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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 13. Housing
Agency 5. Department of Housing and Community Development
Chapter 51. Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code
1/21/2020

13VAC5-51-133.5. Ifc Chapter 6 Building Services and Systems.

A. The following changes shall be made to Section 601, General:

1. Change Section 601.1 to read:

601.1 Scope. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to the operation and maintenance of fuel-fired appliances and heating systems, emergency and standby power systems, electrical systems, and equipment, mechanical refrigeration systems, elevator recall, stationary storage battery systems and commercial kitchen equipment.

2. Change Section 601.2 to read:

601.2 Permits. Permits shall be obtained for refrigeration systems, battery systems and solar photovoltaic power systems as set forth in Section 107.2.

B. The following changes shall be made to Section 603, Fuel-Fired Appliances:

1. Change Section 603.1 to read:

(N)603.1 Installation. The installation of nonportable fuel gas appliances and systems shall comply with the applicable building code. The use of all other fuel-fired appliances, other than internal combustion engines, oil lamps and portable devices such as blow torches, melting pots and weed burners, shall comply with this section.

2. Change Section 603.1.1 to read:

(N)603.1.1 Manufacturer's instructions. Appliances shall be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and applicable federal, state, and local rules and regulations. Where it becomes necessary to change, modify, or alter a manufacturer's instructions in any way, written approval shall first be obtained from the manufacturer.

3. Delete Section 603.1.2.

4. Change Section 603.1.3 to read:

(N)603.1.3 Electrical wiring and equipment. Electrical wiring and equipment used in connection with oil-burning equipment shall be maintained in accordance with Section 605 and NFPA 70.

5. Change Section 603.1.5 to read:

(N)603.1.5 Access. Appliances shall be readily accessible for cleaning hot surfaces; removing burners; replacing motors, controls, air filters, chimney connectors, draft regulators, and other working parts; and for adjusting, cleaning, and lubricating parts.

6. Change Section 603.1.6 to read:

(N)603.1.6 Testing, diagrams and instructions. Following servicing or maintenance of oil-burning equipment, operation and combustion performance tests shall be conducted to determine that the burner is in proper operating condition and that all accessory equipment, controls, and safety devices function properly.

7. Change Section 603.1.6.1 to read:

(N)603.1.6.1 Diagrams. Two copies of diagrams showing the main oil lines and controlling valves shall be provided, one copy of which shall be posted at the oil-burning equipment and another at an approved location that will be accessible in case of emergency.

8. Change Section 603.1.7 to read:

(N)603.1.7 Clearances. Working clearances between oil-fired appliances and electrical panelboards and equipment shall be in accordance with NFPA 70. Clearances between oil-fired equipment and oil supply tanks shall be in accordance with NFPA 31.

9. Change Section 603.2 to read:

(N)603.2 Chimneys. Masonry, metal, and factory-built chimneys shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code. and NFPA 211.

10. Change Section 603.3 to read:

(N)603.3 Fuel oil storage systems. Fuel oil storage systems shall be maintained as provided by the applicable building code.

11. Change Section 603.3.1 to read:

(N)603.3.1 Fuel oil storage in outside, aboveground tanks. Where connected to a fuel-oil piping system, the maximum amount of fuel oil storage allowed outside above ground without additional protection shall be 660 gallons (2498 L) unless otherwise installed in accordance with the applicable building code. The storage of fuel oil above ground in quantities exceeding 660 gallons (2498 L) shall comply be maintained in accordance with NFPA 31.

12. Change Section 603.3.2 to read:

(N)603.3.2 Fuel oil storage inside buildings. Fuel oil storage inside buildings shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

13. Change Section 603.3.2.1 to read:

(N)603.3.2.1 Quantity limits. The amount of fuel oil storage in fuel oil storage tanks inside buildings shall not exceed that amount approved under the applicable building code.

