Adopts With Amendments:

International Building Code 2021 (IBC 2021)

Heads up: There are no amended sections in this chapter.
CALIFORNIA BUILDING CODE — MATRIX ADOPTION TABLE
CHAPTER 9 — FIRE PROTECTION AND LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS
(Matrix Adoption Tables are nonregulatory, intended only as an aid to the code user.
See Chapter 1 for state agency authority and building applications.)
Adopting agency BSC BSC
-CG
SFM HCD DSA OSHPD BSCC DPH AGR DWR CEC CA SL SLC
1 2 1/AC AC SS SS/CC 1 1R 2 3 4 5
Adopt entire chapter X             X X X X X X X X                
Adopt entire chapter as amended (amended sections listed below)     X X X                                    
Adopt only those sections that are listed below           X X                             X  
Chapter / Section                                              
901.5     X                                        
Table 901.6     X                                        
901.7     X                                        
902.1     X                                        
903.1.1     X                                        
903.2     X                                        
903.2.1.2     X                                        
903.2.1.3     X                                        
903.2.3     X                                        
903.2.4.1     X                                        
903.2.5.4     X                                        
903.2.6     X                                        
903.2.6.1     X                                        
903.2.6.2     X                                        
903.2.7     X                                        
903.2.8     X                                        
903.2.10     X                                        
Table 903.2.11.6     X                                        
903.2.14     X                                        
903.2.14.1     X                                        
903.2.14.2     X                                        
903.2.15     X                                        
903.2.15.1     X                                        
903.2.16     X                                        
903.2.16.1     X                                        
903.2.17     X                                        
903.2.17.1     X                                        
903.2.17.2     X                                        
903.2.17.2.1     X                                        
903.2.17.2.2     X                                        
903.2.17.2.3     X                                        
903.2.17.2.4     X                                        
903.2.17.2.5     X                                        
903.2.17.2.6     X                                        
903.2.18     X                                        
903.2.19     X                                        
903.2.19.1     X                                        
903.2.19.1.1     X                                        
903.2.19.1.2     X                                        
903.2.20     X                                        
903.2.21     X                                        
903.3     X                                        
903.3.1.1     X                                        
903.3.1.1.1     X                                        
903.3.1.1.3     X                                        
903.3.1.2     X                                        
903.3.1.3     X                                        
903.3.2     X                                        
903.3.5     X                                        
903.3.9     X                                        
903.4.2     X                                        
903.4.3     X                                        
904.3.1       X   X                                  
904.5     X                                        
904.6     X                                        
904.7     X                                        
904.8     X                                        
904.9     X                                        
904.10     X                                        
904.11.3     X                                        
904.12     X                                        
904.13     X                                        
905.2     X                                        
905.3     X                                        
905.3.1     X                                        
905.3.9     X                                        
905.3.10     X                                        
905.3.11     X                                        
905.3.11.1     X                                        
905.3.11.2     X                                        
905.4     X                                        
905.5     X                                        
905.7.2     X                                        
906.1     X                                        
906.2     X                                        
Table 906.3(1)     X                                        
906.3.2     X                                        
Table 906.3(2)     X                                        
906.3.4     X                                        
907.1.2     X                                        
907.1.3     X                                        
907.1.4     X                                        
907.1.5     X                                        
907.2     X                                        
907.2.1     X                                        
907.2.1.1     X                                        
907.2.1.3     X                                        
907.2.2     X                                        
907.2.2.2     X                                        
907.2.3     X                                        
907.2.3.1     X                                        
907.2.3.2     X                                        
907.2.3.3     X                                        
907.2.3.4     X                                        
907.2.3.5     X                                        
907.2.3.6     X                                        
907.2.3.6.1     X                                        
907.2.3.6.2     X                                        
907.2.3.7     X                                        
907.2.3.8     X                                        
907.2.3.9     X                                        
907.2.3.9.1     X                                        
907.2.3.9.2     X                                        
907.2.3.10     X                                        
907.2.5.1     X                                        
907.2.6     X                                        
907.2.6.2     X                                        
907.2.6.2.1     X                                        
907.2.6.2.2     X                                        
907.2.6.3     X                                        
907.2.6.3.3     X                                        
