A. IFC Section 102.7 Amended – Referenced Codes and Standards. Section 102.7 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 102.7 Referenced codes and standards. The codes and standards referenced in this code shall be those that are listed in Chapter 80. Such codes and standards shall be considered part of the requirements of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference as determined or modified by the fire code official. Where differences occur between the provisions of this code and the referenced standards, the provisions of this code shall apply.
B. IFC Section 104.1.2 Added – Indigent Housing Guidelines.
104.1.2 Indigent Housing Guidelines. The fire code official is hereby authorized to develop a policy regarding application and exemption of construction codes for temporary homeless shelters in accordance with WAC 51-16-030 Exemptions for indigent housing guidelines, now or as hereafter amended.
C. IFC Section 104.10.1 Amended – General Authority and Responsibilities, Assistance from Other Agencies. Section 104.10.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 104.10.1 Assistance from other agencies. Police and other enforcement agencies shall have authority to render necessary assistance in the investigation of fires or the enforcement of this code when requested to do so by the fire code official.
D. IFC Section 104.11.2 Amended – General Authority and Responsibilities, Obstructing Operations. Section 104.11.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 104.11.2 Obstructing operations. No person shall obstruct the operations of the fire department in connection with extinguishment, control, or investigation of any fire, or actions relative to other emergencies, or disobey any lawful command of the fire chief or officer of the fire department in charge of the emergency, or any part thereof, or any lawful order of a police officer assisting the fire department.
E. IFC Section 105.1.4 Added – Permits, Construction Permit Fees. Section 105.1.4 of the International Fire Code is hereby added to read as follows:
Section 105.1.4 Construction permit fees. Fees will be assessed for each construction permit issued under this Code. Fees shall be established by resolution of the city council.
F. IFC Section 105.1.5 Added – Permits, Operational Permit Fees. Section 105.1.5 of the International Fire Code is hereby added to read as follows:
Section 105.1.5 Operational permit fees. Fees may be charged annually for each type of operational permit. Fees shall be established by resolution of the city council.
G. IFC Section 105.6.49 Added – Food Trucks. Section 105.6.49 of the International Fire Code is hereby added to read as follows:
Section 105.6.49 An operational permit is required to operate a food truck.
H. IFC Section 105.6.30 Amended – Mobile Food Preparation Vehicles. Section 105.6.30 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Mobile Food Preparation Vehicle. Mobile food preparation vehicles that are equipped with appliances that produce smoke or grease-laden vapors or utilize LP-gas systems or CNG systems for the purpose of preparing and serving food to the public. Vehicles intended for private recreation shall not be considered mobile food preparation vehicles.
184.108.40.206 Valid operational permits issued by any other Municipality, County, or Authority Having Jurisdiction may be considered upon approval of the Fire Marshal and are maintained in accordance with the conditions of the original permit.
I. IFC Section 105.7.26 Added – Emergency Power Supply Systems. Section 105.7.26 of the International Fire Code is hereby added to read as follows:
Section 105.7.26 Emergency Power Supply Systems. A construction permit is required for the installation of a required emergency power supply system that provides emergency power for any life safety device or system. Examples as follows but not limited to elevators, escalators, systems to prevent explosions or detonations, life maintaining medical systems, etc.
J. IFC 106.8 Amended – Overcrowding. Section 108.6 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 108.6 Overcrowding. Overcrowding or admittance of any person beyond the approved capacity of a building or portion thereof shall not be allowed. The fire code official, upon finding any overcrowding conditions or obstruction in aisles passageways or other means of egress, or upon finding any condition which constitutes a life safety hazard, shall be authorized to direct actions to reduce the overcrowding or to cause the event to be stopped until such condition or obstruction is corrected.
K. IFC 108.7 Amended – Unauthorized Tampering. Section 108.7 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 108.7 Unauthorized Tampering. Signs, tags, or seals posted or affixed by the fire code official or their designee shall not be mutilated, destroyed, or tampered with or removed without authorization from the fire code official.
L. IFC Section 109.1 Amended – Board of Appeals, Board of Appeals Established. Section 109.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
M. IFC Section 109.2 Amended – Board of Appeals, Limitations on Authority. Section 109.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 109.2 Limitations on authority. An application for appeal shall be based on a claim that the true intent of the International Fire Code or the rules legally adopted thereunder have been incorrectly interpreted, the provisions of the International Fire Code do not fully apply or an equally good or better form of construction is proposed. The hearing examiner shall have no authority relative to interpretation of the administrative provisions of the International Fire Code nor shall the hearing examiner have the authority to waive requirements of either this code or of other codes, appendices and referenced code standards adopted by or through this code.
