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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
1/18/2020

13VAC5-51-135. Ifc Chapter 9 Fire Protection Systems.

A. The following changes shall be made to Section 901, General:

1. Change Section 901.1 to read:

901.1 Scope. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to the inspection, operation, testing and maintenance of all fire protection systems.

2. Delete Sections 901.2 and 901.2.1.

3. Change Section 901.3 to read:

901.3 Permits. Permits shall be required as set forth in Section 107.2.

4. Change Sections 901.4 and 901.4.1 to read:

(N)901.4 Maintenance and alterations. Fire protection systems shall be maintained in accordance with the original installation standards for that system. Alterations and repairs to fire protection systems shall be done in accordance with the applicable building code and the applicable standards.

(N)901.4.1 Required fire protection systems. Fire protection systems shall be repaired, operated, tested and maintained in accordance with this code. A fire protection system for which a design option, exception or reduction to the provisions of this code or the applicable building code has been granted shall be considered to be a required system.

5. Change Section 901.4.2 to read:

901.4.2 Nonrequired fire protection systems. Nonrequired fire protection systems shall be maintained to function as originally installed. If any such systems are to be reduced in function or discontinued, approval shall be obtained from the building official in accordance with Section 103.8.1 of Part I of the USBC.

6. Change Section 901.4.3 to read:

(N)901.4.3 Fire areas. Where buildings, or portions thereof, are divided into fire areas so as not to exceed the limits established for requiring a fire protection system in accordance with the applicable building code, such fire areas shall be maintained.

7. Delete Section 901.4.4.

8. Change Section 901.4.6 to read:

(N)901.4.6 Pump and riser room size. Where provided, fire pump rooms and automatic sprinkler system riser rooms shall maintain clearances around equipment to elements of permanent construction, including other installed equipment and appliances, and shall be sufficient to allow inspection, service, repair or replacement without removing such elements of permanent construction or disabling the function of a required fire-resistance-rated assembly. Passageways provided for the removal of equipment shall remain unobstructed.

9. Delete Section 901.5.1.

10. Change Section 901.5.2 to read:

901.5.2 Hydrant and fire service main acceptance testing. Fire hydrant systems and private fire service mains shall be subject to acceptance tests as contained in the installation standards and as approved by the fire code official. The fire code official shall be notified before any required acceptance testing.

11. Change Section 901.6 to read:

901.6 Inspection, testing and maintenance. To the extent that equipment, systems, devices, and safeguards, such as fire detection, alarm and extinguishing systems, which were provided and approved by the building official when constructed, shall be maintained in an operative condition at all times. And where such equipment, systems, devices, and safeguards are found not to be in an operative condition, the fire official shall order all such equipment to be rendered safe in accordance with the USBC.

12. Change Sections 901.7.1 through 901.7.7 to read:

901.7.1 Modifications during impairment. The fire code official is authorized to require safeguards in a building or fire area when the required fire protection is out of service. Those safeguards may be based upon the provisions of the applicable building code or other recognized safety standards.

901.7.2 Impairment coordinator. The building owner shall assign an impairment coordinator to comply with the requirements of this section. In the absence of a specific designee, the owner shall be considered the impairment coordinator.

901.7.3 Tag required. A tag shall be used to indicate that a system or portion thereof has been removed from service.

901.7.4 Placement of tag. The tag shall be posted at each fire department connection, system control valve, fire alarm control unit, fire alarm annunciator and fire command center indicating which system or part thereof has been removed from service. The fire code official shall specify where the tag is to be placed.

901.7.5 Preplanned impairment programs. Preplanned impairments shall be authorized by the impairment coordinator. Before authorization is given, a designated individual shall be responsible for verifying that all of the following procedures have been implemented:

1. The extent and expected duration of the impairment have been determined.

2. The areas or buildings involved have been inspected and the increased risks determined.

3. Recommendations have been submitted to management or the building owner or manager.

4. The fire department has been notified.

5. The insurance carrier, the alarm company, the building owner or manager and other authorities having jurisdiction have been notified.

