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International Fire Code 2015 (IFC 2015)

Part I — Administrative

Part II — General Safety Provisions

Part III — Building and Equipment Design Features

Part IV — Special Occupancies and Operations

Part V — Hazardous Materials

Part VI — Referenced Standards

Part VII — Appendices

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The provisions of this chapter shall govern the occupancy and maintenance of all structures and premises for precautions against fire and the spread of fire and general requirements of fire safety.

301.2 Permits

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Section 303 Asphalt Kettles

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303.1 Transporting

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303.2 Location

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303.3 Location of Fuel Containers

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303.4 Attendant

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303.5 Fire Extinguishers

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303.6 Lids

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303.7 Hi-Boys

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303.8 Roofing Kettles

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303.9 Fuel Containers Under Air Pressure

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Section 304 Combustible Waste Material

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304.1 Waste Accumulation Prohibited

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304.1.1 Waste Material

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304.1.2 Vegetation

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304.1.3 Space Underneath Seats

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304.2 Storage

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304.3 Containers

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304.3.1 Spontaneous Ignition

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304.3.2 Capacity Exceeding 5.33 Cubic Feet

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304.3.3 Capacity Exceeding 1.5 Cubic Yards

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304.3.4 Capacity of 1 Cubic Yard or More

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Section 305 Ignition Sources

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305.1 Clearance From Ignition Sources

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305.2 Hot ASHEs and Spontaneous Ignition Sources

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305.3 Open-Flame Warning Devices

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305.4 Deliberate or Negligent Burning

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305.5 Unwanted Fire Ignitions

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Section 306 Motion Picture Projection Rooms and Film

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306.1 Motion Picture Projection Rooms

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306.2 Cellulose Nitrate Film Storage

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Section 307 Open Burning, Recreational Fires and Portable Outdoor Fireplaces

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307.1 General

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307.1.1 Prohibited Open Burning

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307.2 Permit Required

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307.2.1 Authorization

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307.3 Extinguishment Authority

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307.4 Location

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307.4.1 Bonfires

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307.4.2 Recreational Fires

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307.4.3 Portable Outdoor Fire Places

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307.5 Attendance

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Section 308 Open Flames

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308.1 General

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308.1.1 Where Prohibited

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308.1.2 Throwing or Placing Sources of Ignition

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308.1.3 Torches for Removing Paint

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308.1.4 Open-Flame Cooking Devices

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308.1.5 Location Near Combustibles

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308.1.6 Open-Flame Devices

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308.1.6.1 Signals and Markers

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308.1.6.2 Portable Fueled Open-Flame Devices

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308.1.6.3 Sky Lanterns

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308.1.7 Religious Ceremonies

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308.1.7.1 Aisles and Exits

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308.1.8 Flaming Food and Beverage Preparation

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308.1.8.1 Dispensing

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308.1.8.2 Containers Not in Use

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308.1.8.3 Serving of Flaming Food

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308.1.8.4 Location

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308.1.8.5 Fire Protection

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308.2 Permits Required

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308.3 Group A Occupancies

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308.3.1 Open-Flame Decorative Devices

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308.3.2 Theatrical Performances

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308.4 Group R Occupancies

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308.4.1 Group R-2 Dormitories

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Section 309 Powered Industrial Trucks and Equipment

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309.1 General

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309.2 Battery Chargers

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309.3 Ventilation

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309.4 Fire Extinguishers

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309.5 Refueling

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309.6 Repairs

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Section 310 Smoking

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310.1 General

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310.2 Prohibited Areas

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310.3 "No Smoking" Signs

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310.4 Removal of Signs Prohibited

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310.5 Compliance With "No Smoking" Signs

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310.6 Ash Trays

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310.7 Burning Objects

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310.8 Hazardous Environmental Conditions

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Section 311 Vacant Premises

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311.1 General

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311.1.1 Abandoned Premises

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311.1.2 Tenant Spaces

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311.2 Safeguarding Vacant Premises

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311.2.1 Security

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311.2.2 Fire Protection

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311.2.3 Fire Separation

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311.3 Removal of Combustibles

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311.4 Removal of Hazardous Materials

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311.5 Placards

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311.5.1 Placard Location

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311.5.2 Placard Size and Color

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311.5.3 Placard Date

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311.5.4 Placard Symbols

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311.5.5 Informational Use

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311.6 Unoccupied Tenant Spaces in Mall Buildings

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Vehicle impact protection required by this code shall be provided by posts that comply with Section 312.2 or by other approved physical barriers that comply with Section 312.3.
Guard posts shall comply with all of the following requirements:
  1. Constructed of steel not less than 4 inches (102 mm) in diameter and concrete filled.
  2. Spaced not more than 4 feet (1219 mm) between posts on center.
  3. Set not less than 3 feet (914 mm) deep in a concrete footing of not less than a 15-inch (381 mm) diameter.
  4. Set with the top of the posts not less than 3 feet (914 mm) above ground.
  5. Located not less than 3 feet (914 mm) from the protected object.
Barriers, other than posts specified in Section 312.2, that are designed to resist, deflect or visually deter vehicular impact commensurate with an anticipated impact scenario shall be permitted where approved.

