article i - City of Irving

article i - City of Irving
ORDINANCE NO. ORD-2012-9401
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 8-5 OF ARTICLE II “BUILDING CODES” OF
CHAPTER 8 “IRVING BUILDING STANDARDS CODE” OF THE IRVING LAND
DEVELOPMENT CODE BY ADOPTING THE 2009 EDITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL
BUILDING CODE; DESIGNATING IT AS THE COMMERCIAL BUILDING CODE OF THE CITY
OF IRVING; PROVIDING FOR AMENDMENTS AND CORRECTIONS THERETO; PROVIDING
FOR SEVERABILITY, SAVINGS, PENALTY, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
WHEREAS, the Construction Board of Appeals, among its other duties, has been created to
obtain public comment on the periodic update of the code; and
WHEREAS, the Construction Board of Appeals has conducted a public meeting to receive
public comments from persons affected by the proposed amendment to the code and recommends
adoption of the residential code with the following local amendments;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
IRVING, TEXAS:
SECTION 1. That Section 8-5 of Chapter 8 of the Irving Land Development Code is hereby
amended to read as follows:
Sec. 8-5. International Building Code.
(a) Commercial Building Code. The 2009 edition of the International Building Code with
amendments, modifications, and deletions as specified in this section is adopted as the commercial
building code for the City of Irving, Texas.
(b) Amendments, modifications, and deletions to the 2009 International Building Code.
Amendments, modifications, and deletions to the 2009 International Building Code are adopted as
follows:
Section 101.1. Section 101.1 of Section 101 “General” of Chapter 1 “Scope and Administration” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
101.1 Title. These regulations shall be known as the Building Code of the City of Irving, Texas,
hereinafter referred to as “this code” or “IBC.”
Section 101.2.1.
Section 101.2.1 of Section 101 “General” of Chapter 1 “Scope and
Administration” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
101.2.1 Appendices. Provisions in the appendices shall not apply unless specifically adopted.
Appendix C “Group U – Agricultural Buildings,” Appendix E “Supplementary Accessibility
Requirements,” and Appendix I “Patio Covers” shall be considered part of the requirements of this
code. Appendix L “Fee Schedule” and Appendix M “Aircraft Noise Attenuation Requirements”
have been added and shall be considered part of the requirements of this code.
Section 101.3. Section 101.3 of Section 101 “General” of Chapter 1 “Scope and Administration” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
101.3 Intent. The purpose of this code is to establish the minimum requirements to safeguard the
public health, safety, and general welfare through structural strength, means of egress facilities,
stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy conservation, and safety to life and property
from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment and to provide safety to fire fighters and
emergency responders during emergency operations. The administrative requirements and procedures
of this chapter shall also apply to the referenced codes in Section 101.4 of this code.
Section 101.4. Section 101.4 of Section 101 “General” of Chapter 1 “Scope and Administration” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
101.4 Referenced codes. The other codes listed in Sections 101.4.1 through 101.4.6 and referenced
elsewhere in this code, when specifically adopted, shall be considered part of the requirements of this
code to the prescribed extent of each such reference. Whenever amendments have been adopted to the
referenced codes and standards, each reference to said code and standard shall be considered to
reference the amendments as well. Any reference to NFPA 70 or the Electrical Code shall mean the
Electrical Code as adopted.
Section 101.4.4.
Section 101.4.4 of Section 101 “General” of Chapter 1 “Scope and
Administration” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
101.4.4 Electrical. The provisions of the Electrical Code shall apply to the installation of electrical
systems, including alterations, repairs, replacement, equipment, appliances, fixtures, fittings, and
appurtenances thereto.
Section 103. Section 103 “Department Of Building Safety” of Chapter 1 “Scope and
Administration” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended in its entirety to read as follows:
SECTION 103
DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONS
103.1 Creation of enforcement agency. The department of inspections is hereby created and the
official in charge thereof shall be known as the building official. Wherever the term “department of
building safety” is used elsewhere in this code, it shall mean the department of inspections.
Section 105.2. Section 105.2 of Section 105 “Permits” of Chapter 1 “Scope and Administration” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
105.2 Work exempt from permit. Exemptions from permit requirements of this code shall not be
deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of
this code or any other laws or ordinances of this jurisdiction. Permits shall not be required for the
following:
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Building:
1. One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses, and
similar uses, not exceeding 6 feet in any dimension (includes height measured from adjacent
grade to the highest point of the roof).
2. Installation or repair of retaining walls which are not over 30” in height of exposed face,
unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II, or III-A liquids.
3. Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity does not exceed 5,000 gallons and
the ratio of height to diameter or width does not exceed 2:1.
4. Sidewalks not exceeding 4 feet in width, which are:
a. On private property;
b. Not more than 30 inches above adjacent grade; and
c. Not over any basement or story below.
5. Paving or driveways, which are:
a.
b.
c.
d.
On private property;
Not exceeding 1,000 square feet in area;
Not creating or reconfiguring parking spaces; and
Not replacing any required landscape area.
6. Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops, and similar finish work.
7. Temporary motion picture, television, and theater stage sets and scenery.
8. Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy that are less than 24
inches deep, do not exceed 5,000 gallons, and are installed entirely above ground.
9. Swings and other playground equipment.
10. Window awnings with a metal frame, without signage, supported by an exterior wall which
do not project more than 30 inches from the exterior wall.
11. Nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters, and partitions not over 5 feet 9
inches in height.
Electrical: In accordance with the National Electrical Code as adopted.
Gas:
1. Portable heating appliance.
2. Replacement of any minor part that does not alter approval of equipment or make such
equipment unsafe.
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Mechanical:
1. Portable heating appliance.
2. Portable ventilation equipment.
3. Portable cooling unit.
4. Steam, hot, or chilled water piping within any heating or cooling equipment regulated by
this code.
5. Replacement of any part that does not alter its approval or make it unsafe.
6. Portable evaporative cooler.
7. Self-contained refrigeration system containing 10 pounds or less of refrigerant and actuated
by motors of 1 horsepower or less.
Plumbing:
1. The stopping of leaks in drains, water, soil, waste, or vent pipe; provided, however, that if
any concealed trap, drain pipe, water, soil, waste, or vent pipe becomes defective and it
becomes necessary to remove and replace the same with new material, such work shall be
considered as new work and a permit shall be obtained and inspection made as provided in
this code.
2. The clearing of stoppages or the repairing of leaks in pipes, valves, or fixtures, and the
removal and reinstallation of water closets, provided such repairs do not involve or require
the replacement or rearrangement of valves, pipes, or fixtures.
Section 105.3.2.
Section 105.3.2 of Section 105 “Permits” of Chapter 1 “Scope and
Administration” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
105.3.2 Time limitation of application. An application for a permit for any proposed work shall
be deemed to have been abandoned 180 days after the date of filing and may be cancelled, unless a
permit has been issued; except that the building official is authorized to grant one or more
extensions of time for additional periods not exceeding 90 days each. The extension shall be
requested in writing and justifiable cause demonstrated.
Section 105. Section 105 “Permits” of Chapter 1 “Scope and Administration” of the 2009
International Building Code is amended by adding Section 105.3.2.1 to read as follows:
105.3.2.1 Time limitation on certain applications. Single trade (mechanical, electrical,
plumbing, irrigation, and roofing) permits and certificates of occupancy that have been
approved, for which payment has not been submitted within 14 calendar days after the date of
approval, may be cancelled.
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Section 105.5. Section 105.5 “Expiration” of Section 105 “Permits” of Chapter 1 “Scope and
Administration” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
105.5 Expiration. Every permit issued shall become invalid:
1. Unless the work authorized by such permit is commenced within 180 days after its issuance.
2. If the work authorized by such permit is suspended or abandoned for a period of 180 days after
the time the work is commenced.
3. If the work authorized by such permit is not suspended or abandoned, but reasonable progress
comparable to similar projects is not being made.
The building official is authorized to grant, in writing, one or more extensions of time, for periods
not more than 180 days each. The extension shall be requested in writing and justifiable cause
demonstrated.
Section 107.2.1. Section 107.2.1 of Section 107 “Submittal Documents” of Chapter 1 “Scope and
Administration” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
107.2.1 Information on construction documents. Construction documents shall be dimensioned
and drawn upon suitable material. Civil engineering drawings shall be submitted on 24 inch by 36
inch paper. Approved drawings shall be submitted electronically. Construction documents shall be
of sufficient clarity to indicate the location, nature, and extent of the work proposed and show in
detail that it will conform to the provisions of this code and relevant laws, ordinances, rules, and
regulations, as determined by the building official.
Section 109.2. Section 109.2 of Section 109 “Fees” of Chapter 1 “Scope and Administration” of the
2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
109.2 Schedule of permit fees. On buildings, structures, electrical, gas, mechanical, and plumbing
systems or alterations requiring a permit, a fee for each permit shall be paid as required, in accordance
with Appendix L of this code.
Section 109.4. Section 109.4 of Section 109 “Fees” of Chapter 1 “Scope and Administration” of the
2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
109.4 Work commencing before permit issuance. Any person who commences any work on a
building, structure, electrical, gas, mechanical, or plumbing system before obtaining the necessary
permits may be subject to a fee of 100 percent of the usual permit fee in addition to the required permit
fees.
Section 109.6. Section 109.6 of Section 109 “Fees” of Chapter 1 “Scope and Administration” of the
2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
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109.6 Refunds. The building official shall authorize the refunding of fees as follows:
1. The full amount of the fee paid hereunder that was erroneously paid or due to extenuating
circumstances as approved by the code official.
2. Not more than 80 percent of the permit fee paid when no work or inspection has been done
under a permit issued in accordance with this code.
The code official shall not authorize the refunding of any fee paid except upon written application
filed by the original permittee not later than 180 days after the date of fee payment.
Section 111.1. Section 111.1 of Section 111 “Certificate of Occupancy” of Chapter 1 “Scope and
Administration” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
111.1 Use and occupancy. No building or structure shall be used or occupied, and no change in the
existing occupancy classification of a building or structure or portion thereof shall be made until the
building official has issued and the fire code official has approved a certificate of occupancy therefor as
provided herein. Issuance of a certificate of occupancy shall not be construed as an approval of a
violation of the provisions of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction.
Exceptions:
1. Certificates of occupancy are not required for work exempt from permits under Section
105.2.
2. Minor accessory structures not used for human occupancy.
Section 111. Section 111 “Certificate of Occupancy” of Chapter 1 “Scope and Administration” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Sections 111.1.1 and 111.1.2 to read as
follows:
111.1.1 Certificate of use. No lot or tract of property upon which no building or structure has been
constructed shall be used or occupied, and no change in the existing use of the property or portion
thereof shall be made until the building official has issued a certificate of use therefor as provided
herein. Issuance of a certificate of use shall not be construed as an approval of a violation of the
provisions of this code or of other ordinances of the jurisdiction.
111.1.2 Letter of compliance. The building official shall issue a letter of compliance for buildings
which have received shell construction final inspections from both the inspections and fire
departments.
Section 111.2. Section 111.2 of Section 111 “Certificate of Occupancy” of Chapter 1 “Scope and
Administration” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
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111.2 Certificate issued. After the building official inspects the building, structure, or property and
finds no violations of the provisions of this code or any ordinance or regulation or any of the provisions
of this code, the building official shall issue a certificate of occupancy or certificate of use that contains
the following (where applicable):
1. The permit number.
2. The address of the structure or property.
3. The name and address of the owner.
4. A description of that portion of the structure or property for which the certificate is issued.
5. A statement that the described portion of the structure or property has been inspected for
compliance with the requirements of this code for the occupancy and division of occupancy and
the use for which the proposed occupancy is classified.
6. The name of the building official.
7. The edition of the code under which the permit/certificate was issued.
8. The use and occupancy, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 3.
9. The type of construction as defined in Chapter 6.
10. The design occupant load.
11. If an automatic sprinkler system is provided, whether the sprinkler system is required.
12. Any special stipulations and conditions of the certificate of use or occupancy.
13. Name of the tenant.
Section 111.4. Section 111.4 of Section 111 “Certificate of Occupancy” of Chapter 1 “Scope and
Administration” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
111.4 Revocation. The building official is authorized to, in writing, suspend or revoke a certificate of
occupancy or use issued under the provisions of this code wherever the certificate is issued in error, or
on the basis of incorrect information supplied, or where it is determined that the building, structure, or
lot or tract of property or portion thereof is in violation of any ordinance or regulation or any of the
provisions of this code.
Section 113. Section 113 “Board of Appeals” of Chapter 1 “Scope and Administration” of the 2009
International Building Code is amended in its entirety to read as follows:
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SECTION 113
CONSTRUCTION BOARD OF APPEALS
113.1 General. In order to hear and decide appeals of orders, decisions, or determinations made by the
building official or fire chief relative to the application and interpretation of the International Building
Code, International Residential Code, International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code,
International Energy Conservation Code, International Fuel Gas Code, National Electrical Code, or
International Fire Code, there shall be and is hereby created a construction board of appeals. The
construction board of appeals shall be appointed by the governing body and shall hold office at its
pleasure. The board shall adopt rules of procedure for conducting its business.
113.2 Limitations on authority. An application for appeal shall be based on a claim that the true intent of
this code or the rules legally adopted thereunder have been incorrectly interpreted, the provisions of this
code do not fully apply, or an equally good or better form of construction is proposed. The board shall
have no authority to waive requirements of this code, but may only vary requirements to allow an
alternate method or material when the alternate method or material would be as good as or better than
the requirements of the code.