907.2.6.3.4     X                                        
907.2.6.4     X                                        
907.2.6.5     X                                        
907.2.9     X                                        
907.2.9.1     X                                        
907.2.9.4     X                                        
907.2.9.4.1     X                                        
907.2.10     X                                        
907.2.10.1     X                                        
907.2.10.2     X                                        
907.2.11     X                                        
907.2.11.1     X                                        
907.2.11.2     X                                        
907.2.11.2.1907.2.11.2.5     X                                        
907.2.11.3     X                                        
907.2.11.4     X                                        
907.2.11.5     X                                        
907.2.11.6     X                                        
907.2.11.8     X                                        
907.2.12.1.2     X                                        
907.2.13     X                                        
907.2.24     X                                        
907.2.24.1     X                                        
907.2.24.2     X                                        
907.2.24.3     X                                        
907.2.24.4     X                                        
907.2.24.4.1     X                                        
907.2.24.4.2     X                                        
907.2.24.4.3     X                                        
907.2.25     X                                        
907.2.25.1     X                                        
907.2.25.2     X                                        
907.2.26     X                                        
907.2.26.1     X                                        
907.2.26.2     X                                        
907.2.26.3     X                                        
907.2.26.4     X                                        
907.2.26.4.1     X                                        
907.2.26.4.2     X                                        
907.2.27     X                                        
907.2.28     X                                        
907.2.28.1     X                                        
907.2.29     X                                        
907.2.29.1     X                                        
907.3     X                                        
907.3.2     X                                        
907.3.2.1     X                                        
907.3.2.2     X                                        
907.3.2.3     X                                        
907.3.2.4     X                                        
907.3.2.5     X                                        
907.3.3     X                                        
907.4.2.1     X                                        
907.4.2.2     X       X                                
907.4.2.7     X                                        
907.5907.5.1.1     X                                        
907.5.2.1     X                                        
907.5.2.1.4     X                                        
907.5.2.2     X                                        
907.5.2.2.4     X                                        
907.5.2.3     X       X                                
907.5.2.3.1     X       X                                
907.5.2.3.2     X       X                                
Table 907.5.2.3.2     X       X                                
907.5.2.3.3     X X X X X                                
907.5.2.3.4     X       X                                
907.5.2.4     X                                        
907.5.2.5     X                                        
907.6.1       X X                                    
907.6.1.1     X                                        
907.6.4     X                                        
907.6.4.1     X                                        
907.6.4.1.1     X                                        
907.6.4.2     X                                        
907.6.4.3     X                                        
907.6.4.4     X                                        
907.6.6     X                                        
907.6.6.4     X                                        
908.2     X                                        
908.4     X                                        
909.5.3     X                                        
909.5.3.1     X                                        
909.12.1     X                                        
909.16     X                                        
909.16.1     X                                        
909.18.9     X                                        
909.20     X                                        
909.20.1     X                                        
909.20.2.2     X                                        
909.20.2.3     X                                        
909.20.2.4     X                                        
909.20.2.5     X                                        
909.20.3     X                                        
909.20.3.3     X                                        
909.20.4     X                                        
909.20.4.1     X                                        
909.20.4.2     X                                        
910.2.1     X                                        
910.3.1     X                                        
911.1.2     X                                        
911.1.6     X                                        
911.1.7     X                                        
912.4     X                                        
912.6     X                                        
913.1     X                                        
913.6     X                                        
915.1     X X X                                    
915.1.1     X                                        
915.2     X X X                                    
915.2.1     X X X                                    
915.2.3     X                                        
915.4     X X X                                    
915.4.1, Exceptions 2 and 3     X X X                                    
915.4.2     X X X                                    
915.4.3     X                                        
915.4.4     X X X                                    
915.4.5       X X                                    
915.5.2     X X X                                    
915.5.3     X X X                                    
915.6     X X X                                    
915.7     X     X                                  
The state agency does not adopt sections identified with the following symbol: †
The Office of the State Fire Marshal's adoption of this chapter or individual sections is applicable to structures regulated by other state agencies pursuant to Section 1.11.
