[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Oconomowoc 11-6-1995 (Ch. 5 of the 1986 Town Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Building construction — See Ch. 108.
The purpose of this chapter is to promote the health, safety and welfare of the public by establishing performance minimums for design, construction, alteration, use and occupancy of buildings and parts thereof within the Town. Standards of the American Insurance Association or the National Fire Protection Association shall be used as guidelines in any area not covered in this chapter.
New buildings and additions. This chapter shall apply to all new buildings and structures and to additions to existing buildings and structures.
Alterations. This chapter shall apply to all alterations in any building or structure which affects the structural strength, fire hazards, exits or lighting of any new or existing building or structure. This chapter shall not apply to ordinary nonstructural changes or minor repairs necessary for the maintenance of any building or structure.
[Added 6-1-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-6]
The intent of this section is to allow fire and emergency medical service personnel to gain immediate entry to certain properties to allow the fire and/or emergency medical service personnel to perform their duties.
Required. All new multifamily structures of three or more units and commercial or manufacturing structures shall provide a public safety Knox-Box® system for fire department use. The Knox-Box® shall contain keys for elevator return, door openings, elevator rooms, fire alarm boxes, fire alarm box room, electric/utility rooms and any other key necessary for access to the structure for emergency fire and rescue purposes. This requirement for a Knox-Box® shall apply to all structures existing on the effective date of this section if there is change in its alarm or suppression system or if there is a change of ownership, change of occupancy, or upon structural modification to the structure sufficient to warrant the addition of a Knox-Box® system.
Installation. Knox-Box® systems may be surface-mounted or flush-mounted in an easily accessible location determined by the Fire Chiefs of the fire departments. The Knox-Box® shall be located not less than four feet nor more than six feet above grade. In the event that locks are changed in any of the above-mentioned rooms, the fire department shall be notified immediately. The cost of the Knox-Box® system and installation is the responsibility of the property owner. The Knox-Box® and installation location shall be approved by the Fire Chiefs.
Fire Chiefs to be Fire Inspectors. The Fire Chiefs of the various fire departments contracting with the Town of Oconomowoc for fire protection services shall be Fire Inspectors and may appoint one or more Deputy Fire Inspectors, who shall perform the same duties and have the same powers as the Fire Inspector. The duties of the Fire Inspectors shall follow the requirements of Ch. SPS 314, Wis. Adm. Code, a copy of which is available for inspection at the Town Clerk's office.
[Amended 6-1-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-6]
Duty of inspection.
Inspections required. Each Fire Inspector shall inspect semiannually all buildings, premises and public thoroughfares within that portion of the Town lying in the fire protection service area of the respective departments, to note and cause to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fires. Repairs or alterations necessary to remove a hazardous condition shall be made within a reasonable time at the owner's expense. The Inspector shall also investigate the storage and handling of explosives and flammable liquids within his respective fire service area.
Special inspection warrant. If consent to entry to properties which are not public buildings, or to portions of public buildings which are not open to the public, has been denied, the Fire Inspector shall obtain a special inspection warrant under § 66.0119, Wis. Stats.
Records and reports of inspections. Fire Inspectors shall keep a written record card of each property inspected, which shall conform to the requirements of the State Department of Safety and Professional Services, and shall make the semiannual report of inspections required by such department.
Correction of fire hazards. When any inspection by a Fire Inspector or his deputy reveals a fire hazard, the Inspector or his deputy may serve a notice in writing upon the owner of the property, giving such owner a reasonable time in which to remove the hazard. Failure of the owner to comply with said notice is a violation of this chapter. If the fire hazard is not removed within the time allowed, it shall be deemed a nuisance; and the Fire Inspector or his deputy may have the same removed by the Town, and the cost of such removal shall be recovered in an action by the Town against the owner of the property and may also be entered on the tax roll as a special charge against the property.
Compliance with Fire Inspector. No person shall deny the Fire Inspector or his deputy free access to any property within the Town at any reasonable time to make fire inspections. No person shall hinder or obstruct the Fire Inspector in the performance of his duty or refuse to observe any lawful direction given by him.
State Fire Prevention Manual adopted. The Wisconsin Fire Prevention Manual, detailing provisions for the prevention of fire, is adopted and by reference made a part of this chapter as if fully set forth herein.
State and federal codes adopted. The following provisions of OSHA, the Wisconsin Administrative Code and regulations of the State Department of Safety and Professional Services relating to fire prevention are made a part of this chapter by reference.
The following chapters of the Wisconsin Administrative Code relating to fire protection and prevention are adopted and by reference made a part of this chapter as if fully set forth herein. Any act required to be performed or prohibited by any chapter of the Wisconsin Administrative Code incorporated herein by reference is required or prohibited by this section.
In case of a conflict between the provisions of this chapter or between this chapter and existing Town ordinances, the strictest provision shall apply.
Any act required to be performed or prohibited by the State Fire Prevention Manual, OSHA requirements, the Wisconsin Administrative Code or regulations of the State Department of Safety and Professional Services are required or prohibited by this code.
The Fire Inspectors shall enforce the regulations of this chapter and all other laws, lawful orders and ordinances relating to fire prevention. Enforcement shall be in cooperation with the Building Inspector, who may also enforce this chapter of the Code of Ordinances if in violation of any building code of the Town of Oconomowoc.