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(a) Standards, provisions, and requirements for avoidance of fire hazards in buildings and structures and on other premises in the town shall be regulated by the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code to include all Appendices and inspection schedule found in section 106 of the code, which is, together with any future revisions and additions thereto, herein adopted and fully incorporated in this chapter by reference as though fully set forth herein. The town will enforce the most current edition of the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code and all Appendices as adopted by the North Carolina Building Code Council.
(b) Fire prevention code inspections and enforcement shall be carried out by town employees who have obtained valid certification in fire inspections from the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board.
(c) The Fire Marshal for the Town of Surf City shall have the power to modify any of the provisions of the fire prevention code adopted in this article upon application in writing by an owner or lessee, or his 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 fire prevention code shall be observed, public safety secured and substantial justice done. The particulars of such modification when granted or allowed and the decision of the fire marshal thereon shall be entered upon the records of the department, and a signed copy shall be furnished to the applicant.
(d) Whenever the Fire Marshal for the Town of Surf City disapproves an application or refuses to grant a permit applied for, or when it is claimed that the provisions of the fire prevention code adopted in this article do not apply or that the true intent and meaning of such code have been misconstrued or wrongly interpreted, the applicant may appeal from the decision of the fire marshal or chief of the fire department to the town manager within 30 days from the date of the decision appealed.
(Ord. No. 2001-32, § 1,11-8-01; Ord. No. 2014-01, passed 1-6-15; Ord. No. 2018-06, § I, 9-4-18)