Part 1 — Scope and Application
- The Arkansas Department of Health and the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services, Office of Long-Term Care will have inspectors and/or plan reviewers obtain training related to the implementation and application of the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) and the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code.
- The Arkansas Department of Health will have concurrent authority to do Fire and Life Safety Code inspections in health care facilities regulated by the Arkansas Department of Health. The Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services, Office of Long-term Care, will have concurrent authority to do Fire and Life Safety inspections in long-term care facilities regulated by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services, Office of Long-term Care. The Arkansas Department of Health's authority and the authority of the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services, Office of Long-term Care will be concurrent with the current authority of any other relevant federal, state or local government agency having authority to do said inspections.
- The Arkansas Fire Prevention Code is the fire prevention code for the State of Arkansas.
- When there is a conflict between the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code and the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code (NFPA 101), New Health Care Occupancies Chapter, Existing Health Care Occupancies Chapter, New Ambulatory Health Care Occupancies Chapter, and Existing Ambulatory Health Care Occupancies Chapter, as adopted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services, in accordance with Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations, the aforementioned chapters in the Life Safety Code shall govern.
- For new construction, when one of the affected agencies (Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Services, Office of Long-Term Care, local fire official or local building official) determines or perceives that a conflict exists between the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code and the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code (NFPA 101), as it relates to types of construction or allowable area requirements, they shall provide written notification of the perceived conflict to the project architect or engineer and the other affected agencies. The agency alleging the conflict will convene a meeting with the other affected agencies to resolve the conflict. The resolution of the conflict must be unanimous. If the group is unable to resolve the conflict unanimously, the issue will be referred to the Arkansas State Fire Marshal for final resolution. Agreed to as evidenced by the signatures of the participating Parties for their respective offices or associations below:
Part 2 — Administration and Enforcement
- A showing of good and sufficient cause that the unique characteristics of the size, configuration or topography of the site render the elevation standards of Section 1612 inappropriate.
- A determination that failure to grant the variance would result in exceptional hardship by rendering the lot undevelopable.
- A determination that the granting of a variance will not result in increased flood heights, additional threats to public safety, extraordinary public expense, cause fraud on or victimization of the public, or conflict with existing laws or ordinances.
- A determination that the variance is the minimum necessary to afford relief, considering the flood hazard.
- Submission to the applicant of written notice specifying the difference between the design flood elevation and the elevation to which the building is to be built, stating that the cost of flood insurance will be commensurate with the increased risk resulting from the reduced floor elevation, and stating that construction below the design flood elevation increases risks to life and property.
- One-story detached accessory structures used as tool and storage sheds, playhouses and similar uses, provided the floor area is not greater than 120 square feet (11 m2).
- Fences not over 7 feet (2134 mm) high.
- Oil derricks.
- Retaining walls that are not over 4 feet (1219 mm) in height measured from the bottom of the footing to the top of the wall, unless supporting a surcharge or impounding Class I, II or IIIA liquids.
- Water tanks supported directly on grade if the capacity is not greater than 5,000 gallons (18 925 L) and the ratio of height to diameter or width is not greater than 2:1.
- Sidewalks and driveways not more than 30 inches (762 mm) above adjacent grade, and not over any basement or story below and are not part of an accessible route.
- Painting, papering, tiling, carpeting, cabinets, counter tops and similar finish work.
- Temporary motion picture, television and theater stage sets and scenery.
- Prefabricated swimming pools accessory to a Group R-3 occupancy that are less than 24 inches (610 mm) deep, are not greater than 5,000 gallons (18 925 L) and are installed entirely above ground.
- Shade cloth structures constructed for nursery or agricultural purposes, not including service systems.
- Swings and other playground equipment accessory to detached one- and two-family dwellings.
- Window awnings in Group R-3 and U occupancies, supported by an exterior wall that do not project more than 54 inches (1372 mm) from the exterior wall and do not require additional support.
- Nonfixed and movable fixtures, cases, racks, counters and partitions not over 5 feet 9 inches (1753 mm) in height.
- Identify and describe the work to be covered by the permit for which application is made.
- Describe the land on which the proposed work is to be done by legal description, street address or similar description that will readily identify and definitely locate the proposed building or work.
- Indicate the use and occupancy for which the proposed work is intended.
- Be accompanied by construction documents and other information as required in Section 107.
- State the valuation of the proposed work.
- Be signed by the applicant, or the applicant's authorized agent.
- Give such other data and information as required by the building official.
- All Group A, E and I occupancies, except Group A occupancies with an occupant load less than or equal to 50;
- Buildings and structures three or more stories in height; and
- Buildings and structures 5,000 square feet or more in area.
