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8/27/18  12:56 pm
Commenter: Linda Hale-VFPA and Loudoun County

Specific Proposed Language to be adopted
 

Proposal:

Approve the seventeen (17) proposed code changes found in Book 5 – Part 1 – Tabs 1 & 3 (listed in tables below), to the existing Proposed SFPC as printed in the Virginia  Register  February 20, 2017.  These are the Statewide Fire Prevention Code proposals which were approved in October 2017 and this will ultimately undo the controversial and problematic SFPC rewrite changes that the BHCD had previously passed by a small margin. 

 

Background:

The Proposed Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC) that was presented to, and passed by,  the Board of Housing and Community Development (BHCD) on December 19, 2016 contains the :

  • The base document of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC) is the 2015 International Fire Code (ICF)

  • The current Virginia amendments to the SFPC

  • And Three (3) SFPC proposals recommended by the Workgroups as Consensus for approval as presented in Book 1 – Part 1-- Tab 2 of the Virginia Fire Services Board and Board of Housing and Community Development 2015 Code Change Cycle (October 24, 2016)

These proposed regulations are not in question and are the base document for which the BHCD must consider any further proposed regulations.

During the September 18, 2017 Virginia Fire Services Board and Board of Housing and Community Development SFPC Proposals recommended by the Workgroups as Consensus for approval were presented in Book 5 – Part 1 -- Tab 1.  These fifteen (15) consensus proposals have been fully vetted through the workgroups, and have withstood the scrutiny of the stakeholders as being proper to be adopted.

Further during the BHCD meeting to consider these consensus based proposals there were two (2) other non-consensus SFPC proposals that the BHCD chose to adopt and they are found in Book 5 – Part 1 --  Tab 3 :  proposal number F-107.11 “State Fire Marshal’s Office permit fees for explosives, blasting agents, theatrical flame effects, and fireworks” and proposal number F-507.5.1 “Where required” which allows for two exceptions to the requirement for a fire hydrant/water supply system when building and/or rehabilitating single family homes.  We understand that the BHCD, after a great deal of conversation, debate, and research feels that these are necessary and those also are acceptable inclusions into the Final SFPC that is to be adopted.

 

Virginia Fire Services Board and Board of Housing and Community Development

STATEWIDE FIRE PREVENTION CODE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

2015 CODE CHANGE CYCLE – BOOK 5 – PART 1

September 18, 2017

TAB 1 – SFPC Proposals Recommended by Workgroups as Consensus for Approval (approve individually or as a block)

 

Proposal Number

Description of Proposal

Page No.

 

 

 

C-119.7 Hearings and decision.

Written decision (SFPC portion).

5

CB-202(2) Definitions (ch. of occupancy).

Use one definition (SFPC portion).

7

F-107.2(1) Operational permits.

Binary explosives.

11

F-107.2(2) Operational permits.

Mobile food vehicles.

19

F-112.5 Application for appeal.

Change terminology.

27

F-301.3 Occupancy.

Building official to issue cert. of occ.

29

F-609.3.3.1 Tags.

When hoods are cleaned.

31

F-703.1(2) Maintenance.

Time period for visual inspection.

35

F-703.4 Testing.

Opening protectives.

37

F-1030.1 General.

Emergency rescue (SFPC portion).

47

F-3103.2 Approval required.

Deletion of IFC tent scoping provision.

49

F-3501.2 Permits.

Correlation with state amendments.

51

F-5605.1 General.

Fireworks standards.

53

F-5706.1.1 Mobile fueling operations.

Prohibitions.

55

F-6701.2 Permits.

Correlation with state amendments.

59

 

 

TAB 3 – SFPC Proposals Recommended by Workgroups as Non-consensus

 

 

Proposal Number

Description of Proposal

Page No.

F-107.11 State Fire Marshal’s Office … .

Fee adjustments.

77

 

F-107.11 State Fire Marshal’s Office … .

Fee adjustments.

77

 

        77

F-507.5.1 Where required.

Fire hydrant systems.

81