City of Lebanon, NH
Grafton County
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This chapter shall be known as the "City of Lebanon, New Hampshire, Fire Prevention Code," which provides for the adoption of the most recent edition of the International Fire Code and all appendices therein as published by the International Code Council, subject to the amendments, additions and deletions contained in this chapter.
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The International Fire Code, as amended and adopted, shall govern the safeguarding of life and property from fire, explosion and other hazardous conditions 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. All persons constructing, reconstructing, modifying, maintaining or operating any structure and all owners or occupants of applicable existing structures or premises shall comply with the requirements of this Code.
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Copies of the International Fire Code and referenced NFPA standards shall be available for research at the Lebanon Fire Department and may be purchased through the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association.
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Specific code reference. Wherever this Code references the International Electrical Code, the reader shall substitute that reference with NFPA 70, The National Electric Code by the National Fire Protection Association, as adopted by the State of New Hampshire.
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Specific gas code reference. Wherever this Code references the International Fuel Gas Code, the reader shall substitute that reference with NFPA 54, The National Fuel Gas Code, as adopted by the State of New Hampshire.
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The NFPA Codes adopted by the State of New Hampshire Fire Code pursuant to Chapter Saf-C 6000 shall be in effect.
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In accordance with §§ 72-41.6 through 72-41.10 of this chapter, the most recent editions of NFPA 13, 13D, 13R, 14, 15, 16, 17, 25, 96 and 2001 are adopted in this Code. Wherever there is a conflict between the State Fire Code and the Local Fire Prevention Code, the Code requirement which provides a higher level of life safety or property protection shall take precedent.
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General. The Bureau of Fire Prevention and Life Safety is hereby created within the City of Lebanon, New Hampshire, Fire Department. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the Fire Chief or any duly authorized representative to enforce the provisions of this Code. The function of the Bureau shall be the implementation, administration and enforcement of provisions of this Code. The designated, authorized enforcement representative of this Code shall be referred to as the "fire code official."
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Deputies. In accordance with the prescribed procedures of this jurisdiction and with the concurrence of the appointing authority, the fire code official shall have the authority to appoint technical officers, inspectors and other employees in enforcement, rendering interpretations of this Code, and to assist in adoption of policies, procedures, rules and regulations in order to clarify the application of the provisions of this Code.
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Permits required. Not withstanding any other provisions of this chapter, all permit forms required by this Code, or any other ordinance or state law, may be obtained through the City of Lebanon Codes Office.
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Application. Application for permits shall be made to the City of Lebanon Codes Office on the appropriate form provided. Applications for permits shall be accompanied by construction documents as required by the fire code official for evaluation of the application.
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Time limitation of application. An application for a permit shall be deemed to have been abandoned one year after the date of filing, unless such application has been diligently prosecuted or a permit has been issued, except that the fire code official shall grant one extension of time not exceeding 12 months if there is reasonable cause and only when requested in writing prior to the application expiration date.
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Expiration. An operational permit shall remain in effect until reissued, renewed, revoked or for such a period of time as specified on the permit. Construction/installation permits issued shall become invalid if the authorized work is not commenced within one year after issuance of the permit, or if the authorized work is suspended or abandoned for a period of one year after the time of commencing work.
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Extensions. The fire code official shall grant one extension of time not exceeding 12 months, if there is reasonable cause and only when requested in writing prior to the expiration date. Said extension will only be authorized when it does not conflict with any federal, state, or local laws or ordinances.
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Required operational permits. Permits shall be required by the fire code official in accordance with the International Fire Code.
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Open burning. The City of Lebanon Fire Department shall issue open burning permits under the requirements of § 72-7.
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Places of public assembly. The City of Lebanon Fire Department shall issue places of public assembly permits under the requirements of State RSA 155:17 and RSA 155:18.
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Facilities. The City of Lebanon Fire Department shall issue permits for the outdoor display of 1.3G fireworks. Refer to § 72-13 (as amended) of this Code (NOTE: This reference is to the Fireworks Display section (as amended) of the International Fire Code.) and State RSA 160-B for further requirements of outdoor fireworks displays. Pursuant to State RSA 153:5, the State Fire Code, Part Saf-C 6900, any person engaged in the discharge of proximate audience pyrotechnic displays shall first obtain a permit from the State Fire Marshal.
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Required construction permits. Permits shall be required by the code official in accordance with the International Fire Code.
