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International Building Code 2018 (IBC 2018)

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Editor's Noteā€”The title of this chapter was modified by Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

14B-33-3301 The provisions of Section 3301 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

The provisions of this chapter shall govern safety during construction, demolition and rehabilitation work and the protection of adjacent public and private properties.
Construction equipment and materials shall be stored and placed so as not to endanger the public, the workers or adjoining property for the duration of the construction project.
Delivery and removal of equipment and materials from the construction site shall be done in a manner that prevents injury or damage to persons, adjoining properties and the public way.
Surplus materials and debris resulting from construction and demolition activities shall be reused or reprocessed in accordance with Article XIV of Chapter 11-4 of the Municipal Code.

14B-33-3302 The provisions of Section 3302 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029).

Required means of egress components, existing structural elements, fire protection devices and sanitary safeguards shall be maintained at all times during alterations, repairs or additions to any building or structure.

Exceptions:

  1. Where such required elements or devices are being altered or repaired, adequate substitute provisions shall be made.
  2. Maintenance of such elements and devices is not required where the existing building is not occupied.

Provisions shall be made to ensure that stresses due to wind loads, dead loads and loads due to material storage and construction equipment imposed during the construction, alteration, repair, addition to or demolition of any structure shall not exceed the allowable stresses for materials as limited by the provisions of this code.
All stairways, elevator shafts, flues, and other vertical openings in the floors and roof shall be covered or properly protected.

14B-33-3303 The provisions of Section 3303 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Demolition of any building or structure shall begin at the top thereof, and each story shall be completely razed or demolished and the material therefrom completely removed before demolition work begins on the next lower story, unless an alternative procedure is approved by the building official.
The work of demolishing any building shall not be commenced until pedestrian protection is in place as required by this chapter.
A horizontal exit shall not be destroyed unless and until a substitute means of egress has been provided.
Where a structure has been demolished or removed, the vacant lot shall be filled, where necessary, with clean soil, cinders, or other inorganic material and graded to a level not lower than and not more than 12 inches (305 mm) above the level of sidewalks, alleys, or adjoining property, with proper allowance for settlement.
Provision shall be made to prevent the accumulation of water or damage to any foundations on the premises or the adjoining property.
Service utility connections shall be discontinued and capped in accordance with the rules and requirements of the utility provider.
Fire safety during demolition shall comply with the applicable requirements of this chapter.
Debris from the demolition of a building or structure shall be removed from the site as demolition progresses. Salvaged material, if left on the site, shall be neatly stored.

14B-33-3304 The provisions of Section 3304 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Excavation and fill for buildings and structures shall be constructed or protected so as not to endanger life or property. Stumps and roots shall be removed from the soil to a depth of not less than 12 inches (305 mm) below the surface of the ground in the area to be occupied by the building. Wood forms that have been used in placing concrete, if within the ground or between foundation sills and the ground, shall be removed before a building is occupied or used for any purpose. Before completion, loose or casual wood shall be removed from direct contact with the ground under the building.
Slopes for permanent fill shall be not steeper than one unit vertical in two units horizontal (50-percent slope). Cut slopes for permanent excavations shall be not steeper than one unit vertical in two units horizontal (50-percent slope). Deviation from the foregoing limitations for cut slopes shall be permitted only upon the presentation of a soil investigation report acceptable to the building official.
Fill or other surcharge loads shall not be placed adjacent to any building or structure unless such building or structure is capable of withstanding the additional loads caused by the fill or surcharge. Existing footings or foundations that can be affected by any excavation shall be underpinned adequately or otherwise protected against settlement and shall be protected against lateral movement.
For footings on adjacent slopes, see Chapter 18.
Fill to be used to support the foundations of any building or structure shall comply with Section 1804.6. Special inspections of compacted fill shall be in accordance with Section 1705.6.
Drainage across property lines shall not exceed that which existed prior to site work. Excess or concentrated drainage shall be contained on site or directed to a permitted drainage facility. Erosion of the ground in the area of discharge shall be prevented by installation of nonerosive down drains or similar devices.
Where excavation work to any depth will occur within 5 feet (1524 mm) of a walkway on public or private property, temporary fencing, not less than 4 feet (1219 mm) in height shall be erected around the area of excavation. Such fencing shall be adequately supported to prevent it from collapsing due to wind. Where the depth of excavation work exceeds 30 inches (762 mm), the fencing shall meet the requirements for guards in Chapters 10 and 16. No person shall remove or open a required fence except to allow necessary delivery and removal of materials, tools and equipment or passage of workers, inspectors or other persons whose presence is required at the site.