User note:
About this chapter: Chapter 9 prescribes the minimum requirements for active fire protection equipment systems to perform the functions of detecting a fire, alerting the occupants or fire department of a fire emergency, mass notification, gas detection, controlling smoke and controlling or extinguishing the fire. Generally, the requirements are based on the occupancy, the height and the area of the building, because these are the factors that most affect fire-fighting capabilities and the relative hazard of a specific building or portion thereof. This chapter parallels and is substantially duplicated in Chapter 9 of the California Fire Code.
The provisions of this chapter shall specify where fire protection and life safety systems are required and shall apply to the design, installation and operation of fire protection and life safety systems.
Fire protection and life safety systems shall be installed, repaired, operated and maintained in accordance with this code and the California Fire Code.
Any fire protection or life safety system for which an exception or reduction to the provisions of this code has been granted shall be considered to be a required system.
Exception: Any fire protection or life safety system or portion thereof not required by this code shall be permitted to be installed for partial or complete protection provided that such system meets the requirements of this code.
Persons shall not remove or modify any fire protection system installed or maintained under the provisions of this code or the California Fire Code without approval by the building official.
Threads provided for fire department connections to sprinkler systems, standpipes, yard hydrants or any other fire hose connection shall be compatible with the connections used by the local fire department.
Fire protection systems shall be tested in accordance with the requirements of this code and the California Fire Code. Where required, the tests shall be conducted in the presence of the building official. Tests required by this code, the California Fire Code and the standards listed in this code shall be conducted at the expense of the owner or the owner's authorized agent. It shall be unlawful to occupy portions of a structure until the required fire protection systems within that portion of the structure have been tested and approved.
Where required, fire protection systems shall be monitored by an approved supervising station in accordance with NFPA 72.
Exceptions:
  1. A supervising station is not required for automatic sprinkler systems protecting one- and two-family dwellings.
  2. Limited area systems in accordance with Section 903.3.8.
Where two or more fire protection or life safety systems are interconnected, the intended response of subordinate fire protection and life safety systems shall be verified when required testing of the initiating system is conducted. In addition, integrated testing shall be performed in accordance with Sections 901.6.2.1 and 901.6.2.2.
For high-rise buildings, integrated testing shall comply with NFPA 4, with an integrated test performed prior to issuance of the certificate of occupancy and at intervals not exceeding 10 years, unless otherwise specified by an integrated system test plan prepared in accordance with NFPA 4. If an equipment failure is detected during integrated testing, a repeat of the integrated test shall not be required, except as necessary to verify operation of fire protection or life safety functions that are initiated by equipment that was repaired or replaced.
Where a fire alarm system is integrated with a smoke control system as outlined in Section 909, integrated testing shall comply with NFPA 4, with an integrated test performed prior to issuance of the certificate of occupancy and at intervals not exceeding 10 years, unless otherwise specified by an integrated system test plan prepared in accordance with NFPA 4. If an equipment failure is detected during integrated testing, a repeat of the integrated test shall not be required, except as necessary to verify operation of fire protection or life safety functions that are initiated by equipment that was repaired or replaced.
Fire alarm systems required by the provisions of Section 907.2 of this code and Sections 907.2 and 907.9 of the California Fire Code shall be monitored by an approved supervising station in accordance with Section 907.6.6 of this code.
Exceptions:
  1. Single- and multiple-station smoke alarms required by Section 907.2.11.
  2. Smoke detectors in Group I-3 occupancies.
  3. Supervisory service is not required for automatic sprinkler systems in one- and two-family dwellings.
Supervision and monitoring of emergency alarm, detection and automatic fire-extinguishing systems in Group H occupancies shall be in accordance with the California Fire Code.