14. Change Section 603.3.2.2 to read:

(N)603.3.2.2 Restricted use and connection. Tanks subject to Section 603.3.2 shall be used only as approved under the applicable building code. Closed piping systems shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

15. Change Section 603.3.2.3 to read:

(N)603.3.2.3 Applicability of maximum allowable quantity and control area requirements. The quantity of combustible liquid stored in tanks subject to Section 603.3.2 shall not be counted toward the maximum allowable quantity set forth in Table 5003.1.1(1), and such tanks shall not be required to be located in a control area when there are such allowances under the applicable building code.

16. Change Section 603.3.2.4 to read:

(N)603.3.2.4 Installation. Tanks and piping systems shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

17. Change Section 603.3.2.5 to read:

(N)603.3.2.5 Tanks in basements. Tanks in basements shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

18. Change Section 603.3.3 to read:

(N)603.3.3 Underground storage of fuel oil. The storage of fuel oil in underground storage tanks shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

19. Change Section 603.5 to read:

(N)603.5 Heating appliances. Heating appliances shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

20. Change Section 603.5.1 to read:

(N)603.5.1 Guard against contact. The heating element or combustion chamber guard shall be maintained so as to prevent accidental contact by persons or material to the extent required by the applicable building code.

21. Change Section 603.5.2 to read:

(N)603.5.2 Heating appliance installation and maintenance. Heating appliances shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

22. Change Section 603.6 to read:

(N)603.6 Chimneys and appliances. Chimneys, incinerators, smokestacks or similar devices for conveying smoke or hot gases to the outer air and the stoves, furnaces, fireboxes or boilers to which such devices are connected shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

23. Change Section 603.6.1 to read:

(N)603.6.1 Masonry chimneys. Masonry chimneys that, upon inspection, are found to be without a flue liner and that have open mortar joints that will permit smoke or gases to be discharged into the building or that are cracked as to be dangerous shall be repaired in accordance with the applicable building code.

24. Change Section 603.6.2 to read:

(N)603.6.2 Metal chimneys. Metal chimneys that are corroded shall be repaired or replaced.

25. Change Section 603.6.3 to read:

(N)603.6.3 Decorative shrouds. Decorative shrouds installed at the termination of factory-built chimneys shall be removed except where such shrouds are listed and labeled for use with the specific factory-built chimney system and are installed in accordance with the chimney manufacturer's instructions.

26. Change Section 603.6.4 to read:

(N)603.6.4 Factory-built chimneys. Existing factory-built chimneys that are corroded shall be repaired or replaced.

27. Change Section 603.6.5 to read:

(N)603.6.5 Connectors. Existing chimney and vent connectors that are damaged or corroded shall be repaired or replaced.

28. Add a note to Section 603.7 to read:

Note: The fire code official may request a copy of the latest certificate of inspection from the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry for boilers and pressure vessels subject to such requirements. When the certificate is not available, the fire code official shall notify the Department of Labor and Industry to ensure that the required maintenance and testing is performed in accordance the Virginia Boiler and Pressure Vessel Regulations (16VAC25-50).

29. Change Section 603.8 to read:

(N)603.8 Incinerators. Commercial, industrial and residential-type incinerators and chimneys shall be maintained as installed in accordance with the applicable building code.

30. Change Section 603.8.1 to read:

(N)603.8.1 Residential incinerators. Residential incinerators not regulated by the applicable building code shall be of an approved type.

31. Change Section 603.8.2 to read:

(N)603.8.2 Spark arrestor. Incinerators not regulated by the applicable building code shall be equipped with an effective means for arresting sparks.

32. Delete Section 608.8.6.

C. The following changes shall be made to Section 604, Emergency and Standby Power Systems:

1. Change Section 604.1 to read:

(N)604.1 General. Emergency power systems and standby power systems shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

2. Change Section 604.1.1 to read:

(N)604.1.1 Generators Emergency and standby power generators shall be listed.