113.3 Appointment. There has been established the construction board of appeals consisting of seven
(7) members as follows: one (1) interested citizen, one (1) master electrician or electrical contractor,
one (1) master plumber or plumbing contractor, one (1) class “A” licensed mechanical (HVAC)
contractor or mechanical engineer, one (1) home builder, one (1) representative from the fire protection
industry, and one (1) licensed architect or engineer. The board was appointed by the city council. The
building official and the fire chief are ex officio members of the board.
113.3.1 Term of office. Initially, four of the seven (7) members of the construction board of
appeals were appointed to serve for two (2) years; and three of the members were appointed to
serve one (1) year. Thereafter, each member shall serve for a term of two (2) years which shall
expire upon the date of the first city council meeting in November of the year of expiration;
however, if an appointment is not made by the city council meeting in November of the year of
expiration, the member shall continue in office until reappointed or a successor has been appointed
by the city council. Vacancies shall be filled for an unexpired term in the manner in which original
appointments are made. Continued absence of any member from regular meetings of the board
may, at the discretion of the city council, render the member liable to immediate removal from
office.
113.3.1.1 Conflict of interest. No board member shall act in a case in which he or she has a
conflict of interest.
113.3.2 Quorum. Four (4) members of the board constitute a quorum. In varying the application
of any provision of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, International
Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, International Energy Conservation Code,
International Fuel Gas Code, National Electrical Code, or International Fire Code, or in modifying
an order of a building official or the fire chief, affirmative votes of the majority present, but not less
than four (4) affirmative votes are required.
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113.3.3 Records. The building official may act as secretary of the construction board of appeals
and may make a detailed record of all its proceedings, which set forth the reasons for its decisions,
the vote of each member participating including abstentions, and the absence of a member.
113.3.4 Procedure. The board may establish rules and regulations for its own procedure not
inconsistent with the provisions of the International Building Code, International Residential Code,
International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, International Energy Conservation
Code, International Fuel Gas Code, National Electrical Code, or International Fire Code. The
board may meet at regular intervals, to be determined by the chairperson, and shall meet within
thirty (30) days after any notice of appeal has been received by the building official.
113.4 Appeals--Time limit. When the building official or fire chief rejects or refuses to approve the
method of construction proposed to be followed in the erection or alteration of a building or structure,
or when the owner of the building or structure claims that the provisions of this code do not apply, or
that the true intent and meaning of a code, or any of its regulations have been misconstrued or wrongly
interpreted, the owner of the building or structure, or his or her agent, may appeal the decision of the
building official or fire chief to the construction board of appeals. The person appealing a decision of
the building official or fire chief shall file the appeal in writing on a form provided by the building
official and submit it with a fee, in accordance with Appendix L “Fee Schedule,” to the inspections
department within thirty (30) days after the decision is rendered by the building official or fire chief.
113.4.1 Accelerated appeal. In case of a building or structure which, in the opinion of the building
official or fire chief, is unsafe or dangerous, the building official or fire chief may limit the time for
the appeal to a shorter period.
113.5 Decisions of the construction board of appeals. The construction board of appeals, when on
appeal to and after a hearing, may vary the application of any provision of a code when, in its opinion,
enforcement would be unjust, and would be contrary to the spirit and purpose of a code, or public
interest, or when, in its opinion the interpretation of the building official or fire chief should be
modified or reversed.
A decision of the construction board of appeals to vary the application of a provision of the
International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Plumbing Code,
International Mechanical Code, International Energy Conservation Code, International Fuel Gas
Code, National Electrical Code, or International Fire Code, or to modify an order of the building
official or fire chief may specify in what manner such variation or modification is made, the conditions
upon which it is made, and the reasons for it.
113.5.1 Decisions. Each decision of the construction board of appeals is final, subject, however, to
such remedy as any aggrieved party might have at law or in equity. Each decision is in writing and
indicates the vote upon the decision. Each decision is to be promptly filed in the office of the
building official, and is to be open to public inspections; the building official may send a certified
copy by mail or otherwise to the appellant and keep a copy publicly posted in his or her office for
two weeks after filing it.
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The construction board of appeals will, in each case, reach a decision without unreasonable or
unnecessary delay.
If a decision of the construction board of appeals reverses or modifies a refusal, order, or
disallowance of the building official or fire chief, or varies the application of a provision of an
applicable code, the building official or fire chief will immediately take action in accordance with
the decision.
Section 114.4. Section 114.4 of Section 114 “Violations” of Chapter 1 “Scope and Administration”
of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
114.4 Violation penalties. The penalty for a violation of this code shall be between $1.00 and
$500.00, unless the complaint alleges that the offense was committed intentionally, knowingly, or
recklessly, in which case, the penalty shall be from $1.00 to $2,000.00. Each day that a violation
continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.
Chapter 1. Chapter 1 “Scope and Administration” of the 2009 International Building Code is
amended by adding Section 117 “Contractor Registration” to read as follows:
SECTION 117
CONTRACTOR REGISTRATION
117.1 Contractor registration required. It shall be unlawful for any person who is not registered by
the City as a fence, sign, concrete, electrical, plumbing, mechanical, irrigation, house moving, fuel tank
installer, maintenance worker for apartments (plumbing/mechanical), or general contractor to secure a
permit as provided for in this code.
Exception: Homeowners may obtain permits to perform work at a residence for which they have a
homestead tax exemption and in which they live, without being registered or without the
requirement of hiring a registered contractor.
117.2 Method of registration. To register with the City as a contractor, an application shall be made
in writing on forms furnished by the building official for that purpose along with the registration fee as
required in Appendix L “Fee Schedule.”
117.3 Contractor registration renewal. Every contractor registration provided for in this code shall
expire one year following the date of its issuance and shall be renewed by the building official upon
application and upon the payment to the City of the required renewal fee.
Section 202. Section 202 “Definitions” of Chapter 2 “Definitions” of the 2009 International
Building Code is amended by changing the definitions of “Building Official” and “Ambulatory Health
Care Facility” to read as follows:
AMBULATORY HEALTH CARE FACILITY. Buildings or portions thereof used to provide
medical, surgical, psychiatric, nursing, or similar care on a less than 24-hour basis to individuals who
are rendered incapable of self-preservation. This group may include, but not be limited to, the
following:
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Dialysis centers
Sedation dentistry
Surgery centers
Colonic centers
Psychiatric centers
BUILDING OFFICIAL.
representative.
The City Manager designee to this position or his or her designated
Section 202. Section 202 “Definitions” of Chapter 2 “Definitions” of the 2009 International
Building Code is amended by adding the following definition:
FIRE CHIEF. The chief of the City of Irving Fire Department or a duly authorized representative.
Section 304.1. Section 304.1 of Section 304 “Business Group B” of Chapter 3 “Use and Occupancy
Classification” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
304.1 Business Group B. Business Group B occupancy includes, among others, the use of a building
or structure, or a portion thereof, for office, professional or service-type transactions, including storage
of records and accounts. Business occupancies shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
Airport traffic control towers
Ambulatory health care facilities
Animal hospitals, kennels, and pounds
Banks
Barber and beauty shops
Car wash
Civic administration
Clinic–outpatient
Dry cleaning and laundries; pick-up and delivery stations and self-service
Educational occupancies for students above the 12th grade
Electronic data processing
Fire stations
Laboratories: testing and research
Motor vehicle showrooms
Police stations with detention facilities for 5 or less
Post offices
Print shops
Professional services (architects, attorneys, dentists, physicians, engineers, etc.)
Radio and television stations
Telephone exchanges
Training and skill development not within a school or academic program
Section 307.1. Section 307.1 of Section 307 “High-Hazard Group H” of Chapter 3 “Use and
Occupancy Classification” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
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[F] 307.1 High-hazard Group H. High-hazard Group H occupancy includes, among others, the use of
a building or structure, or a portion thereof, that involves the manufacturing, processing, generation, or
storage of materials that constitute a physical or health hazard in quantities in excess of those allowed
in control areas complying with Section 414, based on the maximum allowable quantity limits for
control areas set forth in Tables 307.1(1) and 307.1(2). Hazardous occupancies are classified in Groups
H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4, and H-5 and shall be in accordance with this section, the requirements of Section
415 and the International Fire Code. Hazardous materials stored, or used on top of roofs or canopies
shall be classified as outdoor storage or use and shall comply with the International Fire Code.
Exceptions: The following shall not be classified as Group H, but shall be classified as the
occupancy that they most nearly resemble.
1. Buildings and structures occupied for the application of flammable finishes, provided that
such buildings or areas conform to the requirements of Section 416 and the International
Fire Code.
2. Wholesale and retail sales and storage of flammable and combustible liquids in mercantile
occupancies conforming to the International Fire Code.
3. Closed piping system containing flammable or combustible liquids or gases utilized for the
operation of machinery or equipment.
4. Cleaning establishments that utilize combustible liquid solvents having a flash point of
140⁰F or higher in closed systems employing equipment listed by an approved testing
agency, provided that this occupancy is separated from all other areas of the building by 1hour fire barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707 or 1-hour horizontal
assemblies constructed in accordance with Section 712, or both. See also International Fire
Code Chapter 12, Dry Cleaning Plant provisions.
5. Cleaning establishments that utilize a liquid solvent having a flash point at or above 200⁰F.
6. Liquor stores and distributors without bulk storage.
7. Refrigerator systems.
8. The storage or utilization of materials for agricultural purposes on the premises.
9. Stationary batteries utilized for facility emergency power, uninterrupted power supply or
telecommunication facilities, provided that the batteries are provided with safety venting
caps and ventilation is provided in accordance with the International Mechanical Code.
10. Corrosives shall not include personal or household products in their original packaging used
in retail display or commonly used building materials.
11. Buildings and structures occupied for aerosol storage shall be classified as Group S-1,
provided that such buildings conform to the requirements of the International Fire Code.
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12. Display and storage of nonflammable solid and nonflammable or noncombustible liquid
hazardous materials in quantities not exceeding the maximum allowable quantity per control
area in Group M or S occupancies complying with Section 414.2.5.
13. The storage of black powder, smokeless propellant, and small arms primers in Groups M
and R-3 and special industrial explosive devices in Groups B, F, M, and S, provided such
storage conforms to the quantity limits and requirements prescribed in the International Fire
Code.
Section 310.1. Section 310.1 of Section 310 “Residential Group R” of Chapter 3 “Use and
Occupancy Classification” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended by changing subsection R-3 to read as follows:
R-3 Residential occupancies where the occupants are primarily permanent in nature and not classified
as Group R-1, R-2, R-4, or I, including:
Buildings that do not contain more than two dwelling units.
Adult care facilities that provide accommodations for five or fewer persons of any age for less than
24 hours.
Child care facilities that provide accommodations for five or fewer persons of any age for less than
24 hours.
Congregate living facilities with 16 or fewer persons.
Adult care and child care facilities with 5 or fewer unrelated persons that are within a single-family
home are permitted to comply with the International Residential Code.
Section 403.1. Section 403.1 of Section 403 “High-Rise Buildings” of Chapter 4 “Special Detailed
Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to
read as follows:
403.1 Applicability. High-rise buildings shall comply with Sections 403.2 through 403.6.
Exception: The provisions of Sections 403.2 through 403.6 shall not apply to the following
buildings and structures:
1. Airport traffic control towers in accordance with Section 412.3.
2. Open parking garages in accordance with Section 406.3.
3. Open air portions of buildings with an occupancy in Group A-5 in accordance with Section
303.1.
4. Special industrial occupancies in accordance with Section 503.1.1.
5. Buildings with a Group H-1, H-2, or H-3 occupancy in accordance with Section 415.
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Section 403.3. Section 403.3 of Section 403 “High-Rise Buildings” of Chapter 4 “Special Detailed
Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to
read as follows:
[F] 403.3 Automatic sprinkler system. Buildings and structures shall be equipped throughout with an
automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 and a secondary water supply where
required by Section 903.3.5.2.
Exception: An automatic sprinkler system shall not be required in spaces or areas of open parking
garages in accordance with Section 406.3.
Section 404.1.1. Section 404.1.1 of Section 404 “Atriums” of Chapter 4 “Special Detailed
Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to
read as follows:
404.1.1 Definition. The following word and term shall, for the purposes of this chapter and as used
elsewhere in this code, have the meaning shown herein.
ATRIUM. An opening connecting three or more stories other than enclosed stairways, elevators,
hoistways, escalators, plumbing, electrical, air-conditioning, or other equipment, which is closed at
the top and not defined as a mall. Stories, as used in this definition, do not include balconies within
assembly groups or mezzanines that comply with Section 505.
Section 404.5. Section 404.5 of Section 404 “Atriums” of Chapter 4 “Special Detailed
Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to
read as follows:
404.5 Smoke control. A smoke control system shall be installed in accordance with Section 909.
Section 406.1.4. Section 406.1.4 of Section 406 “Motor-Vehicle-Related Occupancies” of Chapter
4 “Special Detailed Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy” of the 2009 International Building
Code is amended to read as follows:
406.1.4 Separation. Separations shall comply with the following:
1. The private garage shall be separated from the dwelling unit and its attic area by means of a
minimum 1/2-inch gypsum board applied to the garage side. Garages beneath habitable
rooms shall be separated from all habitable rooms above by not less than a 5/8-inch Type X
gypsum board or equivalent. Door openings between a private garage and the dwelling unit
shall be equipped with either solid wood doors or solid or honeycomb core steel doors not
less than 1-3/8 inches thick, or doors in compliance with Section 715.4.3. Openings from a
private garage directly into a room used for sleeping purposes shall not be permitted. Doors
shall be self-closing and self-latching.
