The 2006 International Fire Code and Appendices A – Board of Appeals, B – Fire Flow Requirements for Buildings, C – Fire Hydrant Locations And Distribution, and D – Fire Apparatus Access Roads are adopted by reference and are made a part of this Code. Appendices E – Hazard Categories, F – Hazard Ranking, and G – Cryogenic Fluids-Weight and Volume Equivalents are included as guides. The language hereinafter is in addition to the language in the published codes and Appendices.
SECTION 108.4 Alternative Appeal Process.
Notwithstanding Sections 108.1, 108.2, and 108.3, a person may seek a review of the application and interpretation of this Code, first to the Fire Chief and then the City Manager. A written appeal shall be filed with the Fire Chief, who shall render a determination within fourteen (14) days from the receipt of the appeal. If the written appeal fails to contain the necessary specificity to make a determination, this time period may be extended. If no decision is made by the Fire Chief within the time period, or if the appellant desires further review, a written appeal may be made to the City Manager. The City Manager shall render a decision within twenty-one (21) days of receiving the written appeal. The Fire Chief and City Manager have the authority to interpret this Code and shall, with reasonable diligence, determine whether the requirements imposed constitute a fair administration of this Code.
SECTION 503.2.1 Fire Apparatus Access Roads Dimensions of Fire Access Roads.
Fire apparatus access roads in all developments shall have a minimum unobstructed width of twenty-six feet (26') and a minimum unobstructed vertical clearance of thirteen feet six inches (13' 6") and shall meet the requirements in Appendix D – Fire Apparatus Access Roads and as amended in this Chapter.
SECTION 503.6 Security Gates.
When gates are to be installed across required fire apparatus access roads, they shall be provided with an approved opening device. All gates and opening devices across access roads shall be approved by the Fire Department and shall be maintained or removed from the access road.
SECTION 506.1 Key Boxes.
Key boxes shall be installed on all buildings that are equipped with automatic fire suppression or automatic fire detection systems. The key box shall be of an approved type and shall contain keys and/or other devices necessary to gain access to all doors and rooms throughout the building. Key boxes shall be installed in an approved location within ten feet (10') of the main entrance doors.
SECTION 508.3 Fire Flow.
Appendix B and Table B105.1 as amended in this Chapter are to be used along with requirements listed in Chapter 13.10 of the Layton Municipal Code in determining fire flow requirements within Layton City.
SECTION 508.5 Fire Hydrant Systems.
(1) Scope. Appendix C and Table C105.1 shall be used for determining the required number and distribution of fire hydrants. The number and distribution of fire hydrants may be altered when special conditions exist and approved by the Fire Chief. Fire hydrant locations shall be as determined by the Fire Chief and City Engineer.
(2) Location. Fire hydrants shall be provided along required fire apparatus access roads and adjacent public streets. In order to provide a safe operating distance, fire hydrants shall be located at a minimum, a distance from the nearest building that is equal to one and a half (1 ½) times the building height, or as determined by the Fire Chief based on special conditions.
(3) All fire hydrants are to be installed so as to be fully accessible for Fire Department use with the four and a half inch (4 ½") connection facing the point of fire apparatus access as approved by the Fire Chief.
SECTION 508.5.3 Private Fire Service Mains and Water Tanks.
Testing, inspection, maintenance, and repair of private fire hydrants shall be the responsibility of the property owner. Private fire hydrants shall be maintained in an operable condition at all times. Testing, inspection, and maintenance of private fire hydrants shall be conducted on an annual basis and after each use. The annual maintenance shall include steps as promulgated in the Private Fire Hydrant Testing, Inspection, and Maintenance Policy.
If a private fire hydrant is defective, has been damaged or otherwise been rendered inoperable repairs or other necessary efforts must be made to render the hydrant fully operational within ten (10) working days. All repair work shall be preapproved by the Layton City Public Works Department and inspected and approved by Layton City Public Works Department after repairs have been made. If the property owner fails to comply within the ten (10) working days a fine of not more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) will be levied against the property owner each day the hydrant remains out of service
Every five (5) years, a fire flow test of the fire service main piping shall be conducted as outlined in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 291 Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing and Marking of Hydrants. Fire flow tests shall be conducted by a person trained in the procedures specified in NFPA 291 and the conducting of the test shall be coordinated with Layton City Public Works Department.
Written documentation of each of the above mentioned annual testing, inspection, and maintenance and the five (5) year flow tests shall be provided to the Fire Department upon the completion.
SECTION 903.3 Fire Extinguishing Systems Installation Requirements.
(1) Control valves, wall mount O.S. & Y and P.I.V. valves for automatic sprinklers shall not be located more than five feet (5') above finished floor or grade level.
