City of Rockwood, MI
Wayne County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Rockwood 9-20-2006 by Ord. No. 430.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Alarm systems — See Ch. 9.
Blight — See Ch. 36.
Building construction — See Ch. 45.
Emergency response by fire-fighting squads — See Ch. 69.
Fire Prevention Bureau — See Ch. 86.
Hazardous spills — See Ch. 108.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 176.
Fees for fire alarm systems — See Ch. A276.
[1]:
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 84, Fire Prevention, adopted 12-19-2001 by Ord. No. 403.

§ 84-1 Adoption of Fire Prevention Code.

[Amended 10-17-2012 by Ord. No. 478]
That a certain document, three copies of which are on file in the office of the City Clerk of the City of Rockwood, being marked and designated as the International Fire Code, 2009 Edition, including Appendix Chapters B, C, D, I and J (see International Fire Code Section 101.2.1, 2009 Edition), as published by the International Code Council, being and is hereby adopted as the Fire Code of the City of Rockwood for regulating and governing the safeguarding of life and property from fire and explosion hazards arising from the storage, handling and use of hazardous substances, materials and devices, and from conditions hazardous to life or property in the occupancy of buildings and premises in the City of Rockwood and providing for the issuance of permits for hazardous uses or operations; and each and all other regulations, provisions, conditions and terms of such International Fire Code, 2009 Edition, published by the International Code Council, on file in the office of the City of Rockwood, are hereby referred to, adopted, and made a part hereof as if fully set forth in this chapter, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, prescribed in § 84-2 of this chapter.

§ 84-2 Additions, insertions and changes.