3. Delete Section 604.1.2.

4. Change Section 604.1.3 to read:

(N)604.1.3 Load transfer. Emergency power systems shall automatically provide secondary power within 10 seconds after primary power is lost unless specified otherwise by the applicable building code. Standby power systems shall automatically provide secondary power within 60 seconds after primary power is lost unless specified otherwise by the applicable building code.

5. Change Section 604.1.4 to read:

(N)604.1.4 Load duration. Emergency power systems and standby power systems shall require power for a minimum duration of hours without being refueled or recharged, unless otherwise specified by the applicable building code.

6. Change Section 604.1.5 to read:

(N)604.1.5 Uninterruptable power source. An uninterrupted source of power shall be provided for equipment where required by the manufacturer's instructions, the listing, the applicable building code, or the applicable referenced standards.

7. Change Section 604.1.6 to read:

(N)604.1.6 Interchangeability. Emergency power systems shall be an acceptable alternative for installations that require standby power systems when permitted by the applicable building code.

8. Delete Section 604.1.7.

9. Change Section 604.1.8 to read:

604.1.8 Maintenance. Existing installations shall be maintained in accordance with the original approval and Section 604.4.

10. Change Section 604.2 to read:

(N)604.2 Specific equipment requirements. Emergency and standby power systems shall be maintained in accordance with Sections 604.2.1 through 604.2.16.

11. Change Section 604.2.1 to read:

(N)604.2.1 Elevators and platform lifts. Standby power shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 72 for elevators and platform lifts required by the applicable building code.

12. Change Section 604.2.2 to read:

(N)604.2.2 Emergency alarm systems. Emergency power shall be maintained for emergency alarm systems as required by applicable building code.

13. Delete Section 604.2.3.

14. Change Section 604.2.4 to read:

(N)604.2.4 Emergency voice or alarm communication systems. Emergency power shall be maintained for emergency voice or alarm communication systems as required by the applicable building code. The system shall be capable of powering the required load for a duration of not less than 24 hours, as required in NFPA 72.

15. Change Section 604.2.5 to read:

(N)604.2.5 Exit signs. Emergency power for exit signs shall be capable of powering the required load for a duration of not less than 90 minutes unless otherwise specified by the applicable building code.

16. Change Section 604.2.6 to read:

(N)604.2.6 Group I-2 occupancies. Essential electrical systems for Group I-2 occupancies shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 70 when required by applicable building code.

17. Change Section 604.2.7 to read:

(N)604.2.7 Group I-3 occupancies. Power-operated sliding doors or power-operated locks for swinging doors in Group I-3 occupancies shall be operable by a manual release mechanism at the door and emergency power provided for the doors and locks shall be maintained where required by the applicable building code.

18. Change Section 604.2.8 to read:

(N)604.2.8 Hazardous materials. Emergency and standby power shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 70 in occupancies with hazardous materials when required by the applicable building code.

19. Delete Section 604.2.9.

20. Change Section 604.2.10 to read:

(N)604.2.10 Horizontal sliding doors. Standby power shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 70 for horizontal sliding doors as required by the applicable building code. The standby power supply shall have a capacity to operate not fewer than 50 closing cycles of the door unless otherwise specified by the applicable building code.

21. Change Section 604.2.11 to read:

(N)604.2.11 Hydrogen fuel gas rooms. Standby power shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 70 for hydrogen fuel gas rooms as required by the applicable building code.

22. Change Section 604.2.12 to read:

(N)604.2.12 Means of egress illumination. Emergency power shall be maintained for means of egress illumination in accordance with the applicable building code.

23. Change Section 604.2.13 to read:

(N)604.2.13 Membrane structures. Standby power shall be maintained for auxiliary inflation systems in permanent membrane structures in accordance with applicable building code. Auxiliary inflation systems shall be provided in temporary air-supported and air-inflated membrane structures in accordance with Section 3103.10.4.

24. Change Section 604.2.14 to read:

(N)604.2.14 Semiconductor fabrication facilities. Emergency power shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 70 for semiconductor fabrication facilities as required by the applicable building code.