6. The supervisors in the areas to be affected have been notified.

7. A tag impairment system has been implemented.

8. Necessary tools and materials have been assembled on the impairment site.

901.7.6 Emergency impairments. Where unplanned impairments occur, appropriate emergency action shall be taken to minimize potential injury and damage. The impairment coordinator shall implement the steps outlined in Section 901.7.4.

901.7.7 Restoring systems to service. When impaired equipment is restored to normal working order, the impairment coordinator shall verify that all of the following procedures have been implemented:

1. Necessary inspections and tests have been conducted to verify that affected systems are operational.

2. Supervisors have been advised that protection is restored.

3. The fire department has been advised that protection is restored.

4. The building owner or manager, insurance carrier, alarm company and other involved parties have been advised that protection is restored.

5. The impairment tag has been removed.

13. Change Section 901.8 to read:

901.8 Removal of or tampering with equipment. It shall be unlawful for any person to remove, tamper with, or otherwise disturb any fire hydrant, fire detection and alarm system, fire suppression system, or other fire appliance required by this code or the applicable building code except for the purpose of extinguishing fire, for training purposes, for recharging or making necessary repairs, or where approved by the fire code official.

14. Change Section 901.8.2 to read:

901.8.2 Removal of existing occupant-use hose lines. The fire code official is authorized to permit the removal of existing occupant-use hose lines where all of the following conditions exist:

1. Installation is not required by this code or the applicable building code.

2. The hose line would not be utilized by trained personnel or the fire department.

3. The remaining outlets are compatible with local fire department fittings.

15. Add Section 901.11 to read:

901.11 Defective equipment. When the fire official determines through investigation or testing or reports by a nationally recognized testing agency that specific, required water sprinkler or water-spray extinguishing equipment has been identified as failing to perform or operate through not less than 30 randomly selected sprinkler heads at four or more building sites anywhere in the nation, the fire official shall order all such equipment to be rendered safe.

B. The following changes shall be made to Section 903, Automatic Sprinkler Systems:

1. Delete Sections 903.1.1 through 903.2.11.1.3, including Tables.

2. Change Section 903.2.11.2 to read:

(N)903.2.11.2 Rubbish and linen chutes. Access to automatic sprinkler systems shall be maintained for servicing of the automatic sprinkler system components.

3. Delete Sections 903.2.11.3 through 903.2.11.6, including Tables.

4. Change Sections 903.2.12 and 903.3 to read:

(N)903.2.12 During construction and demolition. Automatic sprinkler systems required by the applicable building code during construction, alteration and demolition operations shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 33.

(N)903.3 Installation requirements. Automatic sprinkler systems shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

5. Delete Sections 903.3.1 through 903.3.5.2.

6. Change Sections 903.3.6 to read:

(N)903.3.6 Hose threads. Fire hose threads and fittings used in connection with automatic sprinkler systems shall be maintained as approved by the fire code official.

7. Delete Sections 903.3.7 through 903.3.8.4.

8. Change Sections 903.3.8.5 to read:

(N)903.3.8.5 Calculations. When required by inspections, testing, and maintenance provisions of NFPA 25, hydraulic calculations shall be provided to demonstrate that the available water flow and pressure are adequate to supply all sprinklers installed in any single fire area with discharge densities corresponding to the hazard classification.

9. Delete Sections 903.4 through 903.4.3.

10. Change Section 903.6 to read:

903.6 Where required in existing buildings and structures. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided in existing buildings and structures in accordance with Section 102.7 of this code.

C. The following changes shall be made to Section 904, Alternative Automatic Fire-Extinguishing Systems:

1. Change Sections 904.1 and 904.1.1 to read:

(N)904.1 General. Automatic fire-extinguishing systems, other than automatic sprinkler systems, shall be inspected, tested and maintained in accordance with the provisions of this section and the applicable referenced standards.