Where buildings, or portions thereof, are divided into fire areas so as not to exceed the limits established for requiring a fire protection system in accordance with this chapter, such fire areas shall be separated by fire walls constructed in accordance with Section 706, fire barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707, or horizontal assemblies constructed in accordance with Section 711, or a combination thereof having a fire-resistance rating of not less than that determined in accordance with Section 707.3.10.
Where provided, fire pump rooms and automatic sprinkler system riser rooms shall be designed with adequate space for all equipment necessary for the installation, as defined by the manufacturer, with sufficient working room around the stationary equipment. Clearances around equipment to elements of permanent construction, including other installed equipment and appliances, shall be sufficient to allow inspection, service, repair or replacement without removing such elements of permanent construction or disabling the function of a required fire-resistance-rated assembly. Fire pump and automatic sprinkler system riser rooms shall be provided with doors and unobstructed passageways large enough to allow removal of the largest piece of equipment.
Automatic sprinkler system risers, fire pumps and controllers shall be provided with ready access. Where located in a fire pump room or automatic sprinkler system riser room, the door shall be permitted to be locked provided that the key is available at all times.
Access doors for automatic sprinkler system riser rooms and fire pump rooms shall be labeled with an approved sign. The lettering shall be in contrasting color to the background. Letters shall have a minimum height of 2 inches (51 mm) with a minimum stroke of 3/8 inch (10 mm).
Automatic sprinkler system riser rooms and fire pump rooms shall be maintained at a temperature of not less than 40°F (4°C). Heating units shall be permanently installed.
Permanently installed artificial illumination shall be provided in the automatic sprinkler system riser rooms and fire pump rooms.
Automatic sprinkler systems shall comply with this section.
Alternative automatic fire-extinguishing systems complying with Section 904 shall be permitted instead of automatic sprinkler system protection where recognized by the applicable standard and approved by the fire code official.
Approved automatic sprinkler systems in new buildings and structures shall be provided in the locations described in Sections 903.2.1 through 903.2.12 and Sections 903.2.14 through 903.2.21.
Exception: Spaces or areas in telecommunications buildings used exclusively for telecommunications equipment, associated electrical power distribution equipment, batteries and standby engines, provided that those spaces or areas are equipped throughout with an automatic smoke detection system in accordance with Section 907.2 and are separated from the remainder of the building by not less than 1-hour fire barriers constructed in accordance with Section 707 or not less than 2-hour horizontal assemblies constructed in accordance with Section 711, or both.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings and portions thereof used as Group A occupancies as provided in this section.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout stories containing Group A-1 occupancies and throughout all stories from the Group A-1 occupancy to and including the levels of exit discharge serving that occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:
  1. The fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet (1115 m2).
  2. The fire area has an occupant load of 300 or more.
  3. The fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such occupancies.
  4. The fire area contains a multitheater complex.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout stories containing Group A-2 occupancies and throughout all stories from the Group A-2 occupancy to and including the levels of exit discharge serving that occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:
  1. The fire area exceeds 5,000 square feet (464 m2).
  2. The fire area has an occupant load of 100 or more.
  3. The fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such occupancies.
  4. The structure exceeds 5,000 square feet (465 m2), contains more than one fire area containing a Group A-2 occupancy, and is separated into two or more buildings by fire walls of less than four-hour fire-resistance rating without openings.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout stories containing Group A-3 occupancies and throughout all stories from the Group A-3 occupancy to and including the levels of exit discharge serving that occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:
  1. The fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet (1115 m2).
  2. The fire area has an occupant load of 300 or more.
  3. The fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such occupancies.
  4. The structure exceeds 12,000 square feet (1155 m2), contains more than one fire area containing exhibition and display rooms, and is separated into two or more buildings by fire walls of less than four-hour fire-resistance rating without openings.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout stories containing Group A-4 occupancies and throughout all stories from the Group A-4 occupancy to and including the levels of exit discharge serving that occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:
  1. The fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet (1115 m2).
  2. The fire area has an occupant load of 300 or more.
  3. The fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such occupancies.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for all enclosed Group A-5 accessory use areas in excess of 1,000 square feet (93 m2).