N. IFC Section 202 Amended – Definitions, High-Rise Building. Section 202 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
HIGH-RISE BUILDING. A building with an occupied floor or rooftop located more than 75 feet (22 860 mm) above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access.
O. IFC Section 307 Amended – Open Burning, Recreational Fires, and Portable Outdoor Fireplaces. Section 307 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
307.1 General. A person shall not kindle or maintain or authorize to be kindled or maintained any open burning unless conducted and approved in accordance with Sections 307.1.1 through 307.5
307.1.1 Prohibited open burning. Open burning shall be prohibited at all times in compliance with a permanent ban on open burning established by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency in September of 1992.
2. Recreational Fires
3. Portable outdoor fireplaces
4. Fire Department Training Fires
307.2 Permit Required.
A permit shall be obtained from the fire code official in accordance with Section 105.6 prior to conducting a bonfire, recreational fire or portable outdoor fireplace fire. Application for such approval shall only be presented by and permits issued to the owner of the land in which the fire is to be kindled.
307.2.1 Bans on fires due to air quality or fire danger.
If the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency issues a ban due to air quality, or if a fire and life safety burn ban is issued by the City of Mercer Island and/or the King County Fire Marshal’s Office all fires are prohibited. It is the responsibility of the property owner where the fire is to be constructed to ensure no such ban exists prior to starting any fire.
307.3 Extinguishment authority. When any fire creates or adds to a hazardous situation, permit conditions are not adhered to, or a required permit has not been obtained, the fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment of the fire.
307.4 Location. The location for the fires shall be as follows:
A bonfire shall not be constructed within 50 feet (15240 mm) of a structure or combustible material unless the fire is contained in a barbeque pit. Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 50 feet (15244 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
307.4.2 Recreational Fires.
Recreational fires shall not be constructed within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure or combustible material. Conditions that could cause a fire to spread within 25 feet (7620 mm) of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.
307.4.3 Portable Outdoor Fireplaces.
Portable outdoor fireplaces shall be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and shall not be operated within 15 feet (3048 mm) of a structure or combustible material.
Bonfires, recreational fires and use of portable fireplaces shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished. Not fewer than one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum of 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.
P. IFC Section 308.3 Amended – Open Flames, Group A Occupancies. Section 308.3 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 308.3 Group A occupancies. Open-flame devices shall not be used in a Group A occupancy.
1. Open-flame devices are allowed to be used in the following situations, provided approved precautions are taken to prevent ignition of a combustible material or injury to occupants:
1.1. Where necessary for ceremonial or religious purposes in accordance with Section 308.1.7.
1.2. On stages and platforms as a necessary part of a performance in accordance with Section 308.3.2.
1.3. Where candles on tables are securely supported on substantial noncombustible bases and the candle flames are protected.
2. Heat-producing equipment complying with Chapter 6 and the International Mechanical Code.
3. Gas lights are allowed to be used provided adequate precautions satisfactory to the fire code official are taken to prevent ignition of combustible materials.
4. Where approved by the fire code official.
Q. IFC Section 314.4 Added – Indoor Displays, Vehicles. Section 314.4 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 314.4 Vehicles. Liquid- or gas-fueled vehicles, fueled equipment, boats or other motorcraft shall not be located indoors except as follows:
1. Batteries are disconnected.
2. Fuel in fuel tanks does not exceed one-quarter tank or 5 gallons (19 L) (whichever is least).
3. Fuel tanks and fill openings are closed and sealed to prevent tampering.
4. Vehicles, fueled equipment, boats or other motorcraft are not fueled or defueled within the building.
R. IFC Section 401 – Amended Evacuation Required. Section 401.9 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 401.9 Evacuation required. In the event of activation of a fire, emergency alarm, or at the direction of the fire code official, occupants of the building or portion of the building in which the alarm is activated shall make a safe and orderly evacuation out of the building, or as provided in the building’s fire safety and evacuation or high-rise operations plan.
1. Where the occupant’s physical or other disability make the occupant unable to evacuate without assistance and no assistance is immediately available, or;
2. Where the presence of smoke, fire, structural collapse or other hazard or obstruction in the occupant’s means of egress make evacuation unsafe.
S. IFC Section 501.1 Amended – General, Scope. Section 501.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 501.1 Scope. Fire service features for buildings, structures and premises shall comply with this chapter. The requirements in this chapter may be modified by the fire code official if other approved fire-protection features are provided.