904.1.1 Certification of service personnel for fire-extinguishing equipment. Service personnel providing or conducting maintenance on automatic fire-extinguishing systems, other than automatic sprinkler systems, shall possess a valid certificate issued by an approved agency or other approved organization for the type of system and work performed.

2. Delete Section 904.2 and 904.2.1.

3. Change Sections 904.2.2 and 904.3 to read:

(N)904.2.2 Commercial hood and duct systems. Each required commercial kitchen exhaust hood and duct system required by Section 319.4 for mobile food preparation vehicles to have a Type I hood shall be protected with an approved automatic fire-extinguishing system installed in accordance with this code.

(N)904.3 Installation. Automatic fire-extinguishing systems shall be installed in accordance with Annex B of NFPA 96 when required in mobile food preparation vehicles.

4. Delete Sections 904.3.1 through 904.4.3.

5. Change Section 904.5 to read:

904.5 Wet-chemical systems. Wet-chemical extinguishing systems shall be maintained, periodically inspected and tested in accordance with NFPA 17A and their listing. Records of inspections and testing shall be maintained.

6. Change Section 904.6 to read:

904.6 Dry-chemical systems. Dry-chemical extinguishing systems shall be maintained, periodically inspected and tested in accordance with NFPA 17 and their listing. Records of inspections and testing shall be maintained.

7. Change Section 904.7 to read:

904.7 Foam systems. Foam-extinguishing systems shall be maintained, periodically inspected and tested in accordance with NFPA 11 and NFPA 16 and their listing. Records of inspections and testing shall be maintained.

8. Change Section 904.8 to read:

904.8 Carbon dioxide systems. Carbon dioxide extinguishing systems shall be maintained, periodically inspected and tested in accordance with NFPA 12 and their listing. Records of inspections and testing shall be maintained.

9. Change Section 904.9 to read:

904.9 Halon systems. Halogenated extinguishing systems shall be maintained, periodically inspected and tested in accordance with NFPA 12A and their listing. Records of inspections and testing shall be maintained.

10. Change Section 904.10 to read:

904.10 Clean-agent systems. Clean-agent fire-extinguishing systems shall be maintained, periodically inspected and tested in accordance with NFPA 2001 and their listing. Records of inspections and testing shall be maintained.

11. Change Section 904.11 to read:

(N)904.11 Automatic water mist systems. Automatic water mist systems shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 25 and the manufacturer's instructions.

12. Delete Sections 904.11.1.1 through 904.11.2.3.

13. Change Sections 904.12 through 904.12.2 to read:

(N)904.12 Commercial cooking systems. Automatic fire-extinguishing systems for commercial cooking shall comply with this section.

(N)904.12.1 Manual system operation. Where provided, manual actuation devices shall be maintained as installed in accordance with the applicable building code and shall not be obstructed.

(N)904.12.2 System interconnection. Where required by the applicable building code, the actuation of the fire extinguishing system shall automatically shut down the fuel or electrical power supply to the cooking equipment. The fuel and electrical supply reset shall be manual.

14. Delete Sections 904.12.3 through 904.12.4.

15. Change Sections 904.12.4.1 to read:

(N)904.12.4.1 Listed sprinklers. Sprinklers replaced in accordance with NFPA 25, which are used for the protection of fryers, shall be tested in accordance with UL 199E, listed for that application, and installed in accordance with their listing.

16. Change Section 904.12.6.1 to read:

(N)904.12.6.1 Existing automatic fire-extinguishing systems. Where a change in the cooking media, positioning of cooking equipment, or replacement of cooking equipment occurs in existing commercial cooking systems, the automatic fire-extinguishing system shall be required to comply with the applicable building code.

17. Delete Sections 904.13 through 904.13.2.

D. The following changes shall be made to Section 905, Standpipe Systems:

1. Change Sections 905.1 and 905.2 to read:

(N)905.1 General. Standpipe systems shall be inspected, tested and maintained in accordance with the provisions of this section and the applicable referenced standards.