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Automatic fire-extinguishing systems including fire pumps. Applications for fixed fire-extinguishing systems may be obtained from the Fire Prevention Bureau or the City of Lebanon Codes Office.
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Fire alarm systems. Applications for fire alarm systems may be obtained from the Fire Prevention Bureau or the City of Lebanon Codes Office.
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Standpipe systems. Applications for standpipe systems may be obtained from the Fire Prevention Bureau or the City of Lebanon Codes Office.
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Hazard assessment. At no cost to the City, the fire code official shall have the authority to require an owner or operator of a hazardous building, facility, plant or operation to provide periodic inspection and test reports verifying safe conditions at that location. This shall include testing procedures for monitoring of hazardous atmospheres or conditions and for monitoring for proper levels of properties of the hazardous product. Any impairments or critical deficiencies found shall be corrected immediately. If, in the opinion of the Fire Chief, other features of protection are required based on potential risk to the community, the owner or operator shall implement this requirement forthwith.
Refer to Appendix A of the International Fire Code and/or Chapter 36 of the City of Lebanon Ordinances (International Building Code) for the establishment of the Board of Appeals.
Any person who shall violate a provision of this Code or shall fail to comply with any of the requirements thereof or who shall erect, construct, alter or repair a building or structure in violation of an approved plan or directive of the fire code official, or of a permit or certificate issued under the provisions of this Code, shall be guilty of a violation if by a natural person or a misdemeanor if by any other person, punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000. Each day that the violation continues shall be deemed a separate offense. Reference New Hampshire RSA 625:8, I(c); RSA 625:8,I(d); and RSA 651:2, IV(a) for further penalty provisions.
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General. All open burning shall conform to all applicable state laws (RSA 227-L) and administrative rules of the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, Division of Forests and Lands, and any other federal, state, or local laws or ordinances which are applicable.
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Permit required. Open burning shall be allowed after obtaining a permit from the Fire Department. Open burning of household trash, plastic items or waste is prohibited.
Fire lanes shall be maintained in areas so posted. Fires lanes shall not be used to display merchandise or store items. All fire lanes shall conform to § 168-2B of the City of Lebanon Code.
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Where required. Approved automatic sprinkler systems in new buildings and structures shall be provided in the locations described in this Code and as required by NFPA 101 and NFPA 1. Automatic sprinkler systems are not required in stand-alone single or two-family homes.
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Signals. Alarm, supervisory and trouble signals shall be distinctly different and shall be automatically transmitted to an approved central station, dispatch center, remote supervising station, auxiliary fire alarm system or proprietary supervising station as defined in NFPA 72 or, when approved by the fire code official, shall sound an audible and visual signal at a constantly attended location.
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Where required: new buildings and structures. An approved automatic fire alarm system shall be installed and maintained in accordance with the International Fire Code, as amended and as required by NFPA 101 and NFPA 1. Shop drawings for required alarm systems shall be submitted for review and approval to the Lebanon Fire Department, Fire Prevention Bureau, prior to installation. Submittal of fire alarm plans shall be in accordance with the requirements of the International Fire Code.
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System detector coverage. In newly constructed buildings which are required to install an automatic fire alarm system, automatic detection devices shall be installed and maintained in all common spaces, such as storage rooms, lounges, laundry rooms, and break rooms, and in common areas of means of egress components such as exit access corridors and exit enclosure stairs and shall be installed to provide coverage based on the manufacturer's listing for the device. New residential occupancies greater than 12,000 square feet in total size with unsprinkled attic spaces shall have system heat detection installed in accessible locations of the attic space.
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A building legend or map shall be affixed adjacent to the fire alarm control panel or annunciator that clearly depicts what area is covered by each zone. If an addressable fire alarm control panel is installed, the legend or map shall have enough detail so that Fire Department personnel can locate an activated device.
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Sleeping location requirements. An automatic fire alarm system shall be installed and maintained in all new multifamily buildings (excluding two-family homes); lodging and rooming houses; board and care facilities; motels and hotels; bed-and-breakfasts; detention facilities; dormitories; health-care occupancies and non-home-based day-care centers.
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Carbon monoxide detection. Carbon monoxide detection devices shall be installed and maintained in accordance with this Code and state law. An alternating current (AC) powered carbon monoxide detection device shall be installed in the area of fossil fueled heating appliances in all newly constructed buildings greater than 5,000 square feet in size.