14B-33-3305 The provisions of Section 3305 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modification:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Adequate sanitary facilities for workers shall be provided during construction, rehabilitation or demolition activities in accordance with the Chicago Plumbing Code.

14B-33-3306 The provisions of Section 3306 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Pedestrians shall be protected during construction, rehabilitation and demolition activities as required by this chapter and Article V-A of Chapter 10-28 of the Municipal Code.

A walkway shall be provided for pedestrian travel in front of every construction and demolition site unless the applicable governing authority authorizes the sidewalk to be fenced or closed. A walkway shall be provided for pedestrian travel that leads from a building entrance or exit of an occupied structure to a public way. Walkways shall be of sufficient width to accommodate the pedestrian traffic, but shall be not less than 4 feet (1219 mm) in width. Walkways shall be provided with a durable walking surface. Walkways shall be accessible in accordance with Chapter 11 and shall be designed to support all imposed loads, and the design live load shall be not less than 150 pounds per square foot (psf) (7.2 kN/m2).

No additional structures, including field offices, construction equipment, materials, signs, displays, ornamentation or similar loads shall be erected or placed upon a construction canopy or similar pedestrian protection structure until plans identifying these loads are submitted to the building official and a permit is issued, authorizing the construction activity or loading.

14B-33-3307 The provisions of Section 3307 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Adjoining public and private property shall be protected from damage during construction, remodeling and demolition work. Protection shall be provided for footings, foundations, party walls, chimneys, skylights and roofs. Provisions shall be made to control water runoff and erosion during construction or demolition activities.

Excavation work on private property shall comply with Section 406 of the Chicago Construction Codes Administrative Provisions.

14B-33-3308 The provisions of Section 3308 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 10-7-20, p. 21791.

The temporary use of streets or public property for the storage or handling of materials or of equipment required for construction or demolition, and the protection provided to the public shall comply with Chapter 10-28 of the Municipal Code.

Debris shall not be allowed to accumulate in the public way in violation of Section 7-28-395 of the Municipal Code.
Costs and expenses incurred by the City to repair damage to the public way or city sewer system caused by construction, demolition or rehabilitation work on adjacent private property shall be reimbursed in accordance with Section 7-28-395 of the Municipal Code.

14B-33-3309 The provisions of Section 3309 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modification:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Structures under construction, alteration or demolition shall be provided with not fewer than one portable fire extinguisher in accordance with Section 906 and sized for not less than ordinary hazard as follows:

  1. At each stairway on all floor levels where combustible materials have accumulated.
  2. In every storage and construction shed.
  3. Additional portable fire extinguishers shall be provided where special hazards exist, such as the storage and use of flammable and combustible liquids.
The provisions of this code and the Chicago Fire Prevention Code shall be strictly observed to safeguard against all fire hazards attendant upon construction operations.

14B-33-3310 The provisions of Section 3310 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modification:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Where building construction exceeds 40 feet (12 192 mm) in height above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access, a temporary or permanent stairway shall be provided. As construction progresses, such stairway shall be extended to within one floor of the highest point of construction having secured decking or flooring.

Means of egress and required accessible means of egress shall be maintained at all times during construction, demolition, remodeling or alterations and additions to any building.

Exception: Existing means of egress need not be maintained where approved temporary means of egress systems and facilities are provided.

In buildings where construction of the superstructure precedes construction of the permanent floor, a substantial temporary floor shall be constructed at a level not more than two floors below the highest level where work is being performed.

14B-33-3311 The provisions of Section 3311 of IBC are adopted by reference without modification.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

In buildings required to have standpipes by Section 905.3.1, not fewer than one standpipe shall be provided for use during construction. Such standpipes shall be installed prior to construction exceeding 40 feet (12 192 mm) in height above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access. Such standpipes shall be provided with fire department hose connections at locations adjacent to stairways complying with Section 3310.1. As construction progresses, such standpipes shall be extended to within one floor of the highest point of construction having secured decking or flooring.
Where a building is being demolished and a standpipe exists within such a building, such standpipe shall be maintained in an operable condition so as to be available for use by the fire department. Such standpipe shall be demolished with the building but shall not be demolished more than one floor below the floor being demolished.