(N)905.2 Maintenance standard. Standpipe systems shall be maintained in accordance with this section and NFPA 14. Fire department connections for standpipe systems shall be in accordance with Section 912.

2. Delete Sections 905.3 through 905.3.4.

3. Change Sections 905.3.4.1 to read:

(N)905.3.4.1 Hose and cabinet. Where required by the applicable building code, hose connections shall be equipped with sufficient lengths of 1-1/2-inch (38 mm) hose to provide fire protection for the required area. Hoses shall be equipped with an approved adjustable fog nozzle and be mounted in a cabinet or on a rack.

4. Delete Sections 905.3.5 and 905.3.6.

5. Change Section 905.3.7 to read:

(N)905.3.7 Marinas and boatyards. Standpipes in marinas and boatyards shall comply with Chapter 36.

6. Delete Sections 905.3.8 through 905.5.2.

7. Change Section 905.5.3 to read:

(N)905.5.3 Class II system 1-inch hose. A minimum 1-inch (25 mm) hose shall be allowed to be used for hose stations in light-hazard occupancies where investigated and listed for this service and where approved by the fire code official.

8. Delete Sections 905.6 through 905.6.2.

9. Change Sections 905.7 through 905.7.2 to read:

(N)905.7 Cabinets. Cabinets containing firefighting equipment, such as standpipes, fire hose, fire extinguishers or fire department valves, shall not be blocked from use or obscured from view.

(N)905.7.1 Cabinet equipment identification. Cabinets shall be identified in an approved manner by a permanently attached sign with letters not less than 2 inches (51 mm) high in a color that contrasts with the background color indicating the equipment contained therein.

Exceptions:

1. Doors not large enough to accommodate a written sign shall be marked with a permanently attached pictogram of the equipment contained therein.

2. Doors that have either an approved visual identification clear glass panel or a complete glass door panel are not required to be marked.

(N)905.7.2 Locking cabinet doors. Cabinets shall be unlocked.

Exceptions:

1. Visual identification panels of glass or other approved transparent frangible material that is easily broken and allows access.

2. Approved locking arrangements.

3. Group I-3 occupancies.

10. Delete Sections 905.8 and 905.9.

11. Change Section 905.10 to read:

(N)905.10 During construction. Standpipe systems required during construction and demolition operations shall comply with Chapter 33.

12. Delete Section 905.11.

E. The following changes shall be made to Section 906, Portable Fire Extinguishers:

1. Change Item 1 in Section 906.1 to read:

1. In Group A, B, E, F, H, I, M, R-1, R-4 and S occupancies.

Exceptions:

1. In Groups A, B, and E occupancies equipped throughout with quick response sprinklers, portable fire extinguishers shall be required only in locations specified in Items 2 through 6.

2. In Group I-3 occupancies, portable fire extinguishers shall be permitted to be located at staff locations and the access to such extinguishers shall be permitted to be locked.

2. Add a note to Section 906.1 to read:

Note: In existing buildings, whether fire extinguishers are needed is determined by the USBC or other code in effect when such buildings were constructed.

3. Change Section 906.2.1 to read:

906.2.1 Certification of service personnel for portable fire extinguishers. Service personnel providing or conducting maintenance on portable fire extinguishers shall possess a valid certificate issued by an approved agency, or other approved organization for the type of work performed.

F. The following changes shall be made to Section 907, Fire Alarm and Detection Systems:

1. Change Section 907.1 to read:

907.1 General. This section covers the performance and maintenance of fire alarm systems and their components in buildings and structures.

2. Delete Sections 907.1.1 and 907.1.2.

3. Change Section 907.1.3 to read:

(N)907.1.3 Equipment. Systems and components not regulated by the applicable building code shall be listed and approved for the purpose for which they are installed.

4. Delete Sections 907.2 through 907.2.6.3.2.

5. Delete Sections 907.2.6.3.3 through 907.2.10.3.

6. Change Section 907.2.11 to read:

(N)907.2.11 Single-station and multiple-station smoke alarms. Alarms not required by the applicable building code shall be listed single-station and multiple-station smoke alarms complying with UL 217 and installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and NFPA 72.

