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Ashland Fire Prevention Code incorporates the Oregon Fire Code 2014 Edition except that the following referenced OFC sections are modified as set forth below:

A. OFC Section 104.6.3 is modified by the addition of the following language:

Fire Investigation Reports for fires that are under investigation will not be released until the investigation is complete. Exception: The Fire Chief may release incomplete Fire Investigation Reports if warranted.

B. OFC Section 106.2 is modified by the addition of the following language:

1. Inspections outside of normal business hours: The Fire & Life Safety Division will make every attempt to conduct inspections during normal business hours (Monday thru Friday 8 am to 5 pm). If the applicant or business owner’s agent requests an inspection outside of normal business hours, or if the Fire Code Official determines a permit inspection is required and there is no other alternative but to conduct the inspection outside of normal business hours, the Fire Code Official shall inform the applicant or business agent there will be an after-hours inspection fee of $150.00. The inspection will not be performed until the required fees have been paid.

For additional information see City of Ashland Fee Schedule.

2. Re-Inspection Fees, each Fire & Life Safety inspection is provided with one additional re-inspection at no additional cost to the business. If a second re-inspection is required, a fee of the base inspection plus $100 shall be assessed. If a third re-inspection is required, a fee of the base inspection plus $200.00 shall be assessed. If a fourth re-inspection is required, a fee of the base plus $400.00 shall be assessed.

For additional information see City of Ashland Fee Schedule.

C. OFC Section 105.1.1 is modified by the addition of the following language:

A schedule of permit and service fees not more than the actual or average cost of providing service shall be established by resolution of the City Council and periodically amended by Council resolution and kept at Ashland Fire & Rescue and in the City Recorder’s office. Required permits include, but may not be limited to, the following list:

1. Operational Permits:

a. Fireworks, public display of

b. Exhibits and trade shows

c. Fumigation and thermal insecticidal fogging

d. Liquid or gas-fueled vehicles or equipment in assembly buildings

e. Pyrotechnic and special effects material

f. Temporary membrane structures, tents and canopies over 400 square feet

g. Activities involving open flames

h. Haunted Houses

i. Marijuana processing

2. Construction/Use Permits:

a. Automatic fire-extinguishing systems

b. Battery Systems

c. Compressed gases

d. Fire alarm and detection systems

e. Fire Pumps

f. Flammable and Combustible Liquid Storage

g. Hazardous Materials

h. Industrial Ovens

i. LP-gas >125 gallons

j. Private Fire Hydrants

k. Spraying or dipping operations

l. Standpipe systems

m. Fire Sprinkler Systems

D. OFC Section 105.6.30, Open Burning, is modified by deleting the current language of this OFC provision entirely and adding the following language: See Ashland Municipal Code 10.30.

E. OFC Section 503.4 is modified by the addition of the following language:

1. The Ashland Police Department shall have the authority to issue fire code citations for the following offenses on public and private properties:

a. Obstruction of marked fire apparatus access roads and fire lanes (Ref. OFC 503.4; 503.2.1)

b. Failure to maintain existing NO PARKING – FIRE LANE signs/markings (Ref. OFC 503.3; D103.6)

c. Obstruction of fire hydrants and fire protection equipment (Ref. OFC 507.5.4; ORS 811.550 (16))

F. Section 506.1. Add the following sentence:

The key box shall be installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, and shall contain keys to gain necessary access as required by the Fire Code Official.

G. OFC Section 507.5.1. Delete and replace with the following:

Where required. Where a portion of the facility or building hereafter constructed or moved into or within the jurisdiction is more than 300 feet from a hydrant on a fire apparatus access road, as measured by an approved route around the exterior of the facility or building, on-site fire hydrants and mains shall be provided where required by the Fire Code Official.

Exceptions:

1. For Group R-3 and Group U occupancies, the distance requirement shall be 300 feet.

2. For buildings equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system installed in accordance with Section 903.3.1.1, 903.3.1.2, or 903.3.1.3, the distance requirement shall be 600 feet (183 m).

H. OFC Section 307 is modified by deleting the current language of this OFC provision entirely and adding the following language: Refer to AMC 10.30.

I. OFC Section 901.6, Records, is modified by deleting the current language of this OFC provision entirely and adding the following language:

Records of all system inspections, tests, and maintenance required by the referenced standards shall be maintained on the premises for a minimum of three years and service contractors shall send reports of tests to the City of Ashland Fire & Life Safety Division within 30 days of performing the inspection and test. The manner in which contractors shall submit ITM reports to Ashland Fire & Rescue shall be specified by the Fire Code Official.

J. OFC Section 904.1.1 is modified by the addition of the following language:

Fire protection system service providers providing inspections, tests, and maintenance required by OFC 901.6 and the referenced standards shall be qualified and shall provide the inspections, tests and maintenance in accordance with the referenced standards. Where the manufacturer requires only manufacturer certified technicians to conduct inspection, testing and maintenance service on their engineered fire protection systems, uncertified technicians shall not service the system. Prior to conducting service in the City of Ashland the technicians shall provide a current manufacturer certification in a manner specified by the Fire Code Official.