Enclosed spaces under grandstands or bleachers shall be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 where either of the following exist:
  1. The enclosed area is 1,000 square feet (93 m2) or less and is not constructed in accordance with Section 1030.1.1.1.
  2. The enclosed area exceeds 1,000 square feet (93 m2).
Where an occupied roof has an assembly occupancy with an occupant load exceeding 100 for Group A-2 and 300 for other Group A occupancies, all floors between the occupied roof and the level of exit discharge shall be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1 or 903.3.1.2.
Exception: Open parking garages of Type I or Type II construction.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided where multiple fire areas of Group A-1, A-2, A-3 or A-4 occupancies share exit or exit access components and the combined occupant load of theses fire areas is 300 or more.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout the entire floor containing an ambulatory care facility where either of the following conditions exist at any time:
  1. Four or more care recipients are incapable of self-preservation.
  2. One or more care recipients that are incapable of self-preservation are located at other than the level of exit discharge serving such a facility.
In buildings where ambulatory care is provided on levels other than the level of exit discharge, an automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout the entire floor as well as all floors below where such care is provided, and all floors between the level of ambulatory care and the nearest level of exit discharge, the level of exit discharge, and all floors below the level of exit discharge.
Exception: Floors classified as an open parking garage are not required to be sprinklered.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for Group E occupancies as follows:
  1. Throughout all Group E fire areas greater than 12,000 square feet (1115 m2) in area.
  2. The Group E fire area is located on a floor other than a level of exit discharge serving such occupancies.
    Exception: In buildings where every classroom has not fewer than one exterior exit door at ground level, an automatic sprinkler system is not required in any area below the lowest level of exit discharge serving that area.
  3. The Group E fire area has an occupant load of 300 or more.
  4. In rooms or areas with special hazards such as laboratories, vocational shops and other such areas where hazardous materials in quantities not exceeding the maximum allowable quantity are used or stored.
  5. Throughout any Group E structure greater than 12,000 square feet (1115 m2) in area, which contains more than one fire area, and which is separated into two or more buildings by fire walls of less than four hour fire resistance rating without openings.
  6. For public school state funded construction projects see Section 903.2.19.
  7. For public school campuses: Kindergarten through 12th grade, see Section 903.2.20.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings containing a Group F-1 occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:
  1. A Group F-1 fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet (1115 m2).
  2. A Group F-1 fire area is located more than three stories above grade plane.
  3. The combined area of all Group F-1 fire areas on all floors, including any mezzanines, exceeds 24,000 square feet (2230 m2).
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all Group F-1 occupancy fire areas that contain woodworking operations in excess of 2,500 square feet (232 m2) in area that generate finely divided combustible waste or use finely divided combustible materials.
[SFM] A fire wall of less than four-hour fire-resistance rating without openings, or any fire wall with openings, shall not be used to establish separate fire areas.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout a Group F-1 fire area used for the manufacture of distilled spirits.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout a Group F-1 fire area that exceeds 2,500 square feet (232 m2) used for the manufacture of upholstered furniture or mattresses.
Automatic sprinkler systems shall be provided in high-hazard occupancies as required in Sections 903.2.5.1 through 903.2.5.3.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in Group H occupancies.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout buildings containing Group H-5 occupancies. The design of the sprinkler system shall be not less than that required by this code for the occupancy hazard classifications in accordance with Table 903.2.5.2.
Where the design area of the sprinkler system consists of a corridor protected by one row of sprinklers, the maximum number of sprinklers required to be calculated is 13.