7. Delete Sections 907.2.11.1 through 907.3.1.

8. Change Sections 907.3.2 and 907.3.3 to read:

(N)907.3.2 Delayed egress locks. Where delayed egress locks are installed on means of egress doors, they shall be maintained as installed in accordance with the applicable building code.

(N)907.3.3 Elevator emergency operation. Automatic fire detectors installed for elevator emergency operation shall be maintained as provided by the applicable building code.

9. Delete Sections 907.3.4 through 907.4.1.

10. Change Section 907.4.2 to read:

(N)907.4.2 Manual fire alarm boxes. Manual fire alarm boxes or pull stations shall be maintained as provided in accordance with the applicable building code.

11. Delete Sections 907.4.2.1 and 907.4.2.2.

12. Change Sections 907.4.2.3 and 907.4.2.5 to read:

(N)907.4.2.3 Color. Manual fire alarm boxes shall be maintained as installed unless otherwise approved.

907.4.2.5 Protective covers. The fire code official is authorized to require the installation of listed manual fire alarm box protective covers to prevent malicious false alarms or to provide the manual fire alarm box with protection from physical damage. The protective cover shall be transparent or red in color with a transparent face to permit visibility of the manual fire alarm box. Each cover shall include proper operating instructions. A protective cover that emits a local alarm signal shall not be installed unless approved. Protective covers shall not reduce the required means of egress width.

13. Delete Sections 907.4.3 through 907.5.

14. Change Section 907.5.1 to read:

(N)907.5.1 Presignal feature. A presignal feature shall not be utilized unless approved by the fire code official and the fire department. Where a presignal feature is provided, a signal shall be annunciated at a constantly attended location approved by the fire department so that occupant notification can be activated in the event of fire or other emergency.

15. Delete Sections 907.5.2 through 907.5.2.2.3.

16. Change Section 907.5.2.2.4 to read:

(N)907.5.2.2.4 Emergency voice or alarm communication captions. Where stadiums, arenas and grandstands are required to caption audible public announcements in accordance with of the applicable building code, the emergency or voice alarm communication system shall be captioned. Prerecorded or live emergency captions shall be from an approved location constantly attended by personnel trained to respond to an emergency.

17. Delete Sections 907.5.2.2.5 through 907.6.2.

18. Change Section 907.6.3 to read:

(N)907.6.3 Initiating device identification. The fire alarm systems that identify the specific initiating device address, location, device type, floor level where applicable, and status, including indication of normal, alarm, trouble and supervisory status, shall be maintained as provided in accordance with the applicable building code.

19. Delete Sections 907.6.3.1 through 907.6.4.2.

20. Change Sections 907.6.5 through 907.6.6 to read:

(N)907.6.5 Access. Access to each fire alarm device and notification appliance for periodic inspection, maintenance and testing shall not be obstructed.

(N)907.6.6 Monitoring. The monitoring of fire alarm systems required by the applicable building code shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 72.

21. Delete Sections 907.7 through 907.7.2.

22. Change Section 907.7.3 to read:

907.7.3 Instructions. Operating, testing and maintenance instructions and existing record drawings ("as builts") and equipment specifications shall be provided at an approved location.

23. Change Section 907.8.2 to read:

907.8.2 Testing. Testing shall be performed in accordance with the schedules in Chapter 10 of NFPA 72 or more frequently where required by the fire code official. Where automatic testing is performed at least weekly by a remotely monitored fire alarm control unit specifically listed for the application, the manual testing frequency shall be permitted to be extended to annual. In Group R-1 occupancies, battery-powered single station smoke detectors shall be tested and inspected at one-month intervals.

Exception: Devices or equipment that are inaccessible for safety considerations shall be tested during scheduled shutdowns where approved by the fire code official, but not less than every 18 months.