K. OFC Section 5601.1.3 is modified by the addition of the following language:

Notwithstanding ORS 480.110 through ORS 480.165 and OAR 837-012-0600 through OAR 837-012-0675, the sale of retail fireworks as defined in OAR 837-012-0610 is prohibited within the City of Ashland.

1. The sale and/or use of retail fireworks as defined in OAR 837-012-0610 is prohibited at all times;

2. The sale and/or use of sparklers as defined in ORS 480.110 is prohibited at all times;

3. The storage of retail fireworks within the City of Ashland is prohibited at all times; and

4. The advertising of retail fireworks or sparklers is prohibited within the City of Ashland in accordance with ORS 480.152 and OAR 837-012-0665.

5. As a limited exception from the prohibitions in provisions 1 through 4 above, the use of fireworks for public display is allowed in conformance with NFPA 1123 Code for Fireworks Display, current edition, with a valid Ashland Fire & Rescue Fireworks Permit.

L. OFC Section 5601, Storage of Explosives – Prohibited, is modified by the addition of the following language:

The scope referred to in Chapter 5601 of the Oregon Fire Code which references the Oregon Revised Statutes and Oregon Administrative Rules related to explosives is amended as follows. The sale, manufacture, possession, transfer and storage of explosives as defined by ORS 480.200(3) are prohibited in all areas within the City of Ashland except as specifically permitted in writing by the Fire Code Official.

M. OFC Section 5704, Above-Ground Storage of Flammable or Combustible Liquids, is modified by the addition of the following language:

The limits referred to in Section 5704.2.9.6.1 of the Oregon Fire Code in which the storage of flammable or combustible Class I and II liquids in above-ground tanks outside of buildings is restricted are established as follows: All City of Ashland residential and historical district areas as defined in the Comprehensive Plan. All installation and removal of above ground storage units requires an operational permit from Ashland Fire & Rescue. New above-ground bulk storage plants for flammable or combustible liquids are prohibited within this jurisdiction.

N. OFC Section 6104, Storage of Liquefied Petroleum Gases – Restricted:

The limits referred to in Section 6104.2 of the Oregon Fire Code, in which storage of liquefied petroleum gas is restricted, are established as follows: All City of Ashland residential and historical district areas as defined in the Comprehensive Plan are limited to the aggregate capacity of anyone installation shall not exceed a water capacity of 500 gallons.

Exception: In particular installations, this capacity limit shall be determined by the Fire Code Official, after consideration of special features such as topographical conditions, nature of occupancy, and proximity to buildings, capacity of proposed containers, degree of fire protection to be provided and capabilities of the City of Ashland Fire & Rescue Department.

O. OFC Appendix A101.11 is modified by the addition of the following language:

A decision by the Ashland Fire Code Official may be appealed to a Board of Appeals established pursuant to Oregon Fire Code Section 108 of the Oregon Fire Code. An appellant aggrieved by the decision of the Board of Appeals may appeal to the Oregon State Fire Marshal as provided in ORS 479.180 if the subject of the appeal concerns a matter governed exclusively by the Oregon Fire Code and the appeal is filed within 10 days of the Board’s final order. If an appeal from the decision of the Board of Appeals, however, concerns a matter reserved by this Ashland Fire Prevention Code (Ashland Municipal Code Chapter 15.28) for local decision-making, such an appeal must be submitted in writing to the Ashland City Council within 10 days of the Board’s final order. A decision by the City Council shall be the final decision of the City and may not be appealed to the State Fire Marshal.

P. OFC Appendix D105.1, Aerial Fire Apparatus Access Roads, is modified by deleting the current language of this OFC provision entirely and adding the following language:

Where required. (Buildings or portions of buildings or facilities exceeding 24 feet in height above the lowest level of fire department vehicle access shall be provided with approved fire apparatus access roads capable of accommodating fire department aerial apparatus.) Where the vertical distance between the grade plane and the highest roof surface exceeds 24 feet approved aerial fire access roads shall be provided. For the purposes of this section, the highest roof surface shall be determined by measurement to the eave of a pitched roof, the intersection of the roof to the exterior wall, or the top of parapet walls, whichever is greater. Overhead utility and power lines shall not be located within the aerial fire apparatus access roadway or between the aerial fire access road and the building.

Q. OFC Appendix D105.2 is modified by deleting the current language of this OFC provision entirely and adding the following language:

Width. Fire apparatus access roads shall have a minimum unobstructed width of 26 feet in the immediate vicinity of any building or portion of building more than 24 feet in height. (Ord. 3161 § 5, amended, 02/05/2018; Ord. 3104, amended, 2014; Ord. 3059, amended, 04/17/2012; Ord. 3037, amended, 09/07/2010; Ord. 3006, amended, 03/02/2010; Ord. 2944, amended, 11/06/2007; Ord. 2932, amended, 10/18/2006; Ord. 2929, amended, 08/18/2006; Ord. 2925, amended, 04/18/2006; Ord. 2921, amended, 01/05/2006; Ord. 2876, amended, 09/04/2001; Ord. 2871, amended, 08/07/2001)

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