[F] TABLE 903.2.5.2
GROUP H-5 SPRINKLER DESIGN CRITERIA
LOCATION OCCUPANCY HAZARD
CLASSIFICATION
Fabrication areas Ordinary Hazard Group 2
Service corridors Ordinary Hazard Group 2
Storage rooms without dispensing Ordinary Hazard Group 2
Storage rooms with dispensing Extra Hazard Group 2
Corridors Ordinary Hazard Group 2
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided in buildings, or portions thereof, where cellulose nitrate film or pyroxylin plastics are manufactured, stored or handled in quantities exceeding 100 pounds (45 kg).
The fire sprinkler system shall be designed and zoned to provide separate indication upon water-flow for each side of the 2-hour fire-smoke barrier on the 11th story and above.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings with a Group I fire area.
Exceptions:
  1. Those areas exempted by Section 407.6 of the California Building Code.
  2. Pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 13113(d), Group I-2 occupancies, or any alterations thereto, located in Type IA construction in existence on March 4, 1972.
In an existing, unsprinklered Group I-2, nurse station open to fire-resistive exit access corridors shall be protected by an automatic sprinkler system located directly above the nurse station. It shall be permitted to connect the automatic sprinkler system to the domestic water service.
Every building, or portion thereof, where inmates or persons are in custody or restrained shall be protected by an automatic sprinkler system conforming to NFPA 13. The main sprinkler control valve or valves and all other control valves in the system shall be locked in the open position and electrically supervised so that at least an audible and visual alarm will sound at a constantly attended location when valves are closed. The sprinkler branch piping serving cells may be embedded in the concrete construction.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings containing a Group M occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:
  1. A Group M fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet (1115 m2).
  2. A Group M fire area is located more than three stories above grade plane.
  3. The combined area of all Group M fire areas on all floors, including any mezzanines, exceeds 24,000 square feet (2230 m2).
  4. The structure exceeds 24,000 square feet (465 m2), contains more than one fire area containing a Group M occupancy, and is separated into two or more buildings by fire walls of less than 4-hour fire resistance rating without openings.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided in accordance with the California Fire Code in all buildings of Group M where storage of merchandise is in high-piled or rack storage arrays.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout a Group M fire area where the area used for the display and sale of upholstered furniture or mattresses exceeds 5,000 square feet (464 m2).
An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3 shall be provided throughout all buildings with a Group R fire area.
Exceptions:
  1. Existing Group R-3 occupancies converted to Group R-3.1 occupancies not housing bedridden clients, not housing nonambulatory clients above the first floor and not housing clients above the second floor.
  2. Existing Group R-3 occupancies converted to Group R-3.1 occupancies housing only one bedridden client and complying with Section 435.8.3.3.
  3. Pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 13113 occupancies housing ambulatory children only, none of whom are mentally ill children or children with intellectual disabilities, and the buildings or portions thereof in which such children are housed are not more than two stories in height, and buildings or portions thereof housing such children have an automatic fire alarm system activated by approved smoke detectors.
  4. Pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 13143.6 occupancies licensed for protective social care which house ambulatory clients only, none of whom is a child (under the age of 18 years) or who is elderly (65 years of age or over).
    When not used for height increases or for area increases, an automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.2 shall be allowed in Group R-2.1 occupancies.
    An automatic sprinkler system designed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.3 shall not be utilized in Group R-2.1 or R-4 occupancies.
An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.3 shall be permitted in Group R-3 occupancies.
An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.3 shall be permitted in Group R-4, Condition 1 occupancies.
An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.2 shall be permitted in Group R-4, Condition 2 occupancies.
An automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.3 shall be permitted in care facilities with five or fewer individuals in a single-family dwelling.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings containing a Group S-1 occupancy where one of the following conditions exists:
  1. A Group S-1 fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet (1115 m2).
  2. A Group S-1 fire area is located more than three stories above grade plane.
  3. The combined area of all Group S-1 fire areas on all floors, including any mezzanines, exceeds 24,000 square feet (2230 m2).