Standpipes shall be installed in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 9.

Exception: Standpipes shall be either temporary or permanent in nature, and with or without a water supply, provided that such standpipes conform to the requirements of Section 905 as to capacity, outlets and materials.

14B-33-3312 The provisions of Section 3312 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modification:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

In buildings where an automatic sprinkler system is required by this code, it shall be unlawful to occupy any portion of a building or structure until the automatic sprinkler system installation has been tested and accepted by the fire code official, except as provided in Chapter 7 of the Chicago Construction Codes Administrative Provisions.
Operation of sprinkler control valves shall be permitted only by properly authorized personnel and shall be accompanied by notification of duly designated parties. When the sprinkler protection is being regularly turned off and on to facilitate connection of newly completed segments, the sprinkler control valves shall be checked at the end of each work period to ascertain that protection is in service.

14B-33-3313 The provisions of Section 3313 of IBC are not adopted.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

14B-33-3314 The provisions of Section 3314 of IBC are not adopted. The following language is adopted as Section 3314:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

The owner or owner's authorized agent shall be responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of a written plan establishing a fire prevention program at the project site applicable throughout all phases of the construction, repair, alteration or demolition work. The plan shall address the requirements of this chapter and other applicable portions of this code, the duties of staff, and staff training requirements. The plan shall be made available for review by the building official or fire code official upon request.
The owner shall designate a person to be the fire prevention program superintendent who shall be responsible for the fire prevention program and ensure that it is carried out through completion of the project. The fire prevention program superintendent shall have the authority to enforce the provisions of this chapter and other provisions as necessary to secure the intent of this chapter. Where guard service is provided in accordance with NFPA 241, the superintendent shall be responsible for the guard service.
The fire prevention program superintendent shall develop and maintain a prefire plan in cooperation with the fire code official. The fire code official shall be notified of changes affecting the utilization of information contained in such prefire plans.
Training of responsible personnel in the use of fire protection equipment shall be the responsibility of the fire prevention program superintendent. Records of training shall be kept and made a part of the written plan for the fire prevention program.
The fire prevention program superintendent shall determine that all fire protection equipment is maintained and serviced in accordance with this code. Fire protection equipment shall be inspected in accordance with the fire protection program.
The fire prevention program superintendent shall be responsible for supervising the permit system for hot work operations in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.
Impairments to any fire protection system in an existing building shall be in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.
Smoke detectors and smoke alarms located in an area where airborne construction dust is expected shall be covered to prevent exposure to dust or shall be temporarily removed. Smoke detectors and alarms that were removed shall be replaced upon conclusion of dust-producing work. Smoke detectors and smoke alarms that were covered shall be inspected and cleaned, as necessary, upon conclusion of dust-producing work.
Coverings placed on or over fire protection devices to protect them from damage during construction processes shall be immediately removed upon the completion of the construction processes in the room or area in which the devices are installed.

14B-33-3315 The following language is adopted as a new Section 3315:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Temporary heating devices shall be listed and labeled. The installation, maintenance and use of temporary heating devices shall be in accordance with the listing and the manufacturer's instructions.
Oil-fired heaters shall comply with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.
Fuel supplies for liquefied-petroleum gas-fired heaters shall comply with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code and Chicago Fuel Gas Code.
Refueling operations for liquid-fueled equipment or appliances shall be conducted in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code. The equipment or appliance shall be allowed to cool prior to refueling.
Clearance to combustibles from temporary heating devices shall be maintained in accordance with the labeled equipment. When in operation, temporary heating devices shall be fixed in place and protected from damage, dislodgement or overturning in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
The use of temporary heating devices shall be supervised and maintained only by competent personnel.

14B-33-3316 The following language is adopted as a new Section 3316:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Smoking shall be prohibited except in designated areas. "No smoking" signs shall be posted in conspicuous locations. In designated areas where smoking is permitted, noncombustible ashtrays shall be provided.
Combustible debris, rubbish and waste material shall comply with the requirements of Sections 3316.2.1 through 3316.2.4.
Combustible debris, rubbish and waste material shall not be accumulated within buildings.
Combustible debris, rubbish and waste material shall be removed from buildings at the end of each shift of work.