The construction documents shall include manufacturer's installation instructions that provide supporting documentation that the proposed penetration and opening details described in the construction documents maintain the weather resistance of the exterior wall envelope. The supporting documentation shall fully describe the exterior wall system which was tested, where applicable, as well as the test procedure used.
- General site plan. A general site plan drawn at a legible scale which shall include, but not be limited to, the location of all buildings, exterior storage facilities, permanent access ways, evacuation routes, parking lots, internal roads, chemical loading areas, equipment cleaning areas, storm and sanitary sewer accesses, emergency equipment and adjacent property uses. The exterior storage areas shall be identified with the hazard classes and the maximum quantities per hazard class of hazardous materials stored within.
- Building floor plan. A building floor plan drawn to a legible scale which shall include, but not be limited to, all hazardous materials storage facilities within the building and shall indicate rooms, doorways, corridors, exits, fire-rated assemblies with their hourly rating, location of liquid-tight rooms and evacuation routes. Each hazardous material storage facility shall be identified on the plan with the hazard classes and quantity range per hazard class of the hazardous materials stored within.
- Asylums, hospitals, nursing or convalescent homes, or other health care facilities, regardless of capacity;
- Schools and educational institutions having a capacity in excess of 50 pupils, and residence buildings, including dormitories, having sleeping accommodations for 50 or more persons;
- Auditoriums, theaters, indoor stadiums, gymnasiums, churches or other places of assembly having a capacity in excess of 100 or more persons; or
- Department stores or factories having a capacity in excess of 200 persons.
- An architect's stamp and signature or engineer's stamp and signature shall be placed on the front page of each plan submitted and an architect's stamp or engineer's stamp shall be placed on each subsequent page of the plans. Architects and engineers must be registered by the State of Arkansas.
- The following paragraph shall be placed on the front
page of the plans and blueprints with the registered
architect's or engineer's signature:
"I hereby certify that these plans and specifications have been prepared by me, or under my supervision. I further certify that to the best of my knowledge these plans and specifications are as required by law and in compliance with the Arkansas Fire Prevention Code for the State of Arkansas."
- On the front page of the plans or blueprints, the following
information is to be noted regarding the project:
- The occupancy classification(s) (Chapter 3, Volume II);
- The type of construction (existing and proposed) (Chapter 6, Volume II) including sprinkler or non-sprinkler.
- Allowable height and building area per floor (existing and proposed) (Table 503, Chapter 5 Volume II).
- Floor areas and occupant loads (existing and
proposed), as follows:
- Area, gross floor (Chapter 2, Volume II) for each floor of all buildings, broken down by use and including a total area.
- Area, net floor (Chapter 3, Volume II) for
the following occupancies:
- Assembly occupancies and uses;
- Day care;
- All educational occupancies (including uses above the 12th Grade).
- Separation distances for each exterior wall to assumed and common property lines (Chapter 2, Volume II).
- Exit access corridor and stair shaft enclosure protection requirements.
- All rated construction assemblies including UL or other approved listing (Chapter 7, Volume II).
- All firestop assemblies including UL or other approved listing (Section 714, Volume II).
- Statement of special inspections (Chapter 17, Volume II) including a complete list of required inspections. For large or complicated projects this item may be abbreviated and referenced to a complete statement in another location in the plans and specifications.
- In accordance with Arkansas Act 1100 of 1991 (A.C.A. §§12-80-101 through §12-80-106 as amended), the structural plans of each public building and structure shall bear the following:
The registered design professional in responsible charge shall be responsible for reviewing and coordinating submittal documents prepared by others, including phased and deferred submittal items, for compatibility with the design of the building.
Deferral of any submittal items shall have the prior approval of the building official. The registered design professional in responsible charge shall list the deferred submittals on the construction documents for review by the building official.
Documents for deferred submittal items shall be submitted to the registered design professional in responsible charge who shall review them and forward them to the building official with a notation indicating that the deferred submittal documents have been reviewed and found to be in general conformance to the design of the building. The deferred submittal items shall not be installed until the deferred submittal documents have been approved by the building official.
- The building permit number.
- The address of the structure.
- The name and address of the owner.
- A description of that portion of the structure for which the certificate is issued.
- A statement that the described portion of the structure has been inspected for compliance with the requirements of this code for the occupancy and division of occupancy and the use for which the proposed occupancy is classified.
- The name of the building official.
- The edition of the code under which the permit was issued.
- The use and occupancy, in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 3.
- The type of construction as defined in Chapter 6.
- The design occupant load.
- If an automatic sprinkler system is provided, whether the sprinkler system is required.
- Any special stipulations and conditions of the building permit.