University City, MO
St. Louis County
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[Ord. No. 6930 §1, 10-28-2013[1]; Ord. No. 7140, 1-25-2021]
The International Fire Code, 2018 Edition, including all appendixes except A, as published by the International Code Council, Inc., one (1) copy of which was on file in the office of the City Clerk for a period of ninety (90) days prior to the adoption of this Chapter and available for public use, inspection and examination, and a copy of which is attached hereto and incorporated by this reference as if fully set forth herein, is hereby adopted as the Fire Code of the City of University City, Missouri, subject to the amendments, additions, insertions, deletions and changes set out in Section 205.020 of this Chapter.
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Editor's Note: Section 1 of this ordinance repealed former Ch. 205, Fire Prevention, as adopted and amended by R.O. 2011 §§8.08.010—8.08.030; Ord. No. 6548 §1 (part), 2005; Ord. No. 6569 §1, 2005.
[Ord. No. 6930 §1, 10-28-2013; Ord. No. 7140, 1-25-2021]
A. 
NFPA Standards. All now current or future NFPA Standards shall be referenced and utilized with the exception of NFPA 101, and incorporated herein, by the Fire Marshal, in the interpretation of Sections of the IFC and other codes in order to properly enforce this Section.
B. 
The following numbered Sections and Subsections of the International Fire Code, 2018 Edition, as published by the International Code Council, Inc., are hereby amended by additions, insertions, deletions and changes so that such Sections and Subsections shall read as follows:
1. 
(CHAPTER 1 SCOPE AND ADMINISTRATION) — (SECTION 101 GENERAL).
101.1 Title. These regulations shall be known as the Fire Code of the City of University City, Missouri, hereinafter referred to as "this code."
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(SECTION 103 DEPARTMENT OF FIRE PREVENTION).
103.1 General. The Bureau of Fire Prevention is established within the jurisdiction under the direction of the Code Official. The function of the bureau shall be the implementation, administration and enforcement of the provisions of this code.
103.2 Appointment. Enforcement Official. It shall be the duty and the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer, designated as the Fire Chief, to enforce the provisions of this code. The Fire Chief shall be the Code Official.
103.2.1 Bureau organization. The Bureau of Fire Prevention shall operate under the direct supervision of the Fire Marshal. The Fire Marshal shall be a uniformed member and chief officer of the Fire Department and operate under the direct supervision of the Fire Chief. The Fire Marshal shall be appointed on the basis of his/her administrative abilities and qualifications to understand, interpret and enforce the technical provisions of this code. All uniformed members of the Fire Department shall be considered members of the Bureau of Fire Prevention. The Fire Marshal may assign or appoint technical assistants, inspectors or other employees that may be necessary for the effective and efficient operation of the Bureau of Fire Prevention. All appointments to the bureau shall be made in conformance with the provisions of the Municipal Code.
103.3 Bureau members code enforcement duties and authority. The Fire Marshal, and all properly assigned or appointed members of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall have the duty to assist the Fire Chief in the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this code. As agents of the Fire Chief, all properly assigned or appointed members of the Bureau of Fire Prevention shall have the authority to exercise all the powers of the Code Official as detailed within this code.
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(SECTION 104 GENERAL AUTHORITY AND RESPONSIBILITIES).
104.6 Official records. The Fire Code Official shall keep official records as required by Sections 104.6.1 through 104.6.4. Such official records shall be retained for the period required for retention of public records.
104.11.4 Compliance with orders. A person shall not willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of the Fire Official or interfere with the compliance attempts of another individual.
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(SECTION 105 PERMITS).
105.1.2 Types of permits.
There shall be two (2) types of permits as follows:
1.
Operational permit. An operational permit allows the applicant to conduct an operation or a business for which a permit is required by Section 105.6 for either:
1.1.
A prescribed period as determined by the Fire Code Official for operations that only occur once or are not ongoing.
1.2.
For ongoing operations, the operational permit shall be issued for a period not exceeding a year or until revoked.
2.
Construction permit. A construction permit allows the applicant to install or modify systems and equipment for which a permit is required by Section 105.7. Construction permits will be administered by the applicable Building Code, Residential Code, Mechanical Code, Fuel Gas Code, Electrical Code, Plumbing Code, Existing Building Code, Energy Conservation Code, or Swimming Pool and Spa Code.
105.6.90 Places of education. An operational permit is required to operate or occupy an educational occupancy.
105.6.91 Places of high residency or transient residency. An operational permit is required to operate or occupy any "R-1" occupancy building, "R-2" occupancy building with more than eight (8) dwelling units, and "R-4" occupancy buildings.
105.6.92 Places of institutional care. An operational permit is required to operate or occupy an institutional occupancy.
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(SECTION 106 FEES).
106.2 Schedule of permit fees. A fee for each permit shall be paid as required, in accordance with the following schedule:
1.