Section 313 Fueled Equipment

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313.1 General

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313.1.1 Removal

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313.2 Group R Occupancies

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Section 314 Indoor Displays

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314.1 General

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314.2 Fixtures and Displays

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314.3 Highly Combustible Goods

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314.4 Vehicles

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Section 315 General Storage

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315.1 General

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315.2 Permit Required

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315.3 Storage in Buildings

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315.3.1 Ceiling Clearance

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315.3.2 Means of Egress

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315.3.3 Equipment Rooms

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315.3.4 Attic, Under-Floor and Concealed Spaces

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315.4 Outside Storage

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315.4.1 Storage Beneath Overhead Projections From Buildings

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315.4.2 Height

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315.5 Storage Underneath High-Voltage Transmission Lines

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315.6 Storage in Plenums

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Trapdoors and scuttle covers, other than those that are within a dwelling unit or automatically operated, shall be kept closed at all times except when in use.
Vertical shafts shall be identified as required by this section.
Outside openings accessible to the fire department and that open directly on a hoistway or shaftway communicating between two or more floors in a building shall be plainly marked with the word SHAFTWAY in red letters not less than 6 inches (152 mm) high on a white background. Such warning signs shall be placed so as to be readily discernible from the outside of the building.
Door or window openings to a hoistway or shaftway from the interior of the building shall be plainly marked with the word SHAFTWAY in red letters not less than 6 inches (152 mm) high on a white background. Such warning signs shall be placed so as to be readily discernible.

Exception: Marking shall not be required on shaftway openings that are readily discernible as openings onto a shaftway by the construction or arrangement.
The intentional design or alteration of buildings to disable, injure, maim or kill intruders is prohibited. A person shall not install and use firearms, sharp or pointed objects, razor wire, explosives, flammable or combustible liquid containers, or dispensers containing highly toxic, toxic, irritant or other hazardous materials in a manner that could passively or actively disable, injure, maim or kill a fire fighter who forcibly enters a building for the purpose of controlling or extinguishing a fire, rescuing trapped occupants or rendering other emergency assistance.
Wires, cables, ropes, antennas, or other suspended obstructions installed on the roof of a building having a roof slope of less than 30 degrees (0.52 rad) shall not create an obstruction that is less than 7 feet (2133 mm) high above the surface of the roof.

Exceptions:
  1. Such obstruction shall be permitted where the wire, cable, rope, antenna or suspended obstruction is encased in a white, 2-inch (51 mm) minimum diameter plastic pipe or an approved equivalent.
  2. Such obstruction shall be permitted where there is a solid obstruction below such that accidentally walking into the wire, cable, rope, antenna or suspended obstruction is not possible.
Any security device or system that emits any medium that could obscure a means of egress in any building, structure or premise shall be prohibited.
Structures and outdoor storage underneath high-voltage transmission lines shall comply with Sections 316.6.1 and 316.6.2, respectively.
Structures shall not be constructed within the utility easement beneath high-voltage transmission lines.

Exception: Restrooms and unoccupied telecommunication structures of noncombustible construction less than 15 feet (4572 mm) in height.
Outdoor storage within the utility easement underneath high-voltage transmission lines shall be limited to noncombustible material. Storage of hazardous materials including, but not limited to, flammable and combustible liquids is prohibited.

Exception: Combustible storage, including vehicles and fuel storage for backup power equipment serving public utility equipment, is allowed, provided that a plan indicating the storage configuration is submitted and approved.
Rooftop gardens and landscaped roofs shall be installed and maintained in accordance with Sections 317.2 through 317.5 and Sections 1505 and 1507.16 of the International Building Code.
Rooftop garden or landscaped roof areas shall not exceed 15,625 square feet (1450 m2) in size for any single area with a maximum dimension of 125 feet (39 m) in length or width. A minimum 6-foot-wide (1.8 m) clearance consisting of a Class A-rated roof system complying with ASTM E 108 or UL 790 shall be provided between adjacent rooftop gardens or landscaped roof areas.
For all vegetated roofing systems abutting combustible vertical surfaces, a Class A-rated roof system complying with ASTM E 108 or UL 790 shall be achieved for a minimum 6-foot-wide (1829 mm) continuous border placed around rooftop structures and all rooftop equipment including, but not limited to, mechanical and machine rooms, penthouses, skylights, roof vents, solar panels, antenna supports and building service equipment.
Vegetation shall be maintained in accordance with Sections 317.4.1 and 317.4.2.
Supplemental irrigation shall be provided to maintain levels of hydration necessary to keep green roof plants alive and to keep dry foliage to a minimum.
Excess biomass, such as overgrown vegetation, leaves and other dead and decaying material, shall be removed at regular intervals not less than two times per year.
The fire code official is authorized to require a maintenance plan for vegetation placed on roofs due to the size of a roof garden, materials used or where a fire hazard exists to the building or exposures due to the lack of maintenance.
Fueled equipment stored on roofs and used for the care and maintenance of vegetation on roofs shall be stored in accordance with Section 313.

Section 318 Laundry Carts

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318.1 Laundry Carts With a Capacity of 1 Cubic Yard or More

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