re-inspection that business shall be charged at the standard hourly fee with a half-hour minimum charge for each additional re-inspection."
7. 1.14.1 Plan Review. Is hereby amended by the addition of the following sentence: "All buildings required by the Code to have Fire Sprinklers and Alarm Plans, shall not be allowed to defer said plans; but shall include such plans with the initial submittal of all building plans."
C. Chapter 2 Reference Publications, 2.2 NFPA Publications. Is hereby amended as follows: "Any references to the 2003 Edition of NFPA 5000 shall be changed to name the most currently adopted Building Code, which is the official building code of reference."
D. Chapter 3 Definitions, 220.127.116.11 Combustible Liquid. Is hereby amended by addition of the following paragraph: "NOTE: Storage and use of combustible liquids with a flash point under 141 degrees F. in outdoors areas and areas without climatic controls will be treated as Class 1-C flammable liquids throughout the code."
E. Chapter 4 General Requirements, 4.5.7 Changes of Occupancy. Is hereby amended as follows: "In order to determine when a change of occupancy will initiate a fire sprinkler retrofit, the following will be added to sub-section (1): (1) For the purpose of determining if a change of occupancy will be a more hazardous operation requiring the retrofit of a fire sprinkler system, the 2003 Edition of the International Existing Building Code, Table 812.4.1 will be referenced. See Chapter 10.3.4."
F. Chapter 10 General Fire Safety.
1. 10.3.4 Changes of Occupancy. All of 10.3.4 is replaced with the following: "Changes made in the character or use of an occupancy shall be in accordance with the Building Code provided a new certificate of occupancy is issued. See Chapter 4.5.7."
2. 10.13.1.1 Premises Identification. Is hereby amended by addition of the following paragraph: "NFPA 704, figure 9.1.c shall be used to determine the size of address lettering and numbering."
3. Chapter 13.3 Automatic Sprinklers. Is hereby amended as follows: "13.3.2 to 18.104.22.168 Where Required. All references to Existing facilities remain. All references to "New" occupancies is hereby amended to read as follows:
A. An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout all levels of all buildings here after constructed, except for Group U and R-3 occupancies.
Exception 1: Buildings housing a group A-1, A-2, A-3, A-4, A-5, B, E, F-2, M, or S-2 occupancy having a calculated fire flow less than or equal to seven hundred fifty (750) gallons per minute.
NOTE 1: For the purposes of this section, the accepted method of calculating required fire flow shall be the Insurance Service Office's "Needed Fire Flow" (NFFi 1980) as outlined in the "Fire Suppression Rating Schedule" (1993).
NOTE 2: For the purposes of this article, fire resistive area separation walls will not be considered a barrier creating a separate building.
Exception 2: Temporary use of Modular or factory-built structures shall not be required to provide an automatic fire sprinkler system, provided that the use of the structure and the "Certificate of Occupancy" is limited to one year from the time of set-up to removal.
Exception 3: Open canopy structure. When automatic fire sprinklers are not required by the most currently adopted Building Code and when the structure meets each of the following criteria, fire sprinklers will not be required.
a. The structure shall not exceed 10,000 square feet.
b. The entire covered area is open on all sides void of interior walls or full length partitions.
c. Setbacks from property lines or other structures are in accordance with the Somerton Zoning Code.
d. The building use is not classified as hazardous or assembly occupancy.
e. Portable fire extinguishers shall be provided in accordance with NFPA 10.
f. Open flames and devices emitting flames or creating a glow capable of igniting combustible materials shall not be used in or adjacent to the structure.
g. Flammable or combustible liquids and LP-Gas shall not be stored in or adjacent to the structure except for automobile fueling islands.
h. An approved water supply capable of supplying the required fire flow shall be provided.
NOTE: Any changes to the canopy structure or its base may result in the loss of this exception and may require a retrofit of an automatic fire sprinkler system.
B. Retrofit of fire sprinklers to existing structures. An existing building that undergoes a "change of occupancy" as outlined in Chapter 4.5.7 whereby that new occupancy is deemed a greater hazard than the previous occupancy, the building will be treated as a new building and may require the installation of fire sprinklers.
C. Any building, except Group U and R-3 occupancies, which undergoes a renovation in excess of 50% of value as assessed by the building code, shall meet the requirements of this section.
D. Any building that increases in size by a total summation of 50% as a result of one or more expansions will require a retrofit of an automatic fire sprinkler. For the purposes of this code, the current size of the building at the time of this code adoption will constitute the starting point."
G. Chapter 18 Occupancy Fire Safety. 22.214.171.124.1.3 Location of Access Road in Reference to Structures, is hereby added to read: "When required, the apparatus access road shall be located no closer than fifty (50) feet from any structure unless authorized by the chief."
H. Chapter 66 Flammable Combustible Liquids. 66.2.2 Design and Construction of Tanks, is hereby amended by addition of the following paragraph: "Any permanent tank installation over 500 gallons will require that the foundation and anchorage be engineered by a design professional registered in the State of Arizona."
I. Chapter 69 Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
1. 69.1 General Provisions Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Is hereby amended by addition of the following paragraph: "Any permanent tank installation over 500 gallons will require that the foundation and anchorage be engineered by a design professional registered in the State of Arizona."
2. 126.96.36.199 Transfer Personnel. Is hereby amended to read as follows: "Dispensing of LP gases shall be performed by a qualified attendant. In-service training for attendants shall be conducted annually and current records of such training be maintained on-site."
(Res. 860, passed 11-2-2004; Ord. 2008-006, passed 5-6-2008)