24. Change Section 907.8.5 to read:

907.8.5 Maintenance, inspection and testing. The building owner shall be responsible for maintaining the fire and life safety systems in an operable condition at all times. Service personnel shall meet the qualification requirements of NFPA 72 for maintaining, inspecting and testing such systems. A written record shall be maintained and shall be made available to the fire code official. In addition to all applicable information contained in Figure 7.8.2 of NFPA 72, the written record of inspections, testing and maintenance shall contain the following minimum information:

1. Date, name and address of property.

2. Name of person performing inspection, maintenance and tests, or combination thereof, and affiliation, business address and telephone number.

3. Name, address and representative of approving agency or agencies.

4. Test frequency.

5. Designation of the detector or detectors tested (for example, "Test performed in accordance with Section _______.").

6. Physical location (for example, "Heat detector in main kitchen; horn-strobe in Room 115.") and a list of all initiating and notification devices and appliances tested.

7. Functional list of detectors and required sequence of operations.

8. Check of all smoke detectors.

9. Loop resistance for all fixed-temperature, line-type detectors.

10. Other tests as required by either the equipment manufacturer's published instructions or the authority having jurisdiction.

11. Signature of tester and approved authority representative.

12. Disposition of problems identified during test (examples, "Owner notified," "Problem corrected or successfully retested, or both," "Device abandoned in place.").

25. Delete Section 907.9.

G. The following changes shall be made to Section 908, Emergency Alarm Systems:

Change Sections 908.1 through 908.7 to read:

908.1 Group H occupancies. Emergency alarms for the detection and notification of an emergency condition in Group H occupancies shall be maintained as provided in accordance with the applicable building code.

(N)908.2 Group H-5 occupancy. Emergency alarms for notification of an emergency condition in a hazardous production material (HPM) facility shall be maintained as provided in accordance with the applicable building code. Continuous gas detection systems shall be maintained for HPM gases as provided in accordance with the applicable building code.

(N)908.3 Highly toxic and toxic materials. Where required by the applicable building code for highly toxic and toxic materials, gas detection systems shall be maintained.

(N)908.4 Ozone gas-generator rooms. Where required by the applicable building code, gas detection systems provided in ozone gas-generator rooms shall be maintained.

(N)908.5 Repair garages. A flammable-gas detection system provided in accordance with the applicable building code in repair garages for vehicles fueled by nonodorized gases shall be maintained.

(N)908.6 Refrigeration systems. Refrigeration system machinery rooms provided with refrigerant detection in accordance with the applicable building code shall be maintained.

908.7 Carbon dioxide systems. Emergency alarm systems provided in accordance with the applicable building code shall be maintained.

H. The following changes shall be made to Section 909, Smoke Control Systems:

1. Change Section 909.1 to read:

(N)909.1 Scope and purpose. This section applies to the inspection, testing, and maintenance of mechanical or passive smoke control systems. The purpose of these systems to provide a tenable environment for the evacuation or relocation of occupants. These provisions are not intended for the preservation of contents, the timely restoration of operations, or for assistance in fire suppression or overhaul activities.

2. Delete Sections 909.2 through 909.4.5.

3. Change Section 909.4.6 to read:

(N)909.4.6 Duration of operation. All portions of active or engineered smoke control systems shall be capable of continued operation after detection of the fire event for a period of not less than that required by the applicable building code.

4. Delete Section 909.4.7.

5. Change Section 909.5 to read:

(N)909.5 Smoke barriers. Smoke barriers required for passive smoke control and smoke control systems using the pressurization method shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 7 of this code.

6. Delete Sections 909.5.1 and 909.5.2.

7. Change Section 909.5.3 to read:

(N)909.5.3 Opening protection. Protection of openings in smoke barriers shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 7.

8. Delete Section 909.5.3.1

9. Change Section 909.5.3.2 to read:

(N)909.5.3.2 Ducts and air transfer openings. Protection of ducts and air transfer openings shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 7.