  4. A Group S-1 fire area used for the storage of commercial motor vehicles where the fire area exceeds 5,000 square feet (464 m2).
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout all buildings used as repair garages in accordance with Section 406, as shown:
  1. Buildings having two or more stories above grade plane, including basements, with a fire area containing a repair garage exceeding 10,000 square feet (929 m2).
  2. Buildings not more than one story above grade plane, with a fire area containing a repair garage exceeding 12,000 square feet (1115 m2).
  3. Buildings with repair garages servicing vehicles parked in basements.
  4. A Group S-1 fire area used for the repair of commercial motor vehicles where the fire area exceeds 5,000 square feet (464 m2).
Buildings and structures where the area for the storage of tires exceeds 20,000 cubic feet (566 m3) shall be equipped throughout with an automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout a Group S-1 fire area used for the bulk storage of distilled spirits or wine.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout a Group S-1 fire area where the area used for the storage of upholstered furniture or mattresses exceeds 2,500 square feet (232 m2).
Exception: Self-service storage facilities not greater than one story above grade plane where all storage spaces can be accessed directly from the exterior.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings classified as parking garages where any of the following conditions exists:
  1. Where the fire area of the enclosed parking garage in accordance with Section 406.6 exceeds 12,000 square feet (1115 m2).
  2. Where the enclosed parking garage in accordance with Section 406.6 is located beneath other groups.
    Exception: Enclosed parking garages located beneath Group R-3 occupancies.
  3. Where the fire area of the open parking garage in accordance with Section 406.5 exceeds 48,000 square feet (4460 m2).
An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings used for storage of commercial motor vehicles where the fire area exceeds 5,000 square feet (464 m2).
An approved automatic sprinkler system shall be provided throughout buildings used for the storage of motor vehicles in a mechanical-access enclosed parking garage. The portion of the building that contains the mechanical-access enclosed parking garage shall be protected with a specially engineered automatic sprinkler system.
In all occupancies other than Group U, an automatic sprinkler system shall be installed for building design or hazards in the locations set forth in Sections 903.2.11.1 through 903.2.11.6.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout all stories, including basements, of all buildings where the floor area exceeds 1,500 square feet (139.4 m2) and where the story does not comply with the following criteria for exterior wall openings:
  1. Openings below grade that lead directly to ground level by an exterior stairway complying with Section 1011 or an outside ramp complying with Section 1012. Openings shall be located in each 50 linear feet (15 240 mm), or fraction thereof, of exterior wall in the story on not fewer than one side. The required openings shall be distributed such that the lineal distance between adjacent openings does not exceed 50 feet (15 240 mm).
  2. Openings entirely above the adjoining ground level totaling not less than 20 square feet (1.86 m2) in each 50 linear feet (15 240 mm), or fraction thereof, of exterior wall in the story on not fewer than one side. The required openings shall be distributed such that the lineal distance between adjacent openings does not exceed 50 feet (15 240 mm). The height of the bottom of the clear opening shall not exceed 44 inches (1118 mm) measured from the floor.
Openings shall have a minimum dimension of not less than 30 inches (762 mm). Access to such openings shall be provided for the fire department from the exterior and shall not be obstructed in a manner such that fire fighting or rescue cannot be accomplished from the exterior.
Where openings in a story are provided on only one side and the opposite wall of such story is more than 75 feet (22 860 mm) from such openings, the story shall be equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system, or openings shall be provided on not fewer than two sides of the story.
Where any portion of a basement is located more than 75 feet (22 860 mm) from openings required by Section 903.2.11.1, or where walls, partitions or other obstructions are installed that restrict the application of water from hose streams, the basement shall be equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed at the top of rubbish and linen chutes and in their terminal rooms. Chutes shall have additional sprinkler heads installed at alternate floors and at the lowest intake. Where a rubbish chute extends through a building more than one floor below the lowest intake, the extension shall have sprinklers installed that are recessed from the drop area of the chute and protected from freezing in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1. Such sprinklers shall be installed at alternate floors, beginning with the second level below the last intake and ending with the floor above the discharge. Access to sprinklers in chutes shall be provided for servicing.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout buildings that have one or more stories with an occupant load of 30 or more located 55 feet (16 764 mm) or more above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access, measured to the finished floor.