T. IFC Section 503 Amended – Fire Apparatus Access Roads. Section 503 of the International Fire Code is hereby adopted and amended to read as follows:
Section 503.1 Where required. Fire apparatus access roads shall be provided and maintained in accordance with Sections 503.1.1 through 503.1.3 and/or local street, road and access standards as determined by the fire code official.
503.1.1 Buildings and facilities.
Approved fire apparatus access roads shall be provided for every facility, building or portion of a building hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction. The fire apparatus access road shall comply with the requirements of this section and shall extend to within 150 feet (45 720 mm) of all portions of the facility and all portions of the exterior walls of the first story of the building as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the building or facility.
Exception: The fire code official is authorized to increase the dimension of 150 feet (45 720 mm) where:
1. The building is equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Sections 903.3.1.2 or 903.3.1.3 for 1 and 2 family dwellings or Section 903.3.1.1 for all other buildings.
2. Fire apparatus access roads cannot be installed because of location on property, topography, waterways, nonnegotiable grades or other similar conditions, and an approved alternative means of fire protection is provided.
503.1.2 Additional access.
The fire code official is authorized to require more than one fire apparatus access road based on the potential for impairment of a single road by vehicle congestion, condition of terrain, climatic conditions or other factors that could limit access.
503.1.3 High-piled storage.
Fire department vehicle access to buildings used for high-piled combustible storage shall comply with the applicable provisions of Chapter 32.
Fire apparatus access roads shall be installed and arranged in accordance with Sections 503.2.1 through 503.2.2.
Fire apparatus access roads shall have an unobstructed width of not less than 20 feet (6096 mm), exclusive of shoulders, except for approved security gates in accordance with Appendix D Section D103.5, and an unobstructed vertical clearance of not less than 13 feet 6 inches (4115 mm).
The fire code official shall have the authority to require an increase in the minimum access widths where they are inadequate for fire or rescue operations.
503.4 Obstruction of fire apparatus access roads.
Fire apparatus access roads shall not be obstructed in any manner, including the parking of vehicles. The minimum widths and clearances established in Section 503.2.1 shall be maintained at all times.
503.4.1 Traffic calming devices.
Traffic calming devices shall be prohibited unless approved by the fire code official.
U. IFC Section 505.1 Amended – Address Identification. Section 505.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 505.1 – Address identification. New and existing buildings shall be provided with approved address identification. The address identification shall be legible and placed in a position that is 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 not be spelled out. Each character shall be not less than six (6) inches high with a minimum stroke width of 1/2 inch. Where required by the fire code official, address identification shall be provided in additional approved locations to facilitate emergency response. 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.
V. IFC Section 507.3 Amended – Fire Protection Water Supplies, Fire-Flow. Section 507.3 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 507.3 Fire-flow. Fire-flow requirements for buildings or portions of buildings and facilities shall be determined by an approved method and Appendix B.
1. Fire-flow is not required for structures under 500 square feet with a B, U or R-1 occupancy where structures are at least 30 feet from any other structure and are used only for recreation.
2. In rural and suburban areas in which adequate and reliable water supply systems do not exist, the fire code official is authorized to utilize NFPA 1142 or the International Wildland-Urban Interface Code.
W. IFC Section 507.5.1 Amended – Fire Hydrant Systems, Where Required. Section 507.5.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 507.5.1 Where required. Where a portion of the facility or building hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction is more than 150 feet from a hydrant on a fire apparatus access road, as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the facility or building, on-site fire hydrants and mains shall be provided where required by the fire code official.
For buildings, one- and two-family dwellings and Group R-3 and Group U occupancies equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1, 903.3.1.2, or 903.3.1.3, the distance requirement shall be 600 feet (183 m).
X. IFC Section 507.5.1.1 Amended – Hydrant for Standpipe Systems. Section 507.5.1.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
507.5.1.1 Hydrant for standpipe and fire sprinkler systems.
Buildings equipped with a standpipe System installed in accordance with Section 905 or a fire sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903 shall have a fire hydrant within 15 feet of the fire department connections.
Exception: The distance shall be permitted to exceed 15 feet where approved by the fire code official.
Y. IFC Section 510 Amended – Emergency Responder Radio Coverage. Section 510 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
510.1 Emergency responder radio coverage in new buildings. Approved radio coverage for emergency responders within the building meeting any of the following conditions:
1. High rise buildings;
2. The total building area is 50,000 square feet or more;
3. The total basement area is 10,000 square feet or more; or
4. Buildings or structures where the Fire or Police Chief determined that in-building radio coverage is critical because of its unique design, location, or occupancy.