10. Delete Sections 909.6 through 909.10.4.

11. Change Sections 909.10.5 through 909.11.1 to read:

(N)909.10.5 Fans. Motors driving fans associated with smoke control systems shall not be operated beyond their nameplate horsepower (kilowatts) as determined from measurement of actual current draw and shall have a minimum service factor of 1.15.

(N)909.11 Standby power. Standby power provided for smoke control systems shall be maintained in accordance with Section 604.

(N)909.11.1 Equipment room. Fire barriers associated with equipment rooms servicing smoke control systems shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 7.

12. Delete Sections 909.11.2 through 909.13.3.

13. Change Sections 909.14 and 909.15 to read:

909.14 Marking and identification. The detection and control systems shall be clearly marked at all junctions, accesses and terminations.

909.15 Control diagrams. Identical control diagrams showing all devices in the system and identifying their location and function shall be maintained current and kept on file with the fire code official, with the fire department, and in the fire command center in a format and manner approved by the fire chief.

14. Delete Sections 909.16 and 909.16.1.

15. Change Section 909.16.2 to read:

(N)909.16.2 Smoke control panel. The firefighter's control panel shall maintain control capability over the complete smoke control system equipment within the building in accordance with the applicable building code.

16. Delete Section 909.16.3.

17. Change Sections 909.17 and 909.18 to read:

(N)909.17 System response time. Smoke-control system activation, including all associated components, shall be initiated in accordance with its design. The total response time shall not be less than the requirements specified in the design.

(N)909.18 Acceptance testing.

18. Delete Sections 909.18.1 through 909.18.8.3.

19. Change Sections 909.18.8.3.1 and 909.18.9 to read:

(N)909.18.8.3.1 Report filing. A copy of the final report required by the applicable building code shall be filed with the fire code official and an identical copy shall be maintained in an approved location at the building.

(N)909.18.9 Identification and documentation. Copies of charts, drawings, and other documents identifying and locating each component of the smoke control system and describing their proper function and maintenance requirements shall be maintained on file at the building. Devices shall have an approved identifying tag or mark on them consistent with such copies and shall be dated indicating the last time they were successfully tested and by whom.

20. Delete Section 909.19.

21. Change Sections 909.20.1, 909.20.6 and 909.21 to read:

909.20.1 Schedule. A routine maintenance and operational testing program shall be initiated immediately after the smoke control system has passed the acceptance tests. A written schedule for routine maintenance and operational testing shall be established and approved by the fire code official in accordance with Chapter 9 of the applicable building code.

(N)909.20.6 Components bypassing weekly test. Where components of the smoke control system are bypassed by the preprogrammed weekly test in accordance with the applicable building code, such components shall be tested semiannually. The system shall be tested under standby power conditions.

(N)909.21 Elevator hoistway pressurization alternative. Where elevator hoistway pressurization is provided in lieu of required enclosed elevator lobbies, the pressurization system shall be maintained in accordance with Section 909.

22. Delete Sections 909.21.1 through 909.21.2.

23. Change Sections 909.21.3 through 909.21.4.1 to read:

(N)909.21.3 Ducts for system. Any duct system protected with a fire-resistance rating shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 7.

(N)909.21.4 Fan system. The fan system provided for the pressurization system shall comply with Sections 909.21.4.1.

(N)909.21.4.1 Fire resistance. Where provided in accordance with the applicable building code, the fire-resistance rating required for the elevator shaft enclosure shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 7.

24. Delete Sections 909.21.4.2 through 909.21.4.4.

25. Change Section 909.21.5 to read:

(N)909.21.5 Standby power. Standby power systems for pressurization systems shall be maintained in accordance with Section 604.

26. Delete Sections 909.21.6 and 909.21.7.

27. Change Sections 909.21.8 and 909.21.9 to read:

(N)909.21.8 Marking and identification. Detection and control systems shall be marked in accordance with Section 909.14.