[Amended 10-17-2012 by Ord. No. 478]
The following sections are hereby revised as follows:
A. 
Section 101.1, insert: City of Rockwood.
B. 
Section 108.1, amended to read:
Appeals. Appeals from a decision of the Code Official under the provisions of this code shall be heard by the Building and Safety Appeal Board as established in Section 18-600 of Chapter 18, Article XI, of the Michigan Building Code.
C. 
Section 109.3, revise:
Violation penalties. Persons who shall violate a provision of this code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, install, alter, or repair or do work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the Code Official, or of a permit or certificate used under provisions of this code, shall be responsible for a violation of a municipal civil infraction. Each day that violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.
D. 
Section 111.4, revise:
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 responsible for a municipal civil infraction.
E. 
Section 503.2.2, revise:
Authority and criteria for establishing fire lanes. The Fire Official shall be responsible for establishing fire lanes on private property within the City of Rockwood. The following criteria shall be used in determining the necessity of said fire lanes.
1. Fire lanes shall be established, as deemed necessary, at the following locations:
(a) Apartment complexes.
(b) Auditoriums.
(c) Churches.
(d) Hospitals, convalescent homes, nursing homes, etc.
(e) Hotels, motels, boarding houses, etc.
(f) Manufacturing sites.
(g) Multiple private residential areas.
(h) Shopping centers.
(i) Office buildings.
(j) Thoroughfares, roads and streets too narrow for safe passage, including all such public roads which do not exceed 22 feet in width upon which both sides may be deemed fire lanes and such public roadways which do not exceed 32 feet in width upon which the fire hydrant side may be deemed a fire lane.
2. The necessity of access into the above-enumerated areas from public thoroughfares.
3. The necessity of traffic lanes free from parked vehicles both to and around the above-enumerated establishments capable of handling City fire vehicles. This determination shall be made in accordance with the above criteria:
(a) Whenever the Fire Official deems such lanes necessary for the safety of occupants and property of the above-enumerated establishments; or
(b) When, after petitioned by a private lane owner or his authorized representative to have said fire lanes established on his or her property; or
(c) Upon public thoroughfares, roads, and streets whenever the Fire Official deems such lanes necessary for the safety of people or property.
4. This article shall apply to all such existing facilities within the City of Rockwood and new construction sites or modification of existing structures. It shall be the duty of the Fire Official to notify the landowner of any such property whereon fire lanes are established, by mailing notice of same to the address of the owner as found in the records of the City Assessor.
F. 
Section 503.3, revise:
Posting, uniformity, responsibility.
1. All fire lanes shall be conspicuously posted with uniform fire lane signs in keeping with the standard established in the Michigan Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices as revised and prescribed by the Fire Official and erected no further than 100 feet apart in all areas designated as fire lanes. Signs may be requried to be double-sided. The erection and maintenance of said signs shall be the responsibility of the property owner with regard to private property and the responsibility of the City with regard to public property. Any owner who, upon notification that a fire lane has been established on his property and within 30 days thereof, fails to erect uniform fire lane signs shall be in violation of this article and subject to punishment as provided by this code. Further, when said signs are not erected within 30 days of notification, the City Council may direct said signs to be erected and the cost thereof assessed against the property on the next general assessment roll of the City.
The legends used shall contain the words "Fire Lane" along with a basic "No Parking or Standing" or "No Standing or Parking" prohibitive message. The exceptions to this designation will occur when loading zones (either commercial, service or passenger) or taxicab standing zones are required for the operation of the property, and when such zones or areas do not impede emergency vehicle access, as determined by the Fire Official. In these instances, appropriate signs in keeping with the standards delineated by the Michigan Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices, containing such legends as "No Parking - Loading Zone," or "No Parking - Loading Zone - 5 Minute Limit," or "No Parking - Taxicab Stand" shall be posted.
2. Exceptions. Should it become necessary in the interest of the public peace, health, safety or welfare, the Fire Official may grant permission for parking of certain vehicles, objects or trailers in designated fire lanes for limited periods where such parking will not interfere with the usage of the fire lane by emergency vehicles. Whenever such permission is granted, a record of same shall be kept by the Department. In conjunction with such permission, the Department shall furnish a sign to be posted conspicuously on the vehicle, object or trailer stating that permission to so park has been granted and the duration that it may remain so parked.
3. Guidelines for fire lanes; new construction and modification of existing structures. It shall be the duty of the Fire Official to establish guidelines for use in determining the need for fire lanes on all new construction sites and a modification of existing structures. These guidelines shall include those criteria found in Section 503 and Appendix D of the International Fire Code, 2009 Edition, and shall further include minimum dimensions for said fire lanes so as to provide adequate maneuverability for City fire vehicles during the construction phases of the project. The Fire Official shall make a check of all plans for such building or alterations upon submission of same by the Building Department. The Fire Official shall either approve or reject such plans within 20 days of such submission and, if rejected, shall state the reasons for same. After rejection, such plans may be resubmitted for approval after the necessary changes have been made.
