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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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Part 1 — General Provisions

These regulations shall be known as the Fire Code of [NAME OF JURISDICTION], hereinafter referred to as "this code."
This code establishes regulations affecting or relating to structures, processes, premises and safeguards regarding all of the following:
  1. The hazard of fire and explosion arising from the storage, handling or use of structures, materials or devices.
  2. Conditions hazardous to life, property or public welfare in the occupancy of structures or premises.
  3. Fire hazards in the structure or on the premises from occupancy or operation.
  4. Matters related to the construction, extension, repair, alteration or removal of fire suppression or alarm systems.
  5. Conditions affecting the safety of fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.
Provisions in the appendices shall not apply unless specifically adopted.
The purpose of this code is to establish the minimum requirements consistent with nationally recognized good practice for providing a reasonable level of life safety and property protection from the hazards of fire, explosion or dangerous conditions in new and existing buildings, structures and premises, and to provide a reasonable level of safety to fire fighters and emergency responders during emergency operations.
If a section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this code is, for any reason, held to be unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this code.
In the event any part or provision of this code is held to be illegal or void, this shall not have the effect of making void or illegal any of the other parts or provisions hereof, which are determined to be legal; and it shall be presumed that this code would have been adopted without such illegal or invalid parts or provisions.
The construction and design provisions of this code shall apply to:
  1. Structures, facilities and conditions arising after the adoption of this code.
  2. Existing structures, facilities and conditions not legally in existence at the time of adoption of this code.
  3. Existing structures, facilities and conditions where required in Chapter 11.
  4. Existing structures, facilities and conditions that, in the opinion of the fire code official, constitute a distinct hazard to life or property.
The administrative, operational and maintenance provisions of this code shall apply to:
  1. Conditions and operations arising after the adoption of this code.
  2. Existing conditions and operations.

102.3 Change of Use or Occupancy

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Changes shall not be made in the use or occupancy of any structure that would place the structure in a different division of the same group or occupancy or in a different group of occupancies, unless such structure is made to comply with the requirements of this code and the rule 661—301.3(103A). Subject to the approval of the fire code official, the use or occupancy of an existing structure shall be allowed to be changed and the structure is allowed to be occupied for purposes in other groups without conforming to all of the requirements of this code and the rule 661—301.3(103A) for those groups, provided the new or proposed use is less hazardous, based on life and fire risk, than the existing use.

102.4 Application of Building Code

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The design and construction of new structures shall comply with the rule 661—301.3(103A), and any alterations, additions, changes in use or changes in structures required by this code, which are within the scope of the rule 661—301.3(103A), shall be made in accordance therewith.

102.5 Application of Residential Code

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Where structures are designed and constructed in accordance with the rule 661—301.8(103A), the provisions of this code shall apply as follows:
  1. Construction and design provisions of this code pertaining to the exterior of the structure shall apply including, but not limited to, premises identification, fire apparatus access and water supplies. Where interior or exterior systems or devices are installed, construction permits required by Section 105.7 of this code shall apply.
  2. Administrative, operational and maintenance provisions of this code shall apply.
The provisions of this code relating to the construction, alteration, repair, enlargement, restoration, relocation or moving of buildings or structures shall not be mandatory for existing buildings or structures identified and classified by the state or local jurisdiction as historic buildings where such buildings or structures do not constitute a distinct hazard to life or property. Fire protection in designated historic buildings shall be provided with an approved fire protection plan as required in Section 1103.1.1.
The codes and standards referenced in this code shall be those that are listed in Chapter 80, and such codes and standards shall be considered to be part of the requirements of this code to the prescribed extent of each such reference and as further regulated in Sections 102.7.1 and 102.7.2.
Where conflicts occur between provisions of this code and referenced codes and standards, the provisions of this code shall apply.
Where the extent of the reference to a referenced code or standard includes subject matter that is within the scope of this code, the provisions of this code, as applicable, shall take precedence over the provisions in the referenced code or standard.
Where applicable standards or requirements are not set forth in this code, or are contained within other laws, codes, regulations, ordinances or bylaws adopted by the jurisdiction, compliance with applicable standards of the National Fire Protection Association or other nationally recognized fire safety standards, as approved, shall be deemed as prima facie evidence of compliance with the intent of this code. Nothing herein shall derogate from the authority of the fire code official to determine compliance with codes or standards for those activities or installations within the fire code official's jurisdiction or responsibility.
Requirements that are essential for the public safety of an existing or proposed activity, building or structure, or for the safety of the occupants thereof, that are not specifically provided for by this code, shall be determined by the fire code official.
Where there is a conflict between a general requirement and a specific requirement, the specific requirement shall be applicable. Where, in a specific case, different sections of this code specify different materials, methods of construction or other requirements, the most restrictive shall govern.
The provisions of this code shall not be deemed to nullify any provisions of local, state or federal law.
References to chapter or section numbers, or to provisions not specifically identified by number, shall be construed to refer to such chapter, section or provision of this code.