2. Ducts in a private garage and ducts penetrating the walls or ceilings separating the dwelling
unit from the garage shall be constructed of a minimum 0.019 inch sheet steel and shall have
no openings into the garage.
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3. A separation is not required between a Group R-2 and U carport, provided that the carport is
non-combustible and entirely open on all sides and that the distance between the two is at
least 10 feet.
Section 406.6.1. Section 406.6.1 of Section 406 “Motor-Vehicle-Related Occupancies” of Chapter
4 “Special Detailed Requirements Based on Use and Occupancy” of the 2009 International Building
Code is amended to add a second paragraph to read as follows:
406.6.1 General. Repair garages shall be constructed in accordance with the International Fire
Code and Sections 406.6.1 through 406.6.6. This occupancy shall not include motor fueldispensing facilities, as regulated in Section 406.5.
This occupancy shall also include garages involved in minor repair, modification and servicing
of motor vehicles for items such as lube changes, inspections, windshield repair or replacement,
shocks, minor part replacement, and other such minor repairs.
Section 506.2.2. Section 506.2.2 of Section 506 “Building Area Modifications” of Chapter 5
“General Building Heights and Areas” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as
follows:
506.2.2 Open space limits. Such open space shall be either on the same lot or dedicated for public
use and shall be accessed from a street or approved fire lane. In order to be considered as
accessible, if not in direct contact with a street or fire lane, a minimum 10-foot wide pathway
meeting fire department access from the street or approved fire lane shall be provided.
Section 508.2.5. Section 508.2.5 of Section 508 “Mixed Use and Occupancy” of Chapter 5
“General Building Heights and Areas” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as
follows:
508.2.5 Separation of incidental accessory occupancies. The incidental accessory occupancies
listed in Table 508.2.5 shall be separated from the remainder of the building or equipped with an
automatic fire-extinguishing system, or both, in accordance with Table 508.2.5. An incidental
accessory occupancy shall be classified in accordance with the occupancy of that portion of the
building in which it is located.
Exception: Incidental accessory occupancies within and serving a dwelling unit are not
required to comply with this section.
Section 708.2. Section 708.2 of Section 708 “Shaft Enclosures” of Chapter 7 “Fire and Smoke
Protection Features” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended by changing exception 7 to
read as follows:
708.2 Shaft enclosure required. Openings through a floor/ceiling assembly shall be protected by a
shaft enclosure complying with this section.
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Exceptions:
1. A shaft enclosure is not required for openings totally within an individual residential
dwelling unit and connecting four stories or less.
2. A shaft enclosure is not required in a building equipped throughout with an automatic
sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 for an escalator opening or stairway
that is not a portion of the means of egress protected according to Item 2.1 or 2.2.
2.1. Where the area of the floor opening between stories does not exceed twice the
horizontal projected area of the escalator or stairway and the opening is protected
by a draft curtain and closely spaced sprinklers in accordance with NFPA 13. In
other than Groups B and M, this application is limited to openings that do not
connect more than four stories.
2.2. Where the opening is protected by approved power-operated automatic shutters at
every penetrated floor. The shutters shall be of noncombustible construction and
have a fire-resistance rating of not less than 1.5 hours. The shutter shall be so
constructed as to close immediately upon the actuation of a smoke detector
installed in accordance with Section 907.3 and shall completely shut off the well
opening. Escalators shall cease operation when the shutter begins to close. The
shutter shall operate at a speed of not more than 30 feet per minute and shall be
equipped with a sensitive leading edge to arrest its progress where in contact with
any obstacle, and to continue its progress on release therefrom.
3. A shaft enclosure is not required for penetrations by pipe, tube, conduit, wire, cable, and
vents protected in accordance with Section 713.4.
4. A shaft enclosure is not required for penetrations by ducts protected in accordance with
Section 716.6. Grease ducts shall be protected in accordance with the International
Mechanical Code.
5. In other than Group H occupancies, a shaft enclosure is not required for floor openings
complying with the provisions for atriums in Section 404.
6. A shaft enclosure is not required for approved masonry chimneys where annular space
protection is fireblocked at each floor level in accordance with Section 717.2.5.
7. In other than Groups I-2 and I-3, a shaft enclosure is not required for a floor opening or an
air transfer opening that complies with the following:
7.1. Does not connect more than two stories.
7.2. Is not part of the required means of egress system, except as permitted in Section
1022.1.
7.3. Is not concealed within the building construction of a wall or a floor/ceiling
assembly.
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7.4. Is separated from floor openings and air transfer openings serving other floors by
construction conforming to required shaft enclosures.
7.5. Is limited to the same smoke compartment.
8. A shaft enclosure is not required for automobile ramps in open and enclosed parking
garages constructed in accordance with Sections 406.3 and 406.4, respectively.
9. A shaft enclosure is not required for floor openings between a mezzanine and the floor
below.
10. A shaft enclosure is not required for joints protected by a fire-resistant joint system in
accordance with Section 714.
11. A shaft enclosure shall not be required for floor openings created by unenclosed stairs or
ramps in accordance with Exception 3 or 4 in Section 1016.1.
12. Floor openings protected by floor fire door assemblies in accordance with Section 712.8.
13. In Group I-3 occupancies, a shaft enclosure is not required for floor openings in accordance
with Section 408.5.
14. A shaft enclosure is not required for elevator hoistways in open or enclosed parking garages
that serve only the parking garage.
15. In open or enclosed parking garages, a shaft enclosure is not required to enclose mechanical
exhaust or supply duct systems when such duct system is contained within and serves only
the parking garage.
16. Where permitted by other sections of this code.
Section 715.4.8.4. Section 715.4.8.4 of Section 715 “Opening Protectives” of Chapter 7 “Fire and
Smoke Protection Features” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
715.4.8.4 Doors in pedestrian ways. Horizontal sliding or horizontal rolling fire doors in
openings through which pedestrians travel shall be heat activated or activated by smoke
detectors with alarm verification. Vertical sliding or vertical rolling fire doors in openings
through which pedestrians, fire fighters, or emergency responders travel are prohibited.
Section 902.1. Section 902.1 of Section 902 “Definitions” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection Systems”
of the 2009 International Building Code is amended by changing the definition of “Standpipe, Types
Of” to read as follows:
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[F] STANDPIPE, TYPES OF. Standpipe types are as follows:
Automatic dry. A dry standpipe system, normally filled with pressurized air, that is arranged
through the use of a device, such as dry pipe valve, to admit water into the system piping
automatically upon the opening of a hose valve. The water supply for an automatic dry standpipe
system shall be capable of supplying the system demand.
Automatic wet. A wet standpipe system that has a water supply that is capable of supplying the
system demand automatically.
Manual dry. A dry standpipe system that does not have a permanent water supply attached to the
system. Manual dry standpipe systems require water from a fire department pumper to be pumped
into the system through the fire department connection in order to meet the system demand. The
system must be supervised as specified in Section 905.2.
Manual wet. A wet standpipe system connected to a water supply for the purpose of maintaining
water within the system but does not have a water supply capable of delivering the system demand
attached to the system. Manual wet standpipe systems require water from a fire department pumper
(or the like) to be pumped into the system in order to meet the system demand.
Semiautomatic dry. A dry standpipe system that is arranged through the use of a device, such as a
deluge valve, to admit water into the system piping upon activation of a remote control device
located at a hose connection. A remote control activation device shall be provided at each hose
connection. The water supply for a semiautomatic dry standpipe system shall be capable of
supplying the system demand.
Section 903.1.1. Section 903.1.1 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.1.1 Alternative protection. Alternative automatic fire-extinguishing systems complying
with Section 904 shall be permitted in addition to automatic sprinkler protection where recognized
by the applicable standard, or as approved by the fire code official.
Section 903. Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection Systems” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Section 903.1.2 to read as follows:
903.1.2 Residential systems. Unless specifically allowed by this code or the 2009 International
Fire Code, residential sprinkler systems installed in accordance with NFPA 13D or NFPA 13R shall
not be recognized for the purposes of affirmative defenses or reductions, commonly referred to as
“trade-offs,” permitted by other requirements of this code.
Section 903.2. Section 903.2 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
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[F] 903.2 Where required. Approved automatic sprinkler systems in new buildings and structures
shall be provided in the locations described in Sections 903.2.1 through 903.2.12. Automatic sprinklers
shall not be installed in elevator machine rooms, elevator machine spaces, and elevator hoistways.
Storage shall not be allowed within the elevator machine room. Signage shall be provided at the entry
doors to the elevator machine room indicating “ELEVATOR MACHINERY – NO STORAGE
ALLOWED.”
Section 903.2.1.1. Section 903.2.1.1 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9
“Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.2.1.1 Group A-1. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-1
occupancies where one of the following conditions exists:
1. The fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet;
2. The fire area has an occupant load of 300 or more;
3. The fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such
occupancies;
4. The fire area contains a multi-theater complex; or
5. A new building or addition that exceeds 6,000 square feet.
Section 903.2.1.2. Section 903.2.1.2 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9
“Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.2.1.2 Group A-2. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-2
occupancies where one of the following conditions exists:
1. The fire area exceeds 5,000 square feet;
2. The fire area has an occupant load of 100 or more;
3. The fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such
occupancies; or
4. A new building or addition that exceeds 5,000 square feet.
Section 903.2.1.3. Section 903.2.1.3 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9
“Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.2.1.3 Group A-3. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-3
occupancies where one of the following conditions exists:
1. The fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet;
2. The fire area has an occupant load of 300 or more;
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3. The fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such
occupancies; or
4. A new building or addition that exceeds 6,000 square feet.
Section 903.2.1.4. Section 903.2.1.4 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9
“Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.2.1.4 Group A-4. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group A-4
occupancies where one of the following conditions exists:
1. The fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet;
2. The fire area has an occupant load of 300 or more;
3. The fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such
occupancies; or
4. A new building or addition that exceeds 6,000 square feet.
Section 903.2.3. Section 903.2.3 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.2.3 Group E. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group E occupancies as
follows:
1. Throughout all Group E fire areas greater than 12,000 square feet in area.
2. Throughout every portion of educational buildings below the lowest level of exit discharge
serving that portion of the building.
Exception: An automatic sprinkler system is not required in any area below the lowest
level of exit discharge serving that area where every classroom throughout the building
has at least one exterior exit door at ground level.
3. A new building or addition that exceeds 6,000 square feet.
Section 903.2.4. Section 903.2.4 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.2.4 Group F-1. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings
containing a Group F-1 occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:
1. A Group F-1 fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet.
2. A Group F-1 fire area is located more than three stories above grade plane.
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3. The combined area of all Group F-1 fire areas on all floors, including any mezzanines,
exceeds 24,000 square feet.
4. A new building or addition that exceeds 6,000 square feet.
Section 903.2.6. Section 903.2.6 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.2.6 Group I. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings
with a Group I fire area.
Exception: An automatic fire sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.2
or 903.3.1.3 shall be allowed in Group I-1 Residential Board and Care facilities not otherwise
required to comply with NFPA 13. Sprinkler systems must provide complete sprinkler
protection in all living areas, sleeping areas, closets, bathrooms, hallways, stairways, meeting
and community rooms, and similar areas and be enhanced with a fire department connection,
attic protection, and monitoring by a central station, and shall be maintained in proper working
condition at all times the facility is occupied by any person.
Section 903.2.7. Section 903.2.7 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.2.7 Group M. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings
containing a Group M occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:
1. A Group M fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet.
2. A Group M fire area is located more than three stories above grade plane.
3. The combined area of all Group M fire areas on all floors, including any mezzanines,
exceeds 24,000 square feet.
4. A Group M occupancy is used for the display and sale of upholstered furniture.
5. A new building or addition that exceeds 6,000 square feet.
Section 903.2.9. Section 903.2.9 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.2.9 Group S-1. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings
containing a Group S-1 occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:
1. A Group S-1 fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet.
2. A Group S-1 fire area is located more than three stories above grade plane.
3. The combined area of all Group S-1 fire areas on all floors, including any mezzanines,
exceeds 24,000 square feet.
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4. A Group S-1 fire area is used for the storage of commercial trucks or buses where the fire
area exceeds 5,000 square feet.
5. A new building or addition that exceeds 6,000 square feet.
Section 903.2.9.1. Section 903.2.9.1 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9
“Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.2.9.1 Repair garages. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all
buildings used as repair garages in accordance with Section 406, as follows:
1. Buildings having two or more stories above grade plane, including basements, with a
fire area containing a repair garage exceeding 10,000 square feet.
2. Buildings no more than one story above grade plane, with a fire area containing a repair
garage exceeding 12,000 square feet.
3. Buildings with repair garages servicing vehicles parked in basements.
4. A Group S-1 fire area used for the repair of commercial trucks or buses where the fire
area exceeds 5,000 square feet.
5. A new building or addition that exceeds 6,000 square feet.
Section 903. Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection Systems” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Section 903.2.9.3 to read as follows:
903.2.9.3 Self-service storage facility. An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed
throughout all self-service storage facilities.
Exception: One-story self-service storage facilities not exceeding 6,000 square feet total
building area or fire area that have no interior corridors, with a one-hour fire barrier
separation wall installed between every storage compartment.
Section 903.2.10. Section 903.2.10 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9
“Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.2.10 Group S-2 enclosed parking garages. An automatic sprinkler system shall be
provided throughout buildings classified as enclosed parking garages in accordance with Section
406.4 as follows:
1. Where the fire area of the enclosed parking garage exceeds 6,000 square feet; or
2. Where the enclosed parking garage is located beneath other groups.
Exception: Enclosed parking garages located beneath Group R-3 occupancies.