25. Change Section 604.2.15 to read:

(N)604.2.15 Smoke control systems. Standby power shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 70 for smoke control as required by the applicable building code.

26. Change Section 604.2.16 to read:

(N) 604.2.16 Underground buildings. Emergency and standby power shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 70 in underground buildings as required by the applicable building code.

27. Change Section 604.3 to read:

(N)604.3 Critical circuits. Cables used for survivability of required critical circuits shall be listed. Electrical circuit protective systems shall be maintained in accordance with their listing requirements.

28. Change Section 604.4 to read:

604.4 Maintenance. Emergency and standby power systems shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 70, NFPA 110, and NFPA 111 such that the system is capable of supplying service within the time specified for the type and duration required in accordance with the applicable building code.

29. Change Section 604.5 to read:

604.5 Operational inspection and testing. Emergency power systems, including all appurtenant components, shall be inspected and tested under load in accordance with NFPA 110, NFPA 70, and NFPA 111.

Exception: Where the emergency power system is used for standby power or peak load shaving, such use shall be recorded and shall be allowed to be substituted for scheduled testing of the generator set, provided that appropriate records are maintained.

30. Add Section 604.8 to read:

604.8 Testing of battery powered emergency lights and exit signs. Required emergency lighting utilizing battery powered emergency lights or exit signs, or both, shall be tested annually. The emergency lights and exit signs shall be tested for proper operation for the time period established in the building code in effect when the equipment was installed. Written records of tests shall be retained by the owner of the building for a minimum of two years after the test is conducted and shall be made available to the fire code official upon request.

D. The following changes shall be made to Section 605, Electric Equipment, Wiring and Hazards:

1. Change Section 605.2 to read:

605.2 Illumination. Illumination shall be maintained for service equipment areas, motor control centers, and electrical panelboards.

2. Change Section 605.9 to read:

(N)605.9 Temporary wiring. Temporary wiring for electrical power and lighting installations not regulated by the applicable building code is allowed for a period not to exceed 90 days. Temporary wiring methods shall meet the applicable provisions of NFPA 70.

Exception: Temporary wiring for electrical power and lighting installations is allowed during periods of construction, remodeling, repair, or demolition of buildings, structures, equipment, or similar activities.

3. Change Section 605.10.1 to read:

605.10.1 Listed and labeled. Only portable electric space heaters listed and labeled in accordance with UL 1278 shall be used.

4. Change Section 605.11 to read:

(N)605.11 Solar photovoltaic power systems. Solar photovoltaic power systems shall be maintained in accordance with Sections 605.11.1 through 605.11.2, the applicable building code and NFPA 70.

5. Change Section 605.11.1 to read:

(N)605.11.1 Access and pathways. Roof access, pathways, and spacing requirements shall be maintained in accordance with Section 605.11.1.

6. Change Section 605.11.1.1 to read:

(N)605.11.1.1 Roof access points. Roof access points shall be maintained in areas that do not require the placement of ground ladders over openings such as windows or doors and located at strong points of building construction in locations where the access point does not conflict with overhead obstructions such as tree limbs, wires, or signs.

7. Delete Section 605.11.1.2.

8. Delete Section 605.11.1.2.1.

9. Delete Section 605.11.1.2.2.

10. Delete Section 605.11.1.2.3.

11. Delete Section 605.11.1.2.4.

12. Delete Section 605.11.1.2.5.

13. Delete Section 605.11.1.3.

14. Delete Section 605.11.1.3.1.

15. Delete Section 605.11.1.3.2.

16. Delete Section 605.11.1.3.3.

17. Change Section 605.11.2 to read:

(N)605.11.2 Ground-mounted photovoltaic arrays. A clear, brush-free area of 10 feet (3048 mm) shall be maintained for ground-mounted photovoltaic arrays.