(2) When an automatic fire sprinkler system serves two (2) or more occupancies, the automatic fire sprinkler system or a smoke/heat detection system shall be designed and installed so as to indicate on the main alarm panel and remote annunciator the location of a fire within the building.
SECTION 907.9 Zones.
Fire Alarm systems shall be divided into alarm zones when required by the Fire Chief.
SECTION 907.9.1 Zoning Indicator Panel, Annunciator.
When two (2) or more alarm zones are required, or the system installed is an addressable system, visible annunciation shall be provided in an area near the front main entrance. Visible annunciation shall be located where it can be read from outside of the front main entrance or it may be located on the exterior of the building in a location within ten feet (10') of the front main entrance. A key zone map shall be located next to the main fire alarm panel and/or the annunciator panels. The key zone map shall include a floor plan of the building and be color-coded to coordinate separate notification zones or in an addressable system, the separate types of notification devices. The information that is indicated on the remote annunciator panel(s) is to match the information that is provided on the main fire alarm panel. This map shall be covered with a protective covering. The main fire alarm panel shall be located in an area which is deemed the most constantly attended location, such as the main office, reception desk/area or the main corridor shared by separate occupancies. The main fire alarm panel may be installed elsewhere in the building as approved by the Fire Chief with the installation of a fully functioning remote annunciator in the areas listed above.
SECTION 912.2 FDC Location.
The required Fire Department Connection (FDC) of automatic fire sprinkler systems shall be of the Freestanding Fire Department Connection type and when practicable, shall be located at the front of the building at a minimum distance that is equal to one and a half (1 ½) times the height of the building. Freestanding FDC's are to be installed as per Layton City Fire Department FDC Installation Policy. A fire hydrant shall be located within one hundred feet (100') of the FDC. The alarm bell or other approved alarm indicating device shall be installed on the street side of the building. In the event that the front main entrance of the building is located on other than the street side of the building, an additional alarm bell shall also be located on the front side of the building. The Fire Chief shall approve the location of the FDC and the alarm indicating device.
SECTION 912.3.1 Locking Fire Department Connection Caps.
KNOX Locking FDC Plugs shall be provided for all newly constructed FDC's. Existing FDC's shall be provided with KNOX Locking FDC Plugs upon required replacement of the break-away type FDC caps due to breakage or removal, or as deemed necessary by the Fire Chief. Both inlets on Siamese FDC's are to be provided with KNOX Locking FDC Plugs albeit one FDC cap is in need of replacement.
SECTION 3404.2.9.5 Stationary Above-ground Tanks Outside of Buildings.
Prior to locating or installing above-ground tanks for Class I and Class II liquids, conditional use approval must be received from the Planning Commission. Above-ground bare steel tanks shall only be permitted in zones M-1, M-2, and A.
SECTION 3404.2.9.5.1.1 Location of Tanks With Pressures 2.5 psig (17.2 kPa) Or Less.
Above-ground tanks operating at pressures not exceeding 2.5 psig (17.2 kPa) for storage of Class I, II, or III-A liquids, which are designed with a weak roof-to-shell seam or equipped with emergency venting devices limiting pressures to 2.5 psig (17.2 kPa), shall only be permitted in M-1 and M-2 zones and prior to installation must receive conditional use approval from the Planning Commission.
SECTION 3404.2.9.5.1.5 Location of Tanks For Class III-B Liquids.
Lubricating oil which has been drained from motor vehicles shall be stored and handled as a Class III-B liquid. Above-ground tanks for the storage of Class III-B liquids, excluding unstable liquids, shall not exceed one thousand (1,000) gallons. They shall only be allowed in zones CP3, CH, M-1, M-2, and shall be considered a conditional use and prior to installation must receive conditional use approval from the Planning Commission.
SECTION 3404.4 Outside Storage of Containers and Portable Tanks.
Storage of flammable and combustible liquids in closed containers and portable tanks outside of buildings shall only be installed in A, CH, CP3, M-1, and M-2 zones. These shall be considered a conditional use and require approval from the Planning Commission.
SECTION 3406.2.4.4 Locations Where Above-Ground Tanks are Prohibited.
The storage of Class I and Class II liquids in above-ground tanks shall only be permitted in A, M-1, and M-2 zones. During construction, in areas outside of these zones, above-ground tanks shall also be authorized upon written permit by the Fire Department.
SECTION 3804.1 Liquefied Petroleum Gases
These tanks shall be considered a conditional use and require prior approval and permit from the Planning Commission. They shall only be permitted in zones A, CH, CP3, M-1, and M-2.
SECTION 3809.13 Protection of Portable Liquefied Petroleum Gases Containers Awaiting Use or Resale.