Exception: Occupancies in Group F-2.
Where required by the California Mechanical Code, automatic sprinklers shall be provided in ducts conveying hazardous exhaust or flammable or combustible materials.
Exception: Ducts where the largest cross-sectional diameter of the duct is less than 10 inches (254 mm).
An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in commercial kitchen exhaust hood and duct systems where an automatic sprinkler system is used to comply with Section 904.
In addition to the requirements of Section 903.2, the provisions indicated in Table 903.2.11.6 require the installation of a fire protection system for certain buildings and areas.
[F]TABLE 903.2.11.6
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED PROTECTION SYSTEMS
SECTION SUBJECT
402.5, 402.6.2 Covered and open mall buildings
403.3 High-rise buildings and Group I-2 occupancies having occupied floors located more than 75 feet above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access
404.3 Atriums
405.3 Underground structures
406.6.4 Mechanical-access enclosed parking garages
407.7 Group I-2
410.6 Stages
411.3 Special amusement buildings
412.2.4 Airport traffic control towers
412.3.6, 412.3.6.1, 412.5.6 Aircraft hangars
415.11.11 Group H-5 HPM exhaust ducts
416.5 Flammable finishes
417.4 Drying rooms
424.3 Play structures
428 Buildings containing Group L occupancies
440 Horse racing stables
441 Pet kennels
449 Public libraries
507 Unlimited area buildings
508.5.7 Live/work units
509.4 Incidental uses
1030.6.2.3 Smoke-protected assembly seating
CFC Sprinkler system requirements as set forth in Section 903.2.11.6 of the California Fire Code
California Fire Code Section 1207 Stationary and mobile energy storage systems
Automatic sprinkler systems required during construction, alteration and demolition operations shall be provided in accordance with Chapter 33 of the California Fire Code.
All existing sound stages and approved production facilities equipped with an automatic fire sprinkler system shall be maintained in accordance with the provisions of California Fire Code Chapter 9.
All new sound stages shall be equipped with an approved automatic fire sprinkler system. The system shall be installed in accordance with the provisions of the California Fire Code Chapter 9 and shall meet the minimum design requirements of an Extra Hazard, Group 2 system.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed throughout buildings housing Group L occupancies. Sprinkler systems for Group L occupancy shall be designed for the square footage area of the Group L occupancy based on an area of sprinkler operation of 2,500 square feet (232 m2) and design density of 0.20 gpm/sf.
In mixed occupancies, portions of floors with Group L occupancies, but not classified as Group L, shall be provided with a sprinkler protection system per NFPA 13.
The automatic sprinkler system shall be designed and zoned to provide separate indication upon water-flow for each side of the 2-hour fire-smoke barrier on the 11th story and above.
An automatic sprinkler system shall be installed in all stations of fixed guideway transit systems.
Exceptions:
  1. Guideways when the closest sprinkler heads to the guideway are within 3 feet (914 mm) of the edge, over the platform, and spaced 6 feet (1829 mm) on center parallel to the guideway
  2. Station agent booths not exceeding 150 square feet (13.9 m2) in area, when provided with an approved smoke detector connected to the building fire alarm system
  3. Power substations
  4. Machinery rooms, electrical rooms and train control rooms protected by an approved automatic fixed fire-extinguishing system
  5. Open stations
  6. Station platform areas open to three or more sides
Underground stations and stations in open cuts with walls 5 feet (1524 mm) above he top of the running rail and with a raised platform shall be provided with an under-vehicle guideway manually activated deluge sprinkler system. In open cut stations, such system shall be provided in guideways which are situated between a raised platform edge and a retaining wall.
Systems shall be provided along the entire length of track at each station platform.