E. The following changes shall be made to Section 606, Mechanical Refrigeration:

1. Change Section 606.1 to read:

606.1 Scope. Refrigeration systems shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

2. Change Section 606.2 to read:

606.2 Refrigerants. The use and purity of new, recovered, and reclaimed refrigerants shall be in accordance with the applicable building code.

3. Change Section 606.3 to read:

606.3 Refrigerant classification. Refrigerants shall be classified in accordance with the applicable building code.

4. Change Section 606.4 to read:

606.4 Change in refrigerant type. A change in the type of refrigerant in a refrigeration system shall be in accordance with the applicable building code.

5. Change Section 606.6 to read:

606.6 Testing of equipment. Refrigeration equipment and systems having a refrigerant circuit containing more than 220 pounds (100 kg) of Group A1 or 30 pounds (14 kg) of any other group refrigerant shall be subject to periodic testing in accordance with Section 606.6.1. Records of tests shall be maintained. Tests of emergency devices or systems required by the applicable building code shall be conducted by persons trained and qualified in refrigeration systems.

6. Change Section 606.7 to read:

606.7 Emergency signs. Refrigeration units or systems having a refrigerant circuit containing more than 220 pounds (100 kg) of Group A1 or 30 pounds (14 kg) of any other group refrigerant shall be provided with approved emergency signs, charts and labels in accordance with NFPA 704. Hazard signs shall be in accordance with the applicable building code for the classification of refrigerants listed therein.

7. Change Section 606.8 to read:

(N)606.8 Refrigerant detector detection. Refrigerant detection systems shall be maintained. The alarm shall be actuated at a value not greater than the corresponding threshold limit value-time-weighted average values (TLV-TWA) for those agents. Detectors and alarms shall be maintained in approved locations. The detector shall transmit a signal to an approved location.

8. Change Section 606.9 to read:

(N)606.9 Remote controls. Remote controls required by the applicable building code shall be maintained and accessible at all times as required by that code.

9. Change Section 606.9.1 to read:

(N)606.9.1 Refrigeration system emergency shutoff. Emergency shutoffs shall be maintained and accessible at all times.

10. Change Section 606.9.2 to read:

(N)606.9.2 Ventilation system. Ventilation system switches shall be clearly identified and maintained in an approved manner.

11. Change Section 606.10 to read:

(N)606.10 Emergency pressure control system. Permanently installed refrigeration systems containing more than 6.6 pounds (3 kg) of flammable, toxic or highly toxic refrigerant or ammonia shall be maintained as installed in accordance with the applicable building code and this code.

12. Change Section 606.10.1 to read:

(N)606.10.1 Automatic crossover valves. Automatic crossover valves shall be maintained as installed in accordance with the applicable building code.

13. Change Section 606.10.1.1 to read:

(N)606.10.1.1 Overpressure limit set point. Automatic crossover valves shall be arranged and maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

14. Change Section 606.10.1.2 to read:

(N)606.10.1.2 Manual operation. Manual operation of the automatic crossover valve, where provided, shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

15. Delete Section 606.10.1.3.

16. Change Section 606.10.2 to read:

(N)606.10.2 Automatic emergency stop. An automatic emergency stop feature shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

17. Delete Section 606.10.2.1.

18. Delete Section 606.10.2.2.

19. Change Section 606.12 to read:

(N)606.12 Discharge and termination of pressure relief and purge systems. Pressure relief devices, fusible plugs and purge systems discharging to the atmosphere from refrigeration systems containing flammable, toxic or highly toxic refrigerants or ammonia shall be maintained in accordance with Sections 606.12.3 through 606.12.5.

20. Delete Section 606.12.1.

21. Change Section 606.12.1.1 to read:

(N)606.12.1.1 Ammonia refrigeration. Refrigeration systems using ammonia refrigerant and the buildings in which such systems are installed shall comply with IIAR-7 for operating procedures.

22. Change Section 606.12.2 to read:

(N)606.12.2 Fusible plugs and rupture members. Unless otherwise required by the applicable building code, discharge piping and devices connected to the discharge side of a fusible plug or rupture member shall have provisions to prevent plugging the pipe in the event the fusible plug or rupture member functions.

