Chapter 1610 - BOCA National Fire Prevention Code
Water for fire protection - see 1st Class § 1502-XIV
Adoption of fire prevention regulations - see 1st Class § 1502-XVI
Fireproof construction of buildings - see 1st Class § 1502-XX
Open fires - see 1st Class § 1502-LXVI; GEN. OFF. 668.03
Fire district - see ADM. 246.02
Fire Committee - see ADM. 246.06
Fire Marshall - see ADM. 246.07
Fireworks - see GEN. OFF. 690.03
Fire hydrants - see B. & H. Ch. 1464
Fire walls - see B. & H. 1482.03
1610.01 1996 EDITION ADOPTED; FILE COPIES; PURPOSE.
That certain document, not less than three copies of which are on file in the office of the Township Secretary, being marked and designated as the BOCA National Fire Prevention Code, Tenth Edition, 1996, as published by Building Officials and Code Administrators International, Inc., is hereby adopted as the Fire Prevention Code of the Township for the control of buildings, structures and premises as therein provided, and each and all of the regulations, provisions, penalties, conditions and terms of the aforesaid BOCA National Fire Prevention Code are hereby adopted and made a part hereof as if fully set out in this chapter, with the additions, insertions, deletions and changes, if any, as prescribed in Section 1610.05.
The BOCA National Fire Prevention Code, as adopted in Section 1610.01, shall be enforced by the Board of Commissioners and the Chief of the Fire Department.
1610.03 REFERENCES TO MUNICIPALITY.
Whenever the word "Municipality" is used in the BOCA National Fire Prevention Code, as adopted in Section 1610.01, it shall mean the Township of Lower Chichester.
1610.04 STORAGE OF EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS.
The limits referred to in Section F-3003.2 of the BOCA National Fire Prevention Code, as adopted in Section
1610.01, in which the storage of explosive materials is prohibited, are hereby established as follows: the boundaries of Lower Chichester Township.
The BOCA National Fire Prevention Code, as adopted in Section 1610.01, is hereby amended as follows:
Section F-101.1 Title: (Amended)
Unsafe heating appliances: (Amended)
(a) No person shall install any oil or gas-burning equipment without a permit.
(b) Oil and gas-burning equipment shall be of an approved type.
(c) No person shall install any wood burning device, including, but not limited to, stoves and heaters, and no person shall perform the installation of equipment relating thereto, including chimneys, without obtaining a permit from the Building Inspector, which shall require a prior examination of the premises before issuance of such permit.
Section F-403.9 Other fires: (Added)
(a) No person shall kindle or maintain any bonfire or rubbish fire, or authorize any such fire to be kindled or maintained, except under constant supervision and only during the hours of 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. standard time or daylight saving time, and on weekdays only.
(b) No person shall kindle or maintain any bonfire or rubbish fire, or authorize any such fire to be kindled or maintained, on or in any public street, alley, road or other public ground unless the location is not less than 25 feet from any structure.
(c) No person shall kindle or maintain any bonfire or rubbish fire, or authorize any such fire to be kindled or maintained, on any private land unless (1) the location is not less than 50 feet from any structure and adequate provision is made to prevent fire from spreading to within 50 feet of any structure, or (2) the fire is contained in an approved waste burner with closed top, located safely not less than 15 feet from any structure.
(d) The Fire Chief may prohibit any or all bonfires and outdoor rubbish fires when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous.
Section F-3207.6 Storage of Class I and II flammable liquids: (Added)
The storage of Class I and II flammable liquids in above-ground tanks outside of buildings is prohibited within the limits established by law without a permit.
The Board of Commissioners shall have the power to modify any of the provisions of the BOCA National Fire Prevention Code, as adopted in Section 1610.01, upon application in writing by an owner or lessee, or his or her duly authorized agent, when there are practical difficulties in the way of carrying out the strict letter of the Code, provided that the spirit of the Code shall be observed, public safety secured and substantial justice done. The particulars of such modification, when granted or allowed, and the decision of the Board of Commissioners thereon, shall be entered upon the records of the Fire Department and a signed copy shall be furnished to the applicant.
1610.07 CONFLICT OF LAWS.
In the event of a conflict between any of the provisions of the BOCA National Fire Prevention Code, as adopted in Section 1610.01, and any provision of these Codified Ordinances, or any other local ordinance or resolution, the local provision shall prevail. In the event of a conflict between any of the provisions of the BOCA National Fire Prevention Code, as adopted in Section 1610.01, and a provision of any other technical code or standard applicable to or adopted by the Township, the stricter or higher standard shall prevail. In the event of a conflict between any of the provisions of the BOCA National Fire Prevention Code, as adopted in Section 1610.01, and any provision of State law, the State law shall prevail.
No person shall violate any of the provisions of the BOCA National Fire Prevention Code, as adopted in Section
1610.01 and as amended in Section 1610.05, or fail to comply therewith, or violate or fail to comply with any order made thereunder, or build in violation of any detailed statement of specifications or plans submitted and approved thereunder, or any certificate or permit issued thereunder, and from which no appeal has been taken, or fail to comply with such an order as affirmed or modified by the Board of Commissioners or by a court of competent jurisdiction within the time fixed by the Board of Commissioners or by such court. The imposition of a penalty for any such violation shall not excuse the violation or permit it to continue, and all such persons shall be required to correct or remedy such violations or defects within a reasonable time. When not otherwise specified, each ten days that a prohibited condition is maintained shall constitute a separate offense.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: See Section 202.99 of the Administration Code for general Code penalty if no specific penalty is provided.)