The radio coverage system shall be installed in accordance with Sections 501.4 through 510.5.5 of this code and within the provision of NDPA 1221 (2019). This section shall not require the improvement of the existing public safety communication systems.
When determining if the minimum signal strength referenced 510.4.1.1 exists at a subject building, the signal strength shall be measured at any point on the exterior of the building up to the highest point of the roof.
1. Buildings and areas of buildings that have a minimum radio coverage signal strength of the King County Regional 800mhz Radio System within the building in accordance with Section 510.4.1 without the use of a radio coverage system.
2. In facilities where emergency responder radio coverage is required and such systems, components or equipment required could have a negative impact on the normal operations of that facility, the fire code official shall have the authority to accept an automatically activated emergency responder radio coverage system.
3. One- and two-family dwellings and townhouses.
4. Subject to the approval of the fire code official, and upon adoption of the local jurisdiction, buildings other than high-rise buildings, colleges, universities and buildings used primarily occupied by Group E or I occupancies that have completed a Mobile Emergency Radio Coverage application and submitted payment as outlined in the application.
510.4.1 Emergency responder communication enhancement system signal strength. The building shall be considered to have acceptable emergency responder communications enhancement system coverage when signal strength measurements in 95 percent of all areas on each floor of the building meet the signal strength requirements in Sections 510.4.1.1 through 510.4.1.3.
Exception: Critical areas, such as the fire command center(s), the fire pump room(s), interior exit stairways, exit passageways, elevator lobbies, standpipe cabinets, sprinkler sectional valve locations, and other areas required by the fire code official, shall be provided with 99 percent floor area radio coverage.
510.4.1.1 Minimum signal strength into the building. The minimum inbound signal strength shall be sufficient to provide usable voice communications throughout the coverage area as specified by the fire code official. The inbound signal level shall be a minimum of -95 dBm in 95% of the coverage area and 99% in critical areas and sufficient to provide not less than a Delivered Audio Quality (DAQ) of 3.0 or an equivalent Signal-to-Interference-Plus-Noise Ratio (SINR) applicable to the technology for either analog or digital signals.
510.4.1.2 Minimum signal strength out of the building. The minimum outbound signal strength shall be sufficient to provide usable voice communications throughout the coverage area as specified by the fire code official. The outbound signal level shall be sufficient to provide not less than a DAQ of 3.0 or an equivalent SINR applicable to the technology for either analog or digital signals. A minimum signal strength of -95 dBm shall be received by the King County Regional 800 MHz Radio System when transmitted from within the building.
510.4.2 System design. The emergency responder radio coverage system shall be designed in accordance with Sections 510.4.2.1 through 510.4.2.8 and NFPA 1221 (2019).
510.4.2.1 Amplification systems and components. Buildings and structures that cannot support the required level of radio coverage shall be equipped with systems and components to enhance the public safety radio signals and achieve the required level of radio coverage specified in Sections 510.4.1 through 510.4.1.3. Public safety communications enhancement systems utilizing radio-frequency-emitting devices and cabling shall be allowed by the Public Safety Radio System Operator. Prior to installation, all RF-emitting devices shall have the certification of the radio licensing authority and be suitable for public safety use.
510.4.2.2 Technical criteria. The Public Safety Radio System Operator shall provide the various frequencies required, the location of radio sites, the effective radiated power of radio sites, the maximum propagation delay in microseconds, the applications being used and other supporting technical information necessary for system design upon request by the building owner or owner’s representative.
510.4.2.3 Power supply sources. Emergency responder radio coverage systems shall be provided with dedicated standby batteries or provided with 2-hour standby batteries and connected to the facility generator power system in accordance with Section 1203. The standby power supply shall be capable of operating the emergency responder radio coverage system at 100-percent system capacity for a duration of not less than 12 hours.
510.4.2.4 Signal booster requirements. If used, signal boosters shall meet the following requirements:
1. All signal booster components shall be contained in a National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA) 4, IP66-type waterproof cabinet or equivalent.
Exception: Listed battery systems that are contained in integrated battery cabinets.
2. Battery systems used for the emergency power source shall be contained in a NEMA 3R or higher-rated cabinet, IP65-type waterproof cabinet or equivalent.
3. Equipment shall have FCC or other radio licensing authority certification and be suitable for public safety use prior to installation.