23. Change Section 606.12.3 to read:

(N) 606.12.3 Flammable refrigerants. Unless otherwise regulated by the applicable building code, systems containing more than 6.6 pounds (3 kg) of flammable refrigerants having a density equal to or greater than the density of air shall discharge vapor to the atmosphere only through an approved treatment system in accordance with Section 606.12.6 or a flaring system in accordance with Section 606.12.7. Systems containing more than 6.6 pounds (3 kg) of flammable refrigerants having a density less than the density of air shall be permitted to discharge vapor to the atmosphere provided that the point of discharge is located outside of the structure at not less than 15 feet (4572 mm) above the adjoining grade level and not less than 20 feet (6096 mm) from any window, ventilation opening, or exit.

24. Change Section 606.12.4 to read:

(N)606.12.4 Toxic and highly toxic refrigerants. Toxic or highly toxic refrigerant discharge methods shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

25. Change Section 606.12.5 to read:

(N)606.12.5 Ammonia refrigerant. The discharge methods for systems containing more than 6.6 pounds (3 kg) of ammonia refrigerant shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

26. Change Section 606.12.6 to read:

(N)606.12.6 Treatment systems. Treatment systems for refrigerant gas discharge shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

(N)606.12.7 Flaring systems. Flaring systems for incineration of flammable refrigerants shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

27. Change Section 606.12.8 to read:

(N)606.12.8 Ammonia diffusion systems. Ammonia diffusion systems shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

28. Change Section 606.13 to read:

(N)606.13 Discharge location for refrigeration machinery room ventilation. Treatment systems for exhaust from mechanical ventilation systems serving refrigeration machinery rooms containing flammable, toxic or highly toxic refrigerants, other than ammonia, capable of exceeding 25% of the LFL or 50% of the IDLH shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

29. Change Section 606.16 to read:

(N)606.16 Electrical equipment. The hazardous location classification of refrigeration machinery rooms where refrigerants of Groups A2, A3, B2 and B3, as defined in the International Mechanical Code, are used, shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

F. The following changes shall be made to Section 607, Elevator Operation, Maintenance and Fire Service Keys:

1. Change Section 607.1 to read:

607.1 Operation. Existing elevators with a travel distance of 25 feet (7620 mm) or more shall comply with the requirements of Section 607.5 and the USBC, Part III, Maintenance.

2. Change Section 607.2 to read:

607.2 Standby power. In buildings and structures where standby power is required or furnished to operate an elevator, standby power shall be maintained in accordance with Section 604. Operation of the system shall be in accordance with Sections 607.2.1 through 607.2.4.

3. Change Section 607.2.4 to read:

607.2.4 Machine room ventilation. Where standby power is connected to elevators, the machine room ventilation or air conditioning shall remain connected to the standby power source in accordance with the applicable building code.

4. Change Section 607.4 to read:

607.4 Fire service access elevator lobbies. Where fire service access elevators are required by the applicable building code, fire service access elevator lobbies shall be maintained free of storage and furniture.

5. Change Section 607.5 to read:

607.5 Occupant evacuation elevator lobbies. Where occupant evacuation elevators are provided in under the applicable building code, occupant evacuation elevator lobbies shall be maintained free of storage and furniture.

6. Change Section 607.6 to read:

607.6 Water protection of hoistway enclosures. Methods to prevent water from infiltrating into a hoistway enclosure required by the applicable building code shall be maintained.

G. The following changes shall be made to Section 608, Storage Battery Systems:

1. Change Section 608.1 to read:

608.1 Scope. Stationary storage battery systems having an electrolyte capacity of more than 50 gallons (189 L) for flooded lead-acid, nickel cadmium (Ni-Cd), and valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) or more than 1,000 pounds (454 kg) for lithium-ion and lithium metal polymer used for facility standby power, emergency power, or uninterruptible power supplies shall comply with this section and Table 608.1 when required by the applicable building code.