Where rubbish containers with a capacity exceeding 5.33 cubic feet (40 gallons) (0.15 m3) are used for temporary storage of combustible debris, rubbish and waste material, they shall have tight-fitting or self-closing lids. Such rubbish containers shall be constructed entirely of materials that comply with either of the following:

  1. Noncombustible materials.
  2. Materials that meet a peak rate of heat release not exceeding 300 kW/m2 when tested in accordance with ASTM E1354 at an incident heat flux of 50 kW/m2 in the horizontal orientation.
Materials susceptible to spontaneous ignition, such as oily rags, shall be stored in a listed disposal container.
Combustible debris, rubbish and waste material shall not be disposed of by burning on the site.
Open burning shall comply with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.
Where required by the fire code official or the prefire plan established in accordance with Section 3314.3, a fire watch shall be provided for demolition and construction work that is unusually hazardous in nature, such as temporary heating or hot work.
Where required by the fire code official, a fire watch shall be provided during nonworking hours for new construction that exceeds 40 feet (12.2 m) in height above the lowest adjacent grade.
Trained personnel shall be provided to serve as an on-site fire watch. Fire watch personnel shall be provided with not fewer than one means for notification of the fire department, and the sole duty of such personnel shall be to perform constant patrols and watch for the occurrence of fire. The combination of fire watch duties and site security duties is acceptable. Fire watch personnel shall be trained in the use of portable fire extinguishers.
The fire watch shall include areas specified by the prefire plan established in accordance with Section 3314.3. The fire watch personnel shall keep a record of all time periods of duty, including a log entry each time the site was patrolled and each time a structure under construction was entered and inspected. The records and log entries shall be made available for review by the fire code official upon request.
Welding, cutting, open torches and other hot work operations and equipment shall comply with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.
Temporary wiring for electrical power and lighting installations used in connection with the construction, alteration or demolition of buildings, structures, equipment or similar activities shall comply with the Chicago Electrical Code.

Cooking shall be prohibited except in designated cooking areas. Signs with a minimum letter height of 3 inches (76 mm) and a minimum brush stroke of 1/2 inch (13 mm) shall be posted in conspicuous locations in designated cooking areas and state:

DESIGNATED COOKING AREA.
COOKING OUTSIDE OF A DESIGNATED COOKING
AREA IS PROHIBITED.

14B-33-3317 The following language is adopted as a new Section 3317:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Storage of flammable and combustible liquids shall be in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.
The storage, use and handling of flammable and combustible liquids at construction sites shall be in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code. Ventilation shall be provided for operations involving the application of materials containing flammable solvents.
Flammable and combustible liquid storage areas shall be maintained clear of combustible vegetation and waste materials. Such storage areas shall not be used for the storage of combustible materials.
Sources of ignition and smoking shall be prohibited in flammable and combustible liquid storage areas. Signs shall be posted in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.
Class I and II liquids shall be kept in appropriate safety containers.
Leaking vessels shall be immediately repaired or taken out of service and spills shall be cleaned up and disposed of properly.

14B-33-3318 The following language is adopted as a new Section 3318:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

The storage, use and handling of flammable gases shall comply with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.
Flammable gases shall not be used to clean or remove debris from piping open to the atmosphere.

The cleaning and purging of flammable gas piping systems, including cleaning new or existing piping systems, purging piping systems into service and purging piping systems out of service, shall comply with NFPA 56.

Exceptions:

  1. Compressed gas piping systems other than fuel gas piping systems where in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.
  2. Piping systems regulated by the Chicago Fuel Gas Code.
  3. Liquefied petroleum gas systems in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.

14B-33-3319 The following language is adopted as a new Section 3319:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Explosive materials shall be stored, used and handled in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.
Blasting operations shall be conducted in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.
Fire hoses for use by demolition personnel shall be maintained at the demolition site wherever explosives are used for demolition. Such fire hoses shall be connected to a water supply and shall be capable of being brought to bear on post-detonation fires anywhere on the site of the demolition operation.