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Hazardous locations. All high-hazard Group H occupancies, as defined by the International Building Code, and all bulk gas facilities/plants, transloading operations, and end user sites shall have a reporting automatic detection system. The required detection system shall monitor for conditions above the allowable threshold limits, such as lower explosive limit (LEL) or IDLH atmospheres. This system shall be installed and maintained per the manufacturer's specifications based on the specific type of hazard present at that location. All new and existing bulk facilities storing or processing flammable gases or liquids in aboveground containers, tanks or vessels with an aggregate quantity of 60,000 gallons or more shall have monitored flame detection on site.
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If the protected property is within 2,000 feet of the municipal fire alarm telegraph system, an approved master fire alarm box, connected to the municipal system, shall be provided as the proper type of connection. For new planned unit developments, planned unit residential developments, or industrial developments, the municipal fire alarm system shall be extended to serve the development.
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Scope. The provisions of the International Residential Code, egress sections, as amended by the City of Lebanon, shall govern the means of egress requirements in new one- and two-family dwelling construction except as further controlled by state law. The provisions of the most recent editions of the Life Safety Code, NFPA 101, and the International Fire Code shall govern the minimum means of egress requirements in all new and existing buildings and structures, except as further controlled by state law.
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Minimum requirements. It shall be unlawful to alter any building or structure in a manner that will reduce the number of exits or the capacity of the means of egress to less than required by the Life Safety Code and the International Fire Code.
Blasting operations are further regulated in the International Fire Code. Refer to Article V, Fees, of this chapter for the fee associated with this permit.
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General. The display, sale and discharge of 1.4G fireworks is prohibited within the City of Lebanon, New Hampshire. The display and discharge of 1.3G fireworks shall meet the requirements of all federal, state, and local laws, ordinances and administrative rules.
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Outdoor displays. Application for fireworks displays shall be made in writing at least 15 working days in advance of the date of the display or discharge of 1.3G fireworks, on the current version of the State of New Hampshire approved form. The discharge of fireworks shall be lawful under the terms and conditions approved. Approval granted hereunder shall not be transferable, nor shall any approval be extended beyond the dates set out therein.
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Delete following subsections without substitution: Retail Display and Sale.
The Fire Chief shall be responsible for developing and maintaining a set of rules and regulations related to fire prevention. This document shall be known as the "City of Lebanon Fire Prevention Rules and Regulations" and shall be updated periodically as new technologies in the field of fire prevention evolve. This document shall not require the installation of any fire protection systems not required by this chapter or any other legally adopted code. The intent of this document shall be to set forth acceptable installation and maintenance practices for fire protection systems and to detail site requirements relative to Fire Department access and operations. Any violation of the City of Lebanon Fire Prevention Rules and Regulations shall be a violation of this chapter.
Whenever the Fire Chief or the Fire Chief's designated representative shall find in any structure or upon any premises dangerous or hazardous conditions or materials as follows, the Fire Chief or the Fire Chief's designee shall order such dangerous conditions or materials to be removed or remedied: (Exception: This section shall not apply to owner-occupied one- and two-family dwellings unless the hazardous condition endangers property owned by another person.)
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Dangerous conditions which are liable to cause or contribute to the spread of fire or creation of a hazardous environment in or on said premises, building or structure or endanger the occupants thereof.
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Conditions which interfere with the efficiency and use of any fire protection equipment.
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Obstructions to or on fire escapes, stairs, passageways, doors or windows, which are liable to interfere with egress of occupants or the operation of the Fire Department in case of fire.
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Accumulations of dust or waste material in air-conditioning or ventilating systems or grease in kitchen or other exhaust ducts.
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Accumulations of grease on kitchen cooking equipment, or oil, grease or dirt upon, under or around any mechanical equipment.
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Accumulations or rubbish, waste, paper, boxes, shavings or other combustible materials, or excessive storage of any combustible material.
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Hazardous conditions arising from defective or improperly used or installed electrical wiring, equipment or appliances.
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Hazardous conditions arising from effective or improperly installed equipment for handling or using combustible, explosive or otherwise hazardous materials.
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Dangerous or unlawful amounts of combustible, explosive or other hazardous materials.
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All equipment, materials, processes or operations which are in violation of the provisions and intent of this chapter.