4. Where a donor antenna exists, isolation shall be maintained between the donor antenna and all inside antennas to not less than 20dB greater than the system gain under all operating conditions.
5. Bi-Directional Amplifiers (BDAs) used in emergency responder radio coverage systems shall be fitted with anti-oscillation circuitry and per-channel AGC.
6. The installation of amplification systems or systems that operate on or provide the means to cause interference on any emergency responder radio coverage networks shall be coordinated and approved by the Public Safety Radio System Operator.
7. Unless otherwise approved by the Public Safety Radio System Operator, only channelized signal boosters shall be permitted.
Exception: Broadband BDA’s may be utilized when specifically authorized in writing by the Public Safety Radio System Operator.
510.4.2.5 System monitoring. The emergency responder radio enhancement system shall include automatic supervisory and trouble signals that are monitored by a supervisory service and are annunciated by the fire alarm system in accordance with NFPA 72. The following conditions shall be separately annunciated by the fire alarm system, or, if the status of each of the following conditions is individually displayed on a dedicated panel on the radio enhancement system, a single automatic supervisory signal may be annunciated on the fire alarm system indicating deficiencies of the radio enhancement system:
1. Loss of normal AC power supply.
2. System battery charger(s) failure.
3. Malfunction of the donor antenna(s).
4. Failure of active RF-emitting device(s).
5. Low-battery capacity at 70-percent reduction of operating capacity.
6. Active system component malfunction.
7. Malfunction of the communications link between the fire alarm system and the emergency responder radio enhancement system.
510.5 Installation requirements. The installation of the public safety radio coverage system shall be in accordance with NFPA 1221 and Sections 510.5.1 through 510.5.7.
510.5.1 Approval prior to installation. Amplification systems capable of operating on frequencies licensed to any public safety agency by the FCC or other radio licensing authority shall not be installed without prior coordination and approval of the Public Safety Radio System Operator.
510.5.2 Minimum qualifications of personnel. The minimum qualifications of the system designer and lead installation personnel shall include both of the following:
1. A valid FCC-issued general radio telephone operators’ license.
2. Certification of in-building system training issued by an approved organization or approved school, or a certificate issued by the manufacturer of the equipment being installed.
510.5.3 Acceptance test procedure. Where an emergency responder radio coverage system is required, and upon completion of installation, the building owner shall have the radio system tested to verify that two-way coverage on each floor of the building is in accordance with Section 510.4.1. The test procedure shall be conducted as follows:
1. Each floor of the building shall be divided into a grid of 20 approximately equal test areas, with a maximum test area size of 6,400 square feet. Where the floor area exceeds 128,000 square feet, the floor shall be divided into as many approximately equal test areas as needed, such that no test area exceeds the maximum square footage allowed for a test area.
2. Coverage testing of signal strength shall be conducted using a calibrated spectrum analyzer for each of the test grids. A diagram of this testing shall be created for each floor where coverage is provided, indicating the testing grid used for the test in Section 510.5.3(1), and including signal strengths and frequencies for each test area. Indicate all critical areas.
3. Functional talk-back testing shall be conducted using two calibrated portable radios of the latest brand and model used by the agency’s radio communications system or other equipment approved by the fire code official. Testing shall use Digital Audible Quality (DAQ) metrics, where a passing result is a DAQ of 3 or higher. Communications between handsets shall be tested and recorded in the grid square diagram required by section 510.5.3(2): each grid square on each floor; between each critical area and a radio outside the building; between each critical area and the fire command center or fire alarm control panel; between each landing in each stairwell and the fire command center or fire alarm control panel.
4. Failure of more than 5% of the test areas on any floor shall result in failure of the test.
1. Critical areas shall be provided with 99 percent floor area coverage.
5. In the event that two of the test areas fail the test, in order to be more statistically accurate, the floor shall be permitted to be divided into 40 equal test areas. Failure of not more than two nonadjacent test areas shall not result in failure of the test. If the system fails the 40-area test, the system shall be altered to meet the 95-percent coverage requirement.
6. A test location approximately in the center of each test area shall be selected for the test, with the radio enabled to verify two-way communications to and from the outside of the building through the public agency’s radio communications system. Once the test location has been selected, that location shall represent the entire test area. Failure in the selected test location shall be considered to be a failure of that test area. Additional test locations shall not be permitted.
7. The gain values of all amplifiers shall be measured, and the test measurement results shall be kept on file with the building owner so that the measurements can be verified during annual tests. In the event that the measurement results become lost, the building owner shall be required to rerun the acceptance test to reestablish the gain values.