Part 2 — Administrative Provisions

Section 103 Department of Fire Prevention

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103.1 General

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103.2 Appointment

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103.3 Deputies

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103.4 Liability

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103.4.1 Legal Defense

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Section 104 General Authority and Responsibilities

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104.1 General

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104.2 Applications and Permits

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104.3 Right of Entry

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104.3.1 Warrant

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104.4 Identification

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104.5 Notices and Orders

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104.6 Official Records

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104.6.1 Approvals

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104.6.2 Inspections

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104.6.3 Fire Records

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104.6.4 Administrative

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104.7 Approved Materials and Equipment

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104.7.1 Material and Equipment Reuse

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104.7.2 Technical Assistance

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104.8 Modifications

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104.9 Alternative Materials and Methods

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104.9.1 Research Reports

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104.9.2 Tests

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104.10 Fire Investigations

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104.10.1 Assistance From Other Agencies

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104.11 Authority at Fires and Other Emergencies

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104.11.1 Barricades

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104.11.2 Obstructing Operations

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104.11.3 Systems and Devices

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Section 105 Permits

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105.1 General

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105.1.1 Permits Required

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105.1.2 Types of Permits

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105.1.3 Multiple Permits for the Same Location

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105.1.4 Emergency Repairs

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105.1.5 Repairs

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105.1.6 Annual Permit

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105.1.6.1 Annual Permit Records

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105.2 Application

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105.2.1 Refusal to Issue Permit

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105.2.2 Inspection Authorized

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105.2.3 Time Limitation of Application

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105.2.4 Action on Application

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105.3 Conditions of a Permit

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105.3.1 Expiration

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105.3.2 Extensions

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105.3.3 Occupancy Prohibited Before Approval

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105.3.4 Conditional Permits

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105.3.5 Posting the Permit

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105.3.6 Compliance With Code

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105.3.7 Information on the Permit

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105.3.8 Validity of Permit

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105.4 Construction Documents

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105.4.1 Submittals

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105.4.1.1 Examination of Documents

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105.4.2 Information on Construction Documents

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105.4.2.1 Fire Protection System Shop Drawings

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105.4.3 Applicant Responsibility

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105.4.4 Approved Documents

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105.4.4.1 Phased Approval

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105.4.5 Amended Construction Documents

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105.4.6 Retention of Construction Documents

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105.5 Revocation

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105.6 Required Operational Permits

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105.6.1 Aerosol Products

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105.6.2 Amusement Buildings

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105.6.3 Aviation Facilities

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105.6.4 Carbon Dioxide Systems Used in Beverage Dispensing Applications

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105.6.5 Carnivals and Fairs

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105.6.6 Cellulose Nitrate Film

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105.6.7 Combustible Dust-Producing Operations

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105.6.8 Combustible Fibers

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105.6.9 Compressed Gases

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105.6.10 Covered and Open Mall Buildings

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105.6.11 Cryogenic Fluids

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105.6.12 Cutting and Welding

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105.6.13 Dry Cleaning

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105.6.14 Exhibits and Trade Shows

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105.6.15 Explosives

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105.6.16 Fire Hydrants and Valves

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105.6.17 Flammable and Combustible Liquids

