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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
6/25/2022

13VAC5-51-138.8. IFC Chapter 21 Dry Cleaning.

A. The following change shall be made to Section 2101, General:

Change Section 2101.2 to read:

2101.2 Permit required. Permits shall be required as set forth in Section 107.2.

B. The following change shall be made to Section 2103, Classifications:

Change Section 2103.3 to read:

2103.3 Design. The occupancy classification, design and construction of dry cleaning plants shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

C. The following changes shall be made to Section 2104, General Requirements:

1. Change Section 2104.2.1 to read:

2104.2.1 Ventilation. Ventilation shall be operated and maintained. Ventilation systems provided shall remain in accordance with the applicable building code.

2. Change Section 2104.2.3 to read as follows:

2104.2.3 Electrical wiring and equipment. Electrical wiring and equipment in dry cleaning rooms or other locations subject to flammable vapors shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable provisions of NFPA 70 and Chapter 6. Where provided, such systems and equipment shall comply with the applicable building code.

D. The following changes shall be made to Section 2105, Operating Requirements:

1. Change Section 2105.2.3 to read:

2105.2.3 Ventilation. Ventilation shall be operated and maintained. Ventilation systems provided shall remain in accordance with the applicable building code.

2. Change Section 2105.3 to read:

2105.3 Types IV and V systems. Types IV and V dry cleaning systems shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

E. The following change shall be made to Section 2106, Spotting and Pretreating:

Change Section 2106.3 to read as follows:

2106.3 Class II or III solvents. Scouring, brushing, and spotting and pretreating shall be permitted to be conducted with Class II or III solvents. The maximum quantity of Class II or III solvents permitted at any work station shall be 1 gallon (4 L). In other than Group H-2 occupancy, the aggregate quantities of solvents shall not exceed the maximum allowable quantity per control area for use-open system in accordance with the applicable building code.

F. The following changes shall be made to Section 2107, Dry Cleaning Systems:

1. Change Section 2107.1 to read as follows:

2107.1 General equipment requirements. Dry cleaning systems, including dry cleaning units, washing machines, stills, drying cabinets, tumblers and their appurtenances, including pumps, piping, valves, filters and solvent coolers, shall be maintained in accordance with NFPA 32.

2. Change Section 2107.2 to read:

2107.2 Type II systems. Unless otherwise approved by the applicable building code, Type II dry cleaning and solvent tank storage rooms shall not be operated below grade or above the lowest floor level of the building and shall be maintained in accordance with Sections 2107.2.1 through 2107.2.3.
Exception: Solvent storage tanks installed underground, in vaults, or in special enclosures in accordance with Chapter 57.

3. Change Sections 2107.2.1 and 2107.2.2 to read:

2107.2.1 Firefighting access. Where required by the applicable building code, access shall be maintained from one side of Type II dry cleaning rooms for firefighting and fire control purposes in accordance with Section 503.

2107.2.2 Number of means of egress. The number and means of egress for Type II dry cleaning rooms shall be maintained in accordance with the applicable building code.

4. Change Section 2107.2.3 to read as follows:

2107.2.3 Spill control and secondary containment. Curbs, drains or other provisions for spill control and secondary containment shall be maintained in accordance with Section 5004.2 to collect solvent leakage and fire protection water as approved in accordance with the applicable building code.

5. Change Section 2107.3 to read as follows:

2107.3 Solvent storage tanks. Solvent storage tanks for Classes II, IIIA and IIIB liquids shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 57 and as approved in accordance with the applicable building code.

Exception: As provided in applicable provisions of NFPA 32 for inside storage or treatment tanks.

G. The following changes shall be made to Section 2108, Fire Protection:

1. Change Section 2108.1 to read:

2108.1 General. Fire protection systems, devices, and equipment shall be inspected, tested, and maintained in accordance with Chapter 9.

2. Change Section 2108.2 to read:

2108.2 Automatic sprinkler system. Automatic sprinkler systems required or provided for dry cleaning plants containing Type II, III-A, or III-B dry cleaning systems shall be maintained in accordance with Chapter 9. Where special conditions were required by the applicable building code, in order to not install an automatic sprinkler system, those conditions shall be maintained.

3. Delete Section 2108.3.

Statutory Authority

§ 27-97 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 30, Issue 16, eff. July 14, 2014; amended, Virginia Register Volume 34, Issue 18, eff. October 16, 2018; Volume 37, Issue 14, eff. July 1, 2021.

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