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Section 903.2.11.3. Section 903.2.11.3 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9
“Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.2.11.3 Buildings 35 feet or more in height. An automatic sprinkler system shall be
installed throughout buildings with a floor level, other than penthouses in compliance with
Section 1509, that is located 35 feet or more above the lowest level of fire department vehicle
access.
Exception: Open parking structures in compliance with Section 406.3.
Section 903. Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection Systems” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Sections 903.2.11.7 through 903.2.11.10 to
read as follows:
[F]903.2.11.7 High-piled combustible storage. For any building with a clear height exceeding
12 feet, see Chapter 23 of the International Fire Code to determine if those provisions apply.
[F]903.2.11.8 Spray booths and rooms. New and existing spray booths and spraying rooms
shall be protected by an approved automatic fire-extinguishing system.
[F]903.2.11.9 Buildings over 6,000 square feet. An automatic sprinkler system shall be
installed throughout all buildings with a building area over 6,000 square feet. For the purpose
of this provision, fire walls shall not define separate buildings.
Exceptions:
1. Open parking garages in compliance with Section 406.3.
2. Group A-5 occupancies.
903.2.11.10 Building additions over 6,000 square feet or greater than 50 percent of original
building area. An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout all buildings with a
building addition over 6,000 square feet or if the addition exceeds 50 percent of the original
building area. For the purpose of this provision, fire walls shall not define separate buildings.
Section 903.3.1.1.1. Section 903.3.1.1.1 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter
9 “Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.3.1.1.1 Exempt locations. When approved by the fire code official, automatic
sprinklers shall not be required in the following rooms or areas where such rooms or areas
are protected with an approved automatic fire detection system in accordance with Section
907.2 that will respond to visible or invisible particles of combustion. Sprinklers shall not
be omitted from any room merely because it is damp, of fire-resistance-rated construction,
or contains electrical equipment.
1. Any room where the application of water, or flame and water, constitutes a serious
life or fire hazard.
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2. Any room or space where sprinklers are considered undesirable because of the
nature of the contents, when approved by the fire code official.
3. Generator and transformer rooms, under the direct control of a public utility,
separated from the remainder of the building by walls and floor/ceiling or
roof/ceiling assemblies having a fire-resistance rating of not less than 2 hours.
4. Elevator machine rooms, machinery spaces, and hoistways.
Section 903.3.1.2. Section 903.3.1.2 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9
“Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.3.1.2 NFPA 13R sprinkler systems. Where allowed in buildings of Group R, up to
and including four stories in height, but having no floor used for human occupancy more than
55 feet above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access, automatic sprinkler systems
shall be installed throughout in accordance with NFPA 13R. However, for the purposes of
exceptions or reductions permitted by other requirements of this code, see Section 903.1.2.
Section 903.3.1.2.1. Section 903.3.1.2.1 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter
9 “Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.3.1.2.1 Balconies and decks. Sprinkler protection shall be provided for exterior
balconies, breezeways, exterior stairs, balcony closets, and ground floor patios provided
there is a roof or deck above. Sidewall sprinklers that are used to protect such areas shall be
permitted to be located such that their deflectors are within 1 inch to 6 inches below the
structural members, and a maximum distance of 14 inches below the deck of the exterior
balconies that are constructed of open wood joist construction.
Section 903.3.5. Section 903.3.5 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.3.5 Water supplies. Water supplies for automatic sprinkler systems shall comply with this
section and the standards referenced in Section 903.3.1. The potable water supply shall be protected
against backflow in accordance with the requirements of this section and the International
Plumbing Code.
Water supply as required for such systems shall be provided in conformance with the supply
requirements of the respective standards; however, every fire protection system shall be designed
with a 5 psi safety factor.
Section 903. Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection Systems” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Section 903.3.7 to read as follows:
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[F] 903.3.7 Fire department connections. The number, size, and location of all fire department
connections on any fire protection system shall be as approved by the fire code official. All
combined standpipe systems shall be equipped with a minimum of one (1) four-way fire department
connection. Combined standpipe systems with three or more standpipes or any system in excess of
1,000 gpm system demand shall be provided with not less than two (2) four-way fire department
connections. All fire department connections shall be interconnected in a manner that allows any
system in the building to be supplied by any or all of those fire department connections. All highrise buildings shall have not less than two (2) four-way fire department connections. All fire
department connections shall be located on a street front or fire lane and not less than 18 inches nor
more than 4 feet above grade and shall be equipped with approved substantial plugs or caps. All
fire department connections shall be protected against mechanical injury and shall be visible and
accessible. The location of fire department connections shall be as approved by the fire department,
and shall not exceed 45 feet from a dedicated street or approved designated fire lane. In high-rise
buildings having two or more zones, a minimum of two (2) fire department connections shall be
provided for each zone.
Section 903.4. Section 903.4 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.4 Sprinkler system supervision and alarms. All valves controlling the water supply for
automatic sprinkler systems, pumps, tanks, water levels and temperatures, critical air pressures, and
water-flow switches on all sprinkler systems shall be electrically supervised by a listed fire alarm
control unit.
Sprinkler and standpipe system water-flow detectors shall be provided for each floor tap to the
sprinkler system and shall cause an alarm upon detection of water flow for more than 45 seconds and
no longer than 90 seconds.
All control valves in the sprinkler and standpipe systems except for fire department hose connection
valves shall be electrically supervised to initiate a supervisory signal at the central station upon
tampering.
Preaction solenoid valves shall be of the type that when power is lost or the actuator is removed, the
valve will open and introduce water into the sprinkler piping.
Exceptions:
1. Automatic sprinkler systems protecting one- and two-family dwellings.
2. Limited area systems serving fewer than 20 sprinklers.
3. Automatic sprinkler systems installed in accordance with NFPA 13R where a common
supply main is used to supply both domestic water and automatic sprinkler systems, and a
separate shutoff valve for the automatic sprinkler system is not provided.
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4. Jockey pump control valves that are sealed or locked in the open position.
5. Control valves to commercial kitchen hoods, paint spray booths, or dip tanks that are sealed
or locked in the open position.
6. Valves controlling the fuel supply to fire pump engines that are sealed or locked in the open
position.
7. Trim valves to pressure switches in dry, preaction, and deluge sprinkler systems that are
sealed or locked in the open position.
Section 903.4.2. Section 903.4.2 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 903.4.2 Alarms. Approved audible devices shall be connected to every automatic sprinkler
system. Such sprinkler water-flow alarm devices shall be activated by waterflow equivalent to the
flow of a single sprinkler of the smallest orifice size installed in the system. Alarm devices shall be
provided on the exterior of the building in an approved location. Where a fire alarm system is
installed, actuation of the automatic sprinkler system shall actuate the building fire alarm system.
The alarm device required on the exterior of the building shall be a weatherproof horn/strobe
notification appliance with a minimum 75 candela strobe rating, installed as close as practicable to
the fire department connection.
Section 903.4.3. Section 903.4.3 of Section 903 “Automatic Sprinkler Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 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 in all buildings 2 stories or more.
Exception: Group R occupancies three stories or less.
Section 905.2. Section 905.2 of Section 905 “Standpipe Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection
Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 905.2 Installation standard. Standpipe systems shall be installed in accordance with this section
and NFPA 14. Manual dry standpipe systems shall have a minimum of 10 psig and a maximum of 40
psig air pressure with a high/low alarm supervisory signal sent to an approved fire alarm system.
Section 905. Section 905 “Standpipe Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009
International Building Code is amended by adding Section 905.3.8 to read as follows:
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[F] 905.3.8 Building area. In buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet in area per story, Class I
automatic wet or manual wet standpipes shall be provided where any portion of the building’s
interior area is more than 200 feet of travel, vertically and horizontally, from the nearest point of
fire department vehicle access.
Exception: Automatic dry and semi-automatic dry standpipes are allowed as provided for in
NFPA 14.
Section 905.4. Section 905.4 of Section 905 “Standpipe Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection
Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 905.4 Location of Class I standpipe hose connections. Class I standpipe hose connections shall
be provided in all of the following locations:
1. In every required stairway, a hose connection shall be provided for each floor level above or
below grade. Hose connections shall be located at the floor level landing, unless otherwise
approved by the fire code official.
2. On each side of the wall adjacent to the exit opening of a horizontal exit.
Exception: Where floor areas adjacent to a horizontal exit are reachable from exit stairway
hose connections by a 30-foot hose stream from a nozzle attached to 100 feet of hose, a hose
connection shall not be required at the horizontal exit.
3. In every exit passageway, at the entrance from the exit passageway to other areas of a building.
Exception: Where floor areas adjacent to an exit passageway are reachable from exit
stairway hose connections by a 30-foot hose stream from a nozzle attached to 100 feet of
hose, a hose connection shall not be required at the entrance from the exit passageway to
other areas of the building.
4. In covered mall buildings, adjacent to each exterior public entrance to the mall and adjacent to
each entrance from an exit passageway or exit corridor to the mall.
5. Where the roof has a slope less than four units vertical in 12 units horizontal (33.3-percent
slope), each standpipe shall be provided with a two-way hose connection located either on the
roof or at the highest landing of a stairway with stair access to the roof. An additional hose
connection shall be provided at the top of the most hydraulically remote standpipe for testing
purposes.
6. Where the most remote portion of a nonsprinklered floor or story is more than 150 feet from a
hose connection or the most remote portion of a sprinklered floor or story is more than 200 feet
from a hose connection, the fire code official is authorized to require that additional hose
connections be provided in approved locations.
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Section 905. Section 905 “Standpipe Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009
International Building Code is amended by deleting Section 905.5 “Location of Class II standpipe hose
connections”; Section 905.5.1 “Groups A-1 and A-2”; Section 905.5.2 “Protection”; and Section
905.5.3 “Class II system 1-inch hose.”
Section 905. Section 905 “Standpipe Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009
International Building Code is amended by adding Section 905.6.3 to read as follows:
905.6.3 Groups A-1 and A-2. In Group A-1 and A-2 occupancies with occupant loads of more
than 1,000 persons, hose connections shall be located on each side of any stage, on each side of the
rear of the auditorium, on each side of the balcony, and on each tier of dressing rooms.
Section 905.9. Section 905.9 of Section 905 “Standpipe Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection
Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 905.9 Valve supervision. Valves controlling water supplies shall be supervised in the open
position so that a change in the normal position of the valve will generate a supervisory signal at the
supervising station required by Section 903.4. Where a fire alarm system is provided, a signal shall
also be transmitted to the control unit.
Exceptions:
1. Valves to underground key or hub valves in roadway boxes provided by the municipality or
public utility do not require supervision.
2. Valves locked in the normal position and inspected as provided in this code in buildings not
equipped with a fire alarm system.
Sprinkler and standpipe system water-flow detectors shall be provided for each floor tap to the
sprinkler system and shall cause an alarm upon detection of water flow for more than 45 seconds. All
control valves in the sprinkler and standpipe systems except for fire department hose connection valves
shall be electrically supervised to initiate a supervisory signal at the central station upon tampering.
Section 906.1. Section 906.1 of Section 906 “Portable Fire Extinguishers” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 906.1 Where required. Portable fire extinguishers shall be installed in the following locations:
1. In new and existing Group A, B, E, F, H, I, M, R-1, R-2, R-4, and S occupancies.
Exception: In R-2 occupancies, portable fire extinguishers shall be required only in
locations specified in Items 2 through 6 where each dwelling unit is provided with a portable
fire extinguisher having a minimum rating of 1-A: 10-BC.
2. Within 30 feet of commercial cooking equipment.
3. In areas where flammable or combustible liquids are stored, used, or dispensed.
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4. On each floor of structures under construction, except Group R-3 occupancies, in accordance
with Section 1415.1 of the International Fire Code.
5. Where required by the International Fire Code sections indicated in Table 906.1.
6. Special-hazard areas, including, but not limited to, laboratories, computer rooms, and generator
rooms, where required by the fire code official.
Section 907. Section 907 “Fire Alarm and Detection Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection
Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Section 907.1.4 to read as
follows:
907.1.4 Design standards. All new or replacement alarm systems serving 50 or more alarm
actuating devices shall be addressable fire detection systems. Alarm systems serving more than 75
smoke detectors or more than 200 total alarm activating devices shall be analog intelligent
addressable fire detection systems.
Exception: Existing systems need not comply unless the total building remodel or expansion
initiated after the effective date of this code, as adopted, exceeds 30 percent of the building.
When cumulative building remodel or expansion exceeds 50 percent of the building, the
building must comply with the requirements of this code within 18 months of permit
application.
Section 907.2.1. Section 907.2.1 of Section 907 “Fire Alarm and Detection Systems” of Chapter 9
“Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 907.2.1 Group A. A manual fire alarm system that activates the occupant notification system
in accordance with Section 907.5 shall be installed in Group A occupancies having an occupant
load of 300 or more persons or more than 100 persons above or below the lowest level of exit
discharge. Portions of Group E occupancies occupied for assembly purposes shall be provided with
a fire alarm system as required for the Group E occupancy. Activation of fire alarm notification
appliances shall stop any conflicting or confusing sounds and visual distractions.
Exception: Manual fire alarm boxes are not required where the building is equipped
throughout with an automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1
and the occupant notification appliances will activate throughout the notification zones upon
sprinkler waterflow.