2. Change Section 608.4 to read:

608.4 Room design and construction. Enclosure of stationary battery systems shall comply with the applicable building code. Battery systems shall be allowed to be in the same room with the equipment they support.

3. Change Section 608.6.1 to read:

(N)608.6.1 Room ventilation. Ventilation shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

4. Change Section 608.6.2 to read:

(N)608.6.2 Cabinet ventilation. Where VRLA batteries are installed inside a cabinet, the cabinet shall be approved for use in occupied spaces and shall be mechanically or naturally vented in accordance with one of the following methods:

1. The cabinet ventilation shall limit the maximum concentration of hydrogen to 1% of the total volume of the cabinet during the worst-case event of simultaneous "boost" charging of all the batteries in the cabinet.

2. Where calculations are not available to substantiate the ventilation rate, continuous ventilation shall be provided at a rate of not less than 1 cubic foot per minute per square foot 1 ft3/min/ft2 or 0.0051 m3/(sm2) of floor area covered by the cabinet. The room in which the cabinet is installed shall be ventilated as required in Section 608.6.1.

5. Change Section 608.6.3 to read:

(N)608.6.3 Supervision. Mechanical ventilation systems where required by Sections 608.6.1 and 608.6.2 shall be supervised by an approved central, proprietary, or remote station service or shall initiate an audible and visual signal at a constantly attended onsite location when required by the applicable building code.

6. Change Section 608.8 to read:

(N)608.8 Seismic protection. Seismic protection required for battery systems shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

7. Change Section 608.9 to read:

(N)608.9 Smoke detection. Automatic smoke detection system shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 9 in rooms containing stationary battery systems.

H. The following changes shall be made to Section 609, Commercial Kitchen Hoods:

1. Change Section 609.1 to read:

609.1 General. Commercial kitchen exhaust hoods shall comply with the requirements of this Section.

2. Change Section 609.2 to read:

(N)609.2 Where required. A Type I hood shall be installed at or above all commercial cooking appliances and domestic cooking appliances used for commercial purposes that produce grease vapors in mobile food preparation vehicles.

Exception: A Type I hood shall not be required for an electric cooking appliance where an approved testing agency provides documentation that the appliance effluent contains 5 mg/m3 or less of grease when tested at an exhaust flow rate of 500 cfm (0.236 m3/s) in accordance with UL 710B.

3. Change Section 609.3.3.3 to read:

609.3.3.3 Records. Records for inspections shall state the individual and company performing the inspection, a description of the inspection, and when the inspection took place. Records for cleanings shall state the individual and company performing the cleaning and when the cleaning took place. Such records shall be completed after each inspection or cleaning and maintained for a minimum of three years and be copied to the fire code official upon request.

4. Change Section 609.3.3.3.1 to read:

609.3.3.3.1 Tags. Where a commercial kitchen hood or duct system is inspected or cleaned, a tag containing the service provider name, address, telephone number and date of service shall be provided in a conspicuous location. Prior tags shall be covered or removed.

Exception: Where records required by Section 609.3.3.3 are maintained on the premises.

I. The following change shall be made to Section 610, Commercial Kitchen Hoods:

Change Section 610.7 to read:

(N)610.7 Electrical equipment. Electrical equipment used for the operation of cooking oil storage systems shall comply be maintained in accordance with NFPA 70.

Statutory Authority

§ 27-97 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 22, Issue 03, eff. November 16, 2005; amended, Virginia Register Volume 24, Issue 14, eff. May 1, 2008; Volume 27, Issue 02, eff. March 1, 2011; Change in Effective Date, 27:5 VA.R. 533 November 8, 2010; amended, Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 12, eff. March 1, 2011; Volume 30, Issue 16, eff. July 14, 2014; Volume 34, Issue 18, eff. October 16, 2018; Volume 35, Issue 04, eff. October 16, 2018.

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