(N)909.21.9 Control diagrams. Control diagrams shall be provided in accordance with Section 909.15.

28. Delete Section 909.21.10.

29. Change Section 909.21.11 to read:

(N)909.21.11 System response time. Hoistway pressurization systems response time shall be maintained in accordance with the requirements for smoke control system response time in the applicable building code.

I. The following changes shall be made to Section 910, Smoke and Heat Removal:

1. Change Section 910.1 to read:

(N)910.1 General. Where required by the applicable building code, smoke and heat vents or mechanical smoke removal systems shall be maintained as installed.

2. Delete Sections 910.2 through 910.3.3.

3. Change Section 910.4 to read:

(N)910.4 Mechanical smoke removal systems. Mechanical smoke removal systems provided shall be maintained as installed in accordance with the applicable building code.

4. Delete Sections 910.4.1 through 910.4.7.

J. The following changes shall be made to Section 911, Explosion Control:

1. Change Section 911.1 to read:

(N)911.1 General. Explosion control systems and components shall be maintained and operated in accordance with NFPA 69, or NFPA 495, as applicable. Deflagration venting shall not be used as a means to protect buildings from detonation hazards.

2. Delete Table 911.1 and Sections 911.2 through 911.4.

K. The following changes shall be made to Section 912, Fire Department Connections:

1. Delete Sections 912.1 through 912.2.1.

2. Change Section 912.6 to read:

(N)912.6 Backflow protection. The potable water supply to automatic sprinkler and standpipe systems protected against backflow as required by the applicable building code shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 25.

L. The following changes shall be made to Section 913, Fire Pumps:

1. Change Sections 913.1 through 913.2.1 to read:

(N)913.1 General. Where provided, fire pumps shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

(N)913.2 Protection against interruption of service. The fire pump, driver and controller shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

(N)913.2.1 Protection of fire pump rooms. Rooms where fire pumps are separated from all other areas of the building by a fire-rated assembly in accordance with the applicable building code shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 7.

2. Delete Section 913.2.2.

3. Change Sections 913.3 and 913.4 to read:

(N)913.3 Temperature of pump room. Suitable means shall be provided for maintaining the temperature of a pump room or pump house above 40°F (5°C).

(N)913.4 Valve supervision. Where provided, the fire pump suction, discharge and bypass valves, and isolation valves on the backflow prevention device or assembly shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

4. Delete Section 913.5.1.

M. The following changes shall be made to Section 914, Fire Protection Based on Special Detailed Requirements of Use and Occupancy:

1. Delete Sections 914.1 through 914.2.3.

2. Change Section 914.2.4 to read:

914.2.4 Fire department access to equipment. Rooms or areas containing controls for air-conditioning systems, automatic fire-extinguishing systems, automatic sprinkler systems, or other detection, suppression, or control elements shall be identified for use by the fire department.

3. Delete Sections 914.3 through 914.11.3, including Tables.

N. The following changes shall be made to Section 915, Carbon Monoxide Detection:

1. Change Section 915.1 to read:

(N)915.1 General. Where provided, carbon monoxide detection shall be installed in accordance with the applicable building code.

2. Delete Sections 915.1.1 through 915.5.3.

3. Change Section 915.6 to read:

915.6 Maintenance. Carbon monoxide alarms and carbon monoxide detection systems shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 720. Carbon monoxide alarms and carbon monoxide detectors that become inoperable or begin producing end-of-life signals shall be replaced.

Statutory Authority

§ 27-97 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 16, Issue 20, eff. September 15, 2000; amended, Virginia Register Volume 16, Issue 23, eff. September 15, 2000; Volume 19, Issue 25, eff. October 1, 2003; Volume 22, Issue 03, eff. November 16, 2005; 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 30, Issue 16, eff. July 14, 2014; Errata, 31:4 VA.R. 287 October 20, 2014; amended, Virginia Register Volume 34, Issue 18, eff. October 16, 2018; Volume 35, Issue 04, eff. October 16, 2018.

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