Section 907.2.3. Section 907.2.3 of Section 907 “Fire Alarm and Detection Systems” of Chapter 9
“Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 907.2.3 Group E. A manual fire alarm system that activates the occupant notification system in
accordance with Section 907.5 shall be installed in Group E educational occupancies. When
automatic sprinkler systems or smoke detectors are installed, such systems or detectors shall be
connected to the building fire alarm system. An approved smoke detection system shall be installed
in Group E day care occupancies. Unless separated by a minimum of 100 feet of open space, all
buildings, whether portable buildings or the main building, will be considered one building for
alarm occupant load consideration and interconnection of alarm systems.
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Exceptions:
1. A manual fire alarm system is not required in Group E educational and day care
occupancies with an occupant load of less than 50 when provided with an approved
automatic sprinkler system.
1.1. Residential In-Home day care with not more than 12 children may use
interconnected single station detectors in all habitable rooms; however, for care
of more than five children 2-1/2 or less years of age, see Section 907.2.6.)
2. Manual fire alarm boxes are not required in Group E occupancies where all the
following apply:
2.1. Interior corridors are protected by smoke detectors with alarm verification.
2.2. Auditoriums, cafeterias, gymnasiums, and similar areas are protected by heat
detectors or other approved detection devices.
2.3. Shops and laboratories involving dusts or vapors are protected by heat
detectors or other approved detection devices.
2.4
Off-premises monitoring is provided.
2.5. The capability to activate the evacuation signal from a central point is
provided.
2.6. In buildings where normally occupied spaces are provided with a two-way
communication system between such spaces and a constantly attended
receiving station from where a general evacuation alarm can be sounded,
except in locations specifically designated by the fire code official.
3. Manual fire alarm boxes shall not be required in Group E occupancies where the
building is equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system installed
in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1, the notification appliances will activate on
sprinkler water-flow and manual activation is provided from a normally occupied
location.
Section 907.2.13. Section 907.2.13 of Section 907 “Fire Alarm and Detection Systems” of Chapter
9 “Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 907.2.13 High-rise buildings. Buildings with a floor used for human occupancy located more
than 75 feet above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access shall be provided with an
automatic smoke detection system in accordance with Section 907.2.13.1, a fire department
communication system in accordance with Section 907.2.13.2, and an emergency voice/alarm
communication system in accordance with Section 907.5.2.2.
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Exceptions:
1. Airport traffic control towers in accordance with Sections 907.2.22 and 412.
2. Open parking garages in accordance with Section 406.3.
3. Buildings with an occupancy in Group A-5 in accordance with Section 303.1, when used
for open air seating; however, this exception does not apply to accessory uses including,
but not limited to, sky boxes, restaurants, and similarly enclosed areas.
4. Low-hazard special occupancies in accordance with Section 503.1.1.
5. Buildings with an occupancy in Group H-1, H-2, or H-3 in accordance with Section 415.
6. In Group I-1 and I-2 occupancies, the alarm shall sound at a constantly attended location
and general occupant notification shall be broadcast by the emergency voice/alarm
communication system.
Section 907.3. Section 907.3 of Section 907 “Fire Alarm and Detection Systems” of Chapter 9
“Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 907.3 Fire safety functions. Automatic fire detectors utilized for the purpose of performing fire
safety functions shall be connected to the building’s fire alarm control panel where a fire alarm system
is required by Section 907.2. Detectors shall, upon activation, perform the intended function and
activate the alarm notification appliances or activate a visible and audible supervisory signal at a
constantly attended location. In buildings not required to be equipped with a fire alarm system, the
automatic fire detector shall be powered by normal electrical service and, upon actuation, perform the
intended function. The detectors shall be located in accordance with NFPA 72. A heat detector
connected to the building fire alarm system shall be provided in elevator shafts. Activation of this heat
detector shall initiate the elevator recall functions.
Section 907.4.2. Section 907.4.2 of Section 907 “Fire Alarm and Detection Systems” of Chapter 9
“Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 907.4.2 Manual fire alarm boxes. Where a manual fire alarm system is required by another
section of this code, it shall be activated by fire alarm boxes installed in accordance with Sections
907.4.2.1 through 907.4.2.6.
Section 907. Section 907 “Fire Alarm and Detection Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection
Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Section 907.4.2.6 to read as
follows:
[F] 907.4.2.6 Type. Manual alarm initiating devices shall be an approved double action type.
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Section 907. Section 907 “Fire Alarm and Detection Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection
Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Section 907.6.1.1 to read as
follows:
[F] 907.6.1.1 Installation. All fire alarm systems shall be installed in such a manner that the
failure of any single initiating device or single open in an initiating circuit conductor will not
interfere with the normal operation of any other such devices. All initiating circuit conductors
shall be Class “A” wired with a minimum of 6 feet separation between supply and return circuit
conductors. IDC – Class “A”; SLC – Class “A” Style 6; NAC – Class “B”.
Section 907.6.3.1. Section 907.6.3.1 of Section 907 “Fire Alarm and Detection Systems” of
Chapter 9 “Fire Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as
follows:
[F] 907.6.3.1 Zoning indicator panel. When two or more alarm zones are required, there shall
be a remote zoning indicator panel installed inside the main entrance of all buildings, in a
location approved by the fire chief. The visual zone indication shall lock in until the system is
reset and shall not be canceled by the operation of the audible-alarm silencing switch.
Exception: A zoning indicator panel is not required when the main control unit is approved
to be installed inside the main entrance of the building or when the monitoring system is for
the fire sprinkler system only.
When duct detectors are installed, readily visible indicator lights in the immediate area of
the detector shall be required.
Section 908. Section 908 “Emergency Alarm Systems” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection Systems” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Sections 908.7 through 908.7.3 to read as
follows:
908.7. Carbon monoxide alarms. For new construction in R-2 and R-3 occupancies, an approved
carbon monoxide alarm shall be installed outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate
vicinity of the bedrooms in dwelling units within which fuel-fired appliances are installed and in
dwelling units that have attached garages.
908.7.1 Where required in existing dwellings. In R-2 and R-3 occupancies, where work requiring
a permit occurs in existing dwellings that have attached garages or in existing dwellings within
which fuel-fired appliances exist, carbon monoxide alarms shall be provided in accordance with
Section 908.7.
908.7.2 Alarm requirements. Single station carbon monoxide alarms shall be listed as complying
with UL 2034 and shall be installed in accordance with this code and the manufacturer’s installation
instructions.
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908.7.3 Power and interconnection. Carbon monoxide alarms shall receive their primary power
from the building wiring and when primary power is interrupted, shall receive power from a
battery. Wiring shall be permanent and without a disconnecting switch other than those required
for overcurrent protection.
When more than one carbon monoxide alarm is required to be installed within an individual
dwelling unit, the alarm devices shall be interconnected in such a manner that the actuation of one
alarm will activate all of the alarms in the individual unit. The alarm shall be clearly audible in all
bedrooms over background noise levels with all intervening doors closed.
Section 910. Section 910 “Smoke and Heat Vents” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection Systems” of the
2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Section 910.2.3 to read as follows:
910.2.3 Exit access travel distance increase. Buildings and portions thereof used as a Group F-1
or S-1 occupancy where the maximum exit access travel distance is increased in accordance with
Section 1016.3.
Section 910.3.2. Section 910.3.2 of Section 910 “Smoke and Heat Vents” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 910.3.2 Vent operation. Smoke and heat vents shall be capable of being operated by approved
manual means only.
Section 910.3.2.2. Section 910.3.2.2 of Section 910 “Smoke and Heat Vents” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 910.3.2.2 Sprinklered buildings. Where installed in buildings equipped with an approved
automatic sprinkler system, smoke and heat vents shall be designed to operate manually.
Section 910.3.2.3. Section 910.3.2.3 of Section 910 “Smoke and Heat Vents” of Chapter 9 “Fire
Protection Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 910.3.2.3 Nonsprinklered buildings. Where installed in buildings not equipped with an
approved automatic sprinkler system, smoke and heat vents shall operate manually.
Exception: Gravity-operated drop-out vents complying with Section 910.3.2.1.
Section 913.1. Section 913.1 of Section 913 “Fire Pumps” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection Systems”
of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 913.1 General. Where provided, fire pumps shall be installed in accordance with this section and
NFPA 20.
When located on the ground level at an exterior wall, the fire pump room shall be provided with an
exterior fire department access door that is not less than 3 feet in width and 6 feet 8 inches in height,
regardless of any interior doors that are provided. A key box shall be provided at this door, as required
by Section 506.1 of the International Fire Code.
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Exception: When it is necessary to locate the fire pump room on other levels or not at an exterior
wall, the corridor leading to the fire pump room access from the exterior of the building shall be
provided with equivalent fire resistance as that required for the pump room, or as approved by the
fire code official. Access keys shall be provided in the key box as required by Section 506.1 of the
International Fire Code.
Section 913.4. Section 913.4 of Section 913 “Fire Pumps” of Chapter 9 “Fire Protection Systems”
of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[F] 913.4 Valve supervision. Where provided, the fire pump suction, discharge and bypass valves, and
the isolation valves on the backflow prevention device or assembly shall be supervised open by one of
the following methods:
1. Central-station, proprietary, or remote station signaling service.
2. Local signaling service that will cause the sounding of an audible signal at a constantly attended
location.
3. Locking valves open.
4. Sealing of valves and approved weekly recorded inspection where valves are located within
fenced enclosures under the control of the owner.
The fire-pump system shall also be supervised for “loss of power,” “phase reversal,” and “pump
running” conditions by supervisory signal on distinct circuits.
Section 1004.1.1. Section 1004.1.1 of Section 1004 “Occupant Load” of Chapter 10 “Means of
Egress” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1004.1.1 Areas without fixed seating. The number of occupants shall be computed at the rate of
one occupant per unit of area as prescribed in Table 1004.1.1. For areas without fixed seating, the
occupant load shall not be less than that number determined by dividing the floor area under
consideration by the occupant per unit of area factor assigned to the occupancy as set forth in Table
1004.1.1. Where an intended use is not listed in Table 1004.1.1, the building official shall establish
a use based on a listed use that most nearly resembles the intended use.
Section 1007.1. Section 1007.1 of Section 1007 “Accessible Means of Egress” of Chapter 10
“Means of Egress” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1007.1 Accessible means of egress required. Accessible means of egress shall comply with this
section. Accessible spaces shall be provided with not less than one accessible means of egress. Where
more than one means of egress are required by Section 1015.1 or 1021.1 from any accessible space,
each accessible portion of the space shall be served by not less than two accessible means of egress.
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Exceptions:
1. Accessible means of egress are not required in alterations to existing buildings.
2. One accessible means of egress is required from an accessible mezzanine level in
accordance with Section 1007.3, 1007.4, or 1007.5.
3. In assembly areas with sloped or stepped aisles, one accessible means of egress is permitted
where the common path of travel is accessible and meets the requirements in Section
1028.8.
4. Buildings regulated under state law and built in accordance with state registered plans,
including any variances or waivers granted by the state, shall be deemed to be in compliance
with the requirements of Section 1007.
Section 1008.1.4.4. Section 1008.1.4.4 of Section 1008 “Doors, Gates And Turnstiles” of Chapter
10 “Means of Egress” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1008.1.4.4 Access-controlled egress doors. Doors in a means of egress in buildings with an
occupancy in Group A, B, E, I-2, M, R-1, or R-2 are permitted to be equipped with an approved
entrance and egress access control system which shall be installed in accordance with all of the
following criteria:
1. A sensor shall be provided on the egress side arranged to detect an occupant
approaching the doors. The doors shall be arranged to unlock by a signal from or loss of
power to the sensor.
Exception: A sensor shall not be required where:
a. The building is equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler system;
b. The unlocking device required in Item 3 is located within 12 inches of the
unhinged side of a single door or within 6 inches of the hinged side of double
doors; or
c. Smoke detection required in Item 5 is provided within 5 feet of both sides of
the door.
2. Loss of power to that part of the access control system, which locks the doors, shall
automatically unlock the doors.
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3. The doors shall be arranged to unlock from a manual unlocking device located 40 inches
to 48 inches vertically above the floor and within 5 feet of the secured doors. The
manual unlocking device shall be a 1-1/2 inch mushroom-type red button. Ready access
shall be provided to the manual unlocking device, and the device shall be clearly
identified by a sign that reads “PUSH TO EXIT” in letters 1 inch high with a stroke of
1/8 inch on a contrasting background. When operated, the manual unlocking device
shall result in direct interruption of power to the lock—independent of the access control
system electronics—and the doors shall remain unlocked for a minimum of 30 seconds.
4. Entrance doors in buildings with an occupancy in Group A, B, E, or M shall not be
secured from the egress side during periods that the building is open to the general
public.
5. A smoke detector tied to the building fire alarm system shall be provided within 5 feet of
the egress side of doors equipped with access control devices. Activation of the building
fire alarm system shall automatically unlock the doors, and the doors shall remain
unlocked until the fire alarm system has been reset.
Section 1008.1.9.3. Section 1008.1.9.3 of Section 1008 “Doors, Gates And Turnstiles” of Chapter
10 “Means of Egress” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1008.1.9.3 Locks and latches. Locks and latches shall be permitted to prevent operation of
doors where any of the following exists:
1. Places of detention or restraint.
2. In buildings in occupancy Group A having an occupant load of 300 or less, Groups B, F,
M, and S, and in places of religious worship, the main exterior door or doors are
permitted to be equipped with key-operated locking devices from the egress side
provided:
2.1. The locking device is readily distinguishable as locked;
2.2. A readily visible durable sign is posted on the egress side on or adjacent to the
door stating: THIS DOOR TO REMAIN UNLOCKED WHEN BUILDING IS
OCCUPIED. The sign shall be in letters 1 inch high on a contrasting
background; and
2.3. The use of the key-operated locking device is revocable by the building official
for due cause.