8. As part of the installation, a spectrum analyzer or other suitable test equipment shall be utilized to ensure spurious oscillations are not being generated by the subject signal booster. This test shall be conducted at the time of installation and at subsequent annual inspections.
9. Systems incorporating Class B signal booster devices or Class B broadband fiber remote devices shall be tested using two portable radios simultaneously conducting subjective voice quality checks. One portable radio shall be positioned not greater than 10 feet (3048 mm) from the indoor antenna. The second portable radio shall be positioned at a distance that represents the farthest distance from any indoor antenna. With both portable radios simultaneously keyed up on different frequencies within the same band, subjective audio testing shall be conducted and comply with DAQ levels as specified in Sections 510.4.1.1 and 510.4.1.2.
10. Documentation maintained on premises. At the conclusion of the testing, and prior to issuance of the building Certificate of Occupancy, the building owner or owner’s representative shall place a copy of the following records in the DAS enclosure or the building engineer’s office. The records shall be available to the fire code official and maintained by the building owner for the life of the system:
a. A certification letter stating that the emergency responder radio coverage system has been installed and tested in accordance with this code, and that the system is complete and fully functional.
b. The grid square diagram created as part of testing in Sections 510.5.3(2) and 510.5.3(3).
c. Data sheets and/or manufacturer specifications for the emergency responder radio coverage system equipment; back up battery; and charging system (if utilized).
d. A diagram showing device locations and wiring schematic.
e. A copy of the electrical permit.
11. Acceptance test reporting to fire code official. At the conclusion of the testing, and prior to issuance of the building Certificate of Occupancy, the building owner or owner’s representative shall submit to the fire code official a report of the acceptance test by way of the department’s approved fire records management procedure.
510.6.4 Identification. Radio Coverage system shall be identified by a sign located on or near the Fire Alarm Control Panel stating “This building is equipped with an Emergency Responder Radio Coverage System.”
Z. IFC Section 602 Amended – Building Services and Systems, Definitions. Section 602.1, Definitions, of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
POWER TAP is a listed device for indoor use consisting of an attachment plug on one end of a flexible cord and two or more receptacles on the opposite end, and has overcurrent protection.
AA. IFC Section 901.4 Amended – Installation. Section 901.4.7 of the International Fire Code is hereby added to read as follows:
901.4.7 Additions, change of use, alterations and repairs to buildings.
901.4.7.1 Additions or changes of use. Additions or changes of use to existing buildings which would result in a nonconforming building shall cause the building to be brought up to current code requirements for fire protection systems. Subject to the approval of the fire code official, a phasing plan of up to five years is permitted on sprinkler systems only.
901.4.7.2 Alterations and repairs. When the value of all alterations or repairs performed within a sixty-month period exceeds 50 percent of the value of the building, the fire extinguishing systems and fire detection systems shall be installed throughout as for new construction. For the purposes of this section, the value of the building shall be determined by an approved method by the fire code official.
BB. IFC Section 903.2 Amended – Automatic Sprinkler Systems, Where Required. Section 903.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 903.2 Where required. Approved automatic sprinkler systems shall be installed in all newly constructed buildings and structures with a gross floor area of 5,000 square feet or greater and in the locations described in Sections 903.2.1 through 903.2.12.L.
IFC Section 903.2.9(6) Amended – Group S-1. Section 903.2.9(6) of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
6. A Group S-1 occupancy used for self-storage where the fire area exceeds 2,500 square feet.
CC. IFC Section 903.3.1.2 Amended – NFPA 13R Sprinkler Systems. Section 903.3.1.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 903.3.1.2 NFPA 13R sprinkler systems.
Automatic sprinkler systems in one and two family dwellings shall be permitted to be installed throughout in accordance with NFPA 13R. One and two family dwellings 10,000 square feet and larger shall be installed in accordance with NFPA 13R or 13. Systems in accordance with NFPA 13R shall not be installed in R-1 or R-2 Occupancies.
DD. IFC Section 903.4.3 Amended – Sprinkler System Monitoring and Alarms, Floor Control Valves. Section 903.4.3 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 903.4.3 Floor control valves. Approved supervised indicating control valves shall be provided at the point of connection to the riser on each floor.
Exception: When approved by the Fire Code Official in NFPA 13D and NFPA 13R Systems.
EE. IFC Section 905.8 Added – Standpipe Systems, Dry Standpipes. Section 905.8 of the International Fire Code is hereby added to read as follows:
Section 905.8 Dry standpipes. Dry standpipes shall not be installed.
