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ORDINANCE NO. 10148 (N.S.)

AN ORDINANCE REPEALING AND REENACTING THE COUNTY FIRE CODE
The Board of Supervisors of the County of San Diego ordains as follows:
Section 1. Chapter 1 of Division 6 of Title 9 of the County of San Diego Code of Regulatory Ordinances is hereby repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

TITLE 9



CONSTRUCTION CODES AND FIRE CODE

DIVISION 6

FIRE PROTECTION




CHAPTER 1

COUNTY FIRE CODE



SEC. 96.1.001. ADOPTION OF COUNTY AMENDMENTS TO THE CALIFORNIA FIRE CODE.

Every three years the State of California adopts a new California Fire Code, as part of the California Building Standards Code (CBSC). Under Health and Safety Code section 17958 the CBSC becomes effective as to the County of San Diego 180 days after publication by the California Building Standards Commission. Pursuant to Health and Safety Code sections 17958.5 and 17958.7, a county may adopt modifications or changes to the CBSC that are reasonably necessary because of local climatic, geological and topographical conditions. In this chapter, the County adopts modifications and changes to the Fire Code portion of the CBSC that are reasonably necessary because of the County's climatic, geological and topographical conditions.

The County adopts as the County Fire Code, for the unincorporated area of the County, the following: the 2010 Fire Code portion of the CBSC, including the appendix to Chapter 4 and appendices B, BB, H & I, the 2009 International Fire Code (IFC) and the National Fire Protection Association Standards 13, 13-R & 13-D, 2010 Editions, together with the County's amendments in this chapter. To determine which of these codes governs in any particular case, code amendments adopted by the State of California shall take precedence over the 2009 IFC, and the 2009 IFC shall be used for those code sections not adopted by the State. Amendments the County adopts shall take precedence over both the 2009 IFC and 2010 CBSC provisions.

This County Fire Code is adopted for the protection of the public health and safety and applies to both ministerial and discretionary projects. It includes definitions, requirements for permits and inspection for installing or altering systems, regulations for the erection, construction, enlargement, alteration, repair, moving, removal, conversion, demolition, equipment use and maintenance of buildings, structures and premises, including the installation, alteration or repair of new and existing fire protection systems and their inspection and provides penalties for violation of this code. It shall apply to all new construction and to any alterations, repairs, or reconstruction, except as otherwise provided for in this chapter.
Nothing in this chapter shall interfere with or impede the authority of the final decision maker authorized to approve, conditionally approve or deny discretionary projects.

SEC. 96.1.002. CALIFORNIA FIRE CODE.

The "California Fire Code" means the 2010 Fire Code portion of the CBSC, including the appendix to Chapter 4 and appendices B, BB, F & H and the IFC (2009 edition).



SEC. 96.1.003. COUNTY FIRE CODE.

References to "this chapter" shall mean the County Fire Code. References to a section number not proceeded by the prefix "96.1," which stands for the title, division and chapter respectively of a section in this chapter, shall refer to the California Fire Code.


SEC. 96.1.004. RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENFORCEMENT.

(a) The Sheriff or his/her duly authorized representative shall be responsible for enforcing Chapter 33 of the County Fire Code, which deals with explosives and fireworks.

(b) All other portions of the County Fire Code shall be enforced as follows:
(1) By the Fire Warden or his/her duly authorized representative of the San Diego County Fire Authority in all unincorporated areas of the County which are outside a fire protection district.

(2) For areas in a fire protection district, by the district fire chief or his/her duly authorized representative.



SEC. 96.1.005. GEOGRAPHIC LIMITS.

The geographic limits referred to in certain sections of the 2010 California Fire Code are established as follows:


(a) Sec. 3404.2.9.6.1. The geographic limits in which the storage of Class I and Class II liquids in above-ground tanks outside of buildings is prohibited: the unincorporated area of the County of San Diego outside of a fire protection district.
Exceptions:

1. In areas zoned for mixed, general or high impact industrial uses.


2. Crankcase draining may be stored in specially constructed above-ground storage tanks, approved by the fire code official, with a maximum capacity of 550 gallons. These tanks may be located within a building when the fire code official deems appropriate and the container meets U.L. Standard 2085. Containers shall be installed and used in accordance with their listing and provisions shall be made for leak and spill containment. In no case shall storage be allowed on residential or institutional property.

3. With the fire code official’s approval, Class I and II liquids may be stored above ground outside of buildings in specially designed, approved and listed containers which have features incorporated into their design which mitigate concerns for exposure to heat, ignition sources and mechanical damage. Containers shall be installed and used in accordance with their listing, and provisions shall be made for leak and spill containment. The fire code official may disapprove the installation of these containers when in his or her opinion their use presents a risk to life or property.

(b) Sec. 3406.2.4.4. The geographic limits in which the storage of Class I and Class II liquids in above-ground tanks is prohibited: the unincorporated area of the County of San Diego outside of a fire protection district.
Exceptions:

1. In areas zoned for other than residential uses, when approved by the FAHJ.


2. Crankcase draining may be stored in specially constructed above-ground storage tanks, approved by the fire code official, with a maximum capacity of 550 gallons. These tanks may be located within a building when the fire code official deems appropriate and the container meets U.L. Standard 2085. Containers shall be installed and used in accordance with their listing, and provisions shall be made for leak and spill containment. In no case shall storage be allowed in residential or institutional property.
3. With the fire code official’s approval, Class I and II liquids may be stored above ground in specially designed, approved and listed containers which meet U.L. Standard 2085. Containers shall be installed and used in accordance with their listing, and provisions shall be made for leak and spill containment. The fire code official may disapprove the installation of such containers when in his opinion their use presents a risk to life or property.
(c) Sec. 3506.2. The geographic limits in which the storage of flammable cryogenic fluids in stationary containers is prohibited: the unincorporated area of the County of San Diego outside of a fire protection district, except for areas zoned for mixed, general or high impact industrial uses.

(d) Sec. 3804.2. The geographic limits in which the bulk storage of liquefied petroleum gas is prohibited for the protection of heavily populated and congested areas: the unincorporated areas outside of a fire protection district in the County of San Diego, except for areas zoned for mixed, general or high impact industrial uses.
Exception: Bulk tanks with a maximum aggregate capacity of 30,000 gallons water capacity for above-ground storage of underground distribution to residential areas, where the storage and distribution meets County Fire Code requirements as determined by the FAHJ.




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