3. Where egress doors are used in pairs, approved automatic flush bolts shall be permitted
to be used, provided that the door leaf having the automatic flush bolts has no doorknob
or surface-mounted hardware.
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3.1. Where egress doors are used in pairs and positive latching is required,
approved automatic flush bolts shall be permitted to be used, provided that
both leaves achieve positive latching regardless of the closing sequence and the
door leaf having the automatic flush bolts has no doorknobs or surfacemounted hardware.
4. Doors from individual dwelling or sleeping units of Group R occupancies having an
occupant load of 10 or less are permitted to be equipped with a night latch, dead bolt, or
security chain, provided such devices are openable from the inside without the use of a
key or tool.
5. Fire doors after the minimum elevated temperature has disabled the unlatching
mechanism in accordance with listed fire door test procedures.
Section 1008.1.9.4. Section 1008.1.9.4 of Section 1008 “Doors, Gates And Turnstiles” of Chapter
10 “Means of Egress” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1008.1.9.4 Bolt locks. Manually operated flush bolts or surface bolts are not permitted.
Exceptions:
1. On doors not required for egress in individual dwelling units or sleeping units.
2. Where a pair of doors serves a storage or equipment room, manually operated edgeor surface-mounted bolts are permitted on the inactive leaf.
3. Where a pair of doors serves an occupant load of less than 50 persons in a Group B,
F, M, or S occupancy, manually operated edge- or surface-mounted bolts are
permitted on the inactive leaf. The inactive leaf shall contain no doorknobs, panic
bars, or similar operating hardware.
4. Where a pair of doors serves a Group B, F, M, or S occupancy, manually operated
edge- or surface-mounted bolts are permitted on the inactive leaf provided such
inactive leaf is not needed to meet egress width requirements and the building is
equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section
903.3.1.1. The inactive leaf shall contain no doorknobs, panic bars, or similar
operating hardware.
5. Where a pair of doors serves patient care rooms in Group I-2 occupancies, selflatching edge- or surface-mounted bolts are permitted on the inactive leaf provided
that the inactive leaf is not needed to meet egress width requirements and the
inactive leaf contains no doorknobs, panic bars, or similar operating hardware.
Section 1008.1.9.7. Section 1008.1.9.7 of Section 1008 “Doors, Gates And Turnstiles” of Chapter
10 “Means of Egress” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
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1008.1.9.7 Delayed egress locks. Approved, listed, delayed egress locks shall be permitted to
be installed on doors serving any occupancy except Group A, E, and H occupancies in buildings
that are equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section
903.3.1.1 or an approved automatic smoke or heat detection system installed in accordance with
Section 907, provided that the doors unlock in accordance with Items 1 through 7 below. A
building occupant shall not be required to pass through more than one door equipped with a
delayed egress lock before entering an exit.
1. The doors unlock upon actuation of the automatic sprinkler system or automatic fire
detection system.
2. The doors unlock upon loss of power controlling the lock or lock mechanism.
3. The door locks shall have the capability of being unlocked by a signal from the fire
command center.
4. The initiation of an irreversible process which will release the latch in not more than 15
seconds when a force of not more than 15 pounds is applied for 1 second to the release
device. Initiation of the irreversible process shall activate an audible signal in the
vicinity of the door. Once the door lock has been released by the application of force to
the releasing device, relocking shall be by manual means only.
Exception: Where approved, a delay of not more than 30 seconds is permitted.
5. A sign shall be provided on the door located above and within 12 inches of the release
device reading: PUSH UNTIL ALARM SOUNDS. DOOR CAN BE OPENED IN 15
[30] SECONDS.
6. Emergency lighting shall be provided at the door.
7. Release device shall be panic hardware.
Section 1008.1.9.8. Section 1008.1.9.8 of Section 1008 “Doors, Gates And Turnstiles” of Chapter
10 “Means of Egress” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1008.1.9.8 Electromagnetically locked egress doors. Doors in the means of egress in
buildings with an occupancy in Group A, B, E, I-1, I-2, M, R-1, or R-2 and doors to tenant
spaces in Group A, B, E, I-1, I-2, M, R-1, or R-2 shall be permitted to be electromagnetically
locked if equipped with listed hardware that incorporates a built-in switch and meet the
requirements below:
1. The listed hardware that is affixed to the door leaf has an obvious method of operation
that is readily operated under all lighting conditions.
2. The listed hardware is capable of being operated with one hand.
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3. Operation of the listed hardware directly interrupts the power to the electromagnetic
lock and unlocks the door immediately.
4. Loss of power to the listed hardware automatically unlocks the door.
5. Where panic or fire exit hardware is required by Section 1008.1.10, operation of the
listed panic or fire exit hardware also releases the electromagnetic lock.
Section 1015. Section 1015 “Exit and Exit Access Doorways” of Chapter 10 “Means of Egress” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Section 1015.7 to read as follows:
1015.7 Electrical rooms. For electrical rooms, special exiting requirements may apply. Reference the
electrical code as adopted.
Section 1016. Section 1016 “Exit Access Travel Distance” of Chapter 10 “Means of Egress” of the
2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Section 1016.3 to read as follows:
1016.3 Roof vent increase. In buildings that are one story in height, equipped with manual heat and
smoke roof vents complying with Section 910 and equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler
system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1, the maximum exit access travel distance shall be 400 feet
for occupancies in Group F-1 or S-1.
Section 1018.1. Section 1018.1 of Section 1018 “Corridors” of Chapter 10 “Means of Egress” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1018.1 Construction. Corridors shall be fire-resistance rated in accordance with Table 1018.1. The
corridor walls required to be fire-resistance rated shall comply with Section 709 for fire partitions.
Exceptions:
1. A fire-resistance rating is not required for corridors in an occupancy in Group E where each
room that is used for instruction has at least one door opening directly to the exterior and
rooms for assembly purposes have at least one-half of the required means of egress doors
opening directly to the exterior. Exterior doors specified in this exception are required to be
at ground level.
2. A fire-resistance rating is not required for corridors contained within a dwelling or sleeping
unit in an occupancy in Group R.
3. A fire-resistance rating is not required for corridors in open parking garages.
4. A fire-resistance rating is not required for corridors in an occupancy in Group B which is a
space requiring only a single means of egress complying with Section 1015.1.
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5. In Group B office buildings, corridor walls and ceilings need not be of fire-resistive
construction within office spaces of a single tenant when the space is equipped with an
approved automatic smoke detection system within the corridor. The actuation of any
detector shall activate alarms audible in all areas served by the corridor. The smokedetection system shall be connected to the building’s fire alarm system where such a system
is provided.
Section 1018.6. Section 1018.6 of Section 1018 “Corridors” of Chapter 10 “Means of Egress” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1018.6 Corridor continuity. All corridors shall be continuous from the point of entry to an exit, and
shall not be interrupted by intervening rooms.
Exception: Foyers, lobbies, or reception rooms constructed as required for corridors shall not be
construed as intervening rooms.
Section 1022.1. Section 1022.1 of Section 1022 “Exit Enclosures” of Chapter 10 “Means of
Egress” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1022.1 Enclosures required. Interior exit stairways and interior exit ramps shall be enclosed with fire
barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707 or horizontal assemblies constructed in accordance
with Section 712, or both. Exit enclosures shall have a fire-resistance rating of not less than 2 hours
where connecting four stories or more and not less than 1 hour where connecting less than four stories.
The number of stories connected by the exit enclosure shall include any basements but not any
mezzanines. Exit enclosures shall have a fire-resistance rating not less than the floor assembly
penetrated, but need not exceed 2 hours. Exit enclosures shall lead directly to the exterior of the
building or shall be extended to the exterior of the building with an exit passageway conforming to the
requirements of Section 1023, except as permitted in Section 1027.1. An exit enclosure shall not be
used for any purpose other than means of egress.
Exceptions:
1. In all occupancies, other than Group H and I occupancies, a stairway is not required to be
enclosed when the stairway serves an occupant load of less than 10 and the stairway
complies with either Item 1.1 or 1.2. In all cases, the maximum number of connecting open
stories shall not exceed two.
1.1. The stairway is open to not more than one story above its level of exit discharge; or
1.2. The stairway is open to not more than one story below its level of exit discharge.
2. Exits in buildings of Group A-5 where all portions of the means of egress are essentially
open to the outside need not be enclosed.
3. Stairways serving and contained within a single residential dwelling unit or sleeping unit in
Group R-1, R-2, or R-3 occupancies are not required to be enclosed.
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4. Stairways in open parking structures that serve only the parking structure are not required to
be enclosed.
5. Stairways in Group I-3 occupancies, as provided for in Section 408.3.8, are not required
to be enclosed.
6. Means of egress stairways as required by Sections 410.5.3 and 1015.6.1 are not required
to be enclosed.
7. Means of egress stairways from balconies, galleries, or press boxes as provided for in
Section 1028.5.1 are not required to be enclosed.
8. In other than occupancy Groups H and I, a maximum of 50 percent of egress stairways
serving one adjacent floor are not required to be enclosed, provided at least two means
of egress are provided from both floors served by the unenclosed stairways. Any two
such interconnected floors shall not be open to other floors.
9. In other than occupancy Groups H and I, interior egress stairways serving only the first
and second stories of a building equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler system
in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 are not required to be enclosed, provided at least
two means of egress are provided from both floors served by the unenclosed stairways.
Such interconnected stories shall not be open to other stories.
Section 1026.6. Section 1026.6 of Section 1026 “Exterior Exit Ramps and Stairways” of Chapter
10 “Means of Egress” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1026.6 Exterior ramps and stairway protection. Exterior exit ramps and stairways shall be separated
from the interior of the building as required in Section 1022.1. Openings shall be limited to those
necessary for egress from normally occupied spaces.
Exceptions:
1. Separation from the interior of the building is not required for occupancies, other than those
in Group R-1 or R-2, in buildings that are no more than two stories above grade plane where
a level of exit discharge serving such occupancies is the first story above grade plane.
2. Separation from the interior of the building is not required where the exterior ramp or
stairway is served by an exterior ramp or balcony that connects two remote exterior
stairways or other approved exits, with a perimeter that is not less than 50 percent open. To
be considered open, the opening shall be a minimum of 50 percent of the height of the
enclosing wall, with the top of the openings no less than 7 feet above the top of the balcony.
3. Separation from the open-ended corridors of the building is not required for an exterior
ramp or stairway located in a building or structure that is permitted to have unenclosed
interior stairways in accordance with Section 1022.1.
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4. Separation from the interior of the building is not required for exterior ramps or stairways
connected to open-ended corridors, provided that Items 4.1 through 4.4 are met:
4.1. The building, including corridors, ramps, and stairs, shall be equipped throughout
with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 or
903.3.1.2.
4.2. The open-ended corridors comply with Section 1018.
4.3. The open-ended corridors are connected on each end to an exterior exit ramp or
stairway complying with Section 1026.
4.4. At any location in an open-ended corridor where a change of direction exceeding 45
degrees occurs, a clear opening of not less than 35 square feet or an exterior ramp or
stairway shall be provided. Where clear openings are provided, they shall be
located so as to minimize the accumulation of smoke or toxic gases.
Section 1101.2. Section 1101.2 of Section 1101 “General” of Chapter 11 “Accessibility” of the
2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1101.2 Design. Buildings and facilities shall be designed and constructed to be accessible in
accordance with this code and ICC A117.1.
Exception: Buildings regulated under state law and built in accordance with state registered plans,
including any variances or waivers granted by the state, shall be deemed to be in compliance with
the requirements of this Chapter.
Section 1106.5. Section 1106.5 of Section 1106 “Parking and Passenger Loading Facilities” of
Chapter 11 “Accessibility” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1106.5 Van spaces. One van-accessible parking space is required for every four or fraction of four
accessible parking spaces. If two or more accessible parking spaces are provided, the first two
accessible parking spaces shall be van-accessible.
Exception: In Group R-2 and R-3 occupancies, van-accessible spaces located within private
garages shall be permitted to have vehicular routes, entrances, parking spaces, and access aisles
with a minimum vertical clearance of 7 feet.
Section 1106. Section 1106 “Parking and Passenger Loading Facilities” of Chapter 11
“Accessibility” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Section 1106.8 to read
as follows:
1106.8 Parking spaces. Accessible parking spaces shall be 9 feet wide minimum and shall have an
adjacent access aisle 5 feet in width for car spaces and 9 feet in width for van spaces.
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Section 1110.1. Section 1110.1 of Section 1110 “Signage” of Chapter 11 “Accessibility” of the
2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1110.1 Signs. Required accessible elements shall be identified by the International Symbol of
Accessibility at the following locations:
1. Accessible parking spaces required by Section 1106.1.
2. Accessible passenger loading zones.
3. Accessible rooms where multiple single-user toilet or bathing rooms are clustered at a single
location.
4. Accessible entrances where not all entrances are accessible.
5. Accessible check-out aisles where not all aisles are accessible. The sign, where provided, shall
be above the check-out aisle in the same location as the check-out aisle number or type of
check-out identification.
6. Unisex toilet and bathing rooms.
7. Accessible dressing, fitting, and locker rooms where not all such rooms are accessible.
8. Accessible areas of refuge in accordance with Section 1007.9.
9. Exterior areas for assisted rescue in accordance with Section 1007.9.
Table 1505.1. Table 1505.1 “Minimum Roof Covering Classification for Types of Construction” of
Section 1505 “Fire Classification” of Chapter 15 “Roof Assemblies and Rooftop Structures” of the
2009 International Building Code is amended by deleting footnote “c” and changing footnote “b” to
read as follows:
b.