Cylinders at a location open to the public shall be protected against vehicle impact by means, which are in accordance with good engineering practice where vehicle traffic normally is expected. Cylinders shall also be protected by either:
(1) An enclosure with at least a six feet (6') high industrial-type fence or other approved protection method. At least two (2) means of emergency access from the fenced area or other enclosure shall be provided. Clearance of at least three feet (3') shall be provided for emergency access to the required means of egress. If guard service is provided, it shall be extended to the LP-Gas installation. Guard personnel shall be properly trained.
(2) A lockable ventilated metal cabinet or rack that prevents tampering with valves and pilferage of the cylinder shall be provided.
APPENDIX A Board of Appeals.
Appendix A is adopted as a guide to be followed in setting up a Board of Appeals only.
SECTION A 101.3 Terms of Office.
Members shall be appointed at the time an appeal is filed with the City Manager and will remain a member of the Board until the appeal has been resolved.
SECTION A101.3.1 Initial Appointments.
This section is deleted.
SECTION A101.7 Meetings.
The Board shall meet as often as deemed necessary by the chairman in order to resolve the filed appeal.
SECTION B105.1 One- and Two-Family Dwellings. Exception.
A reduction in required fire flow of fifty percent (50%), as approved, is allowed where the building is equipped throughout with an approved automatic fire sprinkler system in accordance with Chapter 9 of the International Fire Code. The resulting fire flow shall not be less than one thousand (1,000) gallons per minute.
SECTION B105.2 Buildings Other Than One- and Two-Family Dwellings. Exception.
A reduction in required fire flow of up to fifty percent (50%), as approved, is allowed when the building is provided with an approved automatic fire sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1or 903.3.1.2 of the International Fire Code. The resulting fire flow shall not be less than one thousand five hundred (1,500) gallons per minute.
SECTION C102.1 Fire Hydrant Locations.
Fire hydrants shall be provided along required fire apparatus access roads and adjacent public streets. In areas of one- and two-family dwellings, the maximum travel distance a dwelling shall be from the nearest fire hydrant is two hundred fifty feet (250'). In areas other than one- and two-family dwellings, all buildings shall be a maximum travel distance of one hundred twenty-five feet (125') from all required fire hydrants. Fire hydrants shall be placed a minimum distance from buildings the equivalent of 1 and ½ times the height of the building.
SECTION D103.1 Access Road Width With a Hydrant.
Where a fire hydrant is located on a fire apparatus access road that has an approved width of twenty feet (20'), the minimum road width shall be twenty-six feet (26"). See Layton City Standard Drawing FH-Clearance, Minimum Clearance Around a Fire Hydrant.
SECTION D103.2 Grade.
D103.2 Grade. Fire apparatus access roads shall not exceed ten percent (10%) in grade for a minimum of five hundred (500) continuous feet.
Exception: Grades of ten percent (10%) that exceed five hundred (500) continuous feet as approved by the Fire Chief, City Engineer, and all residential, commercial and industrial buildings are provided with an approved automatic fire sprinkler system.
Exception: Grades steeper than ten percent (10%) as approved by the Fire Chief, City Engineer, and all residential, commercial and industrial buildings are provided with an approved automatic fire sprinkler system.
SECTION D103.4 Dead Ends.
Dead-end fire apparatus access roads for future development in excess of one hundred fifty feet (150') shall be provided with width and turnaround provisions in accordance with Layton City Development Guidelines and Design Standards Manual, Street Improvements, Section IX. Cul-de-sac/Turn-around Requirements, and Section X. Temporary Turnaround.
SECTION D103.6 Signs.
Where required by the fire code official, fire apparatus access roads shall be marked with permanent NO PARKING—FIRE LANE signs complying with Layton City Fire Department Standard Rules & Regulations, Fire Lane /Access Road Marking. Signs shall be posted on one or both sides of the fire apparatus road as required by Section D103.6.1 or D103.6.2.
SECTION D103.6.1 Private Roads 20 to 26 Feet in Width.
Private Fire apparatus access roads twenty to twenty-six feet (20 - 26') wide shall be posted on both sides as a fire lane.
SECTION D103.6.2 Private Roads More Than 26 feet in Width.
Private fire apparatus access roads more than twenty-six feet (26') wide to thirty-two feet (32') wide shall be posted on one side of the road as a fire lane.
Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 04-58, Amended, 8/19/2004
Ord. No. 98-60, Amended, 12/3/1998
Ord. No. 972, Amended, 12/3/1992
Ord. No. 96-11, Amended, 3/21/1996
Ord. No. 08-09, Amended, 3/20/2008
Ord. No. 10-13, Amended, 6/17/2010
Ord. No. 13-17, Amended, 8/15/2013