Exception: Where subject to freezing and in accordance with NFPA 14 when approved by the Fire Code Official.
FF. IFC Section 907.2 Added – Where Required – New Buildings and Structures. Section 907.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby added to read as follows:
907.2 Where required – new buildings and structures.
An approved 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. For all newly constructed buildings with a gross floor area of 3,000 or greater square feet an approved manual and automatic fire alarm system shall be installed.
1. One- and two-family dwellings, Group R-3, Group R-4, and Group U Occupancies having adequate fire-flow and approved access. Dwelling units shall have interconnected single station smoke detectors in accordance with RCW 48.48.140 and chapter 212-10 WAC.
2. Buildings under 10,000 square feet that are protected throughout by an approved and monitored automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with section 903.3.1.1 unless required by other sections of this code.
The system shall provide occupant notification in accordance with Section 907.5, unless other requirements are provided by another section of this code.
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.
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 not required for Group R-2 occupancies unless required by the fire code official to provide a means for fire watch personnel to initiate an alarm during a sprinkler system impairment event. Where provided, the manual fire alarm box shall not be located in an area that is accessible to the public.
Remodels and tenant improvements. When undergoing remodel and tenant improvements, existing occupancies equipped with smoke detectors that are 10 or more years old shall have all such detectors replaced with modern units. Those occupancies without the protection of smoke detection shall add a manual and automatic fire alarm system in accordance with the applicable requirements in this section and other sections that may apply.
Additions. Additions to existing buildings shall meet the requirements of, Remodels and Tenant improvements, for the whole building and additionally provide the same coverage level to the addition as the rest of the building unless authorized by the Fire Code Official.
GG. IFC Section 1103.2 Amended – Emergency Responder Radio Coverage in Existing Buildings. Section 1103.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
1103.2 Emergency responder radio coverage in existing buildings.
Buildings constructed prior to the implementation of this code shall not be required to comply with the emergency responder radio coverage provisions except as follows:
1. Whenever an existing wired communication system cannot be repaired or is being replaced.
2. Buildings identified in Section 510.1 undergoing substantial alteration as determined by the Fire Code Official.
3. When buildings, classes of buildings or specific occupancies do not have minimum radio coverage signal strength as identified in Section 510.4.1 and the Fire or Police Chief determines that lack of minimum signal strength poses an undue risk to emergency responders or occupants that cannot be reasonably mitigated by other means.
HH. IFC Section 901.9 Amended – Termination of monitoring service. Section 901.9 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
901.9 Termination of monitoring service. For fire alarm systems required to be monitored by this code, notice shall be required to be made to the fire code official whenever alarm monitoring services are terminated. Notice shall be made in writing to the fire code official 30 days prior to the service being terminated.
II. IFC Section 1103.11 Amended – Building Information Card. Section 1103.11 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
1103.11 Building Information Card. An approved Building Information Card shall be located in each fire command center, high-rise buildings, hospitals, multiple buildings on common platforms, or other target hazard building as determined by the fire code official including, but is not limited to, all of the following information:
1103.11.1 General Building Information
General building information that includes: property name, address, the number of floors in the building above and below grade, use and occupancy classification (for mixed uses, identify the different types of occupies on each floor) and the estimated building population during the day, night and weekend.
1103.11.2 Building Emergency Contact Information
Building emergency contact information that includes: a list of the building’s emergency contacts including but not limited to the building manager, building engineer and tier respective work phone number, cell phone number and email addresses.
1103.11.3 Building Construction Information
Building construction information that includes: the type of the building construction including but not limited to the floors, walls, columns and roof assembly.
1103.11.4 Exit Stairway Information
Exit access stairway and exit stairway information that includes: number of the exit access stairways and exit stairways in building; each exit access stairway and exit stairway designation and floors served; location where each exit access stairway and exit stairway discharges; interior exit stairways that are pressurized; exit stairways provided with emergency lighting; each exit stairway that allows reentry; exit stairways providing roof access; elevator car numbers and respective floors that are served; location of elevator machine room, control rooms and control spaces; location of sky lobby; and location of freight elevator banks.
1103.11.5 Building Services and System Information
Building services and system information that includes location of the mechanical rooms, location of the building management system, location and capacity of all fuel and oil tanks, location of emergency generator and location of natural gas services.
1103.11.6 Fire Protection Information
Fire protection system information that includes location of standpipes, location of the fire pump room, location of fire department connections, floors protected by automatic sprinklers, and location of different types of automatic sprinkler systems installed including but not limited to dry, wet and pre-action.