Non-classified roof coverings shall be permitted on buildings of Group U occupancies having not more than 120 square
feet of projected roof area. When exceeding 120 square feet of projected roof area, buildings of Group U occupancies
may use non-rated non-combustible roof coverings.
Section 1505. Section 1505 “Fire Classification” of Chapter 15 “Roof Assemblies and Rooftop
Structures” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended by deleting Section 1505.7 “Special
purpose roofs.”
Section 1510.1. Section 1510.1 of Section 1510 “Reroofing” of Chapter 15 “Roof Assemblies and
Rooftop Structures” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1510.1 General design. Materials and methods of application used for recovering or replacing an
existing roof covering shall comply with the requirements of Chapter 15. All individual replacement
shingles or shakes shall be in compliance with the rating required by Table 1505.1.
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Exception: Reroofing shall not be required to meet the minimum design slope requirement of onequarter unit vertical in 12 units horizontal (2-percent slope) in Section 1507 for roofs that provide
positive roof drainage.
Section 1510.3. Section 1510.3 of Section 1510 “Reroofing” of Chapter 15 “Roof Assemblies and
Rooftop Structures” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
1510.3 Recovering versus replacement. New roof coverings shall not be installed without first
removing all existing layers of roof coverings down to the roof deck, including underlayment, where
any of the following conditions occur:
1. Where the existing roof or roof covering is water soaked or has deteriorated to the point that the
existing roof or roof covering is not adequate as a base for additional roofing.
2. Where the existing roof covering is wood shake, slate, clay, cement, or asbestos-cement tile.
3. Where the existing roof has two or more applications of any type of roof covering.
4. For asphalt shingles, when the building is located in an area subject to moderate or severe hail
exposure according to Figure R903.5 of the International Residential Code.
Exceptions:
1. Complete and separate roofing systems, such as standing-seam metal roof systems, that are
designed to transmit the roof loads directly to the building’s structural system and that do
not rely on existing roofs and roof coverings for support, shall not require the removal of
existing roof coverings.
2. Metal panel, metal shingle, and concrete and clay tile roof coverings shall be permitted to be
installed over existing wood shake roofs when applied in accordance with Section 1510.4.
3. The application of a new protective coating over an existing spray polyurethane foam
roofing system shall be permitted without tear-off of existing roof coverings.
Section 1510. Section 1510 “Reroofing” of Chapter 15 “Roof Assemblies and Rooftop Structures”
of the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Section 1510.7 to read as follows:
1510.7 Replacement of roof deck. New roof coverings shall not be installed on existing roof deck that
does not comply with Table 2304.7(3). An additional layer of deck complying with Table 2304.7(3)
may be installed over an existing roof deck in lieu of its removal
Section 1807.2. Section 1807.2 of Section 1807 “Foundation Walls, Retaining Walls and
Embedded Posts and Poles” of Chapter 18 “Soils and Foundations” of the 2009 International Building
Code is amended to read as follows:
1807.2 Retaining walls. Retaining walls shall be designed in accordance with Sections 1807.2.1
through 1807.2.4.
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Section 1807.2.1. Section 1807.2.1 of Section 1807 “Foundation Walls, Retaining Walls and
Embedded Posts and Poles” of Chapter 18 “Soils and Foundations” of the 2009 International Building
Code is amended to read as follows:
1807.2.1 General. Retaining walls shall be designed to ensure stability against overturning,
sliding, excessive foundation pressure and water uplift. Where a keyway is extended below the
wall base with the intent to engage passive pressure and enhance sliding stability, lateral soil
pressures on both sides of the keyway shall be considered in the sliding analysis.
Retaining walls shall be designed, inspected, and approved by a registered structural engineer.
Retaining walls which require a permit shall not be constructed of wood.
Section 1807. Section 1807 “Foundation Walls, Retaining Walls and Embedded Posts and Poles”
of Chapter 18 “Soils and Foundations” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding
Section 1807.2.4 to read as follows:
1807.2.4 Property restrictions. The proper performance of retaining walls shall not be based on
restrictions or requirements placed on property owners which will require future design or review
by the retaining wall design engineer. Any exposed soil in the vicinity of a retaining wall shall be
assumed to be landscaped and irrigated. Restrictions which may deprive property owners from full
use and enjoyment of property shall not be included in the design or related maintenance
requirements of a retaining wall.
Exception: Restrictions clearly stated in easements which are designated on the subdivision
plat of record.
Section 2103.2. Section 2103.2 of Section 2103 “Masonry Construction Materials” of Chapter 21
“Masonry” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
2103.2 Clay or shale masonry units. Clay or shale masonry units shall conform to the following
standards: ASTM C 34 for structural clay load-bearing wall tile; ASTM C 56 for structural clay
nonload-bearing wall tile; ASTM C 62 for building brick (solid masonry units made from clay or
shale); ASTM C 1088 for solid units of thin veneer brick; ASTM C 126 for ceramic-glazed structural
clay facing tile, facing brick, and solid masonry units; ASTM C 212 for structural clay facing tile;
ASTM C 216 for facing brick (solid masonry units made from clay or shale); ASTM C 652 for hollow
brick (hollow masonry units made from clay or shale) or ASTM C 1405 for glazed brick (single-fired
solid brick units.
Exception: Structural clay tile for nonstructural use in fire-proofing of structural members and in
wall furring shall not be required to meet the compressive strength specifications. The fireresistance rating shall be determined in accordance with ASTM E 119 or UL 263 and shall comply
with the requirements of Table 602.
Clay brick used outdoors shall meet Grade SW (severe weather) requirements of either ASTM C
216 or ASTM C 652.
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Table 2304.7(3). Table 2304.7(3) “Allowable Spans and Loads for Wood Structural Panel
Sheathing and Single-Floor Grades Continuous Over Two or More Spans with Strength Axis
a,b
Perpendicular to Supports ” of Section 2304 “General Construction Requirements” of Chapter 23
“Wood” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
TABLE 2304.7(3)
ALLOWABLE SPANS AND LOADS FOR WOOD STRUCTURAL PANEL SHEATHING AND
SINGLE-FLOOR GRADES CONTINUOUS OVER TWO OR MORE SPANS WITH
STRENGTH AXIS PERPENDICULAR TO SUPPORTSa,b
SHEATHING GRADES
ROOFc
FLOORd
e
Maximum span (inches)
Load (psf)
Panel span
With edge
rating roof/floor
Panel thickness
Without
Maximum span
span
(inches)
edge support Total load Live load
(inches)
supportf
24/0
1/2
24
20g
40
30
0
24/16
1/2
24
24
50
40
16
32/16
15/32, 1/2, 5/8
32
28
40
30
16h
40/20
19/32, 5/8, 3/4, 7/8
40
32
40
30
20h,i
48/24
23/32, 3/4, 7/8
48
36
45
35
24
54/32
7/8, 1
54
40
45
35
32
60/32
7/8, 1-1/8
60
48
45
35
32
Single Floor Grades
Roofc
Floord
Maximum span (inches)
Loade (psf)
With
edge
Panel span
Panel thickness
Without
Maximum span
rating
(inches)
supportf
edge support Total load Live load
(inches)
16 o.c.
1/2, 19/32, 5/8
24
24
50
40
16h
20 o.c.
19/32, 5/8, 3/4
32
32
40
30
20h,i
24 o.c.
23/32, 3/4
48
36
35
25
24
32 o.c.
7/8, 1
48
40
50
40
32
48 o.c.
1-3/32, 1-1/8
60
48
50
40
48
For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm, 1 pound per square foot = 0.0479kN/m2.
a.
Applies to panels 24 inches or wider.
b.
Floor and roof sheathing conforming with this table shall be deemed to meet the design criteria of Section 2304.7.
c.
Uniform load deflection limitations 1/180 of span under live load plus dead load, 1/240 under live load only.
d.
Panel edges shall have approved tongue-and-groove joints or shall be supported with blocking unless 1/4 inch minimum
thickness underlayment or 1-1/2 inches approved cellular or lightweight concrete is placed over the subfloor, finish
floor is 3/4 inch wood strip. Allowable uniform live load based on deflection of 1/360 of span is 100 pounds per square
foot except the span rating of 48 inches on center is based on a total load of 65 pounds per square foot.
e.
Allowable load at maximum span.
f.
Tongue-and-groove edges, panel edge clips (one midway between each support, except two equally spaced between
supports 48 inches on center), lumber blocking or other. Only lumber blocking shall satisfy blocked diaphragm
requirements.
g.
For 1/2 inch panels, maximum span shall be 24 inches.
h.
Span is permitted to be 24 inches on center where 3/4 inch wood strip flooring is installed at right angles to joist.
i.
Span is permitted to be 24 inches on center for floors where 1-1/2 inches of cellular or lightweight concrete is applied
over the panels.
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Section 2308. Section 2308 “Conventional Light-Frame Construction” of Chapter 23 “Wood” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Section 2308.4.3 to read as follows:
2308.4.3 Application to engineered design. When accepted by the building official, any portion
of this section is permitted to apply to buildings that are otherwise outside the limitations of this
section provided that:
1. The resulting design will comply with the requirements specified in Chapter 16;
2. The load limitations of various elements of this section are not exceeded; and
3. The portions of this section which will apply are identified by an engineer in the
construction documents.
Section 2901.1. Section 2901.1 of Section 2901 “General” of Chapter 29 “Plumbing Systems” of
the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[P] 2901.1 Scope. The provisions of this chapter and the International Plumbing Code shall govern the
erection, installation, alteration, repairs, relocation, replacement, addition to, use, or maintenance of
plumbing equipment and systems. Plumbing systems and equipment shall be constructed, installed,
and maintained in accordance with the International Plumbing Code. Private sewage disposal systems
shall conform to the International Private Sewage Disposal Code. The provisions of this chapter are
meant to work in coordination with the provisions of Chapter 4 of the International Plumbing Code.
Should any conflicts arise between the two chapters, the building official shall determine which
provision applies.
Section 2902.1. Section 2902.1 of Section 2902 “Minimum Plumbing Facilities” of Chapter 29
“Plumbing Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[P] 2902.1 Minimum number of fixtures. Plumbing fixtures shall be provided for the type of
occupancy and substantially in the minimum number as follows:
1. Assembly occupancies: At least one drinking fountain shall be provided at each floor level in
an approved location.
Exception: A drinking fountain need not be provided in a drinking or dining establishment.
2. Groups A, B, F, H, I, M, and S occupancies: Buildings or portions thereof where persons are
employed shall be provided with at least one water closet for each sex except as provided for in
Section 2902.2.
3. Group E occupancies: Shall be provided with fixtures as shown in Table 2902.1.
4. Group R occupancies: Shall be provided with fixtures as shown in Table 2902.1.
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Types of occupancies not shown in Table 2902.1 shall be considered individually by the building
official. The number of occupants shall be determined by this code. Occupancy classification shall be
determined in accordance with Chapter 3.
Section 2902.2. Section 2902.2 of Section 2902 “Minimum Plumbing Facilities” of Chapter 29
“Plumbing Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
[P] 2902.2 Separate facilities. Where plumbing fixtures are required, separate facilities shall be
provided for each sex.
Exceptions:
1. Separate facilities shall not be required for dwelling units and sleeping units.
2. Separate facilities shall not be required in structures or tenant spaces with a total occupant
load, including both employees and customers, of 15 or less.
3. Separate facilities shall not be required in mercantile occupancies in which the maximum
occupant load is 100 or less.
Section 3006.1. Section 3006.1 of Section 3006 “Machine Rooms” of Chapter 30 “Elevators and
Conveying Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
3006.1 General. An approved means of access shall be provided to elevator machine rooms and
overhead machinery spaces. Elevator machine rooms shall be provided.
Section 3006.4. Section 3006.4 of Section 3006 “Machine Rooms” of Chapter 30 “Elevators and
Conveying Systems” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
3006.4 Machine rooms and machinery spaces. Elevator machine rooms and machinery spaces shall
be enclosed with fire barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707 or horizontal assemblies
constructed in accordance with Section 712, or both. The fire-resistance rating shall not be less than the
required rating of the hoistway enclosure served by the machinery. Openings in the fire barriers shall
be protected with assemblies having a fire protection rating not less than that required for the hoistway
enclosure doors. Storage shall not be allowed within the elevator machine room. Provide approved
signage at each entry door to the elevator machine room stating “Elevator Machinery – No Storage
Allowed.”
Section 3109.1. Section 3109.1 of Section 3109 “Swimming Pool Enclosures and Safety Devices”
of Chapter 31 “Special Construction” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as
follows:
3109.1 General. Swimming pools shall comply with the requirements of this section and other applicable
sections of this code as well as also complying with applicable state laws.
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Section 3301.2. Section 3301.2 of Section 3301 “General” of Chapter 33 “Safeguards During
Construction” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
3301.2 Storage and placement. Construction equipment and materials shall be stored and placed so as
not to endanger the public, the workers or adjoining property for the duration of the construction
project. Construction equipment and materials may be stored on site if:
1. They are being used in a construction project for which a valid permit is in effect and for which
reasonable progress is being made; or
2. They are associated with work of a nature for which no permit is required, and they are stored
on site for only one period of time no longer than 10 consecutive days within any 6 month
period; or
3. A construction scope and schedule is approved by the department of inspections to allow
storage of materials associated with:
a. Work for which a permit is required, but reasonable progress is not being made; or
b. Work for which a permit is not required and a time period of more than 10 days is needed to
complete the work; or
c. A future project planned by a homeowner on a property for which the homeowner has a
homestead exemption and for which an approved storage plan and storage inspection
schedule is included in the scope and schedule.