Construction permit fees shall be paid as set forth in the Building Code, Residential Code, Mechanical Code, Fuel Gas Code, Electrical Code, Plumbing Code or Energy Conservation Code, and the fee shall include the cost of ensuring compliance with this code.
2.
Operational permit applications shall include an application fee of thirty-five dollars ($35.00).
3.
Trips to the property where an inspection could not be performed because the work was not ready, the area of inspection could not be accessed, or similar situation, shall be billed at thirty-five dollars ($35.00) per missed inspection.
4.
Additional inspections in excess of the first inspection and one (1) re-inspection shall be billed at thirty-five dollars ($35.00) per inspection.
6. 
(SECTION 109 BOARD OF APPEALS).
109.1 General. University City Building Code Section 113 shall be applicable for all appeals involving this code.
109.2 Limitations on authority. Delete in its entirety.
109.3 Qualifications. Delete in its entirety.
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(SECTION 110 VIOLATIONS).
110.4 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 Fire Code Official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provision of this code, shall be guilty of an ordinance violation, punishable as provided in Section 100.190 of the University City Municipal Code. Each day that a violation continues after due notice has been served shall be deemed a separate offense.
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(SECTION 112 STOP WORK ORDER).
112.4 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 guilty of an ordinance violation, punishable as provided in Section 100.190 of the University City Municipal Code.
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(SECTION 114 UNSAFE CONDITIONS).
114.1 General. Whenever the Code Official shall find in any structure or upon any premises dangerous or hazardous conditions or materials as follows, the Code Official shall order such hazardous conditions or materials to be removed or remedied in accordance with the provisions of this code:
1.
Hazardous conditions liable to cause or contribute to the spread of fire in or on said premises or structure or endanger the occupants thereof;
2.
Conditions that interfere with the efficiency or operation of any fire protection equipment or system;
3.
Obstructions to or on fire escapes, stairs, passageways, doors or windows, that are liable to interfere with the egress of occupants or the operation of the Fire Department in case of fire;
4.
Accumulations of dust or waste material in air-conditioning or ventilating systems or grease in kitchen or other exhaust ducts;
5.
Accumulations of grease on kitchen cooking equipment, or oil, grease or dirt upon, under or around any mechanical equipment;
6.
Accumulations of rubbish, waste, paper, boxes, shavings or excessive storage of any combustible material;
7.
Hazardous conditions arising from defective or improperly utilized or installed electrical wiring, equipment or appliances;
8.
Hazardous conditions arising from defective or improperly installed equipment for handling or using combustible, explosive or otherwise hazardous materials;
9.
Dangerous or unlawful amounts of combustible, explosive or otherwise hazardous materials;
10.
All equipment, materials, processes or operations that are in violation of the provisions or intent of this code; and
11.
Vehicles or equipment that impairs or obstructs Fire Department access to an occupied structure hindering or delaying Fire Department operations in case of an emergency.
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(SECTION 506 KEY BOXES).
506.3 Location of Knox Key Box. The key box shall be located between four (4) and six (6) feet above finished grade but can be located at other heights at the discretion of the Fire Marshal and his/her designee. A Knox key box shall be required on all commercial buildings that have fire alarm systems and/or sprinkler systems.
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(SECTION 510 EMERGENCY RESPONDER RADIO COVERAGE).
510.4 Radio Signal Strength. The building shall be considered to have acceptable emergency responder radio coverage when signal strength measurements in ninety-five percent (95%) of all areas on each floor of the building meet the signal strength requirements in Sections 510.4.1.1 and 510.4.1.2, or method approved by the Fire Code Official. Emergency responder radio coverage systems shall be isolated to the public safety spectrum only and shall be approved by the local or regional emergency communication authority.
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(SECTION 606 — ELEVATOR OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND FIRE SERVICE KEYS).
606.8.5 Elevator Car to Accommodate Ambulance Stretcher. All new elevators, unless approved by the Fire Marshal, shall be designed to accommodate an ambulance stretcher. The doors to the elevator shall open so that the entire stretcher can be rolled into the elevator car in the full, flat position. The elevator car shall be of such a size and arrangement to accommodate an ambulance stretcher twenty-four (24) inches by eighty-four (84) inches (610 mm by 2,134 mm) with not less than five (5) inch (127 mm) radius corners, in the horizontal, open position and shall be identified by the international symbol for emergency medical services (star of life). The symbol shall not be less than three (3) inches (76 mm) high and shall be placed inside on both sides of the hoist-way door frame.
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(CHAPTER 56 EXPLOSIVES AND FIREWORKS) — (SECTION 5601 GENERAL).
5601.1.3 Fireworks. The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited.
Exceptions:
1.
Storage and handling of fireworks as allowed in Section 5604.
2.
Manufacture, assembly and testing of fireworks as allowed in Section 5605.
3.
The use of fireworks for fireworks displays as allowed in Section 5608.
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(SECTION 5609 TEMPORARY STORAGE OF CONSUMER FIREWORKS).
5609.1 General. Delete in its entirety.