14B-33-3320 The following language is adopted as a new Section 3320:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Emergency telephone facilities with ready access shall be provided at the construction site, or an equivalent means of communication shall be provided. The street address of the construction site and the emergency telephone number of the fire department shall be posted adjacent to the telephone. Alternatively, where an equivalent means of communication is used the site address and fire department emergency telephone number shall be posted at the main entrance to the site, in guard shacks and in the construction site office.

14B-33-3321 The following language is adopted as a new Section 3321:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Internal-combustion-powered construction equipment shall be used in accordance with all of the following conditions:

  1. Equipment shall be located so that exhausts do not discharge against combustible material.
  2. Exhausts shall be piped to the outside of the building.
  3. Equipment shall not be refueled while in operation.
  4. Fuel for equipment shall be stored outside of the building.

14B-33-3322 The following language is adopted as a new Section 3322:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Roofing operations utilizing heat-producing systems or other ignition sources shall be conducted in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.
Asphalt and tar kettles shall be operated in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code.
Fire extinguishers shall comply with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code. There shall be not less than one multiple-purpose portable fire extinguisher with a minimum 3-A 40-B:C rating on the roof being covered or repaired.

14B-33-3323 The following language is adopted as a new Section 3323:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

Scaffolding shall be constructed and installed to insure the safety of persons working on, passing under or passing by the scaffolding.
When the extent or location of scaffolding is such as to create an unusual fire hazard, the fire code official is authorized to require the use of noncombustible material or fire-retardant treated wood.
Scaffolding shall be constructed, operated, maintained and disassembled in a manner that follows accepted engineering practice and the manufacturer's specifications. ASSE A10.8 and ASME A120.1 shall be considered as accepted engineering practice, as shall other national standards deemed applicable by the building official.
When scaffolding is, or is expected to be, unoccupied for more than two hours, such scaffolding shall be safely and securely attached to the building in accordance with federal regulations, ASSE standards and the manufacturer's specifications.
When wind conditions actually do, or are predicted or expected to, or based on other measurements can reasonably be extrapolated to, exceed a velocity at the scaffold level identified in the manufacturer's specifications as posing a hazard, such scaffolding shall be lowered to the ground and secured or, if required by the manufacturers' specifications, raised to the roof and secured.

14B-33-3324 The following language is adopted as a new Section 3324:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

Work sites shall be maintained in accordance with Sections 3324.2 through 3324.5 during construction, demolition, excavation and rehabilitation activities.

Exception: The provisions of this section do not apply to activities conducted within a completely enclosed structure.

Work sites shall be enclosed and secured by a continuous fence at least 6 feet (1829 mm) in height which shall be anchored to resist wind loads of 30 pounds per square foot (1436 Pa) without deflection of more than 3 inches (76.2 mm) between the top and bottom of the fence. The fence, including gates, shall be covered for its full height and length in fabric mesh that will allow the passage of air but contain dust and dirt. The owner and general contractor shall be responsible for keeping the fence and fabric mesh in good repair and free of graffiti and unauthorized advertising.
One gate, no larger than is reasonably necessary to allow truck access, may remain open when workers are actively working on the site.
All construction materials, dumpsters and debris collection devices shall be kept within the required fence unless a permit for use of the public way has been obtained from the Commissioner of Transportation. Dumpsters shall be regularly serviced to prevent contents from extending past the top of the dumpster. Construction materials and waste shall be gathered at the end of each work day and stored or disposed of in a neat and orderly manner. Where materials are stored for use on floors above grade, they shall be secured to prevent loosening or dispersion due to weather conditions or other phenomena.
Sealed containers for litter and garbage shall be provided throughout the work site. At least one container shall be provided for every floor and every 4,000 square feet (372 m2) of work area. All litter and garbage must be removed from the work site daily.
The general contractor shall employ adequate wetting or other abatement measures to prevent the off-site dispersion of dust and debris from the work site. The general contractor shall take necessary steps to minimize the amount of dirt and debris that is transmitted by construction vehicles, including but not limited to stoning or paving of haul roads, wheel wash stations and street sweepers. All construction and demolition debris shall be removed from upper floors using dust-tight chutes or lowered in containers. Construction and demolition debris shall not be dropped or thrown from any floor. Where work occurs on a level that is four or more stories above grade plane, the work area shall be enclosed with fabric mesh as provided in Section 3324.2.
For masonry work, the immediate work area shall be enclosed to contain dust and debris from grinding or cutting operations.
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