4. Enforcement responsibility. The Fire Official is hereby empowered to issue an ordinance violation ticket to the owner or operator of the property at any time should the necessary signage as described in Section 503.3 be missing, improperly installed, in poor repair, or otherwise in such condition as to not convey the intended message to a reasonably observant and prudent person. A further ordinance violation ticket may be issued to the owner or operator of the property at any time should certain vehicles, objects or trailers be parked or placed in the designated fire lanes without first having been approved and a permit issued, as delineated in Section 503.3.
The Police Department or its designated and duly authorized agent is empowered to enforce the fire lane restrictions by the issuance of traffic citations for those prohibitions established by the Fire Official and shall be the primary agent for all such enforcement efforts.
The Fire Official is further hereby empowered to issue standard traffic violations as are currently in regular use by the Ordinance Enforcement Department to vehicles found parked or standing in violation of the posted prohibitions as supplement to their normal investigative reviews of various designated sites.
5. Removal from fire lanes. When any member of the Rockwood Fire Department or the Rockwood Ordinance Enforcement Authority shall observe any vehicle, trailer or other object parked in a fire lane as herein established, any of the foregoing shall remove such vehicle, trailer or other object or shall cause same to be moved at the expense of the owner. If any vehicle, trailer or other object is so located within a fire lane at the time the Fire Department is responding to an alarm for any reason which necessitates use of such fire lane, then any member or members of the aforesaid agencies may move or cause same to be moved by any means possible without liability for any damage being incurred by the City of Rockwood or any officer, agent or employee thereof.
6. Appeal. Notwithstanding the provisions found in any section of this chapter, the following shall be the method of appeal from any decision of the Fire Official as it may pertain to the article:
If any landowner is aggrieved by any decision as to the establishment of a fire lane, the landowner, within 30 days of the date of mailing of the fire lane establishment notice as provided herein or of denial of a petition to establish a fire lane, may file with the Fire Official a written exception to such decision together with a reason for same. Within 10 days from the date of receipt of such exception by the Code Official, he shall, after consideration of the reasons for such exceptions, affirm, modify or rescind the original appeal decision. If the aggrieved party is still without satisfaction, an appeal may be filed with the Board of Appeals established in Section 18-600, Chapter 18, Article XI, of the Michigan Building Code.
G. 
Section 3204.3.1.1: delete in its entirety.
H. 
Section 3304.1, revise to read:
Establishment of limits. That the limits referred to in Section 3304 of this code in which the storage of explosive materials is prohibited shall be established pursuant to resolution of the City Council as recommended by the Director of Building and Safety after consultation with the Fire Chief.
I. 
Section 3404.2.9.6.1, add the following:
Storage of Class I and II liquids in aboveground storage tanks outside of building is prohibited in or within 500 feet of any property zoned or used for residential purposes.
J. 
Section 3406.2.4.4, revise to read:
Location where aboveground tanks are prohibited. The storage of Class I and II liquids in aboveground tanks is prohibited in or within 500 feet of any property zoned or used for residential purposes.
K. 
Section 3506.2, revise to read:
Limitations. Storage of flammable cryogenic fluids in stationary containers outside buildings is prohibited in or within 500 feet of any property zoned or used for residential purposes.
L. 
Section 3804.2, revise to read:
Maximum capacity within established limits. That the limits referred to in Section 3804 of this code in which the storage of liquefied petroleum gas is prohibited shall be established pursuant to resolution of the City Council as recommended by the Director of Building and Safety after consultation with the Fire Chief.
Referenced Standards. The Reference Standards of the Code shall be modified as follows:
ICCEC-09 International Electrical Code shall refer to the Michigan Electrical Code;
IBC-09 International Building Code shall refer to the Michigan Building Code;
IEBC-09 International Existing Building Code shall refer to the Michigan Rehabilitation Code for Existing Buildings;
IMC-09 International Mechanical Code shall refer to the Michigan Mechanical Code;
IPC-09 International Plumbing Code shall refer to the Michigan Plumbing Code; and
IRC-09 International Residential Code shall refer to the Michigan Residential Code.

§ 84-3 Adoption of the Life Safety Code.

[Added 10-4-2006 by Ord. No. 432]
The 2003 Edition of the Life Safety Code published by the National Fire Protection Association is hereby adopted by reference pursuant to the authority given to it by M.C.L.A. 117.3(k).

§ 84-4 Penalty.

[Added 10-4-2006 by Ord. No. 432]
Persons who shall violate a provision of this Life Safety Code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, install, alter, or repair or do work in violation of the approved construction documents or directive of the Code Official, or permit or certificate used under the provision of this Life Safety Code, shall be responsible for a violation of a municipal civil infraction. Each day that the violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.

§ 84-5 Conflict of laws.

[Added 10-4-2006 by Ord. No. 432]
A. 
In the event of a conflict between any of the provisions of the Life Safety Code, 2003 Edition, as adopted herein, and a provision of any local ordinance, resolution, rule or regulation, the local ordinance, resolution, rule or regulation shall control.
B. 
In the event of a conflict between any of the provisions of such Code and a provision of any state law, rule or regulation, shall control.
C. 
In the event of a conflict between any of the provisions of such Code and a provision of any other technical code adopted by reference by the City, the stricter or higher standard shall control.