1103.11.7 Hazardous Material Information
Hazardous material information that includes the location and quantity of hazardous material.
JJ. IFC Section 3308.9 Amended – Job Shacks and Other Temporary Structures. Section 3308.9 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
3308.9 Job shacks and other temporary structures. Job shacks and other temporary structures located within or less than 20' from the permanent building shall be:
1. Constructed of non-combustible materials or 1-hour fire-restive construction.
2. Shall not be equipped with fuel fired heaters.
3. Shall be equipped with monitored fire alarm system when located below grade.
4. Shall not function as non-associated construction offices unless protected with automatic sprinkler systems.
KK. IFC Section 3308.10 Added – Additional Requirements. Section 3308.10 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
3308.10 Additional Requirements for wood-frame buildings more than 50,000 square feet in area.
3308.10.1 Job Site Security
The job site shall be secured with controlled access once above grade combustible construction has begun together with off hours guard service, motion-controlled surveillance or both.
LL. IFC Section 5003.9 Amended – General Requirements, General Safety Precautions. Section 5003.9 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section 5003.9 General safety precautions. General precautions for the safe storage, handling or care of hazardous materials shall be in accordance with Sections 5003.9.1 through 5003.9.11.
MM. IFC Section 5003.9.11 Added – Manufacturer’s Limitations. Section 5003.9.11 of the International Fire Code is hereby added to read as follows:
5003.9.11 Manufacturer’s Limitations. The storage and use of hazardous materials shall not exceed the manufacturer’s limitations on shelf life and any other restrictions on use.
NN. IFC Section 5307.5.2 Deleted – Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Systems Used in Beverage Dispensing Applications. Section 5307.5.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby deleted.
OO. IFC Appendix B, Section B104.2 Deleted – Fire-Flow Calculation Area, Area Separation. Appendix B, Section B104.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby deleted.
PP. IFC Appendix B, Table B105.2 Amended – Required Fire-Flow for Buildings Other Than One- and Two-Family Dwellings, Group R-3 and R-4 Buildings and Townhouses is hereby added to read as follows:
TABLE B105.2 REQUIRED FIRE-FLOW FOR BUILDINGS OTHER THAN ONE- AND TWO-FAMILY DWELLINGS, GROUP R-3 AND R-4 BUILDINGS AND TOWNHOUSES
AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER SYSTEM (Design Standard)
MINIMUM FIRE-FLOW (gallons per minute)
FLOW DURATION (hours)
No automatic sprinkler system
Value in Table B105.1(2)
Duration in Table B105.1(2)
Section 903.3.1.1 of the International Fire Code
50% of the value in Table B105.1(2)a
Duration in Table B105.1(2) at the reduced flow rate
Section 903.3.1.2 of the International Fire Code
50% of the value in Table B105.1(2)a
Duration in Table B105.1(2) at the reduced flow rate
For SI: 1 gallon per minute = 3.785 L/m.
aThe reduced fire-flow shall be not less than 1,500 gallons per minute.
QQ. IFC Appendix C, Section C102 Amended – Number of Fire Hydrants. Appendix C, Section C102.2 of the International Fire Code is hereby added to read as follows:
Section C102.2 Sprinkler support hydrants. One or more fire hydrants shall be designated as sprinkler support hydrants and are not included in the required fire hydrant calculations as determined by fire-flow.
RR. IFC Appendix D, Section D101.1 Amended – General, Scope. Appendix D, Section D101.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
Section D101.1 Scope. Fire apparatus access roads shall be in accordance with this appendix and all other applicable requirements of the International Fire Code. The requirements in this appendix may be modified by the fire code official if the building is provided with an approved automatic fire sprinkler system and/or other approved fire-protection features.
SS. IFC Appendix D, Section D105.1 Amended – Where Required. Appendix D, Section D105.1 of the International Fire Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
D105.1 Where required.
Where the vertical distance between the grade plane and the highest roof surface exceeds 30 feet (9,144 mm), approved aerial fire apparatus access roads shall be provided. For purposes of this section, the highest roof surface shall be determined by measurement to the eave of a pitched roof, the intersection of the roof to the exterior wall, or the top of parapet walls, whichever is greater.
Exception: One- and two-family dwellings, Group R-3, and Group U Occupancies.
(Ord. 21C-01 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 17C-12 § 3; Ord. 17C-01 § 3; Ord. 16C-04 § 7; Ord. 13C-06 § 7; Ord. 10C-03 § 7; Ord. 07C-04 § 9; Ord. 04C-12 § 4).