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105.6.18 Floor Finishing

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105.6.19 Fruit and Crop Ripening

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105.6.20 Fumigation and Insecticidal Fogging

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105.6.21 Hazardous Materials

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105.6.22 HPM Facilities

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105.6.23 High-Piled Storage

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105.6.24 Hot Work Operations

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105.6.25 Industrial Ovens

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105.6.26 Lumber Yards and Woodworking Plants

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105.6.27 Liquid- or Gas-Fueled Vehicles or Equipment in Assembly Buildings

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105.6.28 LP-gas

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105.6.29 Magnesium

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105.6.30 Miscellaneous Combustible Storage

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105.6.31 Motor Fuel-Dispensing Facilities

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105.6.32 Open Burning

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105.6.33 Open Flames and Torches

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105.6.34 Open Flames and Candles

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105.6.35 Organic Coatings

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105.6.36 Places of Assembly

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105.6.37 Private Fire Hydrants

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105.6.38 Pyrotechnic Special Effects Material

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105.6.39 Pyroxylin Plastics

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105.6.40 Refrigeration Equipment

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105.6.41 Repair Garages and Motor Fuel-Dispensing Facilities

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105.6.42 Rooftop Heliports

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105.6.43 Spraying or Dipping

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105.6.44 Storage of Scrap Tires and Tire Byproducts

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105.6.45 Temporary Membrane Structures and Tents

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105.6.46 Tire-Rebuilding Plants

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105.6.47 Waste Handling

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105.6.48 Wood Products

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105.7 Required Construction Permits

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105.7.1 Automatic Fire-Extinguishing Systems

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105.7.2 Battery Systems

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105.7.3 Compressed Gases

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105.7.4 Cryogenic Fluids

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105.7.5 Emergency Responder Radio Coverage System

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105.7.6 Fire Alarm and Detection Systems and Related Equipment

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105.7.7 Fire Pumps and Related Equipment

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105.7.8 Flammable and Combustible Liquids

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105.7.9 Gates and Barricades Across Fire Apparatus Access Roads

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105.7.10 Hazardous Materials

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105.7.11 Industrial Ovens

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105.7.12 LP-gas

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105.7.13 Private Fire Hydrants

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105.7.14 Smoke Control or Smoke Exhaust Systems

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105.7.15 Solar Photovoltaic Power Systems

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105.7.16 Spraying or Dipping

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105.7.17 Standpipe Systems

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105.7.18 Temporary Membrane Structures and Tents

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Section 106 Inspections

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106.1 Inspection Authority

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106.2 Inspections

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106.2.1 Inspection Requests

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106.2.2 Approval Required

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106.3 Concealed Work

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106.4 Approvals

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Section 107 Maintenance

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107.1 Maintenance of Safeguards

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107.2 Testing and Operation

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107.2.1 Reinspection and Testing

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107.3 Recordkeeping

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107.4 Supervision

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107.5 Rendering Equipment Inoperable

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107.6 Overcrowding

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Section 108 Board of Appeals

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108.1 Board of Appeals Established

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108.2 Limitations on Authority

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108.3 Qualifications

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Section 109 Violations

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109.1 Unlawful Acts

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109.2 Owner/Occupant Responsibility

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109.3 Notice of Violation

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109.3.1 Service

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109.3.2 Compliance With Orders and Notices

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109.3.3 Prosecution of Violations

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109.3.4 Unauthorized Tampering

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109.4 Violation Penalties

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109.4.1 Abatement of Violation

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Section 110 Unsafe Buildings

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110.1 General

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110.1.1 Unsafe Conditions

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110.1.2 Structural Hazards

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110.2 Evacuation

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110.3 Summary Abatement

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110.4 Abatement

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Section 111 Stop Work Order

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111.1 Order

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111.2 Issuance

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111.3 Emergencies

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111.4 Failure to Comply

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Section 112 Service Utilities

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112.1 Authority to Disconnect Service Utilities

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Section 113 Fees

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113.1 Fees

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113.2 Schedule of Permit Fees

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113.3 Work Commencing Before Permit Issuance

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113.4 Related Fees

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113.5 Refunds

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