The building owner or a duly authorized representative shall provide the authority having jurisdiction with the following information along with any other information that the authority having jurisdiction may reasonably request for the purpose of determining whether or not the sugarhouse and proposed alternative activity complies with the requirements of this chapter:
- The location of the sugarhouse.
- A description of each proposed alternative activity.
- The proposed occupant load determined in accordance with Section 4003.5.4.
- The dates when each alternative activity will occur.
- A fire safety plan and public safety plan shall be submitted when required by Section 4003.1.1 or 4003.3.3.
- The name, address, and contact information of the owner of the sugarhouse or if the permit holder is not the owner, the name, address, and relevant contact information of the permit holder.
- The premises identification pursuant to Section 4003.3.2.
- Each alternative activity authorized by this permit.
- The occupant load of each room or space.
- Whether or not a fire safety plan or public safety plan is in place.
- Fire watch requirements (if any).
- The dates of each alternative activity.
- Any time limitations placed on each alternative activity.
The fire code official may conduct periodic inspections throughout the duration of a permit at his/her discretion. The provisions of this chapter shall not be deemed to be a limitation on the administration and enforcement duties and powers of the authority having jurisdiction. Inspections shall include but shall not be limited to the following:
- The means of egress.
- The separation of combustibles from ignition sources.
- The presence of dangerous or hazardous materials and conditions.
- Structural evaluation when conditions warrant.
- Evaluation of the existing and proposed floor loads.
- Exposed portions of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.
- Portions of the sugarhouse and outside adjacent areas that must be secured from entry during the alternative activity.
- Sanitary conditions.
- The fire service features identified in Section 4003.3.
Words and phrases used in this chapter, but not defined by this section, shall have the meanings defined in this code unless a different meaning is clearly required by the context.
ALTERNATIVE ACTIVITY. An activity not normally conducted in a sugarhouse, which supports the maple product industry. Examples of such activities include product sampling, pancake breakfasts, educational tours and activities, and the marketing and sale of merchandise.
BUILDING. Any structure used or intended for supporting or sheltering any use or occupancy. The term building shall not include a temporary greenhouse.
MAPLE SAP. The sap or sweet water obtained by tapping a maple tree.
MAPLE SUGAR. Sugar made exclusively by the evaporation of pure maple syrup.
MAPLE SYRUP. Syrup made exclusively by the evaporation of pure maple sap.
REGISTERED DESIGN PROFESSIONAL. An individual who is a registered architect (RA) in accordance with Article 147 of the New York State Education Law or a licensed professional engineer (PE) in accordance with Article 145 of the New York State Education Law.
SUGARHOUSE. A building used, in whole or in part, for the collection, storage, or processing of maple sap into maple syrup and/or maple sugar.
TECHNICALLY INFEASIBLE. An alteration of a facility that has little likelihood of being accomplished because the existing structural conditions require the removal or alteration of a load-bearing member that is an essential part of the structural frame, or because other existing physical or site constraints prohibit modification or addition of elements, spaces or features which are in full and strict compliance with the minimum requirements for new construction and which are necessary to provide accessibility.
TEMPORARY GREENHOUSE. Specialized agricultural equipment having a framework covered with demountable polyurethane materials or materials of polyurethane nature and lacking a permanent and continuous foundation, which is specifically designed, constructed and used for the culture and propagation of horticultural commodities. A temporary greenhouse may include, but is not limited to, the use of heating devices, water and electrical utilities, and supporting poles embedded in noncontinuous concrete.
A written fire safety plan in accordance with Section 404.2.2 shall be submitted to the authority having jurisdiction as part of a permit application when the occupant load resulting from the alternative activities is 50 or more people or when required by Section 4003.3.3. Occupant load calculations shall be in accordance with Section 4003.5.4. Fire safety plans shall include the following information in addition to that required by Section 404.2.2:
- The premises identification pursuant to Section 4003.3.2.
- A site and floor plan indicating the seating capacity and arrangement, and the location and type of all heating systems; and the location of the approved emergency telephone.
- A copy of the fire safety plan shall be provided to the fire watch personnel (when required) and shall be posted in a conspicuous place in each room for reference and review by occupants for the duration of the permit.
- Portable LP-gas containers used for demonstrations and public exhibitions in accordance with Section 6184.108.40.206.
- Portable LP-gas containers that supply approved self-contained torch assemblies or similar appliances in accordance with Section 6220.127.116.11.
- LP-gas commercial food service appliances used for food preparation in accordance with Section 618.104.22.168.
- LP-gas cooking devices having an LP-gas container that does not exceed a water capacity of 2.5 pounds (1.13 kg).
The occupant load of the sugarhouse or portion thereof during an alternative activity shall not exceed the lesser of either of the following:
Exits and exit access doors shall be marked by an approved exit sign readily visible from any direction of egress travel. The path of egress travel to exits and within exits shall be marked by readily visible exit signs to clearly indicate the direction of egress travel in cases where the exit or the path of egress travel is not immediately visible to the occupants. Intervening means of egress doors within exits shall be marked by exit signs. Exit sign placement shall be such that no point in an exit access corridor or exit passageway is more than 100 feet (30.48 m) or the listed viewing distance for the sign, whichever is less, from the nearest visible exit sign.
Exit signs shall be internally or externally illuminated. The face of an exit sign illuminated from an external source shall have an intensity of not less than 5 footcandles (54 lux). Internally illuminated signs shall provide equivalent luminance and be listed for the purpose.
Exit signs shall be illuminated at all times. To ensure continued illumination for a duration of not less than 90 minutes in case of primary power loss, the sign illumination means shall be connected to an emergency power system provided from storage batteries, unit equipment or an on-site generator. The installation of the emergency power system shall be in accordance with Section 1203.
Exception: Approved exit sign illumination means that provide continuous illumination independent of external power sources for a duration of not less than 90 minutes, in case of primary power loss, are not required to be connected to an emergency electrical system.
Sugarhouses shall be made accessible in accordance with this section to individuals partaking in an alternative activity unless providing accessibility is technically infeasible. When it is technically infeasible to provide accessibility, accessibility shall be provided to the maximum extent that is feasible. When it is feasible to provide accessibility, such accessibility shall accommodate the widest range of disabilities practicable. (For example, if providing accessibility in conformance with this section to individuals who use wheelchairs would be technically infeasible, the facility shall be made accessible to persons with other types of disabilities, such as those who use crutches, those who have impaired vision or hearing, or other impairments.) Work required by this section shall comply with Chapter 11 of the Building Code of New York State.
Exception: Accessible elements required by this chapter shall not be required when the area of alternative activity, the existing entrance, and the interconnecting rooms and/or spaces are not accessible and alterations and/or repairs to any such area or entrance is not proposed or otherwise required by this chapter.