Section 3302.2. Section 3302.2 of Section 3302 “Construction Safeguards” of Chapter 33
“Safeguards During Construction” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as
follows:
3302.2 Litter and construction waste materials. Litter and light-weight construction waste materials
such as food wrappers and construction material packaging shall be placed in a container that prohibits
the waste materials from blowing onto adjacent properties. Waste material containers shall be
maintained in an approved location and shall be removed in a manner which prevents injury or damage
to persons adjoining properties and public rights-of-way.
Section 3302. Section 3302 “Construction Safeguards” of Chapter 33 “Safeguards During
Construction” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended adding Section 3302.3 to read as
follows:
3302.3 Mowing and trimming. Job-site properties shall be kept mowed and trimmed in accordance
with Chapter 33 of The Code of Civil and Criminal Ordinances of the City of Irving, Texas.
Section 3303.4. Section 3303.4 of Section 3303 “Demolition” of Chapter 33 “Safeguards During
Construction” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
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3303.4 Demolition resulting in a vacant lot. All portions of structures, appurtenances, paving,
flatwork, pool decks, incidental accessory structures, and construction debris shall be removed from the
site. The site shall be graded to allow for proper drainage and for the property to be mowed.
Exception: Partial demolition and reuse of the principal structure in accordance with an approved
permit.
Section 3303. Section 3303 “Demolition” of Chapter 33 “Safeguards During Construction” of the
2009 International Building Code is amended by adding Section 3303.6 to read as follows:
3303.6 Utility connections. Franchise utility connections shall be discontinued and removed in
accordance with the approved rules and the requirements of the applicable franchise utility. Overhead
service drop lines shall be removed from utility poles. Water and sewer lines shall be removed and
capped in accordance with the policy established by the director of water utilities or his designee.
Section 3304.1. Section 3304.1 of Section 3304 “Site Work” of Chapter 33 “Safeguards During
Construction” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
3304.1 Excavation and fill. Excavation, grading, and fill shall be performed in accordance with
Chapter 18. Excavation and fill for buildings and structures shall be constructed or protected so as not
to endanger life or property. Neither construction debris, organic materials, nor trash shall be buried in
utility ditches or other on site excavations. Stumps and roots shall be removed from the soil to a depth
of at least 12 inches below the surface of the ground in the area to be occupied by the building. Wood
forms which have been used in placing concrete, if within the ground or between foundation sills and
the ground, shall be removed before a building is occupied or used for any purpose. Before
completion, loose or casual wood shall be removed from direct contact with the ground under the
building.
Section 3305.1. Section 3305.1 of Section 3305 “Sanitary” of Chapter 33 “Safeguards During
Construction” of the 2009 International Building Code is amended to read as follows:
3305.1 Facilities required. Sanitary facilities shall be provided during construction, remodeling, or
demolition activities in accordance with the International Plumbing Code. Temporary toilet facilities
shall be fully enclosed, chemically sanitized, and serviced and cleaned at least once each week.
Chapter 34. Chapter 34 “Existing Buildings and Structures” of the 2009 International Building
Code is amended by deleting Section 3401.5 “Alternative compliance.”
Chapter 34. Chapter 34 “Existing Buildings and Structures” of the 2009 International Building
Code is amended by deleting Section 3412 “Compliance Alternatives.”
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2009 International Building Code. The 2009 International Building Code is amended by adding
Appendix L “Fee Schedule” and Appendix M “Aircraft Noise Attenuation Requirements” to read as
follows:
APPENDIX L
FEE SCHEDULE
L101 Schedule of Fees. The following fees shall be charged for the work shown. Other fees may be
required under other ordinances. In the event that a permit is to be issued for work not shown below, a
fee shall be charged based upon a category of work shown which most nearly resembles the work
intended. The permit fees listed may be doubled if work is started prior to the permit being issued.
L102 Combination Permit Fee Schedule (Building, Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical). The
general contractor shall obtain a combination permit for all construction requiring inspection by more
than one trade inspector (Items 1 through 7 below). Subcontractors are not required to obtain separate
permits when serving as the registered subcontractor for a combination permit. Each subcontractor
working under a general contractor’s combination permit shall notify the inspections department and
submit all required information prior to any inspection. Combination permits require temporary service
poles. Separate permits are required for drive approaches, fences, signs, fire sprinklers, fire alarms, fire
mains and hydrants, on-site utilities, irrigation systems, retaining walls, construction trailers, pools, etc.
unless specifically included in a listed fee.
Item
Fee Type
Fee
Notes
1
Single family dwelling, Townhouse,
Duplex, Triplex (new)
Plan review – $0.08
Permit – $0.32
Per square foot of all floor area
under roof. Fee includes 2
drive approaches
2
Multi-Family Complex (four or more
units)
Each clubhouse, office,
laundry, etc. shall be counted
as one unit.
3
Residential Alterations,
Garages (residential detached),
Fire Repair (residential or multi-family),
Storage Buildings over 400 square feet
Residential Additions (any enclosed
square footage)
Plan review – See #8 below
Permit – $390 per unit
Garages– $60 per vehicle section
Carports – $30 per vehicle section
Permit – $0.25
Minimum fee – $100
Plan review – $0.08
Permit – $0.32
Minimum fee – $215
Plan review – See #8 below
Per square foot of all floor area
under roof
4
5
6
7
Commercial Building
Building area (sq ft)
Up to 2,500
2,501 to 10,000
10,001 to 50,000
50,001 to 100,000
100,001 to 300,000
Over 300,000
Shell Building (includes parking garages
and modular buildings)
Interior finish, Repairs, or Remodel
Permit Fee:
$ 930
$ 250 + $0.27/sq ft
$ 620 + $0.24/sq ft
$1865 + $0.21/sq ft
$3100 + $0.20/sq ft
$6840 + $0.19/sq ft
Plan review – See #8 below
Permit – 80% of Permit Fee in #5
above
Plan review – See #8 below
Permit – 50% of Permit Fee in #5
above
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Fee shall not exceed the fee for
comparable space for new
construction
Letter of compliance or
certificate of occupancy
included
Letter of compliance included
Certificate of occupancy
included, if required
8
Plan review:
-Multi-family/Commercial buildings, new
or additions
-Interior finish over 2,500 square feet
Plan review fee – additional (changes,
revisions, additions)
25% of permit fee
In addition to regular permit
fee
$42 per hour
One hour minimum
10
Swimming Pools
In-ground – $185
Above-ground – $105
Commercial – $310
Sewer P-trap, gas line, and
electrical for pool equipment is
included. New service
requires a separate electrical
permit.
11
Certificate of Occupancy
12
Re-Inspections
Restaurant – $185
Auto-related use – $135
Day care – $135
All other occupancy types – $100
Change of name or duplicate – $30
$75
13
Drive Approaches
14
Electrical single trade – temporary
service poles, mobile home service, utility
releases, clean and shows, service changes
15
Plumbing single trade – water, sewer, gas
service line replacements, water heaters,
and similar plumbing work
$50
Each multi-family unit is
considered a separate permit
16
Mechanical single trade – heating, air
conditioning installations or replacements
and related work
$50
Each multi-family unit is
considered a separate permit
17
Building single trade
$50
18
 Storage buildings greater than 6 feet in
any dimension up to 400 sq ft
 Tents greater than 400 sq ft
 Canopies greater than 1,600 sq ft
 Decks higher than 30 inches above grade
 Temporary sales and construction office
trailers
 Demolitions—single family
 Telecommunication antennae
 Flatwork
Foundation repair
Any additional trades or work,
see elsewhere in this fee
schedule
$120
Fee is per building
9
19
$50 first two approaches
$25 for each additional approach
$50
Retaining walls (with over 30 inches in
height of exposed face at any point):
Residential single family, single lot
Commercial and all other as follows:
(Length, Linear feet of wall)
Up to 100’
101’ to 200’
201’-350’
Over 350’
$155
$155
$155 + $0.31/ft
$230 + $0.25/ft
$240 + $0.23/ft
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Each multi-family unit is
considered a separate permit
20
Re-roofing and Roofing overlay:
Single-Family, Townhouse
Duplex, Triplex
Multifamily
Commercial
Fuel tanks, Pumps, Lines (installation,
repair, or replacement)
$50
$50
$60
$95
$95
22
Fuel tank or Pump (removal)
$50
23
Fire alarm, Fire sprinkler, Standpipes,
Fire control panel
$100 + $2.50 per additional similar
device
Per address/suite/unit
24
On-Site utilities (storm drain, domestic
water, sanitary sewer, gas line, and fire
main)
$60 + $0.06 per linear foot
Fee is per utility
25
Fire hydrant (installation or repair)
$50 per hydrant
26
Parking lots (commercial)
21
Resurface/Overlay
New Parking Lot
Fee is per structure or building
Annual outdoor parking permit
fees are provided in another
ordinance
27
Solar energy system
$50
$125
$68 + $42 per hour for plan review
28
Commercial security (Electric Door
Locks)
$68 for the first lock + $13 for each
additional lock
29
Record verification, Special services
$34 per hour
Two-hour minimum. Copy
charge is separate.
30
Construction board of appeals
$750
Non-refundable
31
Moved Buildings (House-moving)
House-moving permits
32
Set-up of moved buildings,
Manufactured home (move-in)
Demolitions (single family)
Housing-moving case (requiring city
council approval)
$300 first section
$33 additional section(s)
$50 per trade
$750
Moving a building within the
city limits (except schools).
Non-refundable
33
Additional floor area – see
Item 4
34
Temporary use permit requiring city
council approval
$750
Non-refundable
Good for 6 months
35
Christmas Tree, Pumpkin, Firewood
sales lots
$100
Separate permit required for
tents, signs, electrical, etc.
36
Carnivals, Circuses, Batch plants (and
similar temporary events not specifically
covered in another fee item)
$125
Separate permit required for
tents, signs, electrical, etc.
37
Snow cone stands
$185
Separate permit required for
signs, electrical, etc.
38
After-hours inspection
$42 per hour
Two-hour minimum
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39
Contractor Registration:
40
Electrical
Mechanical
Plumbing
General
Concrete or masonry
Fuel tank
Irrigation
Fence
House-moving
Apartment maintenance worker
Sign
Annual electrical permit
$125
$125
$0
$125
$125
$125
$125
Per fence ordinance
$125
$125
Per sign ordinance
$125
Apartment maintenance
worker can only perform
minor mechanical and
plumbing (no gas work)
41
Irrigation system
Residential – $105
Commercial – $155
Residential is single family
and duplex.
42
Electric gate controllers
43
Foundation only permit
$50 for first item
$13 for each additional item
10% of regular permit fee
In addition to regular fee
44
Investigation fee (for work begun without
a permit)
100% of regular fee
In addition to regular fee
Plumbing, fire sprinkler, and
fire alarm contractors are
exempt from registration fees
per state law.
APPENDIX M
AIRCRAFT NOISE ATTENUATION REQUIREMENTS
M101.1 Two zones. For the purposes of this code, certain sections of the City are zones subject to
significant noise from aircraft. These zones are the “65-70 DNL noise zone” and the “over 70 DNL noise
zone.”
M101.2 Map. These noise zones shall include such territory or portions of the City as are designated and
shown on the aircraft noise impact map (a copy of which is on file with the building official) and
incorporated into this code and made a part of it for all intents and purposes.
M102.1 Certified plans. The building official shall not issue a building permit for any building or
structure within the noise zones shown on the aircraft noise impact map unless the plans and specifications
accompanying the application for the permit are certified by a bona fide acoustical consultant as meeting
the required noise level reduction standards of this appendix.
M102.2 Noise consultants. Bona fide acoustical noise consultants include members of the National
Council of Acoustical Consultants and others who are approved by the building official, such approval
being based on the demonstration of competence and credentials in the area of architectural acoustics.
M102.3 Building intrusion in a noise zone. A building or structure which is located partly within a noise
zone and partly without or located partly within one noise zone and partly within another noise zone shall
be considered within the most restrictive of the noise zones within which it is located for purposes of this
appendix.
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M103.1 Noise reductions standards. Plans for the construction of buildings or structures within noise
zones shall be certified as achieving at least the outdoor to indoor noise level reductions as measured in
decibels within the building as follows:
Building Use
Residential:
Residential within each unit including
transient lodgings.
Public Use:
Schools, hospitals, and nursing homes
65-70 DNL
Noise Zone
Over 70 DNL
Noise Zone
25
30
25
30
SECTION 2. That terms and provisions of this ordinance shall be deemed to be severable and
that if the validity of any section, subsection, sentence, clause, or phrase of this ordinance should be
declared to be invalid, the same shall not affect the validity of any other section, subsection, sentence,
clause, or phrase of this ordinance.
SECTION 3. That it is the intent of the Irving City Council that pending prosecutions, brought
under the previous code, which this ordinance replaces, should continue under the terms and penalties
of said code and be saved from dismissal as if said prior ordinances had not been repealed.
SECTION 4. Any person violating or failing to comply with any provision of this chapter shall
be fined upon conviction not less than one dollar ($1.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).
Each day any violation of any provision of this chapter continues constitutes a separate offense.
SECTION 5. That this ordinance shall become effective on January 14, 2013.
PASSED AND APPROVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF IRVING, TEXAS,
on December 13, 2012.
________________________________
BETH VAN DUYNE
MAYOR
ATTEST:
________________________________
Shanae Jennings
Acting City Secretary
APPROVED AS TO FORM:
________________________________
Charles R. Anderson
City Attorney
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