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The State Building Code adoption and amendment of the 2018 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 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 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

Appendix F: Hazard Ranking

Appendix H: Hazardous Materials Management Plan (HMMP) and Hazardous Materials Inventory Statement (HMIS) Instructions

Appendix I: Fire Protection Systems – Noncompliant Conditions

C. IFC Section 105.3.3 Amended. Section 105.3.3 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 is hereby deleted in its entirety.

E. IFC Section Adopted. A new Section is hereby adopted 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 is hereby deleted in its entirety.

G. IFC Section 105.6.37 Deleted. Section 105.6.37 is hereby deleted in its entirety.

H. IFC Section 105.7.13 Deleted. Section 105.7.13 is hereby deleted in its entirety.

I. IFC Section 109 Amended. Section 109 is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 109 – APPEALS

109.1 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.

109.2 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 hearing examiner shall have no authority to waive requirements of this code.

J. IFC Section 110.3 Amended. Section 110.3 is hereby amended to read as follows:

110.3 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. Signs, tags, or seals posted or affixed by the fire code official shall not be mutilated, destroyed, tampered with, or removed without authorization from the fire code official. The fine for the removal, mutilation, destruction of, or tampering with said notice, sign, tags, or seals shall be as set forth in the Monroe Municipal Code, Section 15.04.200.

K. IFC Section 110.4 Deleted. Section 110.4 is hereby deleted in its entirety.

L. IFC Section 112.2 Amended. Section 112.2 is hereby amended to read as follows:

112.2 Issuance. The stop work order shall be in writing and shall be given to the owner of the property involved, the owner’s authorized agent or the person performing the work. Upon issuance of a stop work order, the cited work shall immediately cease. The stop work order shall state the reason for the order and the conditions under which the cited work will be permitted to resume. There shall be a fee imposed for issuance of a Stop Work Order in the amount set by periodic fee resolution of the Monroe City Council.

M. IFC Section 112.4 Deleted. Section 112.4 is hereby deleted in its entirety.

N. IFC Section 505.1 Amended. Section 505.1 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

O. IFC Section 505.2 Amended. Section 505.2 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.

P. IFC Section 506 Amended. Section 506 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 fire code official, and shall immediately notify the fire code official and provide the new key when a lock is changed or rekeyed. All such keys provided to the fire code official shall be secured in the building’s or business’s Knox Box®.

Q. IFC Section 903.2.13 Adopted. A new Section 903.2.13 is hereby adopted 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 code, 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.

R. IFC Section 903.3.9 Adopted. A new Section 903.3.9 is hereby adopted to read as follows:

903.3.9 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 903.3.9.

903.3.9.1 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.

903.3.9.2 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.

903.3.9.3 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.

903.3.9.4 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.”

S. IFC Section 907.5 Amended. Section 907.5 is hereby amended to read as follows:

907.5 Occupant notification systems. A fire alarm system shall annunciate at the fire alarm control unit and shall initiate occupant notification upon activation, in accordance with Sections 907.5.1 through 907. Other sections of this code notwithstanding, where a fire alarm control unit or a fire alarm system is required by another section of this code, it shall provide occupant notification and shall be activated by:

1. Automatic fire detectors.

2. Automatic sprinkler system water flow devices.

3. Manual fire alarm boxes.

4. Automatic fire-extinguishing systems.

Exception: Where notification systems are allowed elsewhere in section 907 to annunciate at a constantly attended location.

T. IFC Section 1103.5.3 Amended. Section 1103.5.3 is hereby amended to read as follows:

1103.5.3 Group I-2, Condition 2. In addition to the requirements of Section 1103.5.2, the existing buildings of Group I-2, Condition 2 occupancy shall be equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1. The automatic sprinkler system shall be installed by December 31, 2022.

U. IFC Table B105.2 Amended. Table B105.2 is hereby amended to read as follows:


MINIMUM FIRE FLOW (gallons per minute)


No automatic sprinkler system

Value in Table B105.1(2)a

Duration in Table B105.1(2)

Section 903.3.1.1 of the IFC

50% of the value in Table B105.1(2)a

Duration in Table B105.1(2) at the reduced flow rate

Section 903.3.1.2 of the IFC

50% of the value in Table B105.1(2)b

Duration in Table B105.1(2) at the reduced flow rate

For SI: 1 gallon per minute = 3.785 L/m.

aThe reduced fire flow shall be not less than 1,000 gallons per minute.

bThe reduced fire flow shall be not less than 1,500 gallons per minute.

(Ord. 018/2020 § 1 (Exh. A); 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)