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The State Building Code adoption and amendment of the 2015 Edition of the International Fire Code, Chapter 51-54A WAC, is hereby adopted by reference. Chapter 51-54A WAC is amended by the city to include the following new and amended provisions. In the event of any conflict between any provision of the IFC and this chapter, the provisions of this chapter shall apply. New sections or subsections shall be deemed deleted from the IFC and the amended provisions inserted in their place in accordance with the direction of this code.

A. IFC Section 101.1 Amended. Section 101.1 of the IFC is hereby amended to read as follows:

101.1 Title. These regulations shall be known as the Fire Code of the City of Monroe, hereinafter referred to as the “IFC” or “this code.”

B. IFC Section 101.2.1 Amended. Section 101.2.1 of the IFC is hereby amended to read as follows:

101.2.1 Appendices. The following appendices of the IFC are hereby adopted by reference:

Appendix B: Fire-Flow Requirements for Buildings

Appendix C: Fire Hydrant Locations and Distribution

C. IFC Section 105.3.3 Amended. Section 105.3.3 of the IFC entitled “Occupancy prohibited before approval” is hereby amended to read as follows:

105.3.3 Occupancy prohibited before approval. The building or structure shall not be occupied prior to compliance with IBC Section 111 or IRC Section R110.

D. IFC Section 105.3.4 Deleted. Section 105.3.4 of the IFC entitled “Conditional permits” is hereby deleted in its entirety.

E. IFC Section Added. A new Section is hereby added to the IFC to read as follows: Electronic Pre-Incident Data. Applicants for commercial building permits and commercial tenant improvement permits shall submit electronic building site and floor plans in a CADD *.dwg format prior to the final fire inspection for occupancy. Such data may be utilized by the Fire Department for the creation of pre-incident plans.

F. IFC Section 105.6.15 Deleted. Section 105.6.15 of the IFC entitled “Fire hydrants and valves” is hereby deleted in its entirety.

G. IFC Section 105.6.37 Deleted. Section 105.6.37 of the IFC entitled “Private fire hydrants” is hereby deleted in its entirety.

H. IFC Section 105.7.13 Deleted. Section 105.7.13 of the IFC entitled “Private fire hydrants” is hereby deleted in its entirety.

I. IFC Section 108 Amended. Section 108 of the IFC is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 108 – APPEALS

108.1 Appeals. All appeals of orders, decisions, interpretations or determinations made by the code official relative to the application and interpretation of the IFC shall be to the City of Monroe Hearing Examiner in accordance with MMC Chapter 2.34 MMC. The Hearing Examiner shall have no authority to waive requirements of this code.

J. IFC Section 109.3 Amended. Section 109.3 of the IFC is hereby amended to read as follows:

109.3 Notice of violation. Where the fire code official finds a building, premises, vehicle, storage facility or outdoor area that is in violation of this code, the fire code official is authorized to prepare a written notice and order of code violation in accordance with Chapter 1.04 of the Monroe Municipal Code.

K. IFC Section 109.4 Amended. Section 109.4 of the IFC is hereby amended to read as follows:

109.4 Violation penalties. Persons who violate a provision of the IFC or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, install, alter, repair or do work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the fire code official, or of a permit or certificate used under provisions of this code, shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars or by imprisonment not exceeding 365 days or both such fine and imprisonment. Each day that violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.

L. IFC Section 111.4 Amended. Section 111.4 of the IFC is hereby amended to read as follows:

111.4 Failure to comply. Any person who shall continue any work after having been served with a stop work order, except such work as that person is directed to perform to remove a violation or unsafe condition, shall be liable to a fine of not less than five hundred dollars or more than five thousand dollars.

M. IFC Subsection 505.1 Amended. Subsection 505.1 of the IFC is hereby amended to read as follows:

505.1 Address identification. New and existing buildings shall be provided with approved address numbers or letters. The size of each character shall be as specified in Table 505.1. They shall be installed on a contrasting background and be plainly visible from the street or road fronting the property. When required by the code official, address numbers shall be provided in additional approved locations to facilitate emergency response. Where access is by means of a private road and the building address cannot be viewed from the public way, a monument, pole or other approved sign or means shall be used to identify the structure. Address numbers shall be maintained.

Table 505.1 Address Numbering Size Table



0 – 50 feet

6" H x 3/4" Stroke Width

51 – 150 feet

8" H x 1" Stroke Width

151 – 200 feet

10" H x 1 1/4" Stroke Width

201 feet and farther

12" H x 1 1/2" Stroke Width

N. IFC Subsection 505.2 Amended. Subsection 505.2 of the IFC is hereby amended to read as follows:

505.2 Street or road signs. Streets and roads shall be identified with approved permanent signs when roadways allow passage by vehicles. Signs shall meet the requirements of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways as adopted by the State of Washington in 47.36.030 RCW and 468-95 WAC.

O. IFC Section 506 Amended. Section 506 of the IFC is hereby amended to read as follows:

506.1 Where required. A Knox Box® of a size and type approved by the fire code official shall be provided by the building or business owner for all occupancies except Group R-3 and U.

506.1.1 Locks. A Knox® lock or key switch shall be installed on gates or similar barriers when required by the fire code official. Knox® FDC caps shall be installed on all new fire department connections and, when required by the fire code official, on existing fire department connections.

506.2 Key box maintenance. The operator of a business with a Knox Box on the building shall provide entry; fire control room; elevator; fire alarm panel; mechanical; electrical; manual fire alarm box (pull station); keys to the Monroe Fire Marshal, and shall immediately notify the Monroe Fire Marshal and provide the new key when a lock is changed or rekeyed. All such keys provided to the Monroe Fire Marshal shall be secured in the building’s or business’s Knox Box®.

P. IFC Section 903.2.13 Added. A new Section 903.2.13 is hereby added to the IFC to read as follows:

903.2.13 Other sprinkler requirements. In addition to the requirements of Section 903.2, approved automatic fire sprinkler systems shall be installed throughout all buildings and structures described in this Section 903.2.13. For the purposes of this Section 903.2.13, fire walls, fire barriers, fire partitions and fire-resistance-rated horizontal assemblies do not constitute separate buildings.

1.    In all new buildings and structures with an Occupancy Classification assigned under the IBC and with a gross floor area of five thousand or greater square feet, regardless of type or use.

Exception: Spaces or areas in telecommunications buildings used exclusively for telecommunications equipment, associated electrical power distribution equipment, batteries and standby engines, provided those spaces or areas are equipped throughout with an automatic fire alarm system and are separated from the remainder of the building by fire barriers consisting of not less than 1-hour fire-resistance-rated walls and 2-hour fire-resistance-rated floor/ceiling assemblies.

2.    In existing buildings with a gross floor area of ten thousand or greater square feet undergoing additions, repairs, reconstruction, or improvements exceeding sixty percent of the assessed value of such building or structure.

Q. IFC Section 903.3.7 Added. A new Section 903.3.7 is hereby added to the IFC to read as follows:

903.3.7 Fire Control Room. All multiple tenant buildings; buildings constructed speculatively (“spec”) as shells or warehouses; and all buildings in excess of 20,000 square feet which require fire sprinkler protection shall be constructed with a dedicated fire control room in accordance with Section 903.3.7.

903.3.7.1 Size and construction. The fire control room shall be adequately sized to allow 3 feet of clearance around the circumference of the sprinkler riser for inspection, testing, and maintenance. The fire control room shall not be excessively large so that storage of disallowed items is discouraged. The construction of the fire control room shall consist of materials similar to adjacent areas, except that there shall be no requirements to provide fire resistive construction on the interior walls which form the fire control room.

903.3.7.2 Location. The fire control room shall be located adjacent to an outside wall of the building, and a dedicated outside entrance with a minimum 36" swinging door shall be provided.

903.3.7.3 Contents. The fire control room shall contain only the fire sprinkler riser(s), fire alarm control panel, fire pump(s), and other necessary fire protection appliances and communications equipment. No storage of combustible items is allowed inside the fire control room.

903.3.7.4 Signage. The outside door providing access to the fire control room shall bear a sign or placard with minimum 4" white lettering on a red background which reads: “FIRE CONTROL ROOM.”

R. IFC Table B105.2 Amended. Table B105.2 of the IFC is hereby amended to read as follows:

Where the value of 25% is listed in the table, it shall be replaced with 50%.

(Ord. 007/2016 § 5; Ord. 008/2013 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 013/2010 §§ 25 – 32; Ord. 001/2010 § 9; Ord. 033/2008 § 4; Ord. 015/2007 § 8; Ord. 